Smateria is a women-owned and operated social business founded in 2006 by Jennifer Morellato and Elisa Lion, who both shared passions for creativity, business and sustainability. Elisa is our creator and maker, always searching for ways to transform materials with a creative twist. She met Jennifer, who was looking to start a business that empowers Cambodians through their work. After prototyping their first bags, they took the ethipreneurial plunge to transform their ideas into a thriving ethical brand dedicated to creativity, positivity and style…..Smateria was born.
Smateria means to transform a material and give it new life. Our originality lies within the unconventional materials that we use. At Smateria we take inspiration from our urban and local surroundings and create bags and accessories made from recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials. All items are 100% ethically made in Cambodia with an Italian flair, using high quality and durable materials.
At Smateria we strongly believe in building and supporting a community. Produced in-house from start to finish, all our products are carefully handmade by an amazing team of Khmer artisans. Since the inception of the company we are continuing to scale our impact worldwide, standing up for human values and continuing to build our amazing community.