The Oaxacan Collection is designed with traditional Oaxacan wool rugs. Handcrafted patterns and colors make each bag completely one-of-a-kind.
Every Oaxacan piece holds the history of the Zapotec culture, the story of a family and their customs -- they are a celebration of the people and their artisanal traditions. We make our bags out of this history-filled material to keep the Zapotec and Oaxacan history alive worldwide.
Oaxaca is a state located in southern Mexico. It is known for its colonial buildings made from green volcanic stone, its rich culinary history and a weaving tradition that produces some of the world's most stunning wool rugs. The weaving tradition is primarily practiced in Teotitlán del Valle, a small village that retains its Zapotec culture and language.
Each family weaves certain symbols that resonate with that family. A family who also works with agave might use that symbol more frequently. Because of their technique and color combinations, the family's textiles look different from other families that could also use the same symbols. The combination of colors makes each family's weavings unique to them, each and every time.
The symbols woven into Oaxacan rugs aren't just for decoration. Each symbol represents some part of the Zapotec culture. Most indigenous cultures have a deep connection to nature, so the symbols repeat from community to community, and share many similarities with ancient Incan and Mayan symbols.
The four points of this symbol represent the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. The symmetry of the diamond signifies a pyramid reflected vertically, implying the reality we see in a mirror reflects what lies within us.
Cocijo was the ancient Zapotec god of lightning and rain, represented here with a zig zag pattern.
Here we have a representation of the agave plant, an integral part of life in the Central Valley of Oaxaca.
The plant produces a sweet nectar that can be enjoyed as-is, or fermented into the smokey alcohol called mezcal. The shape of the plant is simplified here in woven form, with the central point representing the agave flower.
Some of the patterns are preservations of ancient religious mythologies, like this Mitla pattern, named after the Zapotec religious center.
The geometric spirals represent the life cycle; each step is a stage of life: birth, youth, adulthood and finally death.
Arrows have been historically important to almost all civilizations, and the Zapotec are no different, relying on the arrow for both hunting and warfare.
Known as the ‘Ojo de Dios’ or God’s Eye, this symbol varies from weaver to weaver in its execution, but never straying from the symbolic power of seeing and understanding the unseen.
Commonly found on ruins in Central Mexico, there is some evidence that the ancient Zapotec worshipped a butterfly god.
The design represents the wings, body and antennae of a butterfly.
To wrap up this series is the monte alban, geometric pyramids representing the ancient Zapotec political and economic pyramids.
After the artisans have created these works of art, it's our turn. We take hundreds of years of craftsmanship and tradition into consideration when pairing these beautiful woven symbolic rugs with our rich, patina-poised Legacy Leather™ in an uncompromising fashion.
The pieces you end up putting on your back, in the back of your Uber, on the train in Europe, those pieces are a collaboration: between the Oaxacan artisans and Will Leather Goods, and between Will and you.
We invite you to check our recent batch of one of a kind bags from our Oaxacan Collection, and pick a symbol and bag that calls to you.
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|Pant Size||Men's Size||Women's Size|
|11" (1st Hole)||15.5" (1st Hole)|
|9.75" (3rd Hole)||14" (3rd Hole)|
|8" (5th Hole)||12.5" (5th Hole)|
|20" (1st Hole)||23.75" (1st Hole)|
|18.25" (3rd Hole)||22" (3rd Hole)|
|17" (5th Hole)||19.75" (5th Hole)|
The monogram has existed since 350 B.C., but came into popularity as steam ships started to cross the Atlantic to help identify the trunks and luggage of the travelers. Today, the monogram remains a functional identifier, while also lending personal style to your leather goods.
Personalize your product or gift with a monogram in either our small 1/4" font or our large 1/2" font. We use traditional heat stamping to deboss into our vegetable tanned leather.
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We use only the best leather made to stand the test of time. Handcrafted by expert artisans all over the world, our leather goods deserve to be treated with care. Protect your investment piece with our Mink Oil Crème to ensure the lifetime of your leather collection.
Starting in summer 2018, Will Leather Goods is investing 2% of every Will Leather Goods purchase to give kids in America a bag to carry their dreams – with an ambitious goal of donating 100,000 backpacks to kids across America by 2025.