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Mariclaro

Rich with Stories and Character

Mariclaro was established by Sven Schlegel in 2008, designing and creating high-quality products that tell a story.

The relocation of Mariclaro to Frontenac County in 2013, marked a turning point
with a more sustainable business environment. This change allowed Sven to transform his innovative designs of unique sustainable bags and accessories created from recycled materials to become a standout Canadian business.

Frontenac Business Services provided financial support and business advice, which facilitated Mariclaro’s transition to a direct sales model. The support from Frontenac Business Services significantly impacted the growth and market presence. Today, Mariclaro manages production and sales in house, which are focused on enhancing the story that each product tells with their direct-to-consumer approach. The company’s commitment to the use of recycled materials not only defines their product line as they believe repurposed materials are rich with stories and character, but also supports their environmental responsibility.

Sven’s life skills acquired while pursuing his PhD in Mexico, highlighted the importance of realities, embracing technology, and simplifying operations. All the items are handmade in Canada, in a studio located in North Frontenac. He highlights the importance of quality products, being able to navigate changes, and having access to capital to support success. Mariclaro’s journey demonstrates ways the financial and advisory support from Frontenac Business Services is beneficial for businesses.

Mariclaro demonstrates the authentic power of combining sustainability, a strong business sense, with the support to foster growth from Frontenac Business Services. This allowed Mariclaro to establish their mark in the sustainable fashion industry.

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