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Recycled Coffee Bag Purse from Guatemala, 'The Free Trader'

Product ID: U15971


Recycled Coffee Bag Purse from Guatemala, 'The Free Trader'

This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More

Available in 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More


Wear your commitment to free trade coffee on your arm with this exclusive bag by Alfonso Velasquez of Guatemala. Hand-recycled from jute coffee sacks, he trims the interior lining in soft leather. Each bag has a unique message and closes with a zipper. A unique item, this elegant upcycled bag supports your commitment to recycling, fair trade and the love of a good cup of Joe! Please expect slight variations, although the artisan strives to replicate

Made in Guatemala

  • 100% jute with leather trim. Polyester lining
  • Features a zipper closure
  • Color and motifs will vary, but the theme will be similar
  • Recycled materials may vary slightly in color and/or pattern
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • 0.72 kgs
  • 1.6 lbs
  • Bag: 30.48 cm H x 39.37 cm W x 10.16 cm D
  • Bag: 12" H x 15.5" W x 4" D
  • Strap(s): 63.5 cm L x 3.18 cm W
  • Strap(s): 25" L x 1.3" W
  • Drop length: 22.86 cm from strap to bag
  • Drop length: 9" from strap to bag
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Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Alfonso Velasquez from Central America.


Meet the Artist

Alfonso Velasquez

"Today I work with my wife and oldest son, and we love to look after our clients and share with them our creativity, as well as our kindness like the true Guatemalan people that we are."

"I am an honest and sincere man that never gives up. I know how to respect others' opinions, regardless of their age or... condition, and I work on things that mean a challenge to me. It helps me be a better person.

"It all started for me when I was a little boy and I wove a wool rug – dad was so proud of me that put it on sale. He never imagined I'd want to become a weaver, but as time passed by, life revealed to me many different opportunities. I was born in Totonicapán, but when I was 12 years old we all moved to the Sololá region searching for better quality materials for our work.

"I've always dreamed of having my own business, and so I started working at a handicrafts shop. My dad and granddad gave me some merchandise and with that I was able to open my own little shop with the help of my loved ones. Buying things to sell became very expensive, and that's how we came about the idea of doing it ourselves.

"Little by little we got the equipment and tools that we needed and we soon realized we had made the right decision.

"One of the men working with us taught me how to make the bags, and though the first one I ever made wasn't that nice, I didn't give up. Through hard work and perseverance, I was able to make the bags the way I wanted them to look like.

"Just like everyone else, I have faced difficult times in my life, but thank the Lord my family never left me on my own. Work has become my favorite pastime – I never shy away from anything! I love trying difficult things because once I achieve them I know I am better for it. I have probably wasted a lot of materials while I finally do things well though.

"I started making fabric bags, and then I got the idea of trimming them with leather. I also try to use recycled materials, like the sacks for coffee beans. I usually make cloth samples first as I test new designs and once I've made clear cuts, I proceed with the leather. Our textile bags are designed to reflect aspects of our ancestral culture, as well as from today’s fashions.

"Today I work with my wife and oldest son, and we love to look after our clients and share with them our creativity, as well as our kindness like the true Guatemalan people that we are. The foreigners that visit us always comment on the quality of our natural materials and they are always appreciative of the hand crafting process.

"Family is the most important thing to me – always has been. They taught me about working hard, persevering and being dedicated wholeheartedly to what I do, and this has helped me become my own boss and be impassioned about what I do. I lead my life offering the world my God-given talents.

"I would like to invite you to see our products on the Novica website. I hope you come to Guatemala and discover the wonderful handicrafts that we make."

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BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5

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Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.


Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.


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Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.


Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.


Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

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inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

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