Born in the Medellín countryside in Colombia, Ricardo Ballen grew up in awe of nature and with a passion for artisanship. It was these values that led him to Milan, where he attained a degree in Leather Goods and Pattern Making from the prestigious ArSutoria School. Back in Colombia, Ricardo launched Ballen - a women’s accessories brand built upon conscious craft and essential luxury. Through a timeless and intimate approach to its Colombian heritage, the brand delves into local materials to build virtuous, modern silhouettes of unwavering quality. From vegan cactus leather to chocolatillo fibre, and repurposed açai seeds, Ballen’s collections are crafted from unique, locally sourced, sustainable materials and with slower-paced production processes that focus on quality rather than ongoing trends. Inspired by workmanship and hand-made, each piece is carefully constructed inhouse by masterful hands whose personal imprint on each piece, is cherished and valued.
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