Address: 760 S. 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Mariachi Imports has been developing innovative household products since 1994 when we first brought handcrafted, lead-free tableware to the U.S. from Mexico. Ten years ago we designed and started to produce the phenomenally successful Sweep Dreams broom line of working designer brooms in Thailand. This was quickly followed by the introduction of Mad Mats, the best-made line of outdoor rugs on the planet – indispensable for carefree outdoor living.
Founders Amy Kimmich and Maury Letven have always looked for the design potential in otherwise mundane household products. Both graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, and apply their creative training to all aspects of their business and product lines.
At the same time, Mariachi is dedicated to producing environmentally and socially responsible products. “We are passionate about two things “says Amy, “One, the environment, and two, fairness in the work place. It is essential to us to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. It means tighter margins for us, but it’s always worth it. In fact, we have found that incorporating this principle into the structure of all our operations is rewarding in a way that extra dollars could never be.” In the end, it’s actually pretty easy to do the right thing.
All of our products are made or finished by hand – people producing artful works with incredible care and pride. That also means that no two products will be exactly alike, and that there will be some imperfections. That is the beauty of hand-made products.
We adhere to best fair trade and environmental practices. We treat the people who make our products, regardless of where they are in the world, as we ourselves expect to be treated. Equally important, we strive to minimize our environmental footprint both through the materials we use and our production processes.
As an example, our outdoor rugs are made from the highest quality, 100% recycled polypropylene (plastic milk jugs, containers, etc.) enriched with state-of-the-art colorants and UV protectors. Our brooms are manfuctured from 100% renewable sorghum and bamboo, and dyed with non-toxic colors. In short, we create beauty from materials that are land-fill bound or literally grow like weeds. Read more and see the pictures:
Mad Mats are made of 100% recycled polypropylene with a polyester/nylon ribbon.