Hello there, my world !
Since I've got this great new way to talk to you, I've decided that today - I would like to touch upon a topic that's been on my mind for months.
How to turn our constant need for beautiful things, our love for shopping into something that benefits our community, keeps our carbon footprint within that delicate line, and at the same time - remains an experience that one can only associate with true luxury. Shop Local.
With the words 'hand-made' and 'hand-crafted' being tossed around everywhere these days. I fear that in one of the few countries where the 'hand-made' still exists, and the tradition is somehow being kept alive .. we are forgetting what it truly means.
When we craft a cushion or a lamp or even a little box at Olie, the process is what heartens us. The exchange of smiles, and happy banter as the fabrics come into our studio. Sitting with our talented artisans as we share our ideas and plans with them. They almost always contribute directly to the design of the product, with details that are added by hand, painstakingly and with love.
Every time an order comes in, everyone is excited. The pride with which the whole family sits down to craft the most beautiful accessories they have ever crafted before is one that always moves me deeply. To have our dream shared by these incredible people who then turn it into a reality.
And then of course, comes each tag that has been designed individually for each printed collection, the little hand-written notes that go into each package that is packed for an order. And finally the joy of having a customer come back to us with a sweetly worded letter that completes the cycle of the carecrafted.
With the product being made entirely by hand, we use less electricity, and therefore makes our impact on the environment that much smaller. The luxury of having so many hands from our little towns and villages breathing life and adding soul to every lamp or cushion cover that sits proudly in your home is one that cannot be added up. It is a sense of history that is attached, a labour of love and luxury in it's purest form.
It's a lovely way to do your bit. Shop Local. You will leave richer for the experience.
much love x