My Story

I am Liberian-born, worldly raised, fashion impacted, and an evolving culture enthusiast. Due to the civil war in Liberia, my family left Liberia, resided in Europe, and moved to Minnesota 21 years ago. At the age of 9, I got my first dose of travel experience to Accra, Ghana. Since then, my obsession with traveling has led to my constant itch to see and experience new worlds. This involves hearing stories of unknown inventors from random strangers, constantly hopping on the TaTa(bus) to my next destination around African markets, roaming European cities nostalgically, acknowledging the fascinating glare in Asian markets, and riveting at the similarities found in South American  and Liberian cuisine . Through my travels and work, I witnessed firsthand the dire situations young people were subjected to. Witnessing the economic inequality facing talented youth left an impact on my worldview. However, my interaction with these young people and love for fashion was the catalyst that led to the creation of Ar-way Bags.

AR-WAY..."Mua Nah"( KRU Language) translates as: Beautiful...."It's Me". The ARWAY Bags experience started in 2018, however, ARWAY has been inspiring sustainable economic driven endeavors through collaboration with young artistic Liberians since 2015. ARWAY uses Art as a vehicle for social change. The sole objective is to engage Liberian youth in the Art sector; thereby encouraging collaboration with Liberian Artists to create appealing products. The end goal is to create beneficial economic opportunities for all involve while enhancing skills.

ARWAY bags are made from the finest West African Ankara and cow/sheep hide (leather), to ensure durability. We handpick cloths, skins, and wood that make our bags and accessories unique. Since the beginning of time Africans live of the land, we cannot stray from tradition, but find means of helping our tribes keep with tradition. Thus, we buy skins directly from local hunters, contributing to their livelihoods. We strive to use materials produced locally or recycled when feasible.

ARWAY produces luxury treasures that brings out the beautiful in you! By using your consumer power to express who you are, you are adding a drop of water to a bucket. Thank you for economically impacting our lives!

Founder Arway bags
Owner/Designer-Marit Woods