Laurel Brandstetter founded Mar Y Sol in 2003 after a trip to Madagascar to build on a relative's community development work. There, she met with dozens of local artisans with a vision and a determination to make their products available globally. Laurel and the Mar Y Sol team have since expanded to a full accessories brand recognized for unique designs, exquisite craftsmanship, and creative use of sustainable materials. All the materials are naturally sourced and only organically tanned leathers are used. The partnership between Mar Y Sol and the artisans of Madagascar enables families to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft, and promotes environmental conservation.