Balsa's story begins in 1984, when its founder, Edwin Agudelo founded a leather goods workshop in Bogota, Colombia. The handcrafted quality of the products that come out of his workshop is quickly appreciated and recognized by major brands on the American continent.
In 2015, Edwin's son and daughter-in-law think up and launch Balsa Leather, an artisanal brand of quality leather goods. The desire behind this brand is to offer functional items, from wallet to travel bag, with a design with colorful details. More than fashion, the founders want to offer sustainable items designed and made with respect for the environment and the know-how of craftsmen.
As part of a responsible fashion approach, Balsa Leather produces ethical, quality items in small quantities. For leather, the skins used come from a breeding sector for the food industry in Colombia, which respects the strictest standards in terms of animal treatment. These skins, considered as waste, are then revalued. In addition, the treatment of the skins is done in the greatest respect for the environment thanks to the tanning without chromium, allowing to avoid the exposure to chemicals. Balsa Leather only works with leather suppliers who are governed by environmental regulations for wastewater treatment. The brand also reuses its leather scraps to make the labels of bags, packaging, straps etc.