In 2003, Laurel Brandstetter traveled to Madagascar to build on a community development effort initiated by a relative. She met with dozens of artisan groups who had a vision of making their products available in the global marketplace. Laurel and the Mar Y Sol team have built an accessories brand recognized for its unique designs, exquisite craftsmanship and creative use of sustainable materials. We maintain our commitment to this tradition by using organically tanned leathers and responsibly sourced raw materials. The sale of our products enables families to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft and promotes environmental conservation.