Slow Fashion Pop Up Berlin

Slow Fashion Pop Up Berlin

Starting January 2019 we have showcased ethical and sustainable fashion throughout different cities around Europe organizing exhibitions, events and curated experiences. Our goal is to create unique and inclusive activities around Slow Fashion and Conscious Lifestyle by turning spaces into conscious experiences. We have gathered community of local change-makers, social entrepreneurs, advocates and industry professionals willing to collaborate and co-create together. Community mind-set, sustainability and inclusion between skills, backgrounds and cultures is what Slow Fashion World is about. We love gathering people together, empower each other to take action!

CONNECTING BRIDGES THROUGH SLOW FASHION WORLD!

We invite you all to join us in the #SlowFashionPopUp 3rd edition inBerlin choosing one more edition to activate the beautiful space in 7 Mares: A cozy and well located winery, with slow music featuring emerging artists, culture and vibrant space to network in Berlin.
SFW’s goal with organizing the Slow Fashion Pop Up Edition 3 in Berlin is to connect stronger ties and connect locals into a multicultural experience involving both local and international brands who are native in Germany, expats entrepreneurs in Europe and the world.  Slow Fashion World committed to bring sustainability, diversity & inclusion, experiences where everyone feels part of the solution, empowered and welcome to amplify their voices for a better way to consume, make business and create positive impact. After all we are one world, no planet B and we want to show the positive side of the fashion and lifestyle industry by showcasing one story at a time.

Why showcase again Slow Fashion Berlin?

All  sustainable fashion passionates, activists, professionals and advocates are becoming more familiar about the latest trends and news coming from the Ethical Fashion Hub: Berlin! Also, it is a melting pot of cultures, diversity and people around the world interested in learning new ways of creating an impact in the world.
Berlin has also the most vibrant events in ethical and green fashion, conscious design, circular fashion and innovation when it comes to seek for inspiration. After all Berlin is home of the  Ethical Fashion Show, very well-know for their green spaces, variety of restaurants and spots offering you the connection with fun, networking and green lifestyle.

Meet the featured brands showcasing at Slow Fashion Berlin:

BOHETNIKA

Bohetnika is a Berlin based brand founded by Mexican artist Lizeth Soto Rivas and her husband Alex Behrendt with the aim to value the preservation and growth of Mexican artisanal and sustainable design. By carrying unique and long lasting handcrafted garments in Europe. Bohetnika promotes and empower Mexican artisans and cultural diversity through design by keeping the  pre-Hispanic Mexican traditions alive. In 2019, they incorporate 100% organic materials through a one-of a kind pieces micro-collection. 

ERIE 

Exploring the equilibrium between the environment and with people. ERIE has a circular business model offering  natural and organic products, all produces are compostable and represent a circular movement. Founded by Hannah Schorch, creates sustainablilty through a cradle to cradle inspired design of clothing. erie steps away from the linear system of TAKE-MAKE-WASTE and instead turns towards a circular way of creating as MAKE-USE-RETURN – all parts of each product are completely compostable after the user’s and re-user’s phase. erie seeks to make all processes as transparent and accessible as possible in order to support the flow of information, communication, exchange, and connection.

FRIENDS THAT RHYME

A brand who is committed to the Conscious and Fair Fashion Movement. Friends That Rhyme upcycle vintage textiles to create unique pieces using what is already available and adding history and individuality to every wristlet and clutch (besides, both founders Nadine & Sabine love the thrill of the hunt). For them passion, commitment and conscious design is a  WIN-WIN for people, planet and create a brand with purpose. Nadine & Sabine are cheery souls who hope that each item that is bought will be cherished with unique stories behind them. All handmade clutches and wristlets!

KMANA BAGS

Kmana travelbags is a passionate, ethical, family-run design company producing leather travel bags and accessories handcrafted in Bali. Kmana Travelbags is a family-run design company built with consciousness & cooperation mindset. They produce leather travel bags and accessories #Handcrafted in Bali. The brand has a close team of change-makers working with local communities of artisans and skilled people in Bali and Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Her founder 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”.

TOJ

Inspired by Guatemala’s traditional artistry and its beautiful handwoven textiles, TOJ was founded in 2014 in Guatemala by a German and a Guatemalan. TOJ works hand-in-hand with local artisans from different regions of the country to bring Guatemalan fashion to the world. In Mayan culture, the label’s name – TOJ – is a symbol for reciprocity, donation, offering and gratitude. TOJ focuses on giving back to the artisans, communities by providing them with stable jobs that bring fixed income and will later create more job opportunities. All the products are ethically handcrafted in Guatemala. TOJ offers “Do-It-Yourself”-sandals which can be created by the customer herself. You choose a leather base, a strap and maybe an accessory. The tutorial videos on You Tube or the brand’s website show you step by step how to tie your new sandals in many different way.

BIEN

Italian-educated, Istituto di Moda Burgo (Milano) 2013 graduate Bintang Dini Rachmawati and Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia 1st Rank Institute) Business Management bachelor decided to create urban chique collections and aiming to work towards fairtradre standards as BIEN works with Indonesian community in SOLO. BIEN aims to continue creating handmade pieces that are longlasting and brings quality into a woman who travels, enjoys wearing colors and wants to have an exciting wardrobe. Ethical trading is at the heart of our business and we believe this is the way business should be done.

HAPPY REPUBLIQ

HAPPY REPUBLIQ a brand found by Gabriela Baus, born and raised in Ecuador, living in the Netherlands built a brand full of colours and textures inspired by the richness of Ecuadorian colours. The label connects her  passion for creativity in combination with Dutch design giving life to Slow Fashion brand: Happy Republiq. When her  little girl was born she wanted to make an impact in her daughters’ life and take action. She designs dresses with quality and color style. She aims to empower little girls like her daughters to leave her dreams, have fun and embrace herself. The journey to become a mother and an entrepreneur aims to inspire her daughter to show her that dreams can become reality.

NAHUI

NAHUI was founded in 2002 by Mireya Ramirez Valdespino in Madrid, Spain. Born in Mexico, a lover of her country and her culture, she has set herself the task of bringing the beauty of Mexican tradition into jewelry – with a commitment to quality sterling silver products combined with other materials such as semi-precious stones, leather, flowers, titanium , Silk, pearls and wood.

Meet SFW partners & collaborations for Slow Fashion Berlin:

Lizeth Soto Rivas. Founders: Bohetnika & SFW Change-Maker

Lizeth Soto Rivas together with her husband Alex are the founder sof Bohetnika. Both work actively as social entrepreneus, travel wanderlusters making thoughful connections around the world. Lizeth has been recently assigned as official change-maker for our upcoming  Slow Travel Community. She is also behind the movement “Goes Latin” Pop-Up stores around Europe with events empowering Latin American fashion, and designers. Both change-makers are partners and active collaborators of Slow Fashion World co-organizing alreadyy two Pop-Up editions in Berlin, 1 Pop-Up edition in Paris together with her platform “Goes Latin” founded together with entrepreneur and blockchain expert Chelsea Vassio.

Belvis Soler.  Founder: Luxiders

Luxiders is the New Intelligent Luxury Magazine (www.luxiders.com), based on eco & ethical stories abou tfashion, design and lifestyle. Founded in Berlin in 2017 by Belvis Soler – As described in the Website: “Luxiders Magazine began as a project of passion to fill the void for an informed, creative and avant-garde eco-friendly readers and consumers. Today, the magazine has grown to build a network of savvy writers and creative insiders around the world that want to leave their sustainable mark on a time of unprecedented change”.

Sina Helmke. Founder: #MarketingForChangeMakers

With #marketingforchangemakers, Sina  Helmke wants to have an impact by helping sustainable businesses grow. She is a Marketing strategist  from Hamburg in Germany. Experienced in marketing and foucsed to choose working with sustainable businesses. Her experience working with companies and agencies allow her to provide the best advices, resources and tools to support entrepreneurs, companies and businesses to apply marketing and sales strategy that can align with achieving a postivie impact in environment and sociaty. Sina Helmke states: “Our planet is not infinitely big. In my view, a company is only truly scalable if its products and services are designed to be replicated indefinitely and add value to society and the environment”. In the picture Sina interviewing  Peruvian designer living in Paris Andrea Sanabria Oviedo from La Petite Mort at the Ethical Fashion Show in Berlin 2017.

Marisol Oropeza. Founder: Mexico Matters

Over the last 10 years, she has gathered working experience in the private, public and non-profit sector in America, Europe, and Asia. Her core competencies are in strategic marketing, business development, and project management. She has international experience in public policies and renewable energies. She has a trustworthy network of collaborators in different countries.

EXPLORE LOCAL, TASTE GLOBAL

Introducing our Slow Wine & Coffee experiences in our events and talks. Let’s discuss about fashion, travel and conscious living in our upacoming events and connect with local and internacional community!

INTRODUCING OUR FAIRTRADE COFFEE PARTNER: CAFE JUQUILA

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, Mexico. Harvested traditionally, environmentally and socially conscious.

ORIGIN

Pluma zone from Oaxaca state, located in Juquila, OaxacaFinca Santa María, our coffee farm, is surrounded by old growth rainforest and is located in Juquila, a small community near Puerto Escondido, in the Sierra Madre at an altitude between 1300 – 1600 meters above the sea level. The roastery and company headquarter are located in Mexico City.

SUSTAINABILITY

Café Juquila is a High Grown Shaded Bean harvested under the preserved could forest. It is fortified with organic nutrients originated in its own microecosystem and improved with ecotechniques that preserve the flora and fauna of the habitat at the Pluma Zone. This innovation also sustains spring waters and its soils.

In Café Juquila our commitment is to offer you the most refined and supreme cup of coffee, using the best Arabica beans. All thanks to the effort and dedication of Chatino growers.

A FAMILY TRADITION

Our coffee is harvested thanks to the legacy and tradition of our families.  The knowledge granted generation to generation is not the soil or the process, but the passion to the coffee, the need to express to every person the magic of the beverage.

 

SLOW WINE: PORTUGUESE WINE SELECTION WITH OUR MULTICULTURAL FRIENDS AT 7 MARES

Come and taste the Portuguese wines and join us for a community talk about conscious lifestyle tips, slow fashion and slow travel. Just like our previous edition in 2018 we got some amazing connections that lead into projects and opportunities. Connect with artists, entrepreneurs, advisors and conscious citizens. In this Slow Fashion Berlin edition we will share soon our upcoming local and international guest speakers.

Check out our upcoming EVENT in facebook to find more info to register in advance. Remember: Limited spaces!

MARIEL JUMPA

MARIEL JUMPA

FOUNDER

Mariel has built a global community with focus on inclusion and sustainability around slow fashion. She is an international speaker and advisor.  She is the founder of Slow Fashion World, a global platform connecting an international community of change-makers collaborating and co-creating projects and activities to spread local and global initiatives around the fashion and lifestyle.

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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

Moda Sostenible Argentina: BIOTICO

Moda Sostenible Argentina: BIOTICO

 

Conectando puentes Slow Fashion World, presenta la categoría de Moda Sostenible Latinoamérica 2019 en español  conectando su primera entrevista con la diseñadora Argentina Jesica Pullo fundadora de la marca BIOTICO, un proyecto sostenible de moda ética, ubicado en la ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Desde el 2014 BIOTICO fusiona diseño de autor, arte y moda. Su trabajo es a nivel local, capacitando y empleando poblaciones vulnerables creando piezas de alta costura y accesorios de lujo sostenible a partir de residuos. BIOTICO tiene como misión lograr una transformación social y ambiental desde la moda, enfocándose en el plano cultural y educativo. Desde hace 3 años emplean a ALPAD (Asociación laboral para adultos con discapacidad) en la producción de sus textiles reciclados a partir de bolsas de leche.

 

¿Como percibes la moda sostenible en Latinoamérica? 

 

Pienso que en latinoamérica, desde hace muchísimo tiempo se practica la producción sostenible gracias a la gran tradición cultural de comunidades nativas, pero que actualmente ha recibido mayor visibilidad y reconocimiento, este trabajo ancestral se ve potenciado por los estudios y expertos que revalorizan las tradiciones artesanales y se complementan con la neo-artesanía de las nuevas generaciones.

Para mi el camino de la sostenibilidad ha sido natural, pienso que la moda debe ser sostenible, de otra forma es un acto de vandalismo sobre el planeta y los seres humanos. Las oportunidades las he encontrado desde el inicio de estos 5 años de BIOTICO, pero es desde el 2018 que hay un auge de la moda sostenible, gracias al esfuerzo en conjunto de todas las organizaciones y diseñadores a nivel mundial.

Los retos como emprendimiento de lujo sostenible son muchos, en mi caso es encontrar el balance entre un hacer producto justo y el valor comercial para que pueda ser accesible al consumidor, porque creo que el lujo sostenible tiene que ser accesible para todas las personas, democratizar el valor de compra sin excluir a comunidades de todos los estratos sociales eso también es sostenibilidad.

 

Cuéntanos acerca de la  Moda Sostenible en Argentina

 

 

En Argentina desde el 2018 ha visto un auge en la moda sostenible, gracias a los esfuerzos de los diseñadores, organizaciones educativas, medios de comunicación y consumidores. Pero esto se ve afectado por la crisis económica que nos atraviesa a todos. Lo que ralentiza el avance y crecimiento de marcas e instituciones de moda sostenible. Eso se traduce en un mayor esfuerzo y desafíos, por parte de los  que estamos comprometidos con esta forma de producción y aproximación a la moda, pero gracias a nuestra convicción y valores vamos a salir adelante.

 

¿Cómo BIOTICO busca generar un impacto positivo en el mundo? 

 

 

Nuestra prioridad es trabajar a nivel local con poblaciones vulnerables, hace 3 años que trabajamos junto a ALPAD (Asociación laboral para adultos con discapacidad), que puedan producir alta costura a partir de residuos de la industria textil, gastronómica, marroquinería, y descartes domésticos, (este año hemos trabajado reciclando en especial con la bolsa de leche). Les damos un nuevo valor, creando prendas  accesorios de excelente calidad. Realizamos nuestros productos con herramientas digitales, a la vez que llevamos a cabo procesos productivos artesanales, propios de la neo-artesanía.

Pretendemos lograr una transformación social y ambiental mediante la producción de prendas y accesorios de diseño de autor, pero nuestro aporte más importante lo hacemos en el plano cultural y educativo, ya que capacitamos y empleamos poblaciones vulnerables para la producción de los textiles reciclados, a la vez que les empoderamos con habilidades y conocimientos que les permite, además de realizar el trabajo, transmitir los conocimientos adquiridos. Para ello, ideamos actividades que permitan la participación e interacción de estas poblaciones en la sociedad.

 

¿Cómo ves a BIOTICO a largo plazo?

 

Actualmente en Argentina estamos atravesando por una crisis económica que afecta mas que nada a la industria local, por esta razón desde BIOTICO Jessica busca encontrar mercados internacionales para poder lograr un equilibrio económico, solventar y sostener la marca.

 

Jessica nos cuenta – “Me gustaría ver a BIOTICO en el mercado europeo y poder ofrecer mi producto a mas consumidores interesados en moda sostenible. Me imagino acrecentando la capacidad productiva de mi marca, dando mas trabajo a poblaciones vulnerables en Buenos Aires y en toda Argentina, y ampliar la cantidad de material reciclado por nuestras manos”.

 

 

BIOTICO x SLOW FASHION WORLD

BIOTICO fue una de las marca sostenibles Latinoaméricanas seleccionadas para exhibir durante la Cuarta Edición de la Semana Global de Moda Sostenible  #GSFW 2019 en Budapest, Hungría, organizado por Slow Fashion World como Directores Regionales representando a Latinoamérica. Un honor haber incluído a BIOTICO también en la clausura del evento con un Fashion Show efectuado en la embajada de Argentina de Budapest. Pronto más noticias y una galería del evento.

 

¿Cuéntanos que te pareció la marca y que te gustaría saber de la moda sostenible Argentina?

 

JESSICA PULLO

JESSICA PULLO

FOUNDER

BIOTICO is a sustainable ethical fashion project. We
made Upcycling.
Our raw materials are waste from the textile industry,
gastronomy, leather goods, and domestic waste,
among others. We give them a new value, creating
high quality accessory garments. We make our
products with digital tools, at the same time that we
carry out artisan productive processes.
Our priority is to work locally with vulnerable
populations that can produce haute couture from
waste. We intend to achieve social and
environmental transformation through the
production of designer garments and accessories,
but our most important contribution is cultural and
educational, as we train and employ vulnerable
populations for the production of recycled textiles,
while empowering them with skills and knowledge
that allows them, in addition to doing the work,
transmit the knowledge acquired. For this, projects
that allow the participation and interaction of these
populations in society.

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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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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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