About Us

Our Goal

Our goal at Majas is to provide well-made everyday leather goods that are timeless, beautiful, functional, and durable, all at fair prices. In other words, we'd like slow fashion to not feel like a sacrifice.

This belief, paired with our commitments to environmental sustainability and ethical working condition, lays down a strong base for us to build our practices.

By choosing our leather goods over fast fashion, our customers are opting for something that will last forever. Our hope is that this will lead to less spending on fast fashion and more of wearing beautiful wardrobe staples that can be passed down to the next generation. 

With less spending on fast fashion, there will be less production waste, less harmful chemicals, and less negative environmental impact as a whole. Slow fashion can be this easy.

 

Our Social Impact

 
We partner with leather artisans from Yogyakarta, the art capital of Indonesia, to support their crafts and to help them socioeconomically. It is our priority to ensure that they are paid living wages that can support their families and to provide them clean and safe working spaces. We are also proud to say that more than 70% of our artisans are women artisans and by supporting them financially, they are able to gain a more equal footing with the men in their communities.

 

Our Environmental Impact

It is not enough for us to produce leather goods ethically. We also want to make sure that we are not taking more than we need from nature and to be mindful of our production impact to the environment. We do this in 3 ways:

  • All of our leather comes from cow hides deemed as part of the meat industry's waste. In other words, we don't sacrifice animals unnecessarily and we certainly are not taking part in crafting leathers of endangered animals.
  • We incorporate vegetable-tanned leather into our designs. Vegetable tanning is the most environmentally-friendly method of tanning as it uses natural materials, instead of chemicals, to dye the leather. It is also the most manual and time consuming process which takes around 2 months to complete (compared to 5 days using chemicals) and requires particular knowledge from the tannery workers. The result is beautiful natural leather that has its own characters and will develop patina as it matures and ages.
  • Lastly, by working directly with our artisans, we eliminate the need for middle men which brings our carbon footprint down and keeps our price fair.

 

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Our Design Philosophy

We realize that crafting something as durable and as beautiful as leather means that our designs need to be in-style for many years to come. We opt for a timeless look for our products to ensure multiple wears for multiple occasions. Our hope is that our leather goods can help you transition from meeting rooms to happy hour, or Toronto to Jakarta, effortlessly. 

 

Our Pricing

To make slow and sustainable fashion accessible for everyone, we only charge our customers the bare minimum: the cost of leather and hardware, fair wages for our employees and artisans, the cost to keeping our lights on, and to develop new products to meet our customers' needs.

 

Head over to our Shop section now to browse our beautifully-designed, high-quality, handcrafted leather goods.