Are you dreaming of following your heart and living all over the world in 2018? Well, get ready for some serious inspiration and meet Rebecca Hawkes! She’s a traveling designer and photographer running her creative studio from the road. One day she lives and works in Morocco, the next month she’s in Iceland working with ethical clients trying to make this world a kinder place.
I got a chance to chat with her about her decision to live on the road, how she makes a new place feel like home and staying in touch with friends and family. Enjoy reading!
I have always longed to travel extensively. For years I read blogs and became envious when hearing about friends’ adventures abroad. For myself I always made excuses. It wasn’t the right time, I was scared and paralysed by the amount of choice on where to go. It got to a point where I was talking with a friend, reiterating my list of excuses. At that moment it dawned on me: That was all they were, ‘excuses’. I didn’t really have anything stopping me.
What inspires you? For me, it’s listening and talking to women who decide to go their own way. People who – despite being young and at the very beginning of their career – are willing to fail and go new ways. One of these women is Kim Gerlach, a fellow fair fashion enthusiast and blogger over on Kim goes Eko. When I read on her blog that she’s decided on a career change to dare and try something new, step out into the unknown, I was interested immediately.
Today, we’re talking about her journey towards sustainability, why she decided to go her own way and how you can move towards change as well. Enjoy reading!
A few years ago, while studying a rather unsatisfying bachelor of economics, I started to blog about sustainable fashion. Why? Because I wanted to document my experiment of not buying fast fashion for one year. This was the starting point for most of what I’m doing today. I’ve joined the start-up VinoKilo, have continued blogging and at one point decided to study again. These studies gave me new insights into leadership theories and sustainability.
My studies also “taught me” about Scandinavia, because I had to moved to Sweden. Now I’m continuing to live here and decided to start a career in Sweden. I’m stepping into social innovation, sustainability and the entrepreneurial eco system of the city of Malmö.
Today I am very happy to introduce Maykher to you! It’s a beautiful fair fashion label from England that has been born out of a Crowdfunder not even a year ago. Maykher has vowed to promote makers, instead of machines and thus save some beautiful old techniques. I really love their wonderful clutches, bags and scarves. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift or a little treat for yourself, check out their store!
Heidi from Maykher has kindly agreed to answer a few question about the label and their ideas about slow fashion for us. Enjoy the interview, I definitely loved her answers!
The idea of Maykher came about as I wanted to find a way to tackle some international social issues that I felt passionate about. I have always been aware and troubled by the negative treatment of women/girls around the world. Opportunities for many women and girls are so limited and their value disregarded purely based on their sex. It’s a travesty for womankind in any time period, but especially in 2017!
I wanted to do something but I had no idea what or how. I had no formal experience in foreign aid, international affairs or social care but I knew fashion well! Therefore I used my knowledge in the industry as my tool for good.
If only you could borrow clothes instead of buying new every time…that’s what Laura thought one day, desperate about her full closet and not enough clothes she actually liked. Half a year later, Kleiderrebell was born, an online store where you can borrow clothes as long as you like them. As soon as you’re fed up with wearing them, you give them back :)
I’ve talked to Laura about the story of Kleiderrebell – and how we can all make a change by consuming slower (ps: I borrowed some clothes from Kleiderrebell too – you can see the post here!)
Slow and fast fashion are different in a number of ways. Firstly there’s the working conditions of the garment workers. Are they getting paid fairly? Is their workload doable? Are the factory owners observing the laws? That’s the side of the producers. On the other side there’s us, the consumers. We are responsible to consider the difference between slow and fast fashion. Where do I buy my clothes? Am I willing to pay more than 20 Euro for a t-shirt? Do I really have to buy a new garment every week? Is secondhand a possibility for me as well? If I ask myself these questions, I’ll get a lot closer to a slower way of life.
Today I’m happy to introduce you to Ruth, founder of The Canvas Café. It’s a creative venue and coffee shop in Shoreditch and London’s first ‘Happiness Café’. You can draw on the walls and share your ideas with everyone else visiting, join in for lunchtime yoga or choir fun, discuss TED talks together – it’s pretty much the best thing ever.
I had the pleasure of asking Ruth a few questions this week. She tells us how she started the Canvas Café and what struggles she had along the way. Is it possible to build community in modern society?