Pop Up Store Berlin

Pop Up Store Berlin

Following last year success Pop-up Store during Fashion Revolution Week we are back in Berlin! In collaboration, Slow Fashion World and Bohetnika bring a new pop-up store during the month of May, showcasing emerging brands dedicated to the conscious journey of slow fashion, all this, in the heart of ethical fashion hub: Berlin.

OPENING HOURS:

Monday to Thursday 11AM – 9PM

Friday and Saturday 11AM – 10PM

MEET THE BRANDS:

  • Kmana Bags  Passionate, ethical, family-run design company producing leather travel bags and accessories handcrafted in Bali.
  • Bohetnika promotes and empower Mexican artisans and cultural diversity through design keeping pre-Hispanic Mexican traditions alive. In 2019, they incorporate 100% organic materials through a one-of a kind pieces micro-collection.
  • BIEN Amsterdam – Scarves (100% Silk, Reusable materials)
  • erie Berlin – erie Berlin creates sustainablilty on all levels of the creation of a piece of clothing through a circular design and a conscious way of working, where every step supports everything and everyone in the process.
    Women’s clothing 100% conscious, sustainable, biodegradable, vegan, zero waste.
  • We Love TOJ – TOJ was born from the desire to create unique products inspired by the traditional crafts of Guatemala. They work hand in hand with talented artisans from different regions of Guatemala.

COME AND TAKE A COFFEE WITH US!

Just like in the Slow Fashion world, quality and origin are also key aspects of speciality coffees: Café Juquila cares about that and much more. It is a 100% pure arabiga from the Pluma region in Oaxaca. Harvested traditionally, environmentally and socially conscious.

ABOUT THE SPACE

7 Mares  (Portuguese Fine selection of wines and goods). So in any case you want to mix having a visit to our local with a good glass of wine, please do so! Stay tuned for the upcoming events we will be hosting during this month!

Address details: Heimstrasse 3, Kreuzberg. Around the corner from Bergmannstrasse. U7 Gneisenaustraße

Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika – Mexico (Part II)

Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika – Mexico (Part II)

Following the Slow Travel Stories ft. Bohetnika from Mexico, Lizeth a traveler with heart, a passionate wanderluster and social entrepreneur share with us the second part of her journey. Volume two shows the impresive city of Oaxaca, this time with her husband Alex Behrendt and Bohetnika‘s partner. Alex an incredible support for Liz in this entrepreneur journey as she quotes “despite Alex not being in front of the camera, his commitment, support and passion for Mexico have been one of the pillars and reasons for Bohetnika to continue sharing their story andn moving forward”.

THE BEGINNING OF THE ARTISAN JOURNEY

Starting with Mexico City, where we rented a car to head south to Oaxaca. Those who have traveled there, will not let me lie the incredible views and landscapes, just spectacular. Perfect for Cactus lovers, this is  a Cactu’s paradise!

Our first appointment was with the artisan Nayelli Lorenzo, from the community of San Juan Colorado, a town that borders the state of Oaxaca. She came in the company of her family representing a beautiful cooperative of 200 women artisans called “Jiñi u’ñu”. They are the ones who make beautiful huipiles in waist loom with  figures that represents culture, heritage & tradition of a whole community coming to life through natural dyeing obtained from plants and flowers of nearby surroundings. A truly work of art!

Do you want to see the process? It is definitely unique, basically they use natural ingredients such as Cempasúchitl flower which is famous for being used in the festivities of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, from there you get a beautiful yellow color. There is another herb which they call “The grass of love” where they obtain that special purple color. The green is obtained from the fresh indigo and there is another shade of lighter yellow which is obtained from the guava leaf.

This community work with “Coyuche” cotton, which is a light brown cotton typical of Oaxaca, which is commonly found in the coastal area. This cotton is in danger of extinction, so we looked very careful and close all the the process. We saw the amount of hours, work and details they put, including their love for each garment. This is the reason why investing in artisan-made products must be made from the heart and love for design, right?

As people say, a   picture is worth a thousand words! Here some of the photos provided by our dear Nayelli:

 

GOING SOUTH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE “COYUCHE” COTTON

The next day, we had another adventure already planned: a trip for three hours to the beautiful community of San Sebastián Río Hondo to see the process of making garments made with organic cotton. In this beautiful community located in the mountains to the south of Oaxaca, we met Cheo Ramírez and his wife Felipa Ramírez who very kindly took us through the town explaining the whole process.

In San Sebastián Río Hondo these artisans also use the  “Coyuche”cotton which people from Oaxaca harvest organically, despite not having a certified material, one can see the who process is transparent and 100% hand made by artisans.

IMPRESSED AND SATISFIED

A bright & wonderful day in which we raised some images to make a small video which we will share with pleasure with all of you and which you will find at the end of this publication. The visit to San Sebastian was nurturing and a learning experience from us, we were guided to see where the process of cotton, how it is thrown and what we found interesting is their method to work with  the “spinning wheel”, where the original idea was taken from Mahatma Gandhi.

 

They work with women from the village and nearby ranches who spin the thread, weave the fabric and embroider our designs. They get organic cotton from Katyi Ya’a, a collective of 18 women who spin and weave locally grown, native, organic, naturally colored brown and white cotton (Coyuche). The coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero, the Costa Chica, is one of the few places in the world where naturally colored cotton originates.

This makes the process  impressive, learning about where the cotton comes from and the people involved in this project. That is what makes it valuable and meaninful for us, entrepreneurs and advocates who aims to commit to culture preservation, heritage and honor our ancestral traditions.

Rosendo Martínez, Cheo’s Father working in the pedal loom.

 

Alex, Liz and Cheo in San Sebastian Río Hondo

 

THE LAST DAYS

 

During the last part of our trip we visited other communities like Santo Tomás Jalieza where I practiced to work with the waist loom and where we acquired beautiful belts that will combine perfectly with the huipiles of San Juan Colorado and San Sebastián Río Hondo. We also visited Ocotlan, we saw craftsmen painting and we tasted gastronomic delights in the market, we admired the daily life in near the town kiosk. Without a doubt, our adventure is not limited to just a few words through this text, it is something that we carry in our hearts. We invite you to visit our Instagram and our website to learn more about our project.

 

To finish, once in my hometown, Durango, we made a great photoshot, really grateful for the collaboration with a professional team. . Check out our Instagram for more updates!

I would like to end this publication by thanking Slow Fashion World and their founder Mariel Jumpa who has always supported us since the beginning, and who strongly supports and believes in human values in this accelerated world.

We also want to thank and recognize the value of work, passion and love with which Mexican artisans work for a better world, to follow their customs. We admire and respect their beautiful work and we want through our project, Bohetnika, to contribute and share the beauty of Mexican textiles and handcraft to the world.

Ph: Nelson Soto Rivas – Model: Natalia García

Huipil: San Juan Colorado, Oaxaca.

Belt: Santo Tomás Jalieza, Oaxaca.

www.bohetnika.com / instagram @bohetnika

 

 

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Founder Bohetnika & SFW Change-Maker

Lizeth Soto Rivas is the founder of Bohetnika. She has been recently assigned as official guide for Slow Travel Community. She is also behind the movement “Goes Latin” PopUp stores around Europe with events empowering Latin American fashion, and designers.

She is a graduate and expert in Communications, Social Media currently living in Berlin since 2014. Lizeth travels the world creating strong connections and global network. She loves photography, creative art, and have worked in international and local projects connected to artisan empowerment and textiles.

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A Guide through Ethical & Sustainable Fashion Trade Shows

A Guide through Ethical & Sustainable Fashion Trade Shows

I always get questions about where to source, what trade shows are the right for their business. Then it comes the big word “Budget” which always come through our minds to make that decision when investing for traveling for venues and trade shows. Therefore I wanted to create the Guide through Ethical  & sustainable fashion trade shows to watch & join this year. 

Each year, international trade shows offer great way to get a glimpse into the industry at the current trends and new developments in sustainable sourcing – new brands sit alongside some larger industry veterans and each has their own version of sustainability and responsible production.

Working freelance for various sustainable brands means that I have been able to refine my eye for both quality, design and communication.  Personally, I look for a number of things when looking at sustainable production, the first being design-led product which is innovative and beautiful.  But that’s not enough. Whether researching trends, building relationships for collaborations, or finding partner artisans, there are a few other key aspects that really should define any kind of partnership.

I particularly love brands that are very invested in their supply chain and using natural and local materials. This sounds simple, but understanding this in an authentic and circular way is absolutely key in relating to a brand, and some digging has to be done to really get to grips to see if this is the case. Some other things to look out for:

  • Pricing: This is often the part most sustainable brands will struggle with, as ethical production and natural materials will unfortunately push prices higher. If the prices are too good to be true, it’s usually because they are.
  • Materials: This is often the questions I find the most interesting for brands, as the issue to find suppliers and access to these materials are quite difficult to just research online. Brands want to test the product, they want to produce small batches, create capsule collections while suppliers aiming for the high volumes orders. Where do we draw the line?
  • Out-sourcing: It’s a great idea to try and understand why brands may be sourcing and developing products abroad – for impact? For skill level? Or to keep costs down?
  • Planning for sustainability: Can brands scale responsibly if they were to receive a huge order? What are their plans for the future and do they have a sustainability road map in place?

It is with these focussed questions I approach brands to decide if they would be the right ‘fit’. Here are some of the trade shows I have attended, and will plan to visit this year:

Neonyt – (Berlin Jan/July)

 

Credits: Neonyt 2019 – https://neonyt.messefrankfurt.com/berlin/en.html

The recently rebranded Neonyt (formerly Green Show room), which sits alongside Seek and Premium twice a year in Berlin, is a fantastic way to see the current trends in sustainable fashion. Not only were the talks excellent, I was excited to see a lot of passion in how many brand were approaching sourcing and development right from a grassroots level, and products from a wide range of categories. It seems that circular product design seems to be at the forefront of many designer’s approaches, which was really impressive and the brands showing were passionate about their goals and reaching new audiences.

Pure – London (Feb/ July)

 

Credits: Olympia London – https://olympia.london/whatson/pure-london

While not only showcasing ethical brands, the fair itself seemed to be focused on disrupting approaches to fashion and the bulk of the talks were aimed at educating attendees on sustainability.  It was especially interesting to have MP Mary Creagh, as well as sustainable sourcing platform Common Objective giving daily buying trail and guided tours around the specially curated ‘concious section.’ Although small, the brands showed great commitment to their sustainability goals, and came from a wide variety of backgrounds, using innovative materials and had some very interesting stories. I hope that the conscious section of the show will grow over the coming years.

NY NOW – Artisan Resource (NYC Feb/August)

 

Credits: Cabana Home – https://cabanahome.com/

The famous NY Now show is on many buyers calendars due to the huge variety of product, craft and opportunities in sourcing artisanally made product. This show is fantastic for home, lifestyle and gift categories. Artisan Resource is a fantastic section of the show whereby brands can search for suppliers from all four corners of the globe. As the demand for sustainably sourced, artisanal product is very high in the US market, and I find this focus of the show a key driving force in seeing who are the main contemporary design leaders and popular materials leading the current trends.

Perú Moda – Peru (Lima, April)

 

Credits: Perú Moda – https://www.perumoda.com/EN/

As someone who has worked and lived in Peru, this show always feels a bit like home and mainly due to the large amounts of alpaca fibre on display! As a brand, this show is excellent to find future supplier and resources, but you may have to dig deep to find the right artisan group for your collection, and be sure and clear of what you are looking for. Peru has some of the best natural resources and textile craft in the world, and there are plenty of amazing brands working out of Peru. It’s also a great show for gift and home. I will always recommend a visit to Lima for this show as it’s a fantastic way for local suppliers to connect with brands which can have a huge impact on their communities and livelihoods and the Peruvian textile industry in general.

ExpoArtesania – Colombia (Bogota, December)

 

One of the highlights of the Latin America trade show circuit, Expoartesania is a feast for the eyes. Colombia’s rich textile and craft heritage is showcased here with over 700 exhibitors. While contemporary craft proved to be the most popular section, it was fantastic to see a huge spotlight on indigenous craft.  The design, innovation and quality is second to none.

ReMode (LA, Oct)

 

Credits: REMODE – https://remode.com/

In only its second year as a trade show, this event has been set up to one of the most exciting trade shows which focuses on sustainable brands who have mission focused growth. This trade show offers some incredible support from prolific speakers and activists in the industry, alongside some very innovative and disruptive brand who are making way in developing new and exciting ways to break free of the fast fashion cycle.

I would have liked to attend the Future Fabrics Expo in London in January, but I couldn’t unfortunately make it this year. Hope you found this guide useful for you to join next time.

What are your favourite ethical fashion trade shows? Is there anything I have missed off that’s on your hit list?

 

Ellen Saville

Ellen Saville

Textile specialist - SFW Artisan Change-Maker

Ellen has worked in Peru for the past four years, as a Latin American textile specialist in the artisan and luxury handmade sector.  She is a fibre developer and creative consultant and has worked in South and Central America with diverse artisan groups to produce responsible, hand-made collections for Piece & Co.  She is a passionate about linking artisan groups to global supply chains, and uses her skills to empower women and aid cultural preservation. 

We are glad to have her in SFW Change-Maker and creating projects to develop more oportunities to work with artisan groups and encourage ethical collaborations between countries.

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Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika (Part I)

Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika (Part I)

Why to Slow Travel?

To learn, get inspired and connect. I love to travel like many of you, and I am always thinking of ways to do it with balance and positive impact, for people and the environment. My goal is to always improve, but mostly learn from each city, fall in love with their traditions, sightseeing in unexpected locations just to fine pure beauty beyond the traditional tours or following the “places to go”. This time I want to tell you my history behind my journey in Mexico, as a social entrepreneur it means to be conscious about my work, follow passion and love for mi Mexico lindo.

For a week I traveled to visit some important places between Mexico City and the state of Chiapas in the south of the country. My main reason: to connect with artisans, meet with them and start a story together promoting SLOW FASHION through the company I founded with my husband Alex, Bohetnika . Currently my husband and I live in Berlin, I am Mexican and he is German. We both began this dream together in 2016 and now we are increasingly convinced that with this beautiful project we can contribute with a small grain of sand so Mexican artisans have more fair work opportunities.

Veronica Tego wearing beautiful Artisan-made shirt. MUA: Kathia Cruz

 

Bohetnika empowers artisans and brings a curated selection of handmade Mexican clothing. In my opinion, supporting & co-creating with the artisans to sell the clothes they have already made has been the most significant aspect of my life. From 2018 our aim has been to start with the adventure and develop micro collections with custom made details.

Redescovering, connecting for the Slow Travel community.

During the first days of December I traveled alone in my search. I found pleasant surprises, I met and connected with wonderful people. Actually, one of the following projects we have with Slow Fashion World is to connect creatives and conscious citizens with slow travel and local living experiences. This is precisely the intention we aim to do as change-makers of this platform. Slow Travel Community aims to inspire, connect and create positive impact by making conscious trips that connects deeply to cultural respect, learn more about the traditions and how to help them maintain alive, enjoy and taste the local gastronomy and, of course, interact and even co-create with the experts: the artisans that live and work for centuries with Mexican textiles in the South of Mexico.

Slow Traveling

This time I visited only the state of Chiapas in search of new collaborations with artisans, however, in Mexico City I connected with a very nice person called María, who told me many details about her experience working with artisans.

I also had a couple of meetings with collaborators with whom we are doing as a part of the micro-collection for Bohetnika. For around 5 days I stayed in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a small colonial city with a wonderful mystical and welcoming touch, which invites you to enjoy tranquility in a unique way. (Well, I will omit a bit that in my days there I went through the day of the Virgin which, was not exactly quiet by the numerous processions). Every day there was inspiring.

Here comes my highlights (You can also see them via Bohetnika’s Instagram):

Mexico City

In this big, chaotic but interesting city it is impossible to think that you will make a “slow travel”, right? However, and although it is difficult to believe, the place where you stay is key to feel that way. Just a couple of blocks from the “Zocalo” or main square in the capital, I found a beautiful hostel called “Casa de Pepe” with a very nice atmosphere, an incredible terrace in which I enjoyed my first rays of sun after the harsh Berliner winter, all next to Puff chairs and beautiful cactus. An ideal place for a “digital nomad”. My meetings were held in this place, each of them was delighted by the tranquility and comfort of the place.

San Cris

After 3 days in Mexico City I headed south, with final destination San Cristobal de las Casas. Here from the first days walking through the small town I fell in love with the new craftwork that is being done in the town. I made my first new friend! Don Esteban, a tour guide who took me to meet the indigenous people and who kindly connected me with Micaela, who came to my hotel to talk a couple days later. During my visit, we arrived at a craftsman’s house in Zinacantán, a town famous for its textiles inspired by the production of flowers which provides a big part the country with this product. Here, I once again immersed myself in the process of the famous way women use their looms, do hand embroidery and of course, they shared a little knowledge with me.

Faustina, a 16-year-old girl was kindly preparing tortillas, tenderly shared with me her desires to know other places in the world.

After visiting the house of these artisans and acquiring beautiful clothes with them, I went back to the hotel. The next day a great friend of mine arrived who agreed in collaborating with me for the realization of a photography session. She is proudly from Chiapas.

For my last day, I met a great craftswoman, Teresa. She told me several personal stories, which are changing little by little the way I see and admire the work of a artisans. She was operated for an injury which has prevented her from continuing to work on her loom. However, thanks to its knowledge of languages, she continues to be a very important pillar among indigenous communities and serves as an important point of connection between designers and artisans.

Puebla

Last day before going home, and once I left San Cristóbal, I met Karen and Julio, who are the gentle people who is helping Bohetnika with the process of making part of our micro collection. In Puebla, they took already all the disassembled pieces from the fabric I brought in Lithuania and we got started!

One week before in CDMX they were the ones I met first, I gave them the fabric, and the image of the flowers I wanted for the designs so they made the stamp, on top of the stamp, artisans can do their magic! so, there we were, stamping clothes and having fun. To  be honest, we were very nervous as well!

I have always said that things happen for a reason, happily, I went home with my family in the north of Mexico, I was so lucky to meet such wonderful people with whom I shared experiences that, I hope in the near future I can share with some of  the Slow Travel Community. Share with us your best slow travel experience. Do you want to join me in Mexico Part II? email: hello@slowfashionworld.com

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Lizeth Soto Rivas

SFW Change-Maker & Founder Bohetnika

Lizeth Soto Rivas is the founder of Bohetnika. She has been recently assigned as official guide for Slow Travel Community. She is also behind the movement “Goes Latin” PopUp stores around Europe with events empowering Latin American fashion, and designers.

She is a graduate and expert in Communications, Social Media currently living in Berlin since 2014. Lizeth travels the world creating strong connections and global network. She loves photography, creative art, and have worked in international and local projects connected to artisan empowerment and textiles.

 

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Meet Kmana – Conscious World Wanderers

Meet Kmana – Conscious World Wanderers

Great news! Kmana is joining our PopUp Store + Events in Paris.

Showcasing and selling for a whole week, Kmana is bringing conscious + ethical fashion to our “Creative & Conscious” Paris edition. Let’s introduce you now to a fantastic journey from how it all started for this ethical brand Kmana bags.

Meet the Founder

 

Change-maker Bea Sanz-Corella was born in Barcelona, Spain. Bea is passionate, kind and strong about her commitment to make a difference. She  has built experience and a career around anthropology, economy, yoga. She is also a mother of two wonderful twins.

Bea, a gogetter woman ready to show share her positive vibes and charisma to the world with Kmana . This is what I’ve felt when I read about Bea’s story. I am feeling that we will have so great stories with Bea, our community and showcase globally the beauty that Kmana shares through designs and values.

Bea’s passion around travelling began when she was a teenager inspired by the novels she’s read, and currently connecting experiences and stories to her life work. She has lived in and travelled all the continents, supporting and connecting like-minded international institutions, organizations and individuals in more than 70 countries, who work towards a better world. In 2013, after some years using the magic Emporda as a base and two years traveling with her family, she landed in Bali and fell deeply in love with the island.

Ever since, Bali has been her home, she calls it ”the place to which she returns, to seek refuge and stand still until her next move, and the place where she has finally decided to follow her passion for sustainable design and bags”.

The beauty & Story of Kmana 

 

After settling in Bali and connect life and beauty of her now home, she decided to follow her passion and during 2015 she launched Kmana, a name that was created from  ‘Mau ke mana’ that is Bali’s ubiquitous greeting. Bea quotes “Kmana was born out of a desire to combine ethics and aesthetics, to serve the world’s wanderers. Men and women who, regardless of their age, desire timeless and unisex fashion produced sustainably in small batches”.

A wonderful extract of the story of Kmana: The brand began working with a Balinese–Javanese family of gifted leather artisans, hand-crafting oversized bags for ourown travels. Soon afterwards, visiting friends and acquaintances began ordering their own personal bags and accessories. Without realizing, our bags started travelling outside of Bali, to Brisbane, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Barcelona. Now together with Slow Fashion World we will be traveling with Kmana to the rest of the world, starting Paris.

What Kmana stand up for?

 

                                                                                       CHTWIN 6 – The Backpack

Kmana is a team, a family that works around ethics, transparency and great design. Bea’s statement about Kmana;

“We are a passionate, ethical, family-run design company producing leather travel bags and accessories handcrafted in Bali. Our designs are made for the wanderers, the makers and shakers, and all those who believe as we do, that we are constantly creating the world we live in. It all comes down to the decisions we make. Make your choice and shake the world in a gentle way”

SUSTAINABILITY 

Commited to Slow Fashion and developing a strong business with honesty, transparency and ethics, Kmana bags are “made to last decades if not a lifetime, if properly taken care of”. How are the bags made? Check out their website for full information.

They make sure that the used is by-product of the food industry.

Locally sourced and coming from family-run tanneries in East Jave, Indonesia.

Using one piece of full-grain cow leather or sheep leather (i.e. one hide) for each bag, ensuring fewer seams and improved durability.

We partner with like-minded individuals and workshops in Java to ensure the quality and transparency of the tanning process and minimize its environmental  and societal impact, namely through  the waste management procedures.

We mostly use vegetable tanned leather,

Tannins used to tan our vegetable-tanned bags are found in the local tree barks and leaves.

The other elements of the bags is hand-made, traceable and, to the maximum extent possible, ethically sourced.

Kmana is  strongly committed to continue researching the vegan option for our bags and to launch a vegan line, free from scary materials like PVC or polyurethane.

What story is behind the Maya colection?

 

                                                                                     MAYA 3 – The Vertical Tote

Inspired by Maya Angelou’s works and riveting personality, Kmana’s second collection is a tribute to the free-spirit of this remarkable
Renaissance woman. Tall and regal, with a deep majestic voice, she was unforgettable whether encountered through sight, sound or the printed word.

Kamana inspires the world by creating pieces that last and having a solid family that stands under ethical and quality values. Kmana bags are the ideal gift and must have for your next travel. For more about Kamana visit Kmana Concept.

BONJOUR PARIS!  POPUP STORE DEC. 10 – DEC. 16, 2018

 

Welcome to learn more about Kmana in our PopUp Store + Events. Check our Events coming soon this week and save the date!   Showroom de la Folie-Méricourt 70 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris – Quartier République / Canal Saint-Martin. Follow us in Facebook for more details

Mariel Jumpa

Mariel Jumpa

Founder

Founder Slow Fashion World. Passionate about connecting global and local communities for change. She champions diversity and consults start-ups, companies in sustainability, marketing strategy and business development.

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