Founded by Zeynep Akman in 2018, “Mianqa” is a contemporary bags brand offering premium quality leather bags with modern timeless designs. Zeynep’s family business, founded in 1947, is a factory in Istanbul, making leather bags of world’s renowned luxury fashion houses. Despite being a new born brand, Mianqa is carrying in its genes over seven decades of leather crafting experience.
THE MIANQA TEAM
We are the former designers, developers and leather crafters of luxury fashion houses. As the creators of some of the "It Bag"s, we have now designed a unique signature hand weaving pattern. We made sure that the weaving design is both stylish, fashionable, durable and also minimizing the amount of leather wasted after cutting, virtually to nothing. We patented it and called it “Anqa” weave. We pride ourselves in slowfashion, where we take the time to create one-of-a-kind bags, each slowly handcrafted with the best quality leather.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION, SUSTAINABLE LUXURY
“Why there are so much leather, in perfect condition, wasted around?” “How can we turn them into beautiful bags, in a fashionable, stylish way? As designers and developers of leather bags for luxury fashion houses for years, this was the question in our minds as we were starting out Mianqa. We worked tirelessly for months on new ways of combining pieces together. In the end, we came up with the perfect design. A hexagon weave. Our new pattern, a small piece of magical triangle, allowed us to cut even smallest pieces of leather that would be otherwise waste. The resulting work was a strong, durable and beautiful panel. This was our signature. We patented it and called it “Anqa” : the perfect quality leather, that are put aside as waste from different production lots, and create beautiful multicolor handwoven panels with them.
This allowed us to empower women. FSWW, (Foundation For The Support For The Women’s Work) is an NGO in Istanbul aiming to increase economic well-being of low income women. We collaborated with FSWW for the hand-weaving work. We are sending the small cutted pieces to the FSWW center. From there, they are distributed to small foundation houses, where members of the FSWW gather together to hand weave the Mianqa bag panels.