I recently came across this quote from Suzy Menkes.
‘Today’s greatest fashion luxury is found in things touched by human hands’. These words echoed in my head. It’s actually kind of true, since it refers to handwork, present in many fashion (luxury) products. Such as shoes and accessories, for example the ‘made in Italy’. However, artisans for instance in India, do also work by hand, isn’t it?
For me, it’s hard not to think of all these workers in third world countries, working more than twelve hours a day in a questionable environment. Slavery appears in diverse forms. ‘How it’s made’ competes with ‘where it’s produced — and in what conditions’.
Very glad to introduce you today the Swiss brand JUNGLE FOLK. Last year I met Pauline, the founder and designer behind the label, before the first Fashion Revolution Week. I have a lot of respect for her vision of sustainability, particularly when it comes to textile and fashion.
The brand works with a community of rural and urban artisans from Colombia, which empower their family, social life as well as their technical skills.
The collections are timeless and high qualitative, made from certified materials like organic cotton, linen and silk.
Knit, JUNGLE FOLK / Skirt, C&A vintage / Boots, Acne Studio / Blazer & wallet, Sandro Paris / Jewelry, enSoie
I’m wearing the NIEVE sweater in grey in soft baby alpaca wool, perfect for this time of the year. Combined with and layered over a shorter jacket and knits, like here. The pleated skirt actually belongs to my Grandma… It was bought in a C&A store some thirty years ago, when the general notion of sustainability was slightly different than now!.
Visit the sustainable fashion brand JUNGLE FOLK, and discover the newest Fall-Winter Collection, ‘HAIN’ – you might find something you’ll love to wear for years, made by well-treated human hands. This is luxury, to me.