Walleska Ecochicc was founded in 2007 by Walleska Tepping. A native of Brazil, Walleska was inspired by her mother’s moto,” nothing wasted, just transformed” and by the resourcefulness that is rooted in Brazilian culture. She works with sustainable, recycled, and re-purposed materials such as pull-tabs from soda, juice, and beer cans as well as fish skins and organic golden grass. Her handbags are handmade in the Brazil by communities of artisanal women. Through the principles of fair trade she hopes to inspire and build the communities that she works with, "I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful conscious movement because I have always believed that my work has a higher purpose, including social responsibility."