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This is fewer, better. 

Founded on the philosophy of fewer, better, Cuyana believes in purchasing fewer but better quality pieces that stand the test of time. With a focus on timeless design, quality materials, and sustainable production, Cuyana offers well-crafted pieces that create a bigger impact on the wardrobe and smaller impact on the environment. 

Our Bestsellers

Our Classic Structured Tote

Design: An architectural version of our Classic Tote, our Classic Structured Leather Tote is an everyday companion that balances beauty and functionality with ease.

Quality: Made from premium Italian leather in a woman-owned factory in Turkey, our best-selling tote is created by way of heritage craftsmanship and age-old artisanry. 

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Sustainability: Our totes are Leather Working Group Silver-certified, ensuring the leather is tanned responsibly against measures like traceability, resource consumption, and effluent treatment.

Our Founders

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Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah embarked upon their journey of founding Cuyana with a shared value of quality craftsmanship and timeless design. After growing up in Ecuador, Karla moved to the U.S. with a dream of building a fewer, better fashion brand. With a similar appreciation for fewer, better, Shilpa was drawn to Cuyana for the opportunity to create products rich in meaning, quality, and story. 


Together, after receiving their MBAs at Stanford and Berkeley respectively, Shilpa and Karla established Cuyana with the vision of creating a global design house that inspires intentional buying through pieces that are made with integrity. The brand has offered best-selling pieces—including everyday totes and timeless small leather goods—for the last ten years. Today, with the goal of keeping pieces in customers’ wardrobes and out of landfill, Cuyana creates a carefully edited collection of sustainably-made apparel and accessories. Founded on the philosophy of fewer, better, Cuyana encourages customers to purchase fewer but better quality pieces that they will love and treasure for years to come. 

"The best leather tote for women."



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