Escama Studio is a social enterprise based in California and Brazil. Our mission is to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade.

The word ‘Escama’ means ‘fish scales’ in Portuguese; the name was chosen because their flagship product — crocheted accessories with post consumer pull tabs — appear as if they’re made from big metallic scales of a fish.

To achieve their unique aesthetic, the Escama Studio team adapted traditional Brazilian crochet work and imbued the handmade crafts with a modern design sense and new materials. With designs originating from both San Francisco and Brazil, the pop top bags are handmade in Brazil by artisan groups who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio.

Kate Welch brought a bag back from the Social Enterprise World Forum in Rio in 2012 as it is such a great example of a social enterprise that increases its social impact with every bag sold.

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