Paulina “Amina” Anchia was only six years old when she got her first sewing machine from her grandmother in Puerto Rico. She didn’t know at the time that it would be her ticket to make a difference to other young women.
Encouraged by her mother Beatriz Martinez, Anchia created bags and clothes to sell to family and friends. Eventually, the mother-daughter duo decided to follow Anchia’s dream of becoming a fashion designer and launched the Beamina brand.
Beamina is a mixture of Anchia’s nickname and Martinez’s first name – âAminaâ means warrior, and the first two letters of âBeatrizâ represent the verb âto beâ. This is the real message behind Beamina’s products; “Fashion with Purpose” and empowering women around the world to have the courage to pursue their dreams.
This inspiration is shown in their bags. The original “Fearless Bag” collection aimed to show that there are no limits to your dreams and your potential.
In 2021, the “BombÃ³n” handbag debuted, an evolution of the original. Beamina’s website says “Designed with love in Puerto Rico, each stitch is meticulously sewn in a world-class Spanish factory by experienced local artisans, who bring a refined tradition to their craftsmanship from one of the world’s leading manufacturers who supply international luxury brands. “
Now they have just launched the ‘Zer’ handbag. The bag looks like angel wings, and the brand said it was designed and inspired by pure love, being your best and facing the world with confidence.
âZer is the quintessence of the meeting between fashion and art. We wanted to create a sleek and stylish handbag that could also give a whole generation ‘wings’ to flourish, âMartinez said. âThe design of the bag speaks louder than words, Zer, which means ‘to be’ in Spanish, is a manifesto for spiritual guidance. Its structure embodies the power of your inner “Zer” and reassures you that you are loved and protected by your guardian angel, who accompanies you at every moment of your life.
For each purchase of a handbag, Beamina donates a portion of the profits to the Glasswing International Foundation. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, help and educate children and young people in Latin America. They do this through education, health, community empowerment, and employment and entrepreneurship programs. Beamina has partnered with Glasswing’s Youth LEAD program to help vulnerable girls in Latin America thrive.
But that’s not all Beamina does to give back.
âPaulina wanted to help girls like her, so we created our ‘Fashion with Purpose’ social impact program,â Martinez said. âAnd for two years running, in partnership with the Ricky Martin Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for the well-being of children and provides education and solutions for international efforts to end child trafficking. We believe the ultimate luxury is to give back.
“Fashion with Purpose” is based on four pillars: youth, education, community and well-being. The partnership with Glasswing is part of that program, but they also provided PPE to health centers and hospitals in Colombia and Puerto Rico during the pandemic, worked to bring Christmas to less fortunate children in the Dominican Republic, and worked to provide resources to those affected by Hurricane Irma with A Smile for the Soul Foundation.
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