Tens of local treasures under the same roof

Tens of local treasures under the same roof

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It’s market time!

Düsseldorf’s finest is our latest great discovery. On Saturday we paid a visit to this multi-space market that gathers together some of the most authentic brands, designers and concept stores of the city. The event, originally promoted by the communications agency Kollektiv K, will be open again on the weekend of 10th and 11th June at Stilwerk (Grünstraße 15).

Small retailers selling sustainable clothes and items made out of recycled materials, fashion labels that produce locally and a lot of handcrafted jewellery, accessories and printings. In other words, everything that turns us on! Not to forget the quality food and different music performances. Read more

The strength of the Amazon Forest in your bag

The strength of the Amazon Forest in your bag

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Natural latex being extracted from the syringa tree. // PHOTO: Evea Ecofashion

After traveling through part of the Amazon rainforest in 2011, Peruvian Cristian Gutiérrez fell in love with the majestic landscape and the local communities that inhabited it. At the same time, he became aware of the immense danger that threatened it: the rapid deforestation process.

That’s the reason why, in collaboration with two other colleagues, he decided to start working on a project that would contribute to the protection of the natural resources of the area, and to the survival of the wisdom and rich traditions of its ancient towns.

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Interview with Sandra Catalán, founder of Biribiro Handmade Lovers

Interview with Sandra Catalán, founder of Biribiro Handmade Lovers

Driven by the difficult economic situation Spain is currently undergoing, Sandra Catalán headed towards Bristol in June 2014. Once having arrived there – and at the same time that she is learning english-  this young biologist decided to make a strong bet on crafts, one of her great passions. All through the following lines Sandra answers to our questions and tells us every single detail concerning the recent creation of Biribiro Handmade Lovers. This new brand that sells complements offers a mix of colour, quality and respect for the environment. Who says we cannot have it all?

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Flower inspiration. // PHOTO: Biribiro Handmade Lovers.

When did you start breathing life into Biribiro Handmade Lovers? Where did the idea to start a project like this come from?

Crafts have always been present in my life ever since I was a little girl. My mother loves sewing and my father also makes handicrafts, so I have grown up surrounded by fabrics. I remember going shopping and coming back home with empty hands just because I wasn’t able to find the kind of complements that would match my style. So ended up designing them myself. Little by little my designs started to be very well received among my friends, and they encouraged me to establish my own brand. But it wasn´t until I arrived in Bristol that I gave a professional approach to it with the creation of Biribiro Handmade Lovers. Read more

The magic colours of the Tundra

The magic colours of the Tundra

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Did you already know an eco-friendly silkscreen? Now you will! /PHOTO: Tundra Stamperia.

Where would you like to travel this time of the year? Because me, well, I wouldn’t mind taking a short trip to Italy before Christmas to visit our friends of Tundra Stamperia. Created just 10 months ago, this ecological silkscreen is located in Roncade, Province of Treviso, just 25 kilometres north of Venice (yes, according to Wikipedia!).

Having attended a workshop of handmade silkscreen last April in the city of water and masks, Sara Teston came back home absolutely excited about all the acquired knowledge on this ancient printing technique which, in its textil variation, consists of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a fabric. So, it wasn’t long until, together with her sister Elena and their good friend Marco De Vidi, they decided to give it a try and start their own project. Thus, Tundra Stamperia was born as an example of how design, solidarity and a deep commitment with the environment are meant to go hand by hand.

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Whale-pattern printed on different items. / PHOTO: Tundra Stamperia.

The approach of the brand is to create patterns on clothes and accessories made out of ecological materials, such as organic cotton or recycled fabric tissue, which is obtained from bigger textile platforms that would otherwise throw it away. As some of you already know, organic cotton is grown without the use of fertilizers or pesticides, which helps to promote biodiversity and biological cycles by, among others, protecting the quality of the air and preventing surface waters from being polluted. It also eliminates the risk of irritation on our skin due to residual chemicals. Read more