A few years ago, we quit our jobs in the U.S. and moved to Bogotá, Colombia. We had never been to Colombia before, didn't know anyone, and had no job prospects. Soon after arriving, we noticed a leather workshop down the street and were blown away by the quality of their handmade bags.
We started taking leather-working classes and quickly fell in love with the people and the craft. The shop is the center of life in the neighborhood - people are constantly popping in to say hello or admire the handiwork. The workshop became our community, our home. We started Restrepo Leather as a way to share these beautiful handmade products with the world, and to help make this artisanal way of life a sustainable one.
Robin & Jerry Tolochko
Wife & Husband
Co-Founders, Restrepo Leather