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March 23, 2017

Remarkable Resilience: Dear MATTER #1

Resilience often stems from a place of brokenness, and this was where I found my friend at the age of 11. It was then that she experienced an event that stripped her of her family, was flown across the world, and placed in an unfamiliar land. 

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March 22, 2017

A Collaboration: The Tea Sommelier

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Anne-Carole is the founder of The Tea Sommelier, a business in Singapore created to educate and inspire respect for the Art of Tea. After working in Finance for a decade, she realized she wanted more out of her life. In her search, she came across a shop in Shanghai where she experienced a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a moment marked as the catalyst for her journey with tea.

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March 15, 2017

Remarkable Resilience: Hillson To

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I know a girl whose life is a manifestation of the quote “Don’t dream your life, live your dream.” Though she is petite in stature and quiet in manner (probably because she never got enough sleep at night), whenever she hits the dance floor, she always takes the center stage. 

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March 15, 2017

Remarkable Resilience: Grandma Chuang

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My grandmother just celebrated her 100th birthday. The prime minister came to her house and gave her a brand new phone (somewhat of an odd tradition). She must have been smiling inside because in reality, she’s only eighty-something. 

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March 15, 2017

Remarkable Resilience: Project Aipan

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Preetika Sah is a designer from the Indian Himalayas we collaborated with to create a collection inspired by the traditional folk art of her community. The Aipan tradition is slowly diminishing through the age of time, and in a community where art is so intrinsically interrelated with their culture, to lose one is to lose the other. 

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March 08, 2017

Remarkable Resilience: Project Thrive

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With everything going on in the world today, it’s a pulsing reminder that there is still a lot of room for change and progress, especially for women. But celebration coexists with struggle and now, more than ever, we want to celebrate the remarkable resilience of women, individuals who find the strength and passion to go on despite their circumstances.

Sonica Sarna is the founder of Sonica Sarna Design, an ethical design production agency that engages artisans to create fashion products for global brands and designers. As an apparel and accessories designer based in India, we work closely with her to produce our garments.

She wrote to us about Project Thrive, an initiative she started in India to recruit at-risk women from local slum clusters and enrol them in a 45 day paid sewing training program. 

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February 24, 2017

The Intention Behind Organic

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Two and a half years ago, we aligned ourselves with a Slow philosophy. The idea that less can be more, and consideration towards the production process is an echoing action, a pebble thrown into still waters. Now that we’ve come where we are, we’re taking the time to go back to our origins.

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February 01, 2017

FIELDTESTED | CAITLIN GARCIA-AHERN

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Caitlin Garcia-Ahern’s passion for travel has brought her city to city, inspiring her to create her own tour company. Thread Caravan is a passion project that celebrates artisan adventures around the world, while creating a meaningful way for others to see the world. 

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January 31, 2017

The Colors Would Tell

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If clothes were stories, Indian women would be the best storytellers. For a long time, I was a true believer of monochrome: the less color, the better. But the power of color changed me when I visited India three years ago – the bright pinks, reds, yellows and indigo blues made me feel at home. Since then, I have been fascinated and inspired by India’s fabrics, their styles of dress, and their sheer openness to experiment with a full palette of colors.

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January 24, 2017

A Generational Story

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The craft of blockprinting was a medium created for storytelling: to record history and legacy. At the very heart of it, blockprinting holds still a moment in time. The heritage technique, in all its beauty, is a celebration of stories. 

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