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PEOPLE // A story of two girls

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We often get the question of how this all started. So let’s start with that.

As with any idea the exact origin is hard to pinpoint, but safe to say the essence of Matter was born when we met, lived, explored and worked together in Mexico. One girl from the small island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the other girl from the even smaller island of Singapore in Southeast Asia - we soon found that we loved and valued the same material and intangible things. We valued a certain type of travel that saw the world as a bundle of stories waiting to be opened, with found objects and chance meetings providing a treasure trove of inspiration.

And so we started imagining a business that mirrored the values of this type of travel that we love - story driven, community based, built on direct relationships and a commitment to respecting provenance.

Ren subsequently went on a cross country fundraising road trip across India (Read the daily log here) and met the key people that started a domino effect of who we work with today.

Simple as that.