ABOUT / DOOPS DESIGN
Doops Design is a sustainable clothing and homewares company owned by Jane Newham. She creates her products in her studio alongside her mother and friend. Jane hand draws and hand prints all of her screenprinted products.
Doops Design uses eco friendly water based inks which are 100% solvent free. The screens are exposed in the sun, so she relies on the environment to create her work.
The fabrics are sourced from quality mills in Europe and Australia. Workers at the mills are paid a fair wage and work in a safe environment. The chemicals used are also safe.
Doops Design is Australian made, slow fashion. The website describes it as ‘fashion with consciousness.’
ABOUT / OLIVE
Olive was founded in the UK in 2010. It is a British contemporary clothing brand with its headquarters based in Cheltenham. I am interested in this company as they are based near to where I live. Olive’s brand identity is all about being simple and minimal. When I think of the brand the first thing that comes to mind is the small detailed embroidery included on lots of their clothing.
‘Our large choice of styles combine heritage with modernity, simplicity with playfulness, and street style with understated elegance.’
They have a collaboration of independent designers and a tight knit team. Olive aims to have a high personal service in store and online.
‘We are part of a chain that begins with farming and yarn production and ends with style.’
Olive has important views on ethics which is written in detail on their website. They are committed to considering their contribution and effects on global society. At the end of the ‘About’ section of their website they finish off by saying they want to contribute to a better world aesthetically and culturally.
ABOUT / BODEN
Boden was founded in 1991 and started off by launching 8 menswear products. In 1992 they started producing womenswear and Mini Boden was launched in 1996. They later started a baby range in 2007 and a teen range in 2010.
Their warehouse is based in Leicester and sends off around 12,500 parcels everyday. Boden has also since been launched in America, Germany and Austria.
Boden is dedicated to ethical trade. As a company they are constantly striving to make the company more ethically aware and responsible. Boden is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and aim to improve their bonds with suppliers and the employees as much as possible. Factories producing Boden products have to follow the strict Ethical Trading Initiative code of conduct and are monitored on this. Boden have suppliers all over the world and ensure that they carry the same values. They also hold ethical and trade workshops to discuss with and educate suppliers about the industry.
Boden is working wit The HER project, a charity that helps women working in factories.
All of Boden’s product catalogues are recyclable and whenever possible so is their packaging.
ABOUT / RED CAP CARDS
Red Cap Cards is based in LA and owned by husband and wife Hal Mertz and Carrie Gifford.
‘Red Cap Cards is a celebration of art and correspondence.’
They have created their successful brand through collaborating with great artists and illustrators from all over the world. Some of these artists include: Barbara Dziadosz, Becca Stadtlander, Bodil Jane, Kate Pugsley and Lizzy Stewart. Every artist is credited and has their own bio on the website.
They hand select the illustrators based on their work, achievements in book illustration, animation, design and modern art. Red Cap cards is used as a platform for artists to show their work to the world. Each artist is unique and the website has a stunning selection of products.
BODIL JANE / ABOUT
Bodil Jane is an illustrator from Amsterdam and she is represented by Folio. She has a BA in Illustration and a silver award from the European design awards for ‘Book and editorial illustration’.
She creates cards, prints, phone cases, stickers, wrapping paper and product packaging. I decided to research into Bodil Jane as I have followed her on Instagram for a while and always find the work she posts very inspiring.
Her illustrations include elements of hand-made and digital work. Some of her clients include: Boden, Elle, Marks & Spencer, Red Cap Cards, Waitrose Food and Wrap.
RIFLE PAPER CO / ABOUT
Rifle Paper Co is a stationery and lifestyle brand based in Florida. It is owned by husband and wife, Nathan and Anna. Anna has created the Rifle aesthetic with her illustrations and designs, and has a BA in Graphic Design. Nathan is the CEO of Rifle and partnered with Anna to help her run the business.
I originally found this account on Instagram and love the patterns they design for stationery. Rifle was launched in November 2009 and has since grown into an international brand.
Rifle is currently based with stationery but they want to expand their product line. They currently have a staff team of over 150 full and part time members.
Rifle believes ‘life’s personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a handwritten card or note.’ They want to inspire customers to share these kinds of moments with other people.
KNOT & BOW
Knot & Bow sells paper based products for birthdays including: balloons, confetti, wrapping paper, straws, napkins, cards, paper cups and paper plates.