eocas + artisanal   21

Pachacuti Hats (and their founder Carry Somers)
About:
"Carry Somers MA FRSA is a British fashion designer, social entrepreneur and fashion campaigner. She is founder of the global movement Fashion Revolution and founder and director of Pachacuti.
[...]
Somers founded fair trade hat brand Pachacuti in 1992. Pachacuti was the first company to be certified under the World Fair Trade Organization Sustainable Fair Trade Management System, the first International certification of a fair trade, sustainable production process. The WFTO certification "guaranteed practices, procedures and processes that demonstrate social, economic and environmental responsibility throughout the supply chain". Pachacuti's products were labelled Certified Fair Trade by WFTO UK0001-2009 to 2012.

Somers piloted the European Union Geo Fair Trade project from 2009–12 which traced products from the straw to the Panama hat weavers. 60 social, economic, geolocalisation and environmental indicators tracked annual changes. The pilot project mapped the GPS co-ordinates of Pachacuti's 154 weavers' houses in Ecuador, the parcels of land where the Carludovica Palmata grows, and the co-ordinates of the associations who harvest and process the straw.

At London Fashion Week in September 2013, People Tree Ltd. and Pachacuti were the first brands globally to launch the WFTO Fair Trade Guarantee System label.
[...]
Somers is founder of Fashion Revolution, a global movement which arose from the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. Fashion Revolution Day takes place globally on 24 April each year and in 2016 grew into Fashion Revolution Week. Somers organised roundtable debates at the House of Commons and the House of Lords on ethics, sustainability and transparency in the fashion supply chain including Fashion Question Time in February 2015 and April 2016 and Ethical Fashion 2020:a New Vision for Transparency in June 2015. There are Fashion Revolution teams in almost 100 countries around the world.
[...]
Somers speaks nationally and internationally on Fashion Revolution, fair trade, entrepreneurship, sustainability, fashion and certification. She lectures on cruise ships in Latin America and the Caribbean on textiles, traditional dress, artisan handicrafts, indigenous peoples and fair trade.
[...]
Somers wrote the introduction to "Fixing Fashion" which looks at the impacts of consumer culture's addiction to disposable fashion, published in 2015 by New Society.
[...]
She is co-author of the book Working Ethically, which aims to help business owners find an ethical strategy which will benefit their suppliers, community and environment. She contributed a chapter to the book, published in 2014, Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship"

Note:
As of 201901 website seems down, alternative source: https://www.facebook.com/pachacuti

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Fashion  Designer  SocialEntrepreneur  Sustainability  Eco  UK  hats  Textile  Fair_Trade  Education  processing  handmade  artisanal  Ethical_fashion  Brand  Transparency  certification  book  Expert  interview  luxury  sustainable 
january 2019 by eocas
Design Library (aka: Hangzhou "Material Library)
About:
"YUHANG RONG DESIGN LIBRARY is built by PINWU Design Studio and Yuhang Government in Hangzhou China. It focuses on Chinese traditional handcraft research and each material deconstruction from the craft. The Library offers designers Chinese traditional materials such as bamboo, paper, clay, porcelain, copper, silver, silk, etc. Remains of ancient Chinese folk culture are still to be found, hidden in villages. The library is passionate collecting the knowledge from the old craftsman."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  artisanal  material  fabric  Sustainability  bamboo  Culture  exhibition  rural  Research  design  China  Zhejiang 
october 2018 by eocas
Kilomet 109
About:
"Designer, artist and eco-entrepreneur, Van Thao is a leader among the pioneering group of young designers who have made Hanoi an emerging creative hub of the fashion world.
[...]
Thao’s vision encompasses every detail of the production process, starting with the natural materials that go into the garments she designs. In doing so she is helping to preserve the rich textile heritage of Vietnam.

Using organic fibers and traditional techniques of vegetable dying, Thao works with her team of local artisans to grow, spin, weave, color and print Kilomet 109 fabrics. After that the garments are hand-stitched in her studio in Hanoi.
[...]
The value of our pieces is about more than their design, it’s about the culture of the people who make them and the environmental issues that are so vital to our future.”

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Fashion  Designer  artisanal  Made-to-Order  ecological  vietnam  Fibres  dyeing  Organic  Organic_Fabric  Vegetables  Sustainability  eco_brand  sustainablecompany  sustainablefashion  Brand 
september 2018 by eocas
bluesheet
Helps farmers and boutique indigo makers to meet fashion industry's demand of natural pigment on a global scale by advocating for collaborative production. Their bio-based indigo dyestuff can answer current pollution concern across fashion industry and fulfil upcoming conscious consumer demand.

Shanghai-based by French ecopreneur Paul Iglesia.

HAG
fashionmeetsorganic  textile  organic  dyeing  artisanal  sustainablecompany  France  China  Shanghai  Manufacturing  Collaboration 
july 2018 by eocas
Schweibenalp – Center of Unity
About:
"Living and working community to manage the seminar business and the permaculture gardens. As a part of the Global Ecovillages Network, we consider ourselves as one of the emerging models for a holistic cultural transformation. At the Center of Unity Schweibenalp we contribute since more than 30 years to the development of an integral life culture and universal spirituality."
In Brienz / Bernese Alps / Switzerland.

HAG
Agrachina  Permaculture  Sustainability  community  sustainable  sustainablecompany  Slow_Fashion  Slow_Food  network  Conference  Switzerland  gardening  Culture  Cultivation  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  rural  Lifestyle  Lifesnippets  Agricultural_Development  artisanal  decentralization  natural  Philosophy  Ethics 
june 2018 by eocas
Urban Tribe 城市山民
About:
"Urban Tribe, established in 2006 with its base in Shanghai, aims to explore natural spirit with original design of clothes, handmade jewelry, ceramics and more, all connected to a lifestyle inspired by tribal aesthetics and wisdom."

Their shops are inspired by tea-houses. Some of their production happens in Guizhou in artisan ways.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Brand  Shanghai  artisanal  Fashion  jewelry  tea  Guizhou  sustainablefashion  Fair_Trade  equality  handmade  China 
april 2018 by eocas
The Good Wardrobe | Style.Shared.
Online style-sharing community hub mixing sustainable fashion with services that prolong the wardrobe life. Providing such as:
- Sewing class recommendation
- Local cobbler
- Long-life style directory
- Affordable sustainable style
- Positive impact of personal creativity
- Promotes local and ethical industries

The Good Wardrobe describes themselves as "the antithesis of fast fashion, a cocktail of Toptable and Stylebible with a twist of Freecycle; think the love-child of Tripadvisor and Treehugger, raised by eccentric but oh so stylish great Aunt Liberty – a war baby with a life-long love of make-do and mend."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  UK  London  community  Fashion  Slow_Fashion  vintage  artisanal  Ethical_fashion  Sustainability  sustainablefashion  Service_Provider  Platform  repair  Localization  LocaVore  circulareconomy 
march 2018 by eocas
Matter Prints
About:
"MATTER reinterprets textile heritage into prints that tell stories of where and why they are made. Our mission is threefold — to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire customers to value provenance & process, and pioneer industry change & sustainability for rural textile communities."

Label started in 2014 by Ho Renyung and Yvonne Suner, initially focusing on trousers with hand-weaving, intricate block printing and heritage designs. Operating from office-shophouse in Singapore.

HAG
Singapore  Fashionmeetsorganic  Textile  artisanal  Designer  Collaboration  shop  Brand  Sustainability  rural  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment 
february 2018 by eocas
MATTER | Change Beyond Textiles
About:
"MATTER reinterprets textile heritage into prints that tell stories of where and why they are made. Our mission is threefold – to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire customers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities.

Founded in 2014, we began simply with the intention to make where and why something is made, and by whom, matter. [...] Grounded on purpose and impact, we always knew that we wanted this to go beyond creating products that reflect a culture’s heritage in its craft.

We create garments and accessories that accompany you through day and night, always with the ethos of comfort and versatility in mind. Working with a curative philosophy inspired by tradition, we source heritage prints and styles while reinterpreting them in a modern manner. Our mission is to impact change beyond textiles — to make rural artisan production sustainable, shift designers’ approach to their process, and inspire customers to value provenance."

Well-written blog with interesting posts such as:
https://matterprints.com/journal/community/slowing-down-fast-fashion/

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  shop  Fashion  accessories  Textile  Brand  Singapore  artisanal  Designer  Rural_Development  Sustainability  indiedesign  Culture  garment  Clothing  blog  Slow_Fashion 
september 2017 by eocas
Zady - A Lifestyle Destination For Conscious Consumers
About from Crunchbase:
"Shopping platform and lifestyle destination for consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Co-founded by Soraya Darabi (Foodspotting; The New York Times) and Maxine Bédat (The Bootstrap Project), Zady is a New York-based e-commerce brand that will provide customers with information about the conscious consumer movement and the option to purchase beautifully-constructed goods. The items available for purchase were created with craftsmanship and artisanship, qualities that have been sacrificed in a world of cheap prices and fast production."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  artisanal  Craftsmanship  Platform  e-commerce  clothes  shop  Fashion  Lifestyle  Slow_Fashion  usa 
september 2017 by eocas
Bottle top
About from profile on fashionrevolution.org:

In 2012, Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman founded the Bottletop Fashion Company, a luxury accessories brand that serves as the business arm of the Bottletop Foundation.

The Bottletop Foundation empowers disadvantaged young people to take control of their lives through health education and vocational training projects; in turn supporting their wider communities. It enables projects in Brazil, Africa and the United Kingdom.

To date, it has addressed drug abuse and reproductive health issues with nearly 35,000 young people worldwide. The founders describe The Bottletop Foundation as being at the heart of everything Bottletop does. It was the spark that started their journey and is a continual source of inspiration for their work.

The vast majority of the foundation’s activity is in Rio and São Paulo where Bottletop’s atelier is based. The workshop is staffed by local artisans who make the luxury handbags, using traditional crafting skills they learned while on the training and development programmes the foundation has supported in the favelas. In addition to learning a new skill, the women earn a fair wage and have access to private health benefits. The training programs enable skilled artisans to join them, supporting themselves and their families in the process."

One of their investors is London-based Chinese Wendy Yu from Yu Capital.

HAG
import_simplenote  Fashionmeetsorganic  accessories  foundation  health  Training  Brazil  Africa  UK  artisanal  indiedesign  Fair_Trade 
november 2016 by eocas
Kaligarh
Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Brand Preview:

“Kaligarh means artisan in Nepali and was established to create opportunities for craft communities in the Himalayas. Most small-scale artisans work independently, in their homes or in small workshops tucked away in the alleys of the old towns of the Kathmandu Valley.

Kaligarh’s designs pay tribute to the art and artisans of the Himalayan region, both ancient and contemporary. Its jewellery and furniture plays with motifs and designs inherited from generations past, re-crafting them into new forms. Each Kaligarh piece is entirely handmade, even the the chain and the clasp.
[...]
For our packaging we use Nepali handmade paper, made from the bark of the lokta plant, along with recycled card. In all operations, we are mindful to avoid the use of materials that are not recyclable or compostable.”

HAG
brand  sustainability  nepal  artisanal  accessories  jewelry  design  designer  handmade  recycling  sustainable  fashion  sustainablecompany  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
may 2016 by eocas
CALLINA
Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Brand Preview:

"creates timeless knitwear for women who seek quality, strive for perfection and never settle. Callina’s collection includes pullovers, cardigans, capes, vest, and accessories.

Callina partners with master artisans, each collection incorporating handcrafted details and distinctive designs to help preserve traditional techniques in communities where these exquisite skills have been passed down for generations.

Callina uses alpaca fibers from the region of Puno, Peru. These are delightfully soft and luxurious fibres created to high quality standards.
[...]
The brand is committed to giving back to the community by donating school supplies and funds to local communities. Callina supports a local boarding school in the remote region of Puno, where the children of the alpaca shepherds can stay and study."

HAG
fashion  knit  Apparel  brand  sustainability  Education  Ethical_fashion  accessories  artisanal  handmade  alpaca  wool  luxury  Peru  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic  usa 
may 2016 by eocas
ABURY
Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Brand Preview:

“brings together exciting designers with traditional artisans from remote and inspiring cultures. The designer is embedded in a craft culture for roughly two months to learn and share ideas from one another and to create a collection together, bringing the best of heritage knowledge and wisdom to high design.

[…]

ABURY shares its profits with the ABURY Foundation and through the Foundation gives back the production time in education time to the respective communities. So far ABURY has created a school in Morocco where 40 women and 32 children go to school every day.”

HAG
fashion  designer  Africa  Apparel  brand  Education  sustainable  sustainability  sustainablecompany  Ethical_fashion  ethics  artisanal  marocco  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
may 2016 by eocas
Modavanti Sustainable Fashion Boutique
New York City (Brooklyn?)-based online shop for sustainable fashion and accessories. They require their brands to be either of: Artisan, eco-friendly, fair trade, made in the USA, organic, recycled, vegan or zero waste. 2% of turnover goes to charity. HAG
online_shop  boutique  clothing  eco_fashion  green  sustainable  fashion  accessories  artisanal  Fair_Trade  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Consumerism  Fashionmeetsorganic  usa 
august 2015 by eocas
The Craftsman's Comeback
Excerpts: "There is no fundamental difference between an artist and a craftsman. [..] shift in our cultural thinking where all creative arts are linked, visually and intellectually. [..] Because the craftsman is every bit as sacrosanct as the artist. [...] Look at WABI SABI art in 15th century Japan (where broken pottery pieces were repaired with gold to emphasise the act of mending as an added value) and BORO FABRIC (again in Japan in the 17th and 18th century - just like quilting in Europe and America at the same time) - valuable textiles constructed by stitching together tiny scraps of waste fabric collected from several generations. [...] Fashion will lead by re-embracing its origins. By telling us again the story of the things we buy, promoting transparency as the new ‘must have’, preserving as well as fostering new craftsmanships and enthusing the next generation with an aesthetic that speaks of integrity and spells out MAKE CLOTHES BEAUTIFUL AGAIN." HAG
artisanal  artist  sustainability  Fair_Trade  Business_Planning  Market_Report  culture  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Quality_Control  Fashionmeetsorganic 
december 2014 by eocas
L SAHA
L SAHA is a premium womenswear label based in London. Designed for the fashionable yet conscious women of today. The philosophy behind the brand is to create timeless pieces with a modern twist using luxurious natural fabrics such as silk, jute, organic hemp, cotton etc. HAG
sustainable  fashion  brand  eco_brand  artisanal  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
december 2014 by eocas
Inside The Fashion Incubator That’s Hacking Global Manufacturing
One of the more progressive fashion incubator projects. In Brooklyn, New York. Excerpt: "This is a new typology for an office, there aren't many manufacturing spaces that are designed, ... ; it has the components of incubator space, labs, and offices." "The secret to taking these experiments to market is inclusivity. This can't be done over the heads of the industry, because the real commodity in fashion is ultimately relationships with suppliers and manufacturers. ... I’ve seen startups try to do it without cooperating with traditional fashion and manufacturing, but so far they aren't successful." "Funding will also be done cooperatively, through a public-private partnership and an SBA Growth Accelerator Fund grant which is the beginning of an ongoing financial relationship." "... middle class jobs that will integrate traditional, artisanal fabrication techniques with technology and embedded sustainability practices." HAG
Fashion  Incubator  Marketing  SFDC  Production  artisanal  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic  grants 
october 2014 by eocas
Sending the Right Message in China
Interview on the topic of management with Jiang Qiong Er, chief executive and artistic director of Shang Xia (Hermès). HAG
Market_Report  china  Fashion  handmade  artisanal  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2014 by eocas
Jin Ze Arts Center JZAC
About JZAC: "Located in the western outskirt of Shanghai, Jinze is a tranquil ancient town with a history of over 1,300 years. [...] The Jin Ze Arts Centre aims to engage with this legacy – while offering a conducive environment for cultural dialogues, artisanal workshops, and a retreat for creative research. [...] Jin Ze Arts Centre is a not-for-profit art and craft organization aimed at the preservation and promotion of the fine tradition of Chinese craftsmanship by fostering exchanges of ideas and techniques among traditional craft practitioners, contemporary designers, teachers and students via innovative innovative approaches." According to Summerwood Yi Hongbo they also offer fabric weaving courses. HAG
handmade  artisanal  culture  Education  fabrics  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2014 by eocas

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