LIVING KONDOR STYLE BLOG

April 10, 2017
WHO MADE YOUR STRAP? 
BY JULIA KRAMER 
THE BRAND THAT STARTED IT ALL
Hi everyone we just wanted to share this amazing article 
with you all as we simply LOVE IT!! 

Growing up in Ecuador, Carmen Maria Correa and Laura Carrion were inspired

by their home’s vivid landscapes, beautiful crafts, spectacular people,

and most importantly, sartorial choices —

such as the waist-cinchers, the traditional garb of Ecuadorians —

which inspired the design for the popular bag strap so present in their collections.

The brand’s story is a true example of innovation sparked

by creativity. In New York, Correa and Carrion discovered 

that they wanted to create something that would not only embody

their enchanting home of Ecuador, but also the wealth of

experience they had gained through their travels. Thus,

the creative brainchild, KON-DOR was born. Named after the

Ecuadorian Condor a bird symbolizing power, health, virtue,

and beauty, KON-DOR was established to provide luxury handbags

with artisan accents to fashion-forward women all over the world.

A strong focus of the product development stage is

creative design using the most high-quality leather

to create luxury leather handbags. To accentuate the bags,

the designers add a colorful band, or strap, resembling the traditional Ecuadorian faja 

or belt —a style they coined nearly three years ago before

it was seen elsewhere in the fashion industry.

“That’s how we got the inspiration for the bands, we saw it

everywhere around us. It’s what the people here wear,”

says Correa. The pair believes in small details that make a

large difference. They use recycled polyester and organic cotton

to line their bags, which ultimately makes a positive impact

on the environment. Because the straps are easily interchangeable,

the style of each bag can change in minutes.

KON-DOR pieces fit perfectly into a travel-filled lifestyle.

“Travel is key, living life to the fullest, and KON-DOR is this and much more,”

Correa explained. “We want KON-DOR to be perceived as a lifestyle.” 

The designers can say with confidence that no two bags are the same.

Correa is a strong believer in the transformative power of

positive affirmation and self-love in the form of beautiful words.

Each bag, has a unique message crafted solely for the wearer — 

“I am beautiful” and “I am grateful”

being among the two beloved phrases they insert onto the

inside of the bags to remind the wearer of her worth every time

she uses it, and thus be inspired to feel confident in herself.

The pair not only wants to impact the fashion world but also lend

a humanitarian hand. Their first movement is to help a small

orphanage of children living with HIV in the province of Imbabura,

become self-sustainable. Purchasing one bag also helps support

Ecuadorian artisans as the brand donates part of its proceeds

to different causes that are close to their hearts. “We believe in giving back,”

Correa gushed. “We know how lucky we are to be following our dreams

and are very grateful for this and much more, so even if we change the life of one

person [less fortunate]our business makes so much more sense.”

They are pushed to do better, to grow, to follow their dreams

with a vengeance and live with a purpose bigger

than themselves.

THE END....

 IT'S SO AMAZING TO READ ARTICLES THAT CAPTURE

YOUR BRAND SO PERFECTLY,

SO THANK YOU DISFUNKSHION MAG

AND THANK YOU FOR READING IT!!

 


Sept 12, 2016
ABOUT THE VACCINATION FOR HIV+ CHILDREN
GIVING BACK IN STYLE 

About a year ago we were asked by one of the doctors at

a public hospital in Ecuador if we could help her get funds

for a new vaccine that could be life changing for HIV+

children. In the past we have been involved with an

orphanage of HIV+ children so we said yes with out

even knowing how we were going to do it.

We were about to launch the Kon-Dor website and had

no funds ourselves, as entrepreneurs we knew it

was going to take time until we made money,

2 years maybe, but we also knew everything

is possible if you set your mind to it.

 So…

 We created a GO FUND ME page to get the

$4,000 dollarswe needed for the vaccines,

most of it were donations from family and friends

but there were also some generous

strangers from around the world who donated

(how cool is that?!). 

Its been a year and we managed to raise $1705,

not our goal, but still with the help of PFIZER Ecuador

we vaccinated 45 kids.

 This vaccine is called PREVNAR 13 and it helps to

prevent pneumococcal infections.

 We were fortunate enough to be present in the last

vaccination at a orphanage called ORPHAIDS, it was

such a beautiful experience seeing how brave

these kids are and how well they are growing

up despite their circumstances.

We learn more and more from these experiences

and we dream of the day that we don’t have to ask for

help but instead we have enough funds to do this and so

many other things we dream about.

 Buy products that give back and that can make

a change,no matter how little you think this change is

it can mean the world to somebody else.

 Again, we wanted to thank everyone who donated and

trusted us, we donated every single dollar to this cause

and can't wait to complete our goal and give this gift

to even more children.

Also, thank you everyone who has bought a

KON-DOR bag, with your purchase our dream of

giving back (BIG) is closer.

Here are some pics, we hope you enjoy and if you

donated enjoy even more because without you

this couldn’t have been possible.

 PS- Our Go-Fund me page is still open and is still

receiving donations, it's never too late.  

gofund.me/x6u4xk

 

 


June 23, 2016
WHY ARE OUR STRAPS SO SPECIAL?
photo by Michael Reich
photo by Michael Reich

One of Kon-dor's mission was to support artisans in Ecuador

through our designs, we wanted to mix their creations with ours, we

knew it would be a challenge, but we also knew this mixture would convert

into beautiful, unique, one of a kind products.  We grew up seeing these

beautiful handmade textiles called ‘fajas’ that were used in traditional

costumes for wrapping the waist or hair and thought that they

could be our start point. After much thinking and testing we discovered

that these long pieces of art where not only beautiful but

also very strong and could serve not one but many purposes

in our designs just as they do in Andean cultures.

An example of how fajas are used in the waist on traditional Andean costumes. 

 

‘Fajas’ are usually handmade using a combination of patterns and colors. 

If a ‘faja’ was made by a different person the slightest change

in a thread changes it as whole. Finding two ‘fajas’ that are exactly

the same is almost mission impossible which means that finding

a Kon-Dor bag exactly as yours would be a very hard task,

so don't even try, simply enjoy your bag.

Uniqueness is our motto and so should yours, no person is the same,

we are all one of a kind, so why should your bag be any different?

 Buy products that not only look great but that have a story, a mission.

BUY A KON-DOR

 

 


 

May 06, 2016

WHEN IN CABO...
KONDOR TRAVELS
 
Just one week ago we were lucky enough to spend a long weekend in no
other than Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We had such a good time that we
decided we needed to share and give you some tips as to where to eat,
where to stay and well, just let you know that if you are thinking of ever
going to Cabo, you should just pack you bags, get your
Where to stay?!
Why?
It’s a very artsy hip hotel, with an amazing pool and a very cool young
crowd (only adults hotel, so no kids anywhere). There are underground
  recordingstudios and art showcasing around the walls of the hotel. 

Where to eat?
You can always eat at the hotel but really you need to get out and explore,
so our top pick is
Why? 
Its just a few mins away from El GANZO, its organic, its delicious and it's simply
a breathtaking place. Everything you eat is grown in the farm with out the use
of pesticides or genetically modified seeds. The farm is 150 acres and grows
flowers, vegetables and is home to animals that can live naturally rolling, digging,
scratching and HAPPY. 

Image courtesy NYmag

or

if you love real mexican food and want to get a taco that is the real deal you need to try 

LA TAQUIZA

or

LA TAQUERIA EL BUEN PASTOR

they have no website, this should tell you just how genuine and good they are.

Ask for directions they are both in Cabo San Lucas. 

What to do? 

If you are feeling very adventurous we think you should definitely swim

with whale sharks. They are amazing gentle giants that will give you the experience

of a lifetime. Try booking in advance (you get a better deal this way). 

The most recommended company to do this with is 

CABO ADVENTURES

if you are not really into this kind of stuff, they have other really cool activities....

All in all we think Los Cabos is an amazing place with delicious food and

weather so if you are thinking of going somewhere this summer you should consider

Cabo San Lucas.....

#KONDORTRAVELS

 


  

January 12, 2016

Its never too late to say...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    We want to start the year by remembering one of the greatest KONDOR moments of 2015.
        At the beginning of December we had our first ever POPUP shop in no other than our favorite
     city, New York. Never in a million years would we have thought that in such a short period 
of time this would happen and that right after, we would be offered our
second POPUP (more about that later).
 
We shared our POP-UP with other talented designers such as EMAH THE LABEL
OAO NEW YORK, CARLA SPECKand MONASITA, the store looked amazing and
we enjoyed each and every moment with everyone, so THANK YOU for taking upon
our offer and joining the POPUP, nothing would have been possible without each
and everyone of you.
 
We also wanted to take a few lines to thank all of you who came to hang with us, simply
your presence made the POP-UP more special and successful.We are so happy for
the support we’ve received and we are looking forward to an even better and more
successful 2016.
 
About the other POPUP….
WHEN: JAN 04TH TO JAN 17TH
 
HOSTED BY ELEMENTS FITNESS NYC AND POPUP SUMMER . Come by you
won't be disappointed as we are sharing the space with other great brands.

 

Some pics from our POP UP shop! ENJOY and always be inspired to follow your own dreams...

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

November 18, 2015

Welcome to the LIVINGKONDORSTYLE Blog!

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