ARWAY Bags and Accessories is a subsidiary of ARWAY Inc. a registered incorporation in Liberia.
ARWAY was established in 2012 with the objective of inspiring sustainable economic driven endeavors through collaboration with young artistic Liberians. All business ventures indulged in under the ARWAY brand, sole objective is to engage Liberian youth in the art sector; thereby encouraging collaboration with Liberian Artists in order to create appealing commodities. The end goal is to create beneficial economic opportunities for all involved, while enhancing skills. ARWAY bags commenced in 2015, after years of immense research to ensure durability. 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 modernizing and helping our tribes keep with tradition. Thus, we buy directly from local hunters, contributing to their livelihoods. We believe it is important Liberia continues to maintain a low carbon emission record; we strive to use materials that were produced locally, or recycled when feasible.
About Our Founder
Marit is Liberian born, worldly raised, fashion impacted, and culturally rapt. Due to the civil war in Liberia, her family left Liberia, resided in Europe, and moved to the United States. Marit earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Sociology (LCD) and a Minor in Youth Studies, and obtained her Master of Arts from the School of International Training in Intercultural, Leadership, and Management with a focus on Sustainable Development. She has over 16 years of Management and Marketing experience in the nonprofit and private sectors, including working with Target Corporation, USAID implementing partners, Embassy Missions, serving as Americorps Fellow, and contacting in various capacities at government institutions. However, fashion has always been her passion. The catalyst that led to the creation of ARWAY LLC was her experience working with various communities in Africa and witnessing the dire economic inequality facing youth. She focuses her attention on her family and collaborating with local Artisans through ARWAY, a social enterprise with the objective of inspiring sustainable economic endeavors thereby creating beneficial economic opportunities for all involved while enhancing skills. Marit volunteers with several nonprofits and serves on the board of the Tom Karama Foundation.
Meet Your Makers
ARWAY collections are inspired by the main three tribal groups (Mande, Mel, and Kru) and individuals in Liberia, and the authenticity of their traditions. Each item is uniquely designed in the bliss of the night or the wee hours of the mornings. Once completed, our Designer maneuver to different parts of Monrovia to meet with our various Artists. As our designs are unique, every component is designed to ensure each Artist utilizes his/her skills, additionally, ALL can benefit economically. She starts her journey with the Bag Makers, after hours of adding and subtracting they conclude. She skids over to the wood Carver with stencils and patterns, he carefully carves out each stencil. In between, she talks to the Painter, Vendors, BAs, etc. After a few weeks, our products are at your disposal. Thanks to……….
A protege of a Liberia fashionista, he has effectively grasped the art of threading in all aspects. He believes it is calling, and hope to someday own a fashion house.
"He was born to be an artist," said a colleague. Frank started drawing at an early age. He is known to be one of the best Artists in Liberia. He is currently working at Heritage newspaper, and freelance when the calling is right.
From a young age, Konneh's' father taught him the art of woodcarving. Over the years Konah has mastered the art, and currently, utilize his skill to carve several items using various wood originating from West Africa.
My father inspired me to become a professional handbag maker. At the age of fifteen, I decided to perfect the art of bag making. Making bags is not just about earning a living, but leaving a legacy for my children to one day follow.
"The manifestation of an idea from theory to actuality are moments I cherish"-Marit. Liberian born, worldly raised, fashion impacted, and cultural rapt. Her passion to utilize art as a tool for economic empowerment led her to create ARWAY. A social enterprise striving to creatively and economically empower youth who dare to be active dreamers.
What Are My Products Made Of?
Due to the scarcity of materials in Liberia and our passion to create eco-friendly products, ARWAY team avoid importing raw materials by using local materials or recycle items for finishing. Our materials come from all over Africa, but the majority is a source within the West African region. To know more about the raw materials, we use to make our bags and accessories, click on each listed item to get more information.Wood