Janette Ho @ Hanging Rock, Victoria Australia

What is ENVELOPE? It is a concept, a garment, a business, a way of thinking, a design direction, a way of wearing, a way of making clothing, an education and my passion.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Last week, Crystal, Janette and I went to Kyneton. We set up a photo shoot in the Botanic Gardens for the ENVELOPE 2012 trans-seasonal collection. Janette Hoe modeled and danced while Crystal Dunn took photos.
What an amazing day!
We call it Our Project.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Common Sense Guarantee

ENVELOPE operates and is managed according to a certain process. This process was developed by Anthea van Kopplen, the designer at ENVELOPE over 10 years ago. The process is called LIDA - The Low Impact Design Approach. It is a holistic approach based on product lifecycle principles. ENVELOPE is committed to meeting the values surrounding environmental and social fairness and the need for all businesses to adopt a Take back system.

A design by Anthea van Kopplen for ENVELOPE made from offcuts donated by other fashion designers. Materials pictured are wool and silk.

A Take-back System is an industrial environmental process born from the white goods industry over 20 years ago in an attempt to reduce the amount of hazardous materials entering the environment, reducing waste. 

Our Take back system is a way of honoring 2 core principles of the business: no waste and longevity.

The materials we use are naturally indigo dyed, resistant to pests, antique and rare as well as being long lasting. ENVELOPE builds on the quality of these materials and the designs by offering you the opportunity to support us.

You have the opportunity to participate in making the world a better place by returning your garment when you no longer want it. Rather than throw it out. For a fee of between $100 and $300 we'll turn your Envelope garment into something new of your choice from the MINI range.

It makes sense doesn't it?  This is our Common Sense Guarantee.

ENVELOPE garden workshop

We want to share an image of our ENVELOPE garden workshop with you. My partner Andrew (Andy), with the help from family and friends, built it for me so ENVELOPE could have a home. The workshop has a wonderful outlook.

This is before...

All the materials from the original garden shed were re-used.
This is after...

The full glass window and door was a gift from Andy's brother-in-law.

Looking out over the garden from my desk.
Andy is a Landscaper, so he also built blue stone edging and created a garden around the workshop. We are now just waiting for the plants to grow. yay!