Once upon a time
There was a bag
Who loved to travel the world
But she ran into two troubles
One was not looking chic enough
To be treading the most glamorous cities
Two was having enough pockets
To organize her sh*t
So she turned to her designer friend
Who was happy to help
The friend turned her into a chic, pretty bag
And added a ton of pockets
Now the bag is happy and ready
To be back on her feet
Meet the designer friend:
I grew up in a multi-cultural household, which took me around the world with all my things in tow. Borboleta Bag has grown from this auspicious beginning to make traveling and professional women organized and happy.
My dad’s from Boston and my mom’s from Bangkok, so I split my time between the US and Thailand. After graduating from University of Maryland College Park, I spent the following seven years in the nonprofit and educational sectors in Washington, DC, and Bangkok. Throughout that time, I had the pleasure of traveling to 20+ countries, carrying bags I designed all the while – bags designed specifically for the traveling lifestyle.
Families, friends, and even strangers, told me they wanted my bags. So, I switched careers and went back to school for fashion design at the Chanapatana International Design Institute (with Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy). I started Borboleta (“butterfly” in Portuguese) in 2012 to share my designs with fellow travelers and professional women.
I’ve just spent the last year and a half in Florence, where I got my MA from Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy.
Borboleta serves happy customers around the world: roughly 65% hail from the US, 20% from Asia, 10% from Europe, and 5% from the Middle East.
I believe that we are all travelers through life. Whether it’s a trip to the local grocery store or a stroll on Paris’ Left Bank, women need bags that are chic, lightweight, multi-functional, and have lots of pockets for super organization.
Every Borboleta bag is lightweight. Canvas bags are about 300 grams / 0.6 lbs. and leather bags are 650 grams / 1.4 lbs.
You want roomy and practical bags that are uniquely yours. That’s why Borboleta bags have 4-10 pockets (depending on the style) to keep your things organized, including rear zippers for easy access and convertible straps. To add a luxury touch, Borboleta uses signature zip pullers and hardware. All the materials are handpicked for the best quality. Borboleta canvas totes are customizable, too!
With our direct-to-consumer strategy, we remove middleman fees and offer you fair and affordable prices, without sacrificing quality.
Every once in a while, we hear about abysmal conditions for factory workers in places like Bangladesh and China. It’s important that we all stay informed about the working conditions of our fellow men and women. All Borboleta bags are produced in our own clean and safe production facility in a Bangkok suburb called the “City of Lotuses”. All of our makers have at least 15 years of experience in sewing and craftsmanship. You can be sure that all Borboleta bags have the highest quality and that our makers enjoy a happy, comfortable workplace with good health benefits.
I was vacationing in Phuket in 2004 when the Boxing Day Tsunami hit. I had plans to chill on the beach that day, but I made a last-minute decision that morning that would save my life. I decided to go rock climbing and rappelling. Descending from Phuket’s rocky outcrops that afternoon, I saw death, wholesale devastation, and swarms of vacationers looking for lost loved ones. I had planned on returning to my home in Bangkok the next day, but I couldn’t ignore the catastrophe, and so I decided to stay on. I volunteered for a week, using my English and Thai to translate between medical staff and tourists, and to help vacationers find their loved ones.
There were happy reunions, to be sure. But not everyone found their family members. This experience deeply saddened me, but it inspired me to action, too.
I founded the Ocean of Wisdom Foundation in 2007 with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged students in Thailand. We work with two schools in northern Thailand that educate the local Hill Tribe communities. Proceeds from Borboleta Bag, along with donors from the United States, Europe, and Thailand, provide the funds necessary to keep kids in school. Since its beginning, the Ocean of Wisdom Foundation has expanded to provide healthy breakfasts for over 200 students every morning.