While living in beautiful Vancouver, Mitun Chaudhuri stood at the crossroads of life – whether to pursue her interest and passion in the world of Design or continue a career path in Information Technology. She decided to choose the path of a Social Entrepreneur and move away from her corporate career. MAKA MAKA (friend in Hawaiian), a Sustainable Lifestyle brand, came into being soon thereafter.
An explorer at heart, Mitun traveled around the world and across North America. Remote and surreal Svalbard, dramatic Atacama Desert, colors of Buenos Aires, vibrant energy of India, natural beauty of the US and Canada, and so much more added to the inspiration behind the travel inspired and artisan focused collection of Maka Maka. During her travels, Mitun explored many artisanal works of art, met some very talented Artisans, and visited some curated concept stores.
Maka Maka began its journey in Vancouver in 2009 with its predecessor brand Rajboori Luxury Home Textiles, introducing a vibrant and eclectic collection of luxurious Organic Peace Silk home textiles.
The journey continued with Rajboori being rebranded to Maka Maka in 2012, while launching its flagship store and café in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Using Kolkata as a hub, a strong network of artisans across different parts of India was established. Raising awareness about Sustainable Materials is a key focus for Mitun, which, she fulfills through speaking engagements at various Design Schools.
Maka Maka Lifestyle, LLC. is now a brand operating from the USA.
Mitun has an MBA in E-Commerce from Georgia State University and a BBA (MIS) from the University of Georgia, USA. She was also a recipient of the unique Georgia Rotary Student Program Scholarship (GRSP) to study in the USA as an undergraduate student.