MAKU was established by a small team of like-minded people who love working with natural materials and believe in ‘making use, not waste’. MAKU combines these two passions – everything we create is designed to make use of pre-consumer discards.
Our starting point was the realisation that – much like the textile sector – the international leather industry also creates a great deal of waste. Knowing nothing about the retail, leather, fashion or footwear sectors we jumped right in – and we’ve been enjoying the learning curve ever since!
MAKU launched online in February 2021 with just four slipper batches. Made from beautiful offcuts and seconds sourced from Turkey’s huge leather production sector, these were an immediate success.
Thousands of slippers later, and our passion for what we do is only matched by the interest and enthusiasm our wonderful customers provide. This is what drives us to be ever more innovative in our use of ‘waste’.
Our range of slipper models has quickly grown, and we now offer hats, gloves, gilets and a whole host of other accessories, plus soft furnishings too. All these ranges give purpose to beautiful leather and sheepskin that mass production so readily discards. No two rugs are identical. Our slipper models are only produced in limited editions, with the amount of leather or sheepskin we are able to source in a particular finish determining each batch size.
At MAKU we aim to give overlooked natural materials new purpose, creating beautiful products for you to use and enjoy.