Each of our delicately crafted products comes with its own tale of elegance, heritage and craftsmanship. The Phemke range is handmade in a number of communities across the world, honoring artisanal craftsmanship and encouraging local micro-industries to thrive.
Our aim is to make our customers appreciate the work that goes into making our treasures. We encourage everyone to buy less, but better made products that can be kept for a lifetime and which are durable enough to offer to the second hand market.
In line with UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals #5 Gender Equality and #8 Decent work & Economic Growth we strive to empower (female) artisans and support them to become financially stable. For some artisans this means their dream comes true by becoming an artisan fulltime.
We want to make the artisans the heroes of the brand and make them proud of what they can create. Paying fair wages and transparency are on our agenda continuously and we're currently looking into giving back to the community by helping to facilitate crafts training for the younger generation.
We believe in preserving nature’s beauty, which is why we ensure that our products don’t harm the earth.
We use sustainable fabrics such as organic bamboo, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic cotton and linen. Materials made from quickly regenerating plants such as jute and raffia straw are a perfect base for our accessories.
We continuously work with our suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic used for packaging and we try to plan well ahead which makes it possible to use sea transport to minimise our carbon footprint.
Our current fashion system is built on the traditional linear system of “take, make, and dispose of”. In this system we are using up our planet’s resources with increasing speed. At Phemke we started pioneering in this transition from a linear to a circular economy, to better understand in which part of the value chain we can re-use, recycle or upcycle. For our upcoming collections choose materials based on the level of circularity and initial ideas to turn natural resources, found in the areas in which we are active, into workable materials are explored. Our efforts our linked to UNESCO's SDG #12 Responsible production and consumption.