Urban Austral was born in March 2016, in the city of Coyhaique
as a project that seeks to generate functional products that take full advantage of lamb leather qualities and at the same time are handmade in Aysén. Taking advantage of a food industry waste and at the same time rescuing local crafts and take a piece of Patagonia to the rest of Chile and the world.
Lamb leather. Why?
Lamb is very rooted in the local Patagonian culture and therefore something that characterizes our region. However, the vast majority of leather ends up being discarded or burned because currently there is no capacity to work it, tan it or take advantage of this incredible material. Knowing this reality was what gave rise to Urban Austral because we believe that it is unacceptable that such material is wasted and that at the same time, in other parts of the world, new materials are generated that generate a great environmental and social impact.
Where possible, we work with local leather, but as this issue is not very developed at the regional level, we also work with leather from the Los Lagos Region. Our big dream is to make a tannery in Aysén, in order to take advantage of all the leather we have here, efficiently and responsibly.
100% handmade and local production.
All our products are handmade in the Region of Aysén. We believe that when things are handmade one by one, they have a special value and care, making each product unique. We seek to demonstrate that we do not need great technologies to generate quality products but that the wealth is in manual work.
Our first products weren't insoles, but our Aysén Collection; covers for Notebooks, Glasses, Tablets, among others, because we felt that these things also took full advantage of the qualities of leather and wool. However, we were leaving pieces of leather that we didn't want to waste ... and one day we started testing Patagonia insoles. First, the smallest sizes because it was what we got from the small pieces. However, it was a product that captivated our customers very quickly and also made sense because it took full advantage of the properties of leather and wool. This was in July of 2017, and since then we have dedicated ourselves to give warm feet to anyone who needs it!
Villa Cerro Castillo
One of the objectives of Urban Austral since its inception has been to take advantage of the local artisan talent that exists but often don't know how to reach customers beyond their own locality or that depends on the tourist that comes to Aysén for only three months.
This is how we met the artisans of Villa Cerro Castillo. We currently work with 5 artisans who handmade our 100% natural wool felted insoles.
We are a 100% feminine company.
We believe that we can all do something to make the world a better place, these are our choices.
WE CHOOSE to make our products from up-cycled leather because we can't stand that this great material is going to the garbage.
WE CHOOSE to work with local people because we believe that every product must be done with love and care and that people that make them must have good work conditions and salaries.
According to Fair Wage Guide, our artisans are paid 78% above Fair Wage Minimum.
On November 2017, WE CHOOSE to go a little further and donate some of our incomes. We believe we live in the most beautiful place in the world, we decided to donate to REFORESTEMOS PATAGONIA, this way we contribute taking care of our own region and give the world one tree at a time.
Our goal is to create a company that is good for people and environment.
Everyone can do this in very different ways, which is yours?