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    Piñatex – from Pineapples to Leather (the Good Kind)

    By now, you have probably already heard of Piñatex- a sustainably-produced fashion material made from piña (Spanish for pineapple) leaves, and interestingly began its journey in the Philippines. The Piñatex Story Some time in the ’90s, Dr. Carmen Hijosa worked as a specialist in the design and manufacture of leather goods. Visiting a tannery in the Philippines led her to witness the true and devastating impact mass leather production has on people and the environment. Upon leaving the country, she was determined to find a more sustainable alternative to leather. She resigned from her job to spend the next seven years researching and developing what is now a patented material and…

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    Shop Feature: Philomena Kloss

    Nadya and Tanya are the creators of the adorable Philomena Kloss bears. Their stuffed bears are not your usual furry teddies. They are standing, they wear human clothes, and each one has his and her own personality. These bears become friends with kids and grown-ups alike. Nadya and Tanya make their stuff bears and other animal friends from their studio in Odessa, Ukraine. Today, they share a few things about their shop and inspiration. What’s the story behind the shop name? Our shop is named after Philomena Kloss, who was not very well known in the wider community. But, this woman  was a social activist. She was director of the girl’s school in…

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    Shop Feature: ZIB* Textile

    ZIB* is a colorful fashion brand from Riga, Latvia that creates originally designed casual clothing and accessories for women and kids. It was founded in 2012 by Inga Priedite and Irena Andrejeva, who were then students at the Art Academy of Latvia. Each ZIB* garment is handmade from their workshop and goes through the entire process – from sketching to digitized printing to sewing.  Today, ZIB* is made up of a team of creative women – Annija Viluma (Production Lead), Edite Feifere (Customer Service), Katrina Talberga (Project & Events), Inga Kalnina (Accountant and Bookkeeper), Baiba Saurina and Liva Linina (artists and dressmakers). Irena Andrejeva creates designs as all the other team members do,…