Malai expands vegan leather business across India and internationally
Vegan leather and accessories brand Malai has expanded its distribution network, recently exporting its coconut-leather textiles to Japan and launching offline at the Raw Collaborative exhibition in Ahmedabad.
Malai recently launched at Raw Collaborative in Ahmedabad as part of an exhibition curated by Anjali Mody, the brand announced on Facebook. The exhibition will run for a year and Malai’s product selection features purses, bags, and other accessories, all made from its signature coconut-based vegan leather.
“Raw Collaborative is bringing together some of the finest design talent from across India in a beautiful space,” Malai announced on its Facebook page. “Malai has been included in the Raw discoveries area and we are so grateful for the opportunity to show our work alongside so many talents!”
The brand also recently exported a range of its vegan leather raw textiles to designer Akiko Hashimoto in Japan, who has launched new accessories brand Mars Handiwork, the brands announced on Facebook. The designer has created a wide range of accessories using Malai’s vegan leather. Hashimoto recently held an exhibition for the brand in Tokyo and has upcoming events in Osaka and Sapporo, Japan.
Malai produces ‘biocomposite’ material using entirely organic and sustainable bacterial cellulose from the coconut plant. Based in Kerala, Malai uses coconut flesh to attain the texture of leather and uses coconut water to facilitate the process. The brand’s 100% biodegradable materials won the Lakme Fashion Week Circular Design Challenge in 2020, which gave it exposure across India.
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