Crafting a more sustainable future

The entrepreneurs designing a better world

Happy Friday!

Hope you’re ready for the weekend.

Why not take five for a quick mid-afternoon break, and – we think – an optimistic dose of sustainable news…

Designing the future

This edition, we had the pleasure of speaking with Creative Director and Founder of Lilabare, Ria Sejpal.

Sticking with our topic of sustainable sourcing in fashion and beyond, we wanted to know more about her ethic on sourcing natural fabrics and traditional dyes, and opportunities and challenges to this approach in Kenya.

See what she has to say in Designing a more sustainable future. Things are shifting…

I’m hoping that’s a silver lining to the pandemic: a more mindful consumer process that will eventually trickle down, looping its way back through the supply chain, and we will see a better tomorrow.  - Ria Sejpal

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Speaking of which…

When it comes to sustainable sourcing, we found inspiration in the stories of these designers. Check them out to source fabrics and supplies or to buy direct as a customer.

Pendeza Weaving Project

At the age of 25, William Okello made a commitment to help other young men and women like him struggling to make a living without employment. After training in hand weaving, spinning and dying, he founded the Pendeza Weaving Project in 1980. From scarfs to wraps and skilled tapestries, Pendeza is still going strong.

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Need toys? Look no further!

Founded in 1998 in Njoro, Kenena knitters make fun and beautifully crafted toys and help rural women use their spinning and knitting skills. The group has supported more than 500 rural women, knitting cute and fun creations for a brighter future.

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And last but not least… Tosheka Textiles make hand-woven fabrics using natural and recycled fibres. Established by Kenyan textile designer and business woman Lucy Lau Bigham, products run from home supplies like kitchen towels to fashion accessories like hand made bags.

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What’s happening?

Some things to do around town in the coming weeks, featuring events where you can source some nice sustainable products. Send us your favorites!

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