We’ve seen our fair share of upcycled products, but bags made out of recycled sails? That was a new one. Mafia Bags first came to SFMade through our How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products workshop. The start-up company uses materials from recycled kite surf, wind surf and boat sails to construct backpacks, accessories and duffel bags. Mafia Bags first came to SFMade through our How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn products workshop. The start-up company uses materials from recycled sails to construct backpacks and bags. At the time, they were looking for help setting up a manufacturing facility in San Francisco.
Shortly after they set up their factory, Mafia grew their small family to hire a father and son team, Jude and Roy, and just recently, Jude’s wife, Rohnin as well. They were connected to the new employees through SFMade’s Hiring Made Better program: our Workforce and Hiring Manager helped them to craft the job descriptions, shared the positions with our workforce partners, and made the right match with the help of the International Rescue Committee.
Here’s the story reposted from Mafia’s blog:
Originally from Sri Lanka, the father son has only been in the United States for a total of 5 weeks! Our friends at SFMade got us in touch with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) who introduced us, and immediately we knew they were the perfect fit.
“We reside In Oakland but we love San Francisco, it’s not much different from back home because we are already comfortable in the big city setting” says Jade. The two will help construct Mafia products, and bring exciting new possibilities to our one-of-kind products.
“Back home in Sri Lanka, my father was a fashion designer and we both worked in a big factory, so sewing is pretty much what we’ve been doing our entire lives.” Mafia Bags is ecstatic to have this great duo apart of our family!
For more information on Mafia Bags visit http://mafiabags.com
Photos by Josh Schielie, Rendezvous Magazine Founder & Art Director, courtesy of Mafia Bags.
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