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Our carpets are newly STEP certified

Our carpets are newly STEP certified

The STEP label is the fair trade label for handmade carpets.

Our hand-knotted carpets are now Fair Trade certified.

As a certified Label STEP partner, we are committed to adhering to Fair Trade standards in carpet production and contribute to the sustainability of the carpet industry. By purchasing a fair trade carpet you help to improve the living conditions of the people who produced it.

Label STEP is more than just a label. Addressing the roots of the carpet industry's complex challenges requires solution-oriented approaches. Label STEP was founded in 1995 in Switzerland and is committed to the well-being of weavers and workers in the production of handmade carpets. The fair trade standards of the non-profit organisation cover basic human rights, including the prohibition of child labour, fair wages and environmentally friendly production methods. Certified Label STEP partners undertake to allow independent controls throughout their supply chains. Label STEP actively supports producers in the implementation of improvement measures and strengthens weavers and workers with educational opportunities covering a wide range of topics from health and safety to financial literacy. The combination of these approaches strengthens the sustainability of the industry and helps to preserve centuries-old handicrafts. STEP is the only non-governmental organisation of its kind active in all major handmade carpet manufacturing countries.

Learn more about STEP

Learn more about our carpet-production

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Meeting our producers in Nepal

Meeting our producers in Nepal

We spent April 2019 in Nepal. For the first time we went on this long journey with our baby. In Nepal we visited our family and spent a lot of time with our producers. We developed new designs, discussed with our producers about different fabrics and their origin and came home with many new ideas.

Natural Fibre

Natural Fibre

At Natural Fibre in Kathmandu we produce our clothes from hemp, organic cotton and bamboo. We have been working with Ram Sharan (far right) since the start of TGIFW. When we meet we always first discuss the current world affairs and the political and economic situation in Nepal. After a cup of tea we move on to our business topics. Together with him we chose new colours for the popular bamboo fabric and took some new fabric samples with us to discuss with our designers in Switzerland.

lehna

Lehna

Lehna is a producer specialising in the high-quality processing of wool and cashmere. Together with the boss Tsering we selected new colours for autumn/winter. We are very much looking forward to the new scarves. With all Lehna products we know 100 percent where wool and cashmere come from and we know that the animals are well kept and worked without mulesing (removing the skin around the tail without eliminating pain).

WFN

Women’s Foundation

It all started at the Women's Foundation in Nepal and thanks to the wonderful work of the women's organization hundreds of women are supported and encouraged in Nepal. The women traditionally weave our scarves by hand. On site we learned a lot about the current social projects of the organization and together we finalized our latest collection.

"The statutory minimum wage is 13400 NPR (approximately CHF 122). With us, business managers and production managers earn NPR 30 000 - 40 000 (CHF 275 - CHF 366). And a woman who starts working fresh in production gets 15,000 NPR (CHF 138). Working hours: seven hours a day."

BHN

Blessed Hope Nepal

We have only been working with Blessed Hope Nepal for a few months and are delighted with the great work the team is doing on site. It was nice to visit the organisation for the first time and to meet the women who crochet our jewellery by hand. We created a jewellery collection matching three scarf designs and are looking forward to presenting it to you in autumn.

"Most of the women here earn their own money for the first time. They get their wages once a month. They are paid per piece. They decide for themselves how much they want to work and all work from home. On Thursday everyone meets here in the office. They talk a lot and eat naturally."

Pandey

Himalayan Chengra

With Pandey from Himalayan Chengra we also work with cashmere and we recently designed a new linen/cashmere foulard collection with print. In Nepal we worked on the colours until we were all convinced of the result. And we were amazed at the traditional techniques used to sew fabrics in the factory. Tashi talked to the employees and learned how they enjoyed working at Pandey.

Teppich

Milha Custom Rugs

Of course a visit to our carpet production was not to be missed. It was exciting to see how fast the weavers were working on the carpets - loud music in the background spread a good mood. We discussed some of our designs and new knotting techniques with the chief designer on site. Now we have a carpet made from wool and banana silk to show the effect of this mixture to our customers in Switzerland.

Some impressions of our trip:

Natural Fibre lehna WFN BHN Pandey Teppich   Waterfall Top Berge Carmen & Tashi

Have a look at the great products we develop in Nepal:

Fair Fashion & carpets

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How can we get more people involved in fair fashion?

How can we get more people involved in fair fashion?

On Saturday, 16 March, a Social Hackathon took place at ETH Zurich. Social entrepreneurs, who are all members of Capacity - including us - and ETH students took a day to explore various issues and challenges of social entrepreneurs.

TGIFW asked the students how more people and especially the Millennials could be inspired to buy fair fashion ... The students quickly agreed. Fair fashion is simply not visible enough. Fair fashion can hardly be found in shopping streets, not with the big influencers, not in advertising and generally far too little on social media. Buying fashion must be easy - one click, one look, one purchase - anyone looking for something fairly produced has to search for a long time ... today's young people are hardly prepared to do so. The students think that there is no common platform for fair fashion (although there are platforms like faircustomer, only - they are far too little known).

Vegan is hip, organic too ... Fair fashion has yet to become.

Many exciting ideas followed on how fair fashion can become more popular. Students see a strong presence on social media as a must to make fair fashion an issue. Every brand should have a social media and sales manager who only takes care of brand awareness and sales. And every brand needs enthusiastic customers, who in turn promote the brand.

Is it all a question of branding and social media? We are curious what you think.

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Shooting 2018

Shooting 2018

Unsere wunderbare Fotografin Ladina Bischof hat im Mai 2018 für TGIFW die Sommer- und Herbst/Winter-Neuheiten abgelichtet. Dieses Mal haben wir uns direkt bei Ladina im Studio in Arbon getroffen.

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Auch dein Daheim trägt fair!

Auch dein Daheim trägt fair!

Wir haben im Juni 2017 unser Sortiment erweitert und bieten neu handgeknüpfte Teppiche aus Nepal an.
Die Nepal/Tibet-Teppiche gehören zu den hochwertigsten Teppichen der Welt. Die ganz eigene Knüpfart verleiht den Teppichen eine speziell schöne Struktur. Ein Nepal-Teppich darf in keinem modernen Daheim fehlen.

Auch dein Daheim trägt fair: Alle Teppiche stammen aus unserer familieneigenen Teppich-Produktion in Kathmandu. Rund 150 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter zählen zur Firma, die dem Onkel von Tashi gehört. Wir wissen also auch bei unseren Teppichen genau, woher sie stammen, arbeiten ohne Zwischenhändler und bieten damit auch unschlagbare Preise.   

Ab sofort gibt es die ersten fünf Teppich-Designs in sechs Standard-Grössen zu kaufen. Produzeirt wird nach Bestellung – das heisst, dein Teppich wird eigens für dich geknüpft. Und, wenn du deine eigene Idee umsetzen möchtest – wir können fast alles in einen Teppich verwandeln.

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Shooting im Naturmuseum St. Gallen

Shooting im Naturmuseum St. Gallen

Am 13. März haben wir die wunderschönen Fotos für die neuen Produkte im Naturmuseum geschossen. Ladina Bischof, unsere Fotografin, verstand es wiederum, das Model und die Designs perfekt in Szene zu setzen. Wir sind grosser Fan ihrer Kunst. Die Kulisse, atemberaubend! Das just neu eröffnete Naturmuseum ist nicht nur wegen der architektonischen Schönheit ein Besuch wert. Und, dieses Mal haben wir die schöne Anna Hickl, ein Model aus St. Gallen, abgelichtet. Vielen Dank an das Naturmuseum für diese einmalige Gelegenheit, an unsere Fotografin Ladina Bischof, unsere Designerin Mirjam Kretz, an Sabrina Wüst für Haare & Make-up und natürlich an unser tolles Model Anna Hickl!

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Fotoshooting in der Tonhalle St. Gallen

Fotoshooting in der Tonhalle St. Gallen

Am 3. April durften wir in der wunderschönen Tonhalle St. Gallen unsere Sommerkollektion shooten. Welch atemberaubende Kulisse, die doch solche Ruhe ausstrahlt. Unser Model Lisa Ng fügte sich wie von selbst mit ein und unsere Kleider passten farblich perfekt zur Umgebung. Die Fotos von Ladina Bischof sind traumhaft schön geworden.

Wir freuen uns sehr, euch bald die neuen Designs vorzustellen und euch damit den Sommer zu verschönern!

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Shooting in der Skulpturhalle Basel

Shooting in der Skulpturhalle Basel

Unser erstes Fotoshooting fand an einem Samstag im Oktober in der Skulpturenhalle des Antikenmuseums in Basel statt. Auszug aus der Homepage der Skulpturhalle:

"Die Skulpturhalle Basel ist ein dem Antikenmuseum angegliedertes Museum für Abgüsse antiker Bildwerke, das im Jubiläumsjahr 2012 auf eine 125 jährige Geschichte zurückblickt. Mit rund 2200 Abgüssen von Statuen, Köpfen und Reliefs ist die Skulpturhalle nicht nur die grösste Abguss-Sammlung der Schweiz, sondern eine der bedeutendsten der Welt. Die Gipskopien von griechischen und römischen Meisterwerken bieten die Möglichkeit, die in verschiedenen Museen der Welt aufbewahrten Skulpturen aus nächster Nähe rundum zu betrachten und miteinander zu vergleichen."

Wir haben uns sehr gefreut, hat die Museumsleitung entschieden, uns Platz und Raum für das Shooting zu geben. Die Kulisse war eindrücklich und wir können jedem empfehlen, sich die Skulpturhalle bei Gelegenheit anzusehen. Miriam Elias war unsere Fotografin, eine unserer Designerinnen fungierte als Stylistin und Lisa NG unser ausgewähltes Model. Alle haben einen fantastischen Job gemacht. Der Tag war anstrengend. Das Licht musste für jede Einstellung stimmen, Outfits wurden gewechselt, Szenen besprochen. Ein tolles erstes Shooting für TGIFW – viele weitere werden folgen. 

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Wir sind online!

Wir sind online!

Vor über einem Jahr entstand die Geschäftsidee TGIFW - THANK GOD ITS FAIR WEAR während meinem Auszeit-Jahr. Es ist ein überwältigendes Gefühl, heute endlich online zu sein und jetzt gespannt zu warten, bis die erste Bestellung eingeht – und von wem wohl?

Wir starten mit wenigen, ausgewählten Produkten. Handgewebte und handgestrickte Schönheiten. Allesamt mit Liebe in Nepal hergestellt. Drei von unseren Schal-Prints wurden von unseren Schweizern Jungdesignerinnen entworfen – die gibt es nur bei uns. Ich kann es kaum erwarten, bis nächsten Frühling die erste richtige Kollektion auf den Markt kommt.

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