Slow Fashion October is a celebration of the small-batch, handmade, second-hand, well-loved, long-worn and known-origins wardrobe. It's been launched by Fringe Supply Co.’s Karen Templer. We here at Kollabora are in and will post our progress every week. We also challenge all of you to take part, use the hashtag #slowfashionoctober to connect with other makers and post your projects here at Kollabora. We will make a collection of all the SFO makes after this month!
Week 1: YOU
First let’s introduce ourselves: Where are you at with all this / What first got you interested in Slow Fashion / What are your skills / What do you hope to get out of Slow Fashion October / What are your personal goals for the month / Do you have a special project you plan to tackle this month?
I'm Nora, I'm the founder of Kollabora and now I'm running the company. I wish I could say that this means I'm crafting all day. First thing I do in the morning is looking at the site and liking, collecting, and commenting on projects. It's a bit of torture after all the inspiration to continue with office work dealing with stuff like accounting or crunching numbers for offers that need to go out.
I grew up in the countryside from Detmold, a small town in Germany where my parents bootstrapped a business together. They're both tinkerers and crafters. My mother is an expert crocheter and knitter and my father taught me silk screening and let me use his welding machine. We weren't allowed to watch more than a couple of hours of TV every week, so we had a lot of time to make things. I guess you could say that I grew up with slow fashion. It's in my blood and my mission is that everyone should know how to make things!
I always make many projects parallel. Currently I'm working on knitting a vest for my husband and a hat for a friend's baby and a hat for myself, and I'm playing around with polymer clay, so fun. I'm also planning to sew the Morris Blazer and a leather wrist band for the watch that my husband gave me for our one year wedding anniversary. For Slow Fashion October, I want to finish the two hats and the wrist band.
I’m Paivi. Project Manager, Video Producer and a general jokester here at Kollabora.
I grew up in the countryside of Finland in a family that did not encourage shopping. We always shopped second hand, tried to recycle things and made use of things that we already had. Both of my parents were very DIY, my father was constantly building and my mom was preserving the crops of our garden. I appreciate my upbringing a lot although it has made me I a slight hoarder, since “I might need this later”.
I’m mostly a knitter but have taken a loooooong hiatus from it as I have been busy with other things like making films, but now I’m motivated to get back on track.
My personal goal is to create projects for Kollabora and make nice things to wear, but mainly my goal is to knit something for my dad who is turning 70 this month. And typical to my family, there is a no gift policy. But handmade presents are always acceptable, so I want to make something special for him and send it to Finland.
I'm Kate, Projects Editor extraordinaire here at Kollabora. I was definitely raised with the quality over quantity, function over fashion attitude. I was taught to value and take care of my things because I wasn't going to get a new backpack every year, etc. That's really stuck with me.
Slow Fashion October has inspired me to take a serious look at my wardrobe and plan the handmade pieces I want to add to it. I'm taking stock of what I already own, donating what doesn't fit, and looking at what pieces I'd like to add. I intend to make what I can (sewn or knit) and purchase the rest thoughtfully over time.
Most of the clothes I've made myself in the past I never actually wear, usually because they don't fit right, so I'm promising myself to take my time (especially with self drafted patterns) and make muslins! My goal is to finish the month with a paired down wardrobe, a solid plan for future makes, and to start/finish one piece!