FAMILY OF MAKERS & DESIGNERS
A point of difference and an aspect of sustainability.
That is what we look for when identifying talents to join our family.
Uniqueness comes in varied forms. We search everywhere for this special something – the story behind every product. It can be in how the materials are sourced, the manufacturing or development process, the workplace conditions or culture, the design aesthetics or functionality, the ethos and inspirations, and even in the experiences or emotions delivered. We have an open mind.
Being sustainable is a process. We partner with makers and designers who are at any point of the journey. We simply ask that they are willing to change their mindsets and methods. Particularly for talents at the start of this process, we incubate and nurture them towards green and ethical progress. We are all in this together.
By Bee & Mei
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 and their partners firmly believe in work-life balance. Thus the workplace culture they created has been firmly centred around this philosophy.
Bee and Mei envisioned Ja.Socha as the everyday wardrobe for women who wants to look and feel good while checking off their daily to-do list.
The duo guarantees quality by ensuring the working conditions in their factory are good and has high safety standards.
Looking to be more eco-friendly, the label has been incorporating less water-intensive fabrics such as less linen, tencel as well as recycled polyester.
Hailing from three generations of textile manufacturers, Sheena has an innate understanding of fabric. 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. 40% of her factory's electricity usage is derived from solar energy, and Sheena’s team is paid a fair ethical wage.
And if you're not already a fan, Sheena's she’s an animal lover too.
Tees & Scissors
In 2014, Rossa, from Jakarta, Indonesia, started Tees & Scissors, imbuing it with her laidback sensibilities and creating a line of comfortable casual clothing with an easy-going style.
Leaving minimal impact on the environment while also leaving lasting positive differences in her community has always been Rossa’s aim for her sustainable and ethical line. With this in mind, Tees & Scissors uses only overstock fabric which she finds by scouring local markets. To maintain the integrity of her clothing, Rossa also works closely with local artisans.
Rossa hopes to make your next favourite piece of clothing.
For her, validation comes when her fans wear their Tees & Scissors items over and over again - a testament to slow fashion.
By Diandra & Shastya
Diandra and Shastya, friend from college, started Oaksva together with the mission of sharing the beauty and diversity of Indonesian culture.
The jewellery line features native ingredients and sediments important to local culture such as rice grains, chilli flakes, and turmeric.
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.
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-moulded and carefully assembled. The materials, clay, metal, beads, and wire are chosen for their versatility and durability, and the earrings comes in beautiful eco-friendly packaging.
Tsunja also draw inspirations from art movement Bauhaus and interpret its elements with a contemporary attitude and modern aesthetic approach.
By Pasang Doma
Pasang Doma's parents left Lhasa, Tibet for India, 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 has designed jewellery that deftly weaves 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 and son ensures all materials used are sourced from India and they work with women from the local community to thread the pieces together by hand.
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 annually for children in their community.
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.
Duy & Täm (hats)
By Duy & Täm
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. 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.
By Xuan Dieu
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
Bu, originally from South Thailand, started his shoe-making apprenticeship as a teenager; 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.