If you know the history of the material, it suddenly becomes alive and changes how you look at it.

We understand Upcycling as a creative process of transforming discarded materials into contemporary and beautiful designs.

Mariclaro Sustainable Designs

Mariclaro has been manufacturing bags and accessories since 2008. The materials we use are declared waste materials that are reclaimed and salvaged by us. Every year, we process tonnes of well-traveled automotive and aircraft leather, thousands of discarded seat belts, large amounts of truck and construction tarps and furniture upholstery.

We are a Canadian-German team and our quality standards are very high. We apply our recycled materials in a quality-conscious way, insisting on superb design and functionality. All pieces are individually handmade in our studio in Snow Road Station, Canada!


Mariclaro began in Mexico in 2008 during a local election period. At the time, founder Sven Schlegel was pursuing his PHD in resource management in rural Mexico, and the abandoned election banners caught his eye – and that was it: the first Mariclaro bag was born.
Sven moved to Canada in 2009 and Mariclaro evolved from a small recycling project into a successful sustainable design company. Besides its own collections, Mariclaro has been elaborating projects and making merchandise for Mercedes Benz, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines and TEDx Talks. In 2011, Mariclaro received the Globe Award for Environmental Excellence for best green Canadian product.

And ….. If anyone wonders where the name came from, it originated back in Mexico, where everything began. It was one of those nights with a bottle of Tequilla on the table. Sven was looking for a name for the project and what could be better than adding the names of three beautifully ladies at the table - Marilyn, Claudia and Rosie - together?