Moda Operandi gets the most exclusive brands and designers to collaborate on pre-sales and one-of-a-kind boutiques showcasing some of their most coveted and never-before-seen styles. It makes perfect sense as Lauren Santo Domingo is one of the site’s founders and there is no designer in the fashion industry who isn’t clamoring to work with her or dress her.
An interesting fact that I learned is that she is the “godmother” of sorts to The Wayuu Mochila Project. I have been eyeing these handbags for months now and I love the great story behind them, thus it was great to hear that LSD is involved. The amazing accessories are created by the Wayuu, an Amerindian group of the La Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. Each handbag is hand-crafted by a Wayuu woman who has her own signature and flair, truly making each one unique. This cause is definitely close to LSD’s heart as her husband is Colombian beer heir Andrés Santo Domingo.
Lauren is also the co-chair of BeLive which is an annual event incorporating and benefiting U.S. based non-profit organizations working for Colombia, as well as bringing light to Colombia’s social needs. The goal is to aid in the development and prosperity of impoverished communities in Colombia through projects that improve health, nutrition, education, technology and the economic climate, as well as those displaced by the armed conflict in the country. In four years, BeLive has raised approximately 2.5 million dollars which is really an amazing feat.
Mochilas are definitely statement-making accessories, incorporating unique woven patterns and eye-popping colors. Naturally, Moda Operandi had to take the traditional handbag a step further and called on some of the world’s greatest designers to create their very own mochilas, inspired by their signature styles. Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Olivier Theyskens, Peter Pilotto, Maison Martin Margiela and Thakoon all designed their own unique pieces and they are all fantastic.
My favorite pieces from the selection are from Peter Pilotto and Thakoon. Half-Austrian and half-Italian, Pilotto’s Mochila is a great meeting of cultures and the sequin flower appliqué just makes it even more beautiful. Thakoon’s Wayuu Hat is the only hat from the selection and I can definitely see someone like Rihanna or Beyoncé rocking it. I love the juxtaposition of the brown leather and bright print, taking the bucket hat to a whole new stylish level.
Each piece in Moda Operandi’s Premier Designer Mochila Selection retails for $5000. Visit www.modaoperandi.com to purchase now and see the rest of the pieces below.
*Images courtesy of Wayuu Mochila and Moda Operandi.