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The Story

Mondrina is a beautiful collision of ethnic and urban; ancient and up to the minute. It is a unique collection of vibrant handbags that holds history in both its inspiration and manufacture. A product of Peru, Mondrina is engendered via intricate craftsmanship techniques that date back to the region’s pre –Hispanic period.

They are implemented today by descendents of these indigenous Andeans who work closely with Italian Peruvian leather workers; both contributing their own artistry and acumen. Naturally, the brand’s flagship store exists within a converted, historic home, set amongst art galleries on Avenue Grau in the Barranco district of Lima.

Mondrina means a modern style point of view, as seen through the eyes of a cultured traveler. I am the Creative Director and my name is Monica Frisbie. I have dedicated my life to the creation of wearable art that is as interesting and thought-provoking, as it is elegant and elaborate. Featured fabrics include hand woven textiles of various origins including, alpaca, jute, exotic leathers, hair calf, cotton, feathers and other exclusive materials collected from the Andes to the Amazon; Milan to Miami, north to New York and everywhere in between. Mondrina’s expertly hand-stitched detailing, and adept mingling of manifold fabrics, are signature signs of the multi-dimensional line.

Perhaps what is most unique about the brand, is the perspective from which it is brought to life. I split my time between Lima Peru and my hometown located in New York’s iconic Hampton town of Sag Harbor. I draw my inspiration from these two contrasting seaside residencies -bursting with flavor, culture and style. “When I think of the Mondrina girl I picture a confident, free-spirited woman reveling in her nomadic lifestyle; embracing a world off the beaten path,”. “She looks for beauty and luxury in unlikely places, and makes an adventure of the hunt.”

I makes accessories of beauty and depth, with the transparency of the process at the center of the design.

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