Mariposa began in 1984, on the heels of founder Livia Cowan’s youthful adventures, driving through Mexico with her sister in a camper. They delighted in exploring artists’ respect for their history, passion for quality and versatile use of materials. They also recognized the potential for innovation—using the artists’ past as a stage for new interpretations. At the end of the trip, with the camper full of recycled glassware, Livia returned to her family home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and set up shop in her parent’s garage. Mariposa was born.
Nearly three decades later, the truck and the garage headquarters are gone but the small family-feel of the company remains. Mariposa is currently housed in a renovated, yellow 19th century livery stable called “The Barn” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
Sourcing from around the world has brought a myriad of new products and materials. Yet from the start we have recognized the need for ecological responsibility; the majority of our products were, and still are, handcrafted from 100% recycled aluminum and glass soft drink bottles.
The expertise we’ve acquired through the years has been put to good use. Mariposa not only presents cutting edge combinations of materials and design…but provides the gift for living that reflects the humor, kindness and personality we all want to share!