If you know the history of the material, it suddenly becomes alive and changes how you look at it. I understand up-cycling as a creative process of transforming discarded materials into contemporary and beautiful designs.

Mariclaro has been manufacturing bags and accessories since 2008. The materials I use are declared waste materials that are reclaimed and salvaged by me. Every year, I process tonnes of well-traveled automotive and aircraft leather and thousands of discarded seatbelts. I apply the recycled materials in a quality conscious way, insisting on superb design and functionality. All pieces are individually handmade in my studio in the Snow Road Station, and always tell the story of where the material originated.

Sven Schlegel – (Snow Road Station, ON)