Thank You 2018

Hi all,

We are almost at the end of 2018 and oh boy, it has been an intense year! First and foremost, we’d like to deeply thank all our customers, retailers, partners, family and friends who supported us and made us believe more than ever in this human adventure. We may have been silent on the blog for a while but we can testify that it was pretty noisy behind the scenes! Because everyone is getting excited over the Top 9 and the best pictures on social media, we would like to share our Top 9 Moments that made 2018 incredibly memorable:

  1. 2018 was definitely marked by our first steps in the offline world – from Los Angeles to Stockholm, we’ve been out there so you could try our accessories, touch them and feel the love we put in the design and in the weaving! Definitely a rewarding experience and we can’t wait to extend our reach in 2019.
  2. We hold our first pop up ever last summer at the Hoxton Hotel in London, in partnership with our online retailer I Love Designer. It was great to meet our London-based friends and supporters and exchange on ideas and collaborations.
  3. Because Noces mean Wedding / Marriage in French, it was natural that we foster collaborations with brands who share the same interest in Love. It was such an exciting moment to work with the conscious wedding dress brand Celia Grace and the PR Company Perry Rose Media. We can’t encourage you enough to support these brands led by women for women!
  4. There is a beginning to everything – our entry to Germany! Yes our German speaker fans can now find us on the biggest conscious and eco-friendly marketplace Avocadostore. Extra kudos to our little cousin Zoely who really helped making us a move in the German market with her language skills!
  5. Still staying in Germany: our awesome feature in the Fogs Magazine! Yes we are still over the moon just thinking about, with their lovely review of our Jade raffia handbag that carries our brand identity in a single accessory.
  6. And concluding on the German news: we partnered with Peppermynta Magazine and the activist Melanie-Jasmin Jeske, pictured by the photographer Florian Grill, to celebrate women and body positivity through an exclusive summer edit outfit inspiration.
  7. The magazine Native Nashville made us a great surprise: a special feature of our Alexa raffia handbag, shot by the photographer Brett Warren, in collaboration with Shop Goodwin. We are so grateful for such an opportunity!
  8. We partnered with Studio Preservation and the photographer Nicole Lorenson to capture the essence of our brand: a blend of a minimalist, timeless yet modern style. Our accessories were styled with the New York based knitwear brand Kordal and the shoes brand By Far.
  9. And last but not least: our exclusive collaboration with the brand Studio 189 led by fashion activist Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah to co-create handwoven raffia clutches and accessories to be available for Spring Summer 2019. Our bespoke accessories already made it to the New York Fashion Week, the Ghana Fashion Week, the Nigeria Fashion Week, Miami Art Basel and so on.

Of course there was much more – 2018 was a year of awesome encounters, meeting new friends from all around the world who share our vision for a fashion with purpose. Thanks to you, we will be able to continue supporting social programs in Madagascar – but wait for the next post to hear more about our social engagement!

We wish you a healthy and joyful 2019, and let’s all cheer for an awesome year to come!

With love,

TN

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Meet Mafalda Costa

Hi all,

Life is full of awesome encounters – one of them is when we met Mafalda Costa, a dynamic and vibrant young lady who captivated us in her effortless chic style. She owns the lovely boutique MStore, curating gorgeous accessories and clothing from conscious and responsible brands. She is sharing a bit of herself in this exclusive summer interview with us.

TN: Mafalda, thanks for taking the time! Could you tell us more about your dream holidays?

MC: The perfect vacation for me would be a month of island hopping in Greece with my best friends. Fresh fruit and vegetables, bar foot and wearing a bikini most of the time. And of course, let’s not forget the fun nights with some nice cocktails.

Credit: TN

TN: Any tip for a great restaurant in Berlin?

MC: One of my favourite restaurants in Berlin is Mariona in Kreuzberg. It is a Spanish gourmet tapas restaurant. It’s really cozy, everything is delicious there. They also have a great wine selection. Otherwise, one of my favourite Sunday plans is to go for a Brunch. Just seating with friends and having a long and relaxing time for meal. Mimosas are sometimes included 😉

TN: Can you share a secret spot you like to hang out in the city?

MC: My home. Just kidding. Berlin is a very big city, so sometimes i just like to get a little bit lost in the areas that I don’t know that well yet. Otherwise, I love to sit bear the canal and have a Feierabend drink there. Its not that secret-ish though 😉

TN: Summer is not over yet and some of us will go on a break soon. What are your summer essentials?

MC: That’s easy! I will have in my suitcase the Marina Clutch from The Noces, one piece Swimsuit from Clo, sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, the Satin Slip Dress from my collection that you can wear day and night.

Find more ethical and conscious brands at MStore boutique (including our raffia bags!): Simon-Dach-Str. 1 10245 Berlin, Germany.

Happy summer!
x TN

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Raffia Straw Season

Hi all,

We are so excited that summer has just arrived! That only means straw and raffia season, sun, holidays and so much fun! What surprises did we prepare for you during these past few months?

A collaboration with our favorite wedding dresses brand – Celia Grace
This is an awesome brand that shares our sustainability values and principles: eco-friendly, with a strong sense of purpose and of course gorgeous dresses! We will have a special photo shoot with Celia Grace wedding dresses and our raffia handbags this summer – a perfect inspiration for boho and conscious brides-to-be! Follow us on social media not to miss anything when it is out!

An exclusive pop-up shop at The Hoxton Shoreditch in London, UK
Save the Date! Meet us on July 10, 6pm – 10pm for an evening summer shopping at 81 Great Eastern St at our favorite hotel in town. Come and try our raffia handbags, learn more about our brand story and have a good laugh with us! It will be curated by the team at I Love Designer – led by the lovely Sarah.

-A limited edition of raffia bags exclusively on our eshop!
Discover our Aya raffia handbag for a classy summer with its nude and black stripes and leather handles. It is in a very limited edition – shop now before it is too late! And the shout-out of the month goes to Shop Preservation, one of our stockists based in Des Moines, Iowa, US. Nicole Lorenson and her team will welcome you and help you find vintage and modern treasures to match with our raffia bags (including our Fiona raffia bucket bag – pictured it and credit goes to Shop Preservation).

Happy summer!
x TN

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Who made my Clothes

Hi there,

April marks the launch of a powerful campaign around ethical fashion – Who made my clothes.

You may have heard about it – or even participated in the campaign. This is about a commitment in a fairer and more transparent supply chain in the fashion industry and get engaged to make things change. We firmly believe that one should have the right to know how and where clothes and accessories were made. It is not enough anymore to wear something that is desirable and covetable. It should be traceable and made with love, aligned with environmental, social and economic standards.

We are so proud to support the campaign and give a glimpse at our people and local production. Get behind the scenes to know our business practices by following us on Instagram. From 23 to 27 April 2018, we will be sharing the portrait of our artisans, telling more about our signature materials and listening to your feedback! Check as well our revised policy on data protection in compliance with the GDPR Legislation in Europe and our policy on corporate social responsibility to be aware of our continuous ethical, social and environmental commitment.

Together we can make a difference. You too can join the movement for a more responsible fashion consumption!

With love,
TN

 

 

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