Jutes Tun

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 -

Hallo Berliner!

Habt ihr am Wochenende noch nichts vor? Dann stattet doch mal wieder dem Betahaus einen Besuch ab. Dort findet nämlich am Samstag den 1. Oktober das People in Beta Festival statt, A one day Festival about Startup Culture, DIY and Coworking. Im Rahmen dieses Festivals lässt sich auch Bagpad die Gelegenheit nicht entgehen und bietet einen eigenen Workshop an. Bagpad ist ein Projekt von Nina Thorwart und Raban Ruddigkeit, bei dem aus alten Beuteln neue Kissen genäht werden. Jeder der mag, kann seinen alten Beutel spenden oder ein Kissen kaufen, der Preis hierfür liegt bei 19,80 €. Oder einfach am Samstag den eigenen Beutel mitbringen, spenden oder direkt zum Kissen umnähen lassen, da kostet der upcycling Spaß nur 9,80€. Die Kissen werden normalerweise in Zusammenarbeit mir der Behindertenwerkstatt des Kaspar Hauser Therapeutikum hergestellt. Wir sagen, eine weitere schöne Idee um Müll zu reduzieren und den einen oder anderen Beutel haben wir bestimmt unter der Spüle liegen, den wir abtreten können. Ich werde am Wochenende auf jeden Fall beim People in Beta Festival vorbei schauen und nächste Woche berichten. Für alle, bei denen der Kühlschrank am Samstagmorgen leer gefegt ist – hier anmelden und den kreativen Tag mit einem leckeren Frühstück beginnen. http://breakfastawesome-eorg.eventbrite.com/

 

Text: Lara Schillings

NIYMA Pops Up

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 -

Wir haben gerade einen ganz zauberhaftes Pop-Up-Store-Konzept in Düsseldorf entdeckt und möchten es euch nicht vorenthalten, zumal der Store zufälligerweise gerade diesen Samstag und Sonntag (01.-02.Oktober)  Shopping mit Open End anbietet. In Kooperation mit Definitionssache, Going Eco und Donnadonella möchte man sich dann mit seinen Gästen “Gemeinsam zum fairen Wandel” bewegen. Dieses Video gibt Aufschluß, wie das nach NIYMAnier aussehen kann.

Zu erstehen wird es unter anderem Studio JUX, germanmade, the rooters und Camilla Norrback geben. Na wenn das nicht eine lohnenswerte Angelegenheit ist. Zwar ist es einerseits schade, dass der Store am Heerdter Hof 18 nur Eventweise geöffnet ist, aber Nina Plum – Inhaberin von NIYMA und Germanmade – zieht es vor sich einen Freiraum für unterschiedliche Konzepte, Kooperationspartner und Sortimente zu lassen. “Aber unabhängig vom jeweiligen Event wird man bei uns immer mit gutem Gewissen einkaufen können” formuliert Plum ihre Hingabe zur Nachhaltigkeit, die sich auch auf ihre eigenen Produkte auswirkt. Übrigens gibt uns auch das WeAr Magazine recht und besiegelt mit einem Feature in der aktuellen Ausgabe des Magazins die Besonderheit des Stores. Durch das Wear Magazin habe ich ja schon so einige Kirsche vom Modebaum gepflückt. Umso leckerer sind sie natürlich, wenn sie Bio sind.

Welcome Esther Perbandt

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 -

“You get what you see!” with her special look, her Berlin sassy slang and her constant wilful style Esther Perbandt is nothing else but distinctive. As seasons change in fashion, the designer stays true to her personal style and lives up to it with all the trimmings, so that her persona could have originated from her own lookbook: an androgynous silhouette is blurred with deconstructed details and put together again with the backing of classical menswear. Sober colours form the quiet basis for the gruelling interplay of elegance and athleticism as you can see amazingly performed in the film FORMAT by Cristian Straub. The true masterstroke is that the designer’s performance, as well as her creations stay so heartily and authentic, just like you imagine a real Berlin capital gal. Brainpower meets someone with feet on the ground when it comes to textile Poetry Slam.

All the more we look forward to welcome this label to move with Beyond Berlin on green grounds. Together we tackle the big mission of changing the business that exists since 2004 into something fair and ecological. Best would be if you recognize the greenness only in the product’s strong statement in the end. 60 % of this season’s distribution is already ecologically correct and from now on it is up to us to manage international sales business for Berlin’s fashion figurehead. WE LIKE.

When business feels homelike

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 -

Etsy, the virtual market place for creatives and their handmade products is a big opportunity for many users, but a collection of useless bells and whistles at the same time. Really everyone can create an own online shop on Etsy, with more than 10 million members; mainly in the US. As they are on their way to expand to Europe now, they were holding the first ever ‘Hello Etsy’ conference in Berlin.

Last weekend CEO Chad Dickerson himself made it all the way from Brooklyn to Berlin to join the Hello Etsy conference, a Summit on small Businesses and Sustainability. A casual get-together event for the Etsy-community – that describes the atmosphere and the people just fine, who were bustling about when I entered the colourful venue on Saturday morning. The speakers talked boisterously, but also the participants were happily chatting while waiting in line for the toilet, during lunch on one of the long ale-benches or while knitting in one of the armchairs that were supposed to give the conference a living room touch and feel. Enough healthy and good food was provided, except from the soup for lunch that didn’t really allay my hunger.

Lots of Etsy sellers flocked to the summit to gain some tips and tricks on how to improve their online store, but also buyers and many others who came along to share their views and experiences on the topics DIY and sustainability. The natural table decoration- basil, chives and Co plus vegan and vegetarian meals made sure the green factor was visible throughout the whole conference. Children and Dogs not to be missed at those kinds of events of course. A diaper here, a bottle of ChariTea there, some hand-made bags and pillowcases and everywhere in-between people walking around with the Hello Etsy fabric goddie-bags.


The E-Werk, a listed substation is an interesting event location for sure, although reaching the conference rooms with small elevators wasn’t most convenient. Downstairs though, you could always find a spot in the big conference hall or in the catering and workshop space. But once you did make it into the elevator, 8 floors up you stepped out on the balcony gazing over the whole city of Berlin. The sun surely did her part that Saturday afternoon, giving the attendants the chance to rest festival-like on the floor in front of the entrance, cooling down with a frozen yoghurt, or stocking up on some sunshine on the building’s terrace. I didn’t make it to the mutational Yoga sessions at 8:30 am, but I did make it to many interesting presentations from international speakers.

A little too American for my taste how the Etsy family presented itself, but in the end I received an entertaining and informative mix of awesome-American stories, like Dickerson’s speech on ‘Finding your Courage’, local reports from the Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin and the success story of SuperJam inventor Fraser Doherty from Scotland, who convinced with his juvenile charm. Overall a stimulating weekend, that makes me look forward to our own BEYOND FASHION SUMMIT even more!

We proudly present

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 -

Over the last couple of days a verbal sparring took place between us in our office over our desks, in our mails even in our dreams. Which name is the biggest, which topic the most important? Misericordia, Matilda Lee, Opening Reception, esthetics, Michelberger Hotel, Panel, Eckbert Zwo, Görlitzer Park just to name a few.
 
All those are part of the big picture; the big, beautiful, exciting picture: the Beyond Fashion Summit, held on 21st and 22nd of October 2011 in Berlin. Our conference theme is sustainable fashion of the future – we call it a ‘knowledge-festival’. Not only can we count on international speakers, but we also included a lunch with speed-networking and a DIY-programme Opening Reception @Das Hotel in our programme, which gives us the opportunity and the room to make noise around the topic of green fashion and its potentials. But just take a look at our programme yourself Programm.
 
On Saturday, 22nd October a Panel will take place, with highly interesting guests (in light of recent events). We are still working on this one and there we are back with all our preparations, the verbal sparring that will surely continue tomorrow.