There is a tiny door on the main street of Casale sul Sile – a small town located a few kilometres from Venice. It’s the entrance to Saponeria Sile, a magical place where the word “organic” is a mantra. The name of the shop was inspired by a green serpentine of water flowing in the middle of the Veneto, which also boasts the title of the Natural Park of River Sile.
The idea behind the shop goes back 12 years, when Nicola Ghedin and his partners decided that entrusting our daily routine to products with uncertain origin and ingredients couldn’t be the only option. That’s the reason why they came out with a strong organic approach for their business: selling natural products for skin care and housekeeping. All of them certified and dermatologically tested.
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-friendlymaterials such as organic cotton (GOTS certified), and a significant part of the revenue is destined to fund fair causes.
The fashion collections of Glimpse Clothing are currently being produced by 15 women. They are located in Mumbai (India), and unfortunately all of them have something in common: a past of forced prostitution. This young German brand, founded in 2012, works in cooperation with a local NGO to offer these girls the possibility of earning a fair salary while learning a profession. Their goal? Make sure they don’t need to go back to selling their bodies.
“When I finished my studies I took a year off because I wanted to find out what to do with my passion for fashion,” explains Teresa Göppel, fashion designer and one of the founders of Glimpse Clothing, to answer to my previous question about the brands origins. “It simply didn’t make sense for me to work for the conventional fashion business because of its lack of social values. I thought that at the end of my life I might look back and ask myself what I had done with the power of my hands. If I had only pleased the richness and the beauty of this world I don’t think I would have accomplished much.”
Teresa was travelling in Australia when she got acquainted with a couple who had a project in Thailand to reintegrate prostitutes to society by teaching them a profession. They shared their views and experiences and she started a temporary cooperation with them which inspired her to follow a similar path. Read more →
We did this photo shooting in collaboration with Fräulein Bredow – Green Concept Store. Located in the neighbourhood of Derendorf, on Roßstraße 9, this spacious and well lit boutique sells clothes and complements produced by different ecological brands.
We would especially like to thank the shop owner, the German designer Sia Bredow, who helped us create these casual and sophisticated ecoLooks (100% slow fashion outfits). The light textures, colourful patterns and flower inspiration makes me think of Summer drawing closer and closer everyday.
On the other hand, we would also like to recommend you to have a look at the website of Umiwi – not a fairy tale. The beautiful armbands I am wearing for the shooting have been produced by this German brand that works together with local designers and craftsmen in Thailand and Mexico to create accessories out of natural and regional resources. Their main goal is to give more financial autonomy and independence to charity projects that were depending on donations only. Of course, they also operate under social, economic and environmental sustainability standars. Read more →