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Borboleta ® is a women's handbag brand started in 2012. Borboleta means butterfly in Portuguese. Butterfly resonates with the concept of our brand, which is to create lightweight, beautiful handbags for women with on-the-go lifestyle. 

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.

We 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.

Lightweight:

Every Borboleta bag is lightweight. Canvas bags are about 300 grams / 0.6 lbs. and leather bags are 650 grams / 1.4 lbs.

Designs:

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!

Fair Pricing:

With our direct-to-consumer strategy, we remove middleman fees and offer you fair and affordable prices, without sacrificing quality.

Ethical Production:

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.

Giving Back:

For every bag purchased, we donate to breakfast and educational programs of The Ocean of Wisdom Foundation. We are sponsoring breakfast for over 100 students in the north of Thailand everyday. Read more about the programs here.

Meet Borboleta Designer 

Veronica Race
Hi, I'm so glad we've found each other here. Let me tell you a bit about my story so you'll understand why I have a strong passion behind my brand.

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.

In 2016, I asked my team to handle Borboleta and I moved to Florence, Italy, to pursue an MA from Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing.

Now I'm back working full time and hustling Borboleta while making sure our customers are happy with their Borboleta bags.

A bit about why Borboleta is a social enterprise...

 

It all happened during a what seemed to be a happy Christmas holiday on my sophomore year in college. 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.

founded the Ocean of Wisdom Foundation in 2007 with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged students in Thailand. I felt like I was given a second chance in life and I have to start contributing now, not when I retire. The first matter I wanted to tackle is education and nutrition for rural schools. Currenctly OWF works 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. 

Thanks for stopping by. Let's stay friends. :)

My personal Instagram is @veronicarace

Borboleta's Instagram is @borboletabag

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