While staying at the Wyndham Rio Grand Resort in Puerto Rico, I was delighted to discover a small market showcasing local artisans! One table, in particular, caught my eye - handmade leather goods by Gabriella from Residents Only.
Gabriella, originally from San Juan and now living in Paris, created this amazing collection after realizing the struggle of overpacking during her travels. Her goal was to design versatile pieces that fit any occasion and easily fit inside a suitcase.
Residents Only is all about stylish, functional, and eco-friendly pieces. Gabriella's low-production impact philosophy means no plastic or paint is used, and she sources materials locally in Paris to reduce shipping emissions. She also uses recuperated leather from La Reserve Des Arts, a Parisian creative association helping designers to incorporate the reuse of materials and eco-design in their production processes.
Handmade with love, each Residents Only piece contributes to a circular economy—a sustainable model focused on durability, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling. By joining forces with partners like La Reserve Des Arts, Gabriella embodies the spirit of unity and environmental responsibility.
Gabriella is a beautiful reminder that we are all "Residents" of Earth, so let's be thoughtful, cherish, and protect our shared home. Together, we can make a difference. So head on over to Residents only so you can rock your very own Earth-friendly bag and join the movement to think big by shopping small!
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Photos Courtesy Residents Only