Welcome to Haku Leather Design, a brand for leather lovers with a fair heart. It was on a trip to Greece that this adventure started. I fell in love with a nice leather backpack in Athens. The backpack was my loyal companion all along my trip. It was very practical, comfortable and stylish.

leather backpack

In 2016, once back home after finishing my studies abroad, I knew I wanted to set up my own business. But not just any type of business, one that would cause an impact in Ecuadorian society. And then I remembered the leather backpack! And I also remembered there was a small community of leather handcrafters near my parents’ hometown. Why not combining the social impact with my passion for leather? Why not give the artisans the chance to produce modern accesories to be sold at accessible prices while improving their standard of living? And after a couple of weeks, HAKU was born!

WHY "HAKU"?

I wanted to have a meaningful name and I wanted it to be consistent with the brand spirit and my Ecuadorian origins. So, I came up with "HAKU" which is a word in Kichwa (an indigenous language spoken by some Ecuadorian communities) that means "LET´S GO!". It fitted perfectly to what I want to communicate: my roots and the positive vibes to always go forward.


Alejandra Calvache
FOUNDER