Ethnic Lanna is both a whole-seller and retailer of Hmong inspired purses, accessories, clothing, shoes and jewelry. We are located right in the heart of Chiang Mai, the capital of the North of Thailand. We have been in business over 3 years and our commitment to the people of Thailand and the generosity of our customers is what has made this company a success story. We fell in love with Hmong textiles the moment we laid our eyes on them! These tribal groups have expressed their faith, belief and way of life into each piece of fabric, making each piece of clothing or bag come to life with an amazing history behind it!
Who are the Hmong? They are an Asian ethnic group from the mountain regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Originally from southern China, the Hmong gradually migrated south during the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more workable land. Today, many Hmong are located in the remote thick forests and mountains terrain of the northern Thai regions and are well integrated into Thai society. They are rich in culture, family, and art and are distinctive in their fabric patterns and vibrant costumes.
Ethnic Lanna helps these hill tribe women produce eco-friendly handbags and then makes them available to purse lovers all over the world. All levels of our production are environmentally friendly and promote safe working conditions and a good salary. We currently work with over 100 women in the Northern Thailand area and are soon to expand into Laos. We believe in preserving the Hmong culture, sustainability and fair trade. From up-cycled vintage baby carriers, jackets and other hand woven fabrics we showcase a variety of the Hmong artistic talent that would make for a charming part of your wardrobe. While expanding your fashion collection globally you will be supporting the developing communities of the Hmong women of Thailand.
Heart, Soul, and Stunning Tradition
We are a Fair Trade company crafting and distributing Ethnic-style handbags, apparel and accessories across the globe. Our unique artisanal brand appreciates the past while designing for the future. We produce collections that are inspired by tribal fashion, as well as vintage collections comprised of authentic fabrics from various hill tribes throughout Southeast Asia, including The Hmong, Karen, and Aka communities. Sourcing materials from the hill tribes comes from our passion for collaborating with these beautiful people, and preserving their ancestral techniques and designs.
To provide customers with unique, superior quality and traditional handbags, jewelry, and home decor. To have these handmade goods crafted with indigenous raw materials and designs by a multicultural team. To custom embroider fabrics, handbag designs, and patterns, and deliver them in a timely manner. To support people from the various Hill Tribes of Southeast Asia, whose products and designs we distribute.
BECOMING ETHNIC LANNA : The Beauty of Collaboration
Today, our company has more than 50 employees. Among them are artisans, designers and technicians who consider traditional handicraft to be synonymous with Ethnic Lanna. All of this incredible work began with our founder, Carlos Mantilla, whose Peruvian-Mexican origins have caused him to maintain an authentic relationship with ethnic art and magical places such as Cuzco in Peru, Chiapas in Mexico, Fez in Morocco, Bali in Indonesia and Chiang Mai in Thailand.
In 2009, Carlos began a fateful friendship with Wichai, an artisan from the Hmong hill tribe in Northern Thailand. As their friendship flourished, Carlos began trading handmade goods with Wichai’s expert advice.Traveling to the US, China and Laos exploring the traditional textiles of each region, Carlos and Wichai have formed an inseparable and successful partnership. Wichai, who embodies the tradition and culture we are working to preserve, is Ethnic Lanna’s most popular artisan to date.
After a few years of rapid success, we added partner Tomi Makela from Finland to our team in 2012; His true Scandinavian spirit brought Quality Control and Steadfast Delivery into our core mission. In 2013 a new member of the management team, Lewis Anderson from the U.S., was brought on for his creative and confident approach to managing our online presence.
In 2014 we acquired a handful of embroidery machines and threads, and created Lanna Textiles Co. with the goal of continuing to produce beautiful tribal prints in support of the hill tribes, for years to come. Lanna Textiles has a monthly production capacity of 3.000 meters, and our customers are able to design their own Custom-Made embroidered fabrics.
The Ethnic Lanna Workshop (WEL) is comprised of a team of more than 15 women designing and manufacturing the gorgeous handbags we sell on our wholesale and retail sites. These talented artisans also craft products from the customer designs submitted through our Ethnic Lanna Custom-Made Service. WEL has a production capacity of over 3,000 units per month and growing. The women who make WEL the fantastic success it is today, continue to produce our goods at an exceptionally high quantity and quality.
The global nature of our company is what drives our success, and allows us to continue the conservation and elevation of ethnic cultures with centuries of history, through the worldwide sales of our authentic Fair Trade fashion.
Included in your design fee:
- One sample (usually costed at 30-50% over production cost)
- Remainder of Sample Fee will be applied to first order for this product
- Raw Materials Sourcing
- Graphic Design for Approval (when needed)
- 1-8 weeks (depending on complexity and availability of our Design Team)
Exclusivity: In order to receive Exclusivity the sample product must be ordered from Ethnic Lanna at least once every 6 months as per contract.
*Note: Proof of Originality is required using sketches and/or any means by which you can prove the item is unique and not sold any where else.
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How long will it take to make my sample?
Lead time 1-8 weeks depending on complexity and sourcing of raw materials and current projects.
Will you advertise my products on your site?
We will adhere to the rules outlined in the contract signed by the customer where by you can retain your exclusivity simply by ordering the product at least once every 6 months. Every time you order we will extend the contract for 6 more months.
What if I don't like the sample?
Don't like it, don't worry. We will credit your Ethnic Lanna account with 50% of the Design Start Up fee to be used on all of our existing 20,000 products.
When do I have to pay?
The Design Start Up Fee is required immediately after we agree to make your Design in order for raw material to be sourced and production to begin.