Piel y Arte

Piel y Arte is a Nicaraguan company that produces 100% cowhide handmade leather bags and accessories, focusing on high quality materials and designs, with the aim to produce ethical leather goods that inspire a universal consciousness for fairtrade and community welfare. 

Founded in 1996 by Piedad Aguilar y Alejandro Argüello, Piel y Arte carries the tradition of 70 years of family expertise accrued in the leather industry through a team made up of 75% women, many of which are single mothers. 

Our belts, wallets, accessories, and handmade leather bags can be found online, and our boutique is located in the downtown area of ​​Managua, or our workshop based in León, where the tradition originated.

With the support of Novica, this business was able to open a store on the online marketplace.

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ITC project

Central America - Women and E-Commerce

The project, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) and national implementing partners, supports 200 women-led businesses from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama to export their handicrafts through e-commerce channels. Alongside work to improve product quality and design, the women-led businesses are trained and prepared to list on international online marketplaces such as Etsy and eBay, develop and optimize their own websites, use different digital marketing channels to generate traffic and sales, receive online payments, prepare orders for shipment and provide quality customer service.