MÆYA Amsterdam is founded in 2016 by four friends with a passion for fashion and sustainability. It is an Amsterdam-based label born under the mindset of using innovative materials to create luxury goods.
Today we are continually confronted with climate changes due to environmental pollutants.
In the light of improving the environment, we were looking for a material that was both fashionable and conscious. This is when we found fish leather. We believe that fish leather is a premium option for making quality leather goods.
Sustainable fish leather is the main material that is being used in our products. It finds it origin in Iceland and it has many appealing characteristics. It is a durable replacement for cowhide because the production process is far less harmful. In addition, our fish skins are a byproduct of the fish processing industry that normally would be thrown away, therefore it is a repurposed material that otherwise would be discarded. Other advantages of the fish leather can be found under the heading “material”.
Our designs are both complex and simple, and they all have an elegant and timeless look. Because of the quiet unknown material, a lot of time and technique is used making this product. Therefore our bags are true, sincere craftsmanship.
There are many sorts of fish leather, but we choose to work with salmon leather. It appealed to us the most because of its elegant and refined look.One of the advantages of salmon leather is that it is almost three times stronger than cow leather and at the same time is very flexible and soft. In normal leather the fibers run in one direction, but fish leather has a natural cross-fiber structure. As a result, the material is very sturdy. Besides all this, fish leather is a sustainable alternative to cow leather due to the lack of waste materials produced and because during the tanning and dyeing process the least amount of chemicals are being used.