“Sustainable luxury is about going back to the basics of the classical meaning of luxury, a thought over purchase, a craft manufacture, and the beauty of materials in the broadest sense, and the respect for social and environmental aspects.”
A sustainable luxury brand.
By purchasing one of Solantu’s products, you are contributing to the Argentine Caiman Latirostris conservation program and to the economic development of local craftsmen and communities that participate in these handbags’ complex production process.
Passion to merge luxury and art is the core value that guides us as we craft haute-couture handbags.
Argentine Caiman Latirostris conservation program
Latin America is home to the greatest diversity of crocodiles, but many of them are endangered by the constant loss of their natural habitat due to the growth of human populations, the advance of agriculture, pollution, hunting and illegal trade of leather and skins.
Argentina has become a world-class reference for scientific knowledge and sustainable development programs that make it possible to restore natural native crocodile populations.
It is also the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean authorized to export the Argentine Caiman Latirostris species.
Yacaré Porá, Grupo Insud’s model farm, reversed the Argentine Caiman Latirostris’ –locally known as ‘yacaré overo’– endangered status. Over the last 12 years, 9000 caimans have been returned to their natural environments in Corrientes, a province in northern Argentina.
The program is based on the ranching method, which promotes an equilibrium between the commercial exploitation of the species and its long-term conservation in its natural habitat. Instead of hunting, the inhabitants and farmers get paid for notifying the Yacaré Porá staff about the nests’ locations. After a period of incubation and supervised growth in optimal condition pools, some of the animals are returned to nature, thus preserving the species’ life cycle.
The benefits of ranching reach the whole ecosystem, as it discourages poaching and creates employment among locals.
This method is approved by the Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Species Survival Commission (SSC).
Yacaré Porá is certified by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Thanks to exemplary conditions during captivity, the animals return healthy and stronger to their sites of origin. Their adaptation and recovery are monitored by Corrientes Province Wildlife Department and Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).