A little history…

The most frequently asked question we hear is “What does Maruca stand for?”  Wellll….standing 6 feet tall, male, Sicilian and big brown eyes…Rex Maruca is the founder of Maruca Design.  Starting out selling fabric for the upholstery industry, hauling loads of swatches… A friend-“Hark! Rex…why don’t you make a tote from those beautiful fabrics to carry your swatches, and one for me as well?”  Rex…”Hmmm…”  Hence Maruca Design was born.  Maruca Design, now 20 years later remains a small, intimate studio nestled in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado. Every bag still hand cut and sewn, kindly here at home.

 

The fiber of our philosophy…

Maruca Design embraces the principles of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America (1860-1910)…A movement that invigorated and emphasized the value placed on traditional and decorative craftsmanship using simple forms.  The movement stood in opposition to industrial manufacturing and sought to promote the moral, social and economic health of the nation…sound familiar?

 

We, at Maruca, believe that creating small production runs of our bags within a cottage industry, creates a consciousness that humanizes our work and makes for a more “harmonious society”.  The result is that we can tout a product that is unique, well made and moves from heart to hand.

As an American-based company, we seek to balance resourcefulness and creativity. After 20 years (!), we remain rooted in the principles of this philosophy.  However, ultimately it is the consumer who will determine the value placed on American made handcraft.

 

Line Inspiration…

Though we are proud to tout that we are American made, we are highly inspired by global crafts.  We thank Indonesia and India for their glorious Ikats, Eastern Europe for floral work and Africa for their bouncing, bold patterns.  Ultimately, we thank Mother Nature…each line consistently has an organic vibe, woody weaves with brilliant tones.

 

Our shapes…

Our bags are designed for gals of all ages and preferences…After 20 years of working with women and their relationship issues with their handbags, (and carrying bags ourselves), we have learned to listen! Not driven by trend, heeding the advice from our followers and endless reconnaissance, our funk-tional shapes are designed to actually work in your life…(always a way to access your cell phone!)

 

Our fabrics…

Our bags are made from a fabric called “Jacquard”…Jacquard means an intricately woven pattern using a special loom in the weaving process. The conception of our fabric patterns begins with drawings, cut paper, collage and re-worked imagery.  We then collaborate with brilliant textile designers from select, smaller independent U.S. fabric mills, who then bring our vision into fruition.  The content of our fabrics can vary…The threads are cottons, rayons and synthetics—many of which are from recycled plastic!

 

Giving back…

With all of your support, we in turn are able to contribute  to multiple humanitarian causes!

To name a few… Boulder Valley Women’s Health, Attention Homes, I have a Dream, Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Boulder County Aids Project, Freedom Service Dogs, Community Food Share, and Attention Homes.

 

Maruca Design’s culture is composed of women who share one common thread…the love for textiles.  It’s such a thrill to spot our fans far and wide, secure in their being, all secure in their unique style.  You’re beautiful, be you…

 

 

Thank you for your interest,

YOUR FANS FROM MARUCA DESIGN