Brand Description & Mission Statement:

Mayamiko Designed is an ethical and sustainable woman's wear and life style brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, all of which is lovingly made in Malawi by our small team of pattern cutters and seamstresses. We are a non seasonal contemporary woman’s wear brand inspired by african artisan tradition and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability at our core.

Mayamiko is partnered with Mayamiko Trust a charity set up by our founder Paola Mesperi in 2008 after her extensive travels in Africa. Paola aimed to help the most disadvantaged people in Malawi by nurturing their creative talents and turning them in to sustainable activities that could be transferable to trade practices. Lifting people out of poverty and towards a better future.

The Charity and brand work together through the Mayamiko fashion lab where our garments are made. The Mayamiko fashion Lab was designed to provide training, education, nutrition, sanitation and fairer trade practices to all of those involved. The project currently provides training in sewing and tailoring as well as financial and business skills to local, disadvantaged women, who are affected by the HIV pandemic or who are carers of HIV orphans. After their training all trainees receive a TEVETA recognised qualification as well as guidance and access to a micro-finance scheme, enabling them to start their own business.

However, many graduates choose to stay and work with us (yay!) Mayamiko the label helps to keep graduates and local staff in employment, paying living wages and adhering to our Ethical Promise. We also fully fund the workshop activities and reinvest in the growth of our workshops, so that more people can be employed and lifted out of poverty. Additionally we make a donation of £1 for each garment sold directly to Mayamiko Trust


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Certifications, Memberships, Rankings & Awards:
Member of the Ethical Fashion Forums 'Fellowship 500', Member of the Iprefer30 campaign, Partner with Mayamiko Trust.

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