In the 18th Century during the Edo period in Japan the influence of the Ninja families and was at it’s peak. Deep in the mountainous regions of southern Japan, in the village of Iga there existed a clan of ninjas unlike any other. Known as the “Yamabushi” or mountain priests. Part lethal assassins, part mystic priests the Yamabushi had dedicated their lives to seeking enlightenment.
Through decades of deep communion with nature, the Yamabushi had arrived at an awareness of the laws of the natural world & the cosmic totality. They intended to create a set of teachings, called “The Way of The Ninja”, through which every human could experience Personal Harmony with the Totality.
As stories of the Yamabushi clan and their goal spread in Japan, the Emperor became alarmed. Desiring to prevent any ancient secrets being shared with the rest of the world, he ordered the annihilation of the Yambaushi clan. The Shogun devised a plan to poison the stream of water in the village and was successful in wiping out the majority of the clan. On the night of March 16, 1696, the Shogun & his Samurais led a gruesome attack burning the entire village and slaughtering any remaining Ninja families of the Yamabushi clan. The entire clan was wiped of, except one family named “Marabushi” meaning “Supreme Warrior”
The Marubushi clan fled to the Himalayan mountains, where they came across a clan of Tibetan monks called the “Vanshu”- the Vanshu had lived for centuries in the Himalayas untouched by any other civilizations and had developed super-human abilities such as telepathic communication with plants & animals, shape shifting, being able to regulate heart rate & temperature.
For the next two centuries these two clans began exchanging their ancient knowledge and created a new clan of Ninjas called “Marvaan” , the Japanese “Mar” from Marabushi, meaning “Warrior” and Sanskrit “Vaan” meaning “Undivided” creating Marvaan- “The Warrior that is in Harmony with All” or “The Enlightened Warrior.” Part Monk. Part Warrior.
Merging the Buddhist techniques to channel the forces of nature with the Tibetan materials with the Ninja espionage tactics and created a set of combat suits in which they embedded their ancient knowledge of how a warrior could change the world by being in Harmony with the Totality so they wearer may harness these powers. Along with the combat suits they created a set of principles, called “The Way of The Ninja” which would grant the disciple the powers of nature itself.
In 2015, in the exact location in the Himalayas where two centuries ago the Marvaan clan laid the principles, we created Maison Marvaan- a revolutionary design laboratory that weaves a playful imaginative tale of craftsmanship that breathes freedom of self-expression.
In an age of rabid consumerism & fads we decided to push the boundaries of sustainable & ethical fashion & chart a new path to create a new generation of remarkably sophisticated luxury apparel, or as we call it “Ninja Rebelwear”- Clothing for the modern day rebel who shatters the mold & charts his own path, giving his gifts in the service of humanity.
We began by reimagining every aspect of clothing- from stiching, to the fit & function, to the finest details to create a revolutionary new level of quality that merges the worlds of traditional craftsmanship, precise tailoring, technical performance wear and futurism with artisanal finishing.
As rebels we shatter boundaries that define the sense of luxury.Each item is a statement in itself with an endless possibilities of combinations, all created using our signature elements of exquisite luxury fabrics, timeless designs, futuristic cuts & meticulously tailored silouhettes.
Founded upon “The Way of The Ninja” the 4 Principles created by the Marvaan Clan, these serve not just as our design considerations, and our vision, but is the essence of who we are & shapes everything we do:
- Harmony with Nature: Working solely with natural fabrics like bamboo & hemp to create structured designs that harness the power of Nature (antibacterial, hypoallergenic, temperature regulating, moisture wicking, UV filtering) to create luxury apparel that is also superior technical performance apparel.
- Harmony with Humanity: With a focus on supporting humanity at every step in the lifecycle, as a fair trade social impact enterprise we train and empower women & artisans providing them with meaningful work in safe environments & upward mobility.
- Honouring Tradition: In an age of cultural heritage in craftsmanship diminishing due to hyper industrialization, we revive old techniques from generation past- from weaving in handlooms, to hand embroidered details, we aim to preserve the richness of cultural heritage & traditional craftsmanship techniques so we can use the past to create the new future.
- Striving for Excellence: As product designers, our goal is to make the best product that replaces all before it. Each our natural product outperforms it’s synthetic counterpart in every measure, making it clear what the best choice will be.
And so led by these principles began a half decade of creative experimentation to reengineering the staple items in every man’s wardrobe recreating them to be natural, functional, timeless pieces that incorporate the ultimate luxury- comfort - whether you are travelling the world, out to play, in a desert or simply lounging around the house.
With expression and championing the power of the individual central to the DNA of each garment we create combat suits that activate the masculine warrior essence inside each man, making them into modern day Ninjas- men that leads the path to the new human reality of a collective harmony.
In 2015, a 27 year old man by the name of Ali looked to change his life. A first generation immigrant from Pakistan he was the only one in hi family to ever leave the country. With immense cultural expectations placed on him, he broke free. Having worked as a engineer in an office, he knew there existed a life in him that yearned to be lived. And so, In October 2015 without any plan, he left all his possessions and left on a year long vision quest that took him to the four elements and four corners of the world. In the element of water in the South of Turkey, in a small fishing village in the South of Turkey, he met “The World’s Most Travelled Human”- Mike Spencer Bown, who told him anything was possible. In the last element of his year long vision-quest, Ali found himself in the base of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, where after a near death hiking accident he was rescued by Tibetan monks where he lived for the next weeks and discovered of the legend of Maison Marvaan and brought this ancient knowledge to the rest of the world. Having no experience in design, he started using the principles set by the original tribe and their materials and philosophies, combining his appreciation for tailoring from his childhood growing up in Pakistan, with his engineering knowledge to built multifunctional, timeless creations that brought this ancient knowledge to the rest of the world.