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Mayamiko

Location
1, 136-137 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JE
United Kingdom
Main Contact
Paola Masperi
Tel: 0797 166 3887
Website
http://www.mayamiko.com/

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Mayamiko is a collection of clothing, accessories and homewares, ethically made in Malawi fusing together contemporary design with traditional African techniques.


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Mayamiko is a collection of clothing, accessories and homewares, ethically made in Malawi fusing together contemporary design with traditional African techniques.

Its modern looks in stylish and bold traditional African printed cotton, known locally as chitenje, makes anyone stands out from the fashion crowd. Other unique fabrics from neighbouring African countries are also used in the collections, all sourced at the local market.

The brand also offers fine hand-dyed batiks, yoga-inspired accessories and a fully up-cycled capsule collection called Rebirth.

They operate a Zero Waste workshop, where each piece of fabric and cutting room waste is upcycled into something new and beautiful.

Some plans include design collaborations and the development of a unique textile design.

In understanding each part of the design and production process in the lives of the producers, workers and local community, the brand commits to provide them sustainable employment, using locally sourced goods whilst investing in their skills and development. The result is high quality and luxury ethical products with exquisiteness and value.

As a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum ‘Fellowship 500’ and supporters of the Fashion Revolution movement, Mayamiko is actively leading as innovators and trend-setters within the UK and global fashion industry. They have been recognised for the work ‘Changing Lives’ and as ‘Brand to Watch’ by industry awards, and have also been shortlisted for Vogue Italia’s Eco Talents Scouting 2013 showing their work at Dubai Mall.


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Ethical Focus & Policy

The collections are produced on the Mayamiko Lab just outside Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. The Mayamiko Lab project was set up by Mayamiko Trust, a charity established in 2008 by Paola Masperi to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Malawi by supporting their creative talents and turning them into sustainable activities.

The Mayamiko Lab was designed to provide skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation and promote fairer trade practices. Currently the project provides training in sewing and tailoring to local, disadvantaged women, who are affected by the HIV pandemic or who are carers of HIV orphans.

The Mayamiko fashion brand keeps graduates and local staff in employment paying living wages and adhering to their Ethical Promise. Also fully funding the workshop activities and reinvesting in the growth of their workshops, so that more people can be employed and lifted out of poverty, they make a donation for each garment sold directly to Mayamiko Trust.

They adhere to the Ethical Trade Initiative’s principles (ETI). Their ethical standards include:

• No forced labour
• Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
• Safe and hygienic working conditions
• No child labour
• Living wages
• No discrimination
• No excessive working hours
• Regular employment to be provided
• No harsh or inhumane treatment
• Training and professional development for all employees
• A nutritious meal every day
• Life skill sensitization and individual support
• Support to set up independent businesses and cooperatives when desired
• Financial education and access to microfinance, loans and grants
• Pension scheme and gratuity

Additionally, they are looking to replicate the model in other countries and working on partnerships, as well to make their workshop fully solar powered so the impact is even lower.

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Pricing information

Wholesale: £15 – £80

Retail: £29 – £79


Products and services

Mayamiko produces accessories, homewares, womenswear and menswear ethically made in Malawi and other developing countries, fusing together contemporary design with traditional local techniques. It produces high quality, luxury, ethical goods that are unique to the market.


Minimum order criteria

No minimum

Typical Product lead times

3 to 6 weeks

Closest shipping ports

Retail orders are shipped from the UK. Wholesale orders may be shipped from the UK or Malawi. Shipping FOB with DHL. Mayamiko can use the client’s shipper if they are set up with one.