Adiuvantes – Finding inspiration in unexpected places

Interior @ Adiuvantes / PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

What are the first things that would come to your mind if you had to describe Amsterdam? Most of you might mention the canals, the many bicycles, the coffeeshops, Anne Frank, Van Gogh, beautiful little cafés and boutiques… and of course the Red Light District!

If you think about the Red Light District, certain pictures pop up in our heads – that’s for sure. The one thing you would probably never associate with the area is a concept store selling beautiful and sustainable products. But it is there! And we have found and fallen in love with it.

The name of the store, Adiuvantes, finds its origin in the Latin word “collaboration”. The owner Femke shares the same believes with a variety of brands all over the world: honest and pure products using natural resources and working in community. That is why Femke sells excactly those kind of items at Adiuvantes. Read more

“If you want to change the world, start by wearing it!”

The unique shop of Moda en Positivo, located in the Gracia Neighborhood (Barcelona). / Photo: MEP

Inspired by their ecological values, in November 2013 Beatriz Valdivia y Albert Cediel started “Moda en Positivo”, a multi-functional platform devoted to sustainable fashion. Their shop is located in the Gracia neighborhood, one of Barcelona’s most picturesque areas. There you can find – among others- artisan products made out of ecologic or recycled materials.

A few weeks ago we talked to Beatriz Valdivia, who told us all about this exciting project and shared with us her long experience working in the sector.

What is “Moda en Positivo” ?
A space that was born with the goal of commercializing accessories, jewelry, shoes and timeless clothes. These items have been made through artisan techniques by small designers, single mothers or indigenous communities. Read more

New season: Fall(ing) in love with Qualcosanostra

New season: Fall(ing) in love with Qualcosanostra

Italian leather bracelets / PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

We came across this unique Italian brand a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t long until we started collaborating with them in the creation of this blog post. This time we asked Kostik Gloomer, one of the founders of the brand, to tell us a bit more about their business philosophy. So, all through the following lines you’ll get a first-hand insight of the delicate work they develop. Bracelets have been their main item for selling so far, and we had the opportunity to photograph three different models surrounded by a magical autumn background. Of course, you’ll find the entire collection on their website qualcosanostra.it.

“The brand Qualcosanostra was founded about one year ago in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. We always dreamed about a small production of something elegant, so we started brainstorming about the different options we had.

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RUTA 10 – your old car tires will be your new bag!

RUTA 10 – your old car tires will be your new bag!

Clutch and accessories made out of recycled rubber. // PHOTO: RUTA 10

“What happens to the planet also happens to you”. That’s the motto of the Uruguayan ethical fashion brand RUTA 10. They create extraordinary bags and accessories made out of recycled rubber, which they obtain from old bicycle and car tires. They also try to always surprise their customers by cooperating with plastic artists and by adding some other materials to their designs, such as pure merino wool that is colored with natural dyes.

2008 was the year everything changed for Uruguayan Ana de León. After a long career in PR and event organization she decided it was time to stop, recharge energies and figure out what her next step would be. She had always had a passion for bags and design, so she knew that was going to be the key for a future project. She just wasn’t sure about the “how”. Until one day she remembered a trip to Barcelona she had made a few years ago, where she got to exchange a few words with an artisan who told her about his bags being made of recycled rubber.

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