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

An honest Contribution to Amsterdam’s Green Scene

Geitenwollenwinkel – Concept Store in Amsterdam / PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

We have talked to Lavinia and Abigail Bakker, the two young owners of Geitenwollenwinkel, a shop with a lot of charm that sells wonderful sustainable fashion. If you happen to be in Amsterdam don’t miss the chance to pay them a visit. You won’t regret it!

Tell us a little about the shop’s story. How would you describe your business concept? When did you open?
Everything you find in our store is Green, Honest and Vegan. So everything is made with respect for nature, people and animals. The store opened in December 2014 and the journey so far is great! We just launched our online store as well.

What brands are you working with?
We sell brands like: Kowtow, Rel Fake, L’Herbe Rouge, Groceries, Geitenwollenshirts, Armedangels, Wunderwerk, Peolple Tree & bags from Matt & Nat. We also have skincare from Esse, bodywash from Dr Bronners and various home products.

Unfortunately, the “low cost” model is little by little conquering the world. How does this reality affect your costumer’s reaction to prices? 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

GOODTYMES are coming

Cris is wearing the t-shirt “kurznach” and Eva the pullover “viertelnach”
/ PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

Buying a cool t-shirt and at the same time supporting a social project is now not only possible but extremely easy. Thanks to the fresh approach developed by the German brand goodtym, you can now spice up your wardrobe and do something good for the world with only a few mouse clicks.

Created recently by a very special trio of young gentlemen – Florian, Michel and Milan -, goodtym combines some of the aspects that make it possible to reconcile the terms “fashion” and “sustainability”: Their collection has been made out of eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton (GOTS certified), and a significant part of the revenue is destined to fund fair causes.

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