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Meet The Maker #6: NED Collections

Meet The Maker | NED Collections 

A professional rugby player and qualified architectural designer Brett Mather and Dan Webb are an interesting combination. 

 

NED Collections was founded by Brett and Dan in 2015 with a home base of Christchurch, New Zealand. Proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated they supply original collections of fine furniture, ceramics, planters, storage, mirrors, gifts and more.

Brett was a professional Rugby player for 10 years before teaming up with Dan to create the company. Being involved with home renovations during his rugby career really sparked a passion for interiors. 

Dans roots run deep with design and creativity. A qualified architectural designer (co-owner of Threefold Architecture) Dan lends his hand well in finding new products with a fantastic eye for quality ceramics.

NED Collections are sourced globally and hand selected. Travelling as far as Vietnam, Thailand, China, Indonesia and Africa. Dan and Brett both have a keen eye for interiors and clean design with an eclectic edge. 

 

The Harmie vase is one of our most popular in the collection and is inspired by Vietnamese Artisans, The Harmie gives that hand-crafted feel, in a modern colour palette.

 The NED collection is available here

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Meet The Maker #5: The Kiwi Artisan Co

Meet The Maker #5: The Kiwi Artisan Co

Meet The Maker | The Kiwi Artisan Co

Producing the finest small-batch artisan goods.

Originally a small market stall in Central Otago supporting local producers, The Kiwi Artisan Co came to life off the back of Covid. Curating high-quality, locally made goods to share with Kiwi foodies, Dave Thorne, founder of The Kiwi Artisan Co discovered his artisan platters were-lacking that special something.

Manuka Smoked Olives were an inspired lockdown creation. With plenty of time and a spare home-smoker, Dave began experimenting with various goods from nuts, tofu and of course olives. The olives are drained and dried, then cold smoked for 4 hours with Manuka wood chip and then vacuum packed in extra virgin olive oil.

Dave quickly set about building a small team of passionate foodies – based between Queenstown, Cardrona and Wanaka – to help him get the business off the ground.

Olives are the perfect partner for smoking. Biting into these small stone fruit, you’ll discover the layers of flavours, with the finishing hit of a rich, meaty, smokey flavour. 

The Kiwi Artisan Co hope to continuously foster the talented artisan presence within New Zealand and have since added manuka smoked wild venison salami and black truffle olive oil to their own list of products. 

Get the best olives you've ever eaten here

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Meet The Maker #4: Gathered Game

Meet The Maker | Gathered Game 

 

Gathered Game is all about the art of smoke, salt and wild New Zealand game.

  

When Chris Thorn headed to Europe on his OE in his teens, he fell in love - with the high-quality cured meats available. Despite not being a butcher, he and wife Sally have turned that passion into a business that has received national recognition. Based in the small Southland town of Lumsden now but originally from Auckland, Chris grew up in the city and was always interested in hunting but not allowed a gun. Getting around this he learned how to shoot with a bow and arrow and was placed third in the world bow hunting championships, competing in the under-18 category, in Australia.

 

Gathered game cures naturally the traditional old fashioned way. Awarded Artisan producer of the year at the 2017 New Zealand Food Awards.  The products were also recognised with a Cuisine Artisan Award for innovative story behind the product. Each pack has a batch number that allows tracking through their website the exact details and location of the specific wild deer of which it was made.

Produced and sourced locally, all Gathered Game products use natural ingredients: 100% wild organic Red Deer meat mixed with herbs, spices and a touch of free range NZ pork fat. They are gluten free, dairy free and wild organic – no hormones, anti-biotics or artificial feed as the deer are not farmed.  Venison is a nutrient dense super meat, high in protein, rich in iron and low in fat.

Shop the range here!  

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Meet The Maker #3: Rosie Made A Thing Cards

Meet The Maker | Rosie Made A Thing 

Inspired by the ridiculous and the slightly inappropriate. 

 

 

 

Rosie Made A Thing creates funny, design-led greeting cards featuring quirky characters & cheeky humour.

The cards are hilarious and inspired by the ridiculous side of everyday life, made by Rosie Harrison (a previous P.E teacher and mum of three), designed and printed in the UK on sustainable board.


Asking Rosie where her inspiration comes from-

“My cards depict family life and relationships that most of us can relate to; everyday things that make us smile – friends, family and two or three glasses of wine. People often say that they see themselves in my designs and I think this is their strength. During the day, I’ll often jot down funny things that I hear. In fact, you have to be very careful what you say around me because I will write it down and stick it on a card!

  

 
This range is one of our best selling, in fact so large we had to create two collections, they are perfect for anyone who doesn't take themselves too seriously and loves a good laugh.
Shop the range here and here!
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Meet The Maker #2: Six Barrel Soda Co

MEET THE MAKER | SIX BARREL SODA CO

 

On a mission to shake up a flat soft drink market with experimental flavours and a new level of quality.

 

Pals since the 90's, Joe & Mike have shared years of questionable fashion choices and ridiculous business plans. After some dodgy batches and accidental fermentation they perfected syrups for cocktails and sodas in their Wellington dive bar, and formed Six Barrel Soda Co in 2012.  

Using a beat-up soda stream to make drinks. Early customers loved it and now Six Barrel Soda Co soda syrups and bottled sodas are being used to make wonderful drinks all over the place. Six Barrel Soda is an independent Wellington company, owned and run by original founders, Joe and Mike.

 

Each bottle of syrup makes 15 drinks, and is designed to be mixed with soda 1 part syrup to 5 parts soda. The range covers 12 classic and creative flavours.

Still hand-making soda syrups from scratch, on Luke’s Lane in Wellington, with natural ingredients, fresh fruit, organic fair trade cane sugar, filtered water and no fake or nasty stuff!

Our favourite cocktail recipe using the raspberry & lemon syrup;

Raspberry Collins

Ingredients:

  • 30mL raspberry & lemon syrup 
  • 30mL gin⁣⁣
  • 10mL lemon juice⁣⁣
  • Soda 
  • Frozen raspberries⁣⁣
  • Lemon, Rosemary⁣⁣

Method:
Put syrup, gin and lemon juice in a glass. Add ice and raspberries. Top up with soda water and stir.⁣ Garnish with raspberries, lemon slices, and rosemary (or whatever herbs you have handy in the garden). Cheers!

 

Shop the Six Barrel Soda range here.

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Meet The Maker #1: The Loyal Workshop

Meet The Maker #1: The Loyal Workshop

 

 

MEET THE MAKER | THE LOYAL WORKSHOP 

 
Buy Loyal, fight slavery. The Loyal Workshop was founded to provide an opportunity for freedom.

 

 

Who is behind The Loyal Workshop?

New Zealand Founders, Paul and Sarah Beisly were introduced to the idea of business as a tool for freedom during a trip to Kolkata in 2002. They spent 2010 learning Bangla, the local language, one of many steps they have taken on their journey. In 2011 they launched their little family into the madness of Kolkata and dreamt of a business that could provide an opportunity for freedom to victims of trafficking and forced sex work.

Starting a business like this one isn’t without serious challenges, but the dream of freedom for women trapped in the sex trade was worth pursuing. In May 2014 the workshop opened. 

 

Where is The Loyal Workshop based?

We are smack-dab in the middle of bustling Kolkata, in an area called Bowbazar. Our workshop is perched on the edge of the second largest red-light area in Kolkata, where an estimated 1500-2000 women are still trapped in the sex trade.

 

What makes The Loyal Workshop an ethical, freedom business?

We exist to bring freedom, dignity and restoration to women enslaved in the sex industry through holistic care and by creating a working community that crafts high quality, eco-friendly, leather goods.

In 2019 we became members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). This means our practices are externally audited and approved by the WFTO community. We work hard to uphold the following Fair Trade Principles 

As well as special emphasis on the following areas:

Exit Support- Becoming free from slavery is a complex journey. We take a holistic approach of supporting her as she fights for her freedom. Our support includes: Informal counselling, group therapy, legal advice, debt reconsolidating, spiritual formation, budgeting support, addiction support and regular health checkups.

Education- Educating women is the future of development. We provide 6 months of maths, English and Bangla classes. We also work with our artisans to ensure their children are going to and staying in school.

100% of Profits Reinvested- All profits are reinvested back into the business and the community to enable us to offer freedom to more women.

 

What makes The Loyal Workshop leather different?

The supply chain is another area where The Loyal Workshop are approved by the WFTO. Leather tanneries are a major global polluter. Many tanneries dump chemicals and employ child labour. As an ethical business we didn’t think we had a future with leather goods. Until we discovered an Eco-Friendly Fair-Trade tanner right here in Kolkata.

Sheong Shi Tannery is led by revolutionary tanner Patrick Lee. He developed a secret natural recipe (approved by the Fair Trade Association) replacing the harmful chromium’s usually used in the tanning process. Patrick was among the first tanners to move into the government regulated tanning complex with a centralised effluent system. He also collects rain water to reduce his water use and refuses to employ anyone under 18. Patrick has helped us get our business off the ground, by developing a unique, ethical, full-grain veg-tanned eco leather just for us. 

 

Who are the artisans behind The Loyal Workshop products? 

Our seventeen artisans are women from backgrounds of poverty, each with their own story of trauma and oppression: sold, stolen, trafficked and forced against their will into the sex trade. Without prospect of finding alternative employment, they were trapped.

Now they have chosen to come and work alongside us at the workshop! These are women with dreams, talents and larger than life personalities. Each a gem in her own way, we are privileged to spend our days with these courageous women. Open up your satchel or bag to find the name of the woman who made your bag. You can find it on the inside pocket, etched in English with her own signature in Bangla or Hindi underneath.

 

Today there are an estimated 27 million people trapped in modern-day slavery. Purchasing The Loyal Workshop products directly helps towards this injustice. Shop the products here. One woman made your satchel from start to finish. She is real and her struggle for freedom is significant. Read her name on the inside pocket. Tell her story to your friends and family.

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