Gunas New York
About the Company
Gunas was founded in 2009 by designer and animal lover Sugandh Agrawal to create cruelty-free, luxury accessories. Initially made in New York’s fashion district, she now sources and produces shoes and bags in limited editions using small-scale manufacturers in Seoul, Korea. In 2018, GUNAS sourced a material made in Korea from mulberry plant pulp to use as an alternative leather in men’s bags. In 2019, GUNAS completed a seed investment round to expand its offerings into beauty products, especially for millennial consumers interested in sustainability.
MulbTex is a base of cotton coated with mulberry plant pulp and sealed with silicone.
Gunas states that MulbTex is made from mulberry leaves that have been pulped to make paper. According to other sources, mulberry paper is made from the bark (not the leaves) of the mulberry plant in a centuries-old process used in Thailand, Korea, and other countries in Asia. MulbTex compresses this mulberry paper onto a cotton backing and seals it with silicone for strength and waterproofing. GUNAS men’s bags are handmade with MulbTex in Korea.
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