ORIGINS

MATTER reinterprets textile heritage into prints that tell stories of where and why they are made. Our mission is threefold – to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire customers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities.

Founded in 2014, we began simply with the intention to make where and why something is made, and by whom, matter. An idea borne of conversations and late night dreaming between two friends became reality after a cross country fundraising road trip from North to South India. Grounded on purpose and impact, we always knew that we wanted this to go beyond creating products that reflect a culture’s heritage in its craft.

CHANGE BEYOND TEXTILES

We create garments and accessories that accompany you through day and night, always with the ethos of comfort and versatility in mind. Working with a curative philosophy inspired by tradition, we source heritage prints and styles while reinterpreting them in a modern manner. Our mission is to impact change beyond textiles — to make rural artisan production sustainable, shift designers’ approach to their process, and inspire customers to value provenance.

 

OUR TEAM


  • RENYUNG HO

    Co-founder, Managing Director

    Trained as a sociologist, Ren loves cultural stories and believes in the inherent value of diversity for its own sake. She also loves great pants, and always travels with a camera.


  • YVONNE SUNER

    Co-founder, Sourcing and Design

    Yvonne travels by living through the essence of a place. She is passionate about what she believes in and hopes to inspire a better world. There is no day that she doesn’t make someone smile and laugh. She always travels with enough space to buy a souvenir with an inspiring story.


  • NAZNEEN AZIZ

    Creative Director

    Trained in Design Communications, Naz also teaches in the Fashion programme at LASALLE College of the Arts. With a passion grounded on intention, she loves to create – always with meaning and purpose. She believes that the heart of a city is in its local markets, and finds pockets of joy in everyday moments.


  • MAY EE FONG

    Merchandising Executive

    With a passion for textile and product development, May Ee enjoys the process of turning ideas into physical products. She finds delight in discovering the hidden beauty and wisdom through the journey of finding her way. When she’s not traveling and embracing new cultures, she is an avid lover of art and coffee.


  • DEVONNE NIAM

    Digital Marketing Maven

    Inspired by the memories of growing up with people of various cultural backgrounds, Dev is passionate about traveling and learning. She believes strongly that one should live each day to its fullest, and the key to that is embracing happiness and positivity.


  • FARISIA THANG

    Content & Partnerships Curator

    A lover of mountains, sea, and sushi, Farisia is a creative whose main mediums include photography and calligraphy. She believes in the value of all voices, and is inspired by social justice movements and the way light touches walls.


  • MC CHUA

    Inventory Officer

    With a love for things of the old, Chua finds enjoyment in the nostalgic routines of listening to songs from the past –  especially those from the 80s and 90s. When he’s not spending time with his family, he likes to travel and take in a world of another culture.


  • SONICA SARNA

    Artisan Training, Design, and Ethical Sourcing

    Sonica runs an ethical design and sourcing consultancy that connects socially motivated designers and companies with artisans. A veritable force of nature, she is a trained fashion designer, industry thought leader and natural, passionate connector with a zest for life, especially ice cream.


  • MUKUL BHATIA

    Visual Creative

    Mukul is an internationally published Indian photojournalist. He believes that experience is the prime entity that provokes human growth, and thus creates one’s individuality. His love for telling these thought-provoking stories through photographs has lead him to be on the road for over 2 years now.

MATTER is a social brand under the canopy of Banyan Tree Gallery, a 20 year old community retailer working globally with artisan craft in the areas of basketry, ceramics, lacquerware and other beautiful homeware.