CUSTOM ORDER REVIEWS
See what our clients are saying about the custom order process:
Rita from Wild Shade Designs:
"After a lot of back and forth in my mind, I sketched out a design and e-mailed it to Mari at Kakaw Designs. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was surprised to find the minimum order was very reasonable and not an issue. I am not a professional designer, so I was also a bit concerned that my sketches wouldn’t be adequate, but the sketches turned out to be just fine for the process.
I was also concerned that producing custom products in another country without being on the ground there would be almost impossible, but it is actually quite easy. I send the design to Mari, and she handles the rest. She communicates with the weavers and leatherworkers, gets the products packaged and shipped, and does all the legwork for you. The process is much easier than I had imagined in the beginning, and it is truly magical to carry something made by talented artisans using your design!"
Kelly from Cardamom Collective:
"What is not visible from instagram or social media is the countless hours of conversations, studio visits, travel over bumpy roads, (and choppy Lake Atitlan waves!) dense traffic, and countless other gestures and moments that it really takes to make Kakaw work. In turn, these collaborations are possible with other small businesses like Cardamom Collective. Mari does all of these things and more and does it with integrity, an open and curious mind and a drive to push herself and the other designers she works with to have thoughtful conversations around the work we are creating and who we are creating it with. Guatemala has so many incredible artists. Many families have been weaving, dyeing, and working in leather for generations, and possess a depth of knowledge and experience that is profound. What I have always appreciated about collaborating with Mari is that she works hard to build a community of shared voices and one that creates a space for creative exchange between brands and the artisans, of mutual respect."