Founders, Maria-Paula Herrera and Melissa Moriarty, met out on the dance floor in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012 and have been #girlboss friends ever since. They wanted to create a brand of beautifully designed, artisan made handbags that blended traditional handmade techniques with modern, functional design. And did they ever. The designs of each collection are developed by Maria-Paula and Melissa and hand-crocheted by their artisan partners, the indigenous Wayuu women of La Guajira, Colombia. This brand proudly practices fair trade principles and also donates a portion of their profits to Aguayuda, a charity that provides water sanitation and access to communities in the same region MARIYA’s bags are made. These two influential women are giving the world beautiful bags and doing good at the same time.
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