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

“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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Complements that feel like compliments

Complements that feel like compliments

“By recycling we contribute to a cleaner atmosphere. Furthermore, we save energy, prime materials and natural resources. Ultimately we help preservate the environment and do our share towards a more sustainable world.” (Sandra Catalán)

We created this photo story in collaboration with Biribiro Handmade Lovers, a young brand that was born in Bristol (UK) almost one year ago and sells different kinds of complements – which are mostly made out of recycled fabrics. From necklaces, brooches or headdresses, to toiletries, crochet-knitted purses and scarfs. You can see a sample of their fresh and colourful designs on the photo-gallery we have prepared for you!

· Click here to read the complete interview with Sandra Catalán, founder of Biribiro.

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A (green) table for two!

A (green) table for two!

Two weeks ago Rossana and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Greenies. This restaurant opened its doors in Düsseldorf almost one year ago, in March 2014. Ever since, it has been winning over all kinds of paladates (including those highly attached to the consumption of meat – like mine!) with their rich offer of vegan and vegetarian food.

His owner is called Bernar Walker, and he is a young german enterpreneur who is trying his luck for the first time in the restaurant sector. Together with his mother, who is to be spotted in the kitchen, and his sister, who helps attending the customers, Bernar has embarked on an extraordinary adventure that, judging from the warmth welcome the local community has given to Greenies, can take him to beautiful unexpected places.

The fresh approach presented by the restaurant consists of an ambitious bet on sustainability – a concept that had been spinning around Bernar’s mind already back in his days as student of philosophy at the university.

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Patterns that make us feel

We created this photo story in collaboration with the Italian ecological silkscreen by  Tundra Stamperia. The products they commercialise have been handmade; in addition, they always make sure to work with organic or recycled materials as well as cloths manufactured according to fair trade standars.

Apart from their own designs (an indredibly soft t-shirt with a geometric pattern made out of bamboo, a pink body for babies with a whale-pattern and a really fun notebook), our friends from Tundra also sent us a colourful combination consisting of a bracelet and earrings that has been handcrafted in Ghana. These accessories are sold for charitable purposes by Ancora of Hope Organization (ANCHOR), a local NGO that is trying to fund a school centre in the African country.

If you didn’t have a chance yet to read the article we wrote about Tundra, click on the following link and find out all the details about the ecological approach and ethical values of the brand:

· The magic colours of the Tundra.


Hemos elaborado este reportaje en colaboración con la serigrafía ecológica italiana Tundra Stamperia. Los productos que comercializa esta marca están hechos a mano; además, siempre trabajan con materiales orgánicos o reciclados, y prendas de ropa confeccionadas de acuerdo a los estándares internacionales de comercio justo.

Por otra parte, junto a sus propios diseños (una camiseta de estampado geométrico hecha a partir de bambú, un body rosa para bebés con el dibujo de una ballena y un divertido cuaderno), nuestros amigos de Tundra también nos han mandado un colorido conjunto de pendientes y pulsera hecho artesanalmente en Ghana. Estos accesorios son vendidos con fines solidarios por Ancora of Hope Organization (ANCHOR), una ONG local que está intentando financiar un centro escolar en el país africano.

Si todavía no has tenido oportunidad de leer nuestro artículo sobre Tundra, pincha en el siguiente link y descubre en qué consiste el planteamiento ecológico de la marca y sus valores éticos:

· Los colores mágicos de la Tundra.