Kind to the planet
SORAYA HENNESSY is synonymous with sustainable practices. Each bag is handwoven in the comfort of our artisans own homes, meaning no factories, machines or mass-production play a part in the creation process
Each bag sold by SORAYA HENNESSY works towards advancing the economic rights of Wayuu women, empowering them to become entrepreneurs themselves, and encouraging innovation, education and training for them and their families.
SORAYA HENNESSY brings the mystical creations of the Wayuu people to women all over the world, and is stocked at international shopping outlets across the globe.
Each pattern holds specific meaning to the weaver, and one single bag requires a huge amount of physical and emotional energy to create. Not only does the Wayuu technique of hand-weaving result in magical creations – each bag is strong, sturdy and as durable and long-lasting as the ancient weaving techniques that were employed to create it.
By working closely with the Wayuu women, SORAYA HENNESSY is at the head of a movement of local designers who shun the model of mass-production that is so common in today’s fashion world. Instead, Soraya and her team favour slow, artisanal practices, fostering a respect for their heritage and creating a positive vision for the future.
Now stocked at international fashion destinations like Luisa Via Roma, Stylebop, Shopbop, Everything but Water, and The One and Only Hotels, SORAYA HENNESSY’s global appeal is showing no sign of slowing down. Her work has also been featured in global fashion publications Harper’s Bazaar, People en Español, Marie Claire, and Grazia.
Working closely with both The Wayuu and Usiacuri women and men, Soraya has developed a unique, transparent design process that begins by choosing the natural materials together all the way through to the finished product. Her designs feel energetic and purposeful, and the careful thought that goes into each piece is clear to see for any SORAYA HENNESSY customer.