THE PEOPLE BEHIND YOUR ITEMS
SHOP BY BRAND
- Ja Socha
- Tee & Scissors
- Kasan's Workshop
Bags, hats & scarves
- Duy & Tâm
Enjoy the stories.
Sheena & Rengé from Delhi
Sheena Uppal is a designer to watch.
Hailing from three generations of textile manufacturers, an innate understanding of fabric is second nature to Sheena. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Sheena honed her craft in the fashion scenes of London, Mumbai, and Delhi.
Believing that producing fashion need not be quick and inhumane, Sheena founded Rengé in February 2016. Loved by many in Bollywood and across India, Rengé is synonymous with “style” and “sustainability”. Rengé creates quality garments for the modern women and you’ll be glad to hear they are mainly made from surplus fabrics sourced to keep a low environmental footprint. Sheena’s team keep safety standards high and is also paid a fair ethical wage.
And if you're not already a fan of Sheena, she’s an animal lover too.
Sisters from Singapore
Launched in 2009, Ja.Socha is run by a pair of sisters from Singapore - Bee and Mei.
With five young children between them, the sisters firmly believe in work-life balance and has brought this culture into their workplace.
Ja.Socha is the wardrobe for the everyday women who wants to look and feel good while donning their many hats, just like the sisters. Effortless style is the name of their game.
The duo ensures quality by making sure the working conditions in their factory are good and has high safety standards. The pair are also exploring ways to make their label more sustainable and eco-friendly.
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Tee & Scissors from Jakarta
In 2014 Rossa started Tees and Scissors to create a wardrobe with a comfortable easy-going style.
For Rossa, the selection of beautiful fabrics and overseeing the process of production is equally important as appreciating the actual people who create the garments. As such, all Tees & Scissors items are locally produced in Indonesia. With the concept of minimal impact in mind, Rossa uses mainly deadstock fabrics and works closely with local artisans to create her sustainable and ethical line.
Rossa hopes to make your next favourite comfortable piece of clothing. For her, validation comes when her fans wear their Tees and Scissors items over and over again - a testament to slow fashion.
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Jessica Jasmine of Tsunja
Tsunja, from Tegel, Indonesia, is a contemporary hand-crafted jewellery studio, dedicated to redefining modernity and celebrating quirky and bold statement pieces.
Designer Jessica Jasmine believes in the slow-fashion approach and launched the label in 2017. At her studio, each earring is thoughtfully designed, individually hand-molded and carefully assembled. The materials, clay and wire, are chosen for their versatility and durability.
Tsunja also draw inspirations from art movement Bauhaus and interpret its elements with a contemporary attitude and modern aesthetic approach. Tsunja is also stocked in New York, Sweden, and Japan.
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Diandra & Shastya of Oaksva
Friends Diandra's and Shastya's vision for Oaksva is to promote the beauty and diversity of Indonesian culture.
Launched in2014, their resin-based jewellery incorporates native spices and sands from all over Indonesia.
In order to truly celebrate Indonesian heritage, the pair decided that Oaksva products had to be locally made. The friends thus enlisted the help of local craftspeople from Yogyakarta and Bali.
Each piece of Oaksva jewellery is individually hand-crafted and artisanal. The pieces are made from 925 sterling silver or from brass plated in 24 karat gold.
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The Tibetan Trio
Blood is definitely thicker than water for Pasang Doma.
Pasang's parents left Lhasa, Tibet for India, during the period of British colonialism, and now she call India home with her husband and son. The family of three holds Tibetan customs and culture dear in both their lifestyle and livelihood. For thirty years, Pasang designed jewellery that her husband sold. Presently, her son, Phonsok is succeeding his father.
Pasang’s designs deftly weave together tradition, migration, and assimilation. She draws from her Tibetan heritage for inspiration and often uses red, yellow, and blue beads to represent coral, amber, and turquoise – culturally significant gemstones in Tibetan Buddhism. Her husband ensures all materials used are sourced from India and Pasang works with women from the local community to thread the pieces together by hand with love and care.
For the trio, home is where the heart is.
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Hòa from Hoi An
An artist husband and an accessory designer wife – Nguyen and Hòa are the perfect match.
Hòa has designed jewellery for over two decades, and has fans from all around the world. Like Nguyen, she draws inspiration from the countryside and uses natural materials.
Nguyen has won the Vietnamese Fine Art Association Prize for 10 years. Painting on rice paper, his usual subjects are scenes of Vietnam’s countryside.
Together, they run a free summer art programme for children in their community to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
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Dieu from Dồng Tháp
Endless rice fields, cloud of blue water hyacinth flowers, and sincere hospitality.
This is how Dieu describes her province of Đồng Tháp, located in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, bordering Cambodia. At 18 years old, Dieu left her province for Ho Chi Minh City to further her education and to seek opportunities in the country’s economic hub. In the city, Dieu learnt the ins and outs of the locally made bag craft trade. After 5 years, Dieu decided to use her hard-earned knowledge and experience to giveback to the place she was born and bred in.
Today, Dieu has created over 50 jobs for women weavers in her hometown. Together, they produce Dieu’s designs mainly from locally grown natural materials including water hyacinth, sea grass, straw, and bamboo.
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Duy & Tâm of Saigon
Duy broke out into a smile saying, “She’s my lover,” when asked about their relationship. Tâm's and Duy’s story started with a common interest in photography and hunting for vintage finds. Something about the style of the 80s and 90s kept them coming back for more. Their hobby flourished into a business when people started approaching them asking about their outfits. As it turns out, there were few vintage clothing stores in Vietnam’s commercial capital.
In a small attic space in a Saigon shophouse, the couple has a small, well laid out store. Crammed but cozy, the place is decorated with damask vests and leather briefcases amidst beautiful wood furniture.
In the pursuit of sustainable style, the duo searches Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand for vintage clothing. For a fresh take on their retro looks, the couple sources new accessories from China, and this includes their hat collection and costume jewellery.
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Nat from Bangkok
Art Professor Dr Nattinda (Nathanik), born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, continues to live in the Land of Smiles.
Nat always knew she wanted to be an artist. Even in her childhood, she wielded her talents astutely and formidably. 10-year-old Nat entered a weekly art competition coveting the first prize – a Barbie doll. It was a toy her mother could not indulge her in. It took Nat three entries to win her doll, and this determination remains at the core of her work. Watercolour is Nat’s medium of choice; taking inspiration from the Impressionist and Abstract movements, she creates intricate works that are printed onto Thai silk-blend fabric.
As a social activist, Nat also uses her art to speak out for justice, and also donates funds from the sale of her scarves to a secondary school and a nursing home.
Bu from South Thailand
Bu, originally from South Thailand, started his shoe-making apprenticeship at the age of 14; almost three decades later, he is a master craftsman.
Nestled in a corner of bustling Bangkok, Bu now runs a workshop that hand-makes only about ten pairs of sandals a day.
Specialising in leather sandals for both men and women, Bu is meticulous and careful about the entire process. Together, with the help of his brother, they select and treat the leather themselves.
Overseeing everything himself, Bu keeps the sandals range small and exclusive to ensure quality and comfort.
Ella from South Korea
Nuavo was born in 2018 when Ella decided she was tired of seeing accessories that were too similar in appearance in the South Korean market, so she decided to bring something new to the table. With a strong vision in mind, Ella creates jewellery with quirky shapes and fun colours.
Nuavo is about finding perfection in imperfection – the line often features beautiful flaws found in natural materials such as semi-precious gemstones or pearls. Highlighting these unique patterns or interesting shapes is part of Nuavo’s tribute to mother nature as well as the label’s efforts to reduce wastage.
Made entirely in South Korea to support the local economy, Ella partners with a small well-run factory to gold-plate and produce her jewellery. The factory practices high safety standards and provides good workplace conditions.
Kasan from Uzbekistan
The ancient silk-road city of Bhukara spans thousands of years of history. It remains a major medieval center for Islamic theology and culture, and this is where Kasan's Workshop found its home. A native of Bhukara, Kasan started his workshop to sustain the livelihood of local artisans.
Inspired by Islamic geometric designs, Kasan's earrings are made from leftover walnut wood scraps and hand-painted with natural dyes.