Mariclaro specializes in crafting bags and accessories using repurposed materials, especially vintage automotive interiors and aviation seat materials. Originating in 2008 with the vision to utilize repurposed materials for modern designs, Mariclaro champions the belief that reused materials are rich in character and narrative. Every item is meticulously handmade in their Snow Road Station studio in Ontario, Canada, ensuring high quality in each stitch.
The brand’s inception traces back to Mexico, when founder Sven Schlegel, during his PHD pursuit in resource management, got inspired by discarded election banners, leading to the creation of the first Mariclaro bag. After relocating to Canada, Mariclaro transitioned from a recycling initiative to an acclaimed sustainable design company, collaborating with names like Mercedes Benz and Air Canada and even bagging the Globe Award for Environmental Excellence in 2011.
The uniqueness of Mariclaro lies in its intricate process. They work with recycled materials, making each design distinct. From personally sourcing automotive fabrics from local wrecking yards to collaborating with airlines for aircraft materials, Mariclaro ensures authenticity and a sustainable approach.
Furthermore, their ZEIT.WORKS collection transforms vintage luxury car interiors into exclusive bag pieces, each imprinted with the car’s history, making it impossible to replicate. All of these handcrafted in Canada, celebrating time’s ability to change and refine beauty.