Design has the power to transform and transport us.
So, to tell the story of Mahisi, we take a trip to the vibrant, luscious hues of Indonesia.
To a place with unparalleled artistry and design techniques cultivated and passed down for many generations. A place where ceremony accompanies daily life. Where incense wafts as people glide by wearing batik garments.
Mahisi, which means “Queen” in Sanskrit and is pronounced Ma-hee-see, pays tribute to Indonesia’s rich culture by going straight to the source. We solely employ Indonesian artisans to create our pieces.
Many of our bags feature hand-woven patterns which are not replicable, nor do they lend themselves to fast fashion. Much like the pace of life on Indonesian islands, these pieces are slow fashion. No single bag is exactly alike, and they’re designed to be collected and cherished for years.
Our carefully crafted handbags and accessories are as vibrant as they are fun. The spirit of Indonesia - its coffee, rice paddies, unique villages and ocean breezes - imbues life with spirit.
Most importantly, we share our passion for this artistry ethically. All leather and materials are locally sourced, and weavers receive fair pay. The bags are handcrafted in Bali, and our patterns are made by women weavers from all over Indonesia.
Our mission is at once to empower and inspire, sustainably. With a heartfelt mission to improve the quality of our artisans and their family's lives, a deep love and respect for Indonesia pervades all that we do.
Giving Back: We have a commitment to donate 10% of the net profit of all sales to the Rote Foundation of Rote Island and other charities that are near and dear to us. Charity is part of our long-term growth plans, and we plan to reach many, many more people in different parts of Indonesia.
Preservation: We also empower Indonesian artisans by sharing their handcrafted products with the world. A goal of Mahisi to help preserve the rich heritage of weaving by making it an attractive and sustainable practice for younger generations, many of whom have lost interest in the art.
Sustainable growth: It takes weeks for artisans to hand-sew our products, and they’re well-compensated accordingly. Ultimately, Mahisi plans to work with as many women weavers as possible, in all parts of Indonesia’s thousands of islands.
Transparency: This is important to us. Our much-loved customers have the right to know where and who makes the products they purchase, and can always reach out to us and our Founder, Angelina, directly. We love to hear from you!
We believe the opportunities for growth are limitless.
Mahisi was founded by Angelina Handayani, an Indonesian born, New York based designer and all-around creative.
Her interest in patterns, colors, and textures was influenced by her homeland. As a child in Java, she wore Batik to religious ceremonies, weddings, and important family events. There she felt, firsthand, the power of garment to transform experience. As a young girl she admired the Ikats and other traditional woven fabrics worn on nearby islands.
Angelina eventually moved to USA, where she studied Fashion Design and Marketing. After building a successful career at such household names as Sanctuary Clothing, Stitch’s Jeans, Joe Fresh and New York & Company, she decided it was time to get back to her roots and give back. And so, Mahisi was born.
Equal parts strategic and creative, Angelina infuses Mahisi with her eye for aesthetics and keen business sensibility. A deep love of Indonesia and its people is core to the company’s mission.