Ballen is a Made in Colombia women’s accessories brand built upon conscious craft. It offers essential bags characterized by modern silhouettes, care for details and high-quality materials including fine Italian leather and other natural origin materials sourced locally.
This family-driven and historically shaped brand is managed by founder and creative director Ricardo Ballen, who constantly revisits its legacy of equestrian Colombia and his knowledge of Italian craftsmanship.
From slick leather totes to robust buckets made with tagua seeds and other local materials, its collections are crafted entirely in-house by local expert handicrafts people.
“Ballen operates under an ethical production process,” explained Ricardo Ballen. “Crafted with sustainability at its core, we directly employ natural fibers and repurposed Amazonic seeds in our designs–such as tagua, açai and bombona. We support the preservation of the Amazon by working hand-in-hand with local communities who manually collect these wild flora and who play a key role in keeping areas free from deforestation, allowing the preservation of healthy forests. Our purpose is to provide natural flora a second life, highlight nature’s beautiful imperfections and celebrate our roots through each of our carefully crafted pieces.”
Aiming to avoid overproduction, one of fashion’s biggest issues today, Ballen only produces limited stock for its Medellín showroom and follows a pre-order model for its e-commerce by producing only the necessary quantities.
The collection is sold at retail prices ranging between US$225 and US$470.