Malyia often draws inspiration from the architecture and pulse of her hometown, New York City. African culture, indigenous tribal adornment, and nature have also inspired her collections.
Made by Malyia offers collections handmade in NYC and designed with you in mind. Catering to Jewels (our loving nickname for our customers), means recognizing and understanding that every Jewel is as unique as each design.
As a black woman working in finance, Rebecca always wanted to look professional without sacrificing clean, sophisticated style. She loved color, but never wore it because she couldn’t find the perfect nude pump to complete her outfits.
Frustrated by the lack of options, Rebecca Allen scoured swatches and borrowed friends’ feet to find five nude shades to complement women from dark to light, particularly for women of color.
Sometime around 2010, Robin was gifted a striped leather and cotton drawstring bag from her Grandma, made somewhere in West Africa. She was hardly ever seen without this bag and she was routinely asked where they could be bought. One night in 2012, Robin went to check on a friend in a bar, leaving her handbag at a friend’s table.
When she came back, it was gone. Four years later, and inspired to recreate this beloved bag in 2016, the Sarep + Rose brand (founded as Sareptha Rose) was born.