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?

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

A world of imagination

A world of imagination

All the jewelries and accessories that appear on these photos have been designed by the eco-friendly brand 2.elämä, and are made out of recycled materials such as car and bicycle inner tubes and computer components. Furthermore, these products have been handcrafted in Helsinki (Finland), and no extra adhesives and heavy machinery has been employed in the production process so that the items can be properly recycled again once there are not used anymore.

To know all the details about the brand’s philosphy and sustainability values you can visit the two blog posts eco-Komorebi has dedicated to them:

· The sweetest second life.
· Interview with Jaime de Vizcaya and Yuan Long.


Todas las joyas y accesorios que aparecen en este reportaje han sido diseñadas por 2.elämä, y están confeccionadas a partir de materiales reciclados (tales como llantas de coche o bicicleta y componentes de ordenador). Además, estos productos han sido hechos a mano artesanalmente en Helsinki (Finlandia) sin emplear en el proceso maquinaria pesada o elementos corrosivos. De esta forma, los complementos pueden reciclarse de nuevo correctamente una vez que dejan de ser utilizados.

Para conocer todos los detalles sobre la filosofía de la marca y su compromiso con los valores de sostenibilidad no dejes de visitar las dos entradas que les hemos dedicado en eco-Komorebi:

·  Una segunda vida de lo más dulce.
· Entrevista a Jaime de Vizcaya y Yuan Long.


The Finnish soul travels in a pair of shoes

Clogs made in Finland and designed by Terhi Pölkki. PHOTO: Terhi Pölkki.

Finnish designer Terhi Pölkki began drawing clothes as a teenager, but, after high school she decided to concentrate solely on shoes. London was the place where she discovered the secrets of this profession. The hectic city had been a longtime dream of hers and so she moved there to experience its cultural sphere. In January 2008 she graduated from London College of Fashion. Earning a Master’s Degree in Cordwainers, the institution changed her whole perception of learning how to design shoes.

After designing for premium UK brands such as Topshop for over three years, the ‘Terhi Pölkki’ brand was launched in Helsinki in the autumn of 2011. Only three years later she was able to commercialise her collections in markets all over the world – especially in the USA, Europe and, little by little, Japan. She has also been appointed “Accessory Designer of the year 2014”, an award granted by the Elle magazine in Finland. A rapid success that relies mostly on her capacity to develop an unique style intimately attached to her Finnish roots: clean and minimalistic aesthetics, sober colours – with some brilliant exceptions-, and, above all, a decisive bet for natural prime materials. Terhi not only reflects who she is through her designs, she also tells the story of where she comes from.

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