Up Close with Quavaro’s Leather Bags Twice in One Day in DC

It’s funny how life works sometimes.

Before Thursday, I had never even heard of Quavaro Artisans, the Washington, DC-based startup from husband-and-wife team of Cesar and Pial Vega.

I stumbled across Quavaro’s shop in Eastern Market at lunch that day, and had a chance to speak with Pial about their journey.

A couple of hours later, at a sneak peak of the new Carnegie Library, I came across Quavaro again, at the well-curated #madeindc shop hosted by the DC History Center.

While the first floor of DC’s Carnegie Library now occupies an Apple store built around its town square concept, the  second floor houses a fantastic exhibition space courtesy of the DC History Center.

The History Center’s shop sells goods made in DC and tells the stories behind the entrepreneurs and artisans — including Pial and Cesar — who make them.


About Jake

Jake is passionate about exploring entrepreneurs' global journeys. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the innovative brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age.  Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and/or fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine, and has provided analysis on international business for BBC Radio, NBC News, CNN and Time Magazine.

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