El Salvador is a nation that has survived military dictatorship, political instability, civil war and today finds itself riddled with gangs and one of the highest murder rates in the world. We carry a collection by Lula Mena, a designer who works with artisans in rural and at-risk communities in El Salvador to produce limited-edition, original and exclusive designs.
Products are made with local and naturally-occurring resources and/or repurposed materials. Each product has a story: the prototype design is based on the natural and artisanal resources that are available to the community in which they will be produced. By employing endangered traditional artisanal techniques and encouraging men and women to work in or near their homes, Lula seeks to empower artisan communities to continue to do what they know and love, securing a steady source of income and keeping families together.