Extreme weather, rising sea levels, draughts and floods, are all very real concerns that we can no longer avoid. As though the alarm bells around the climate crisis weren’t loud enough, Australia’s fires, New Zealand’s flooding, and Europe’s heat waves are consequences that even the highest of powers can no longer avoid. But what does that mean for us?
In an ever changing world that is once again in motion, we’d like to welcome you to Kampot and show you all it has to offer. First in this series, we’re going to walk you through our workshop, Dorsu’s heart and soul.
Here, ideas come to life, rags become sustainable riches, and the opportunity for a better world is nurtured.
Cambodian garment workers often face precarious working conditions each day - from the dangers of getting to and from work, unfair wages and the balance of supporting their families and themselves. But what does "making fashion" mean to the people of Cambodia, whose work is mainly focused on exports abroad?
There's an old Khmer proverb that goes: drop by drop fills the bucket (តក់ៗពេញបំពង់), which means that every little bit counts. So whether you've shopped with us individually, partnered on wholesale, ordered customized merchandise, or worked with us to make gorgeous garments for your brand or organization this year, please know that all of the drops you've contributed have gone a long way to helping fill our bucket.
A wise person once said, identity is forged through struggle. And while we didn't need to undergo too much hardship to arrive at our updated branding, the process forced solid reflection on who we are and where we want to go as an organization.
We started as two friends wanting to build “something” that proved business could be kind. We created a manufacturing label that allows all people, from an online shopper buying a dress through to companies purchasing thousands of t-shirts, to gain a unique insight into how clothes are and can be made.
As the circumstances have unfolded we’re experiencing demand for reliable pieces for the work-from-home lifestyle that so many people in our community have moved into. We’ve released new tops to pair with our seasonless items, or for you to style at home with your favourite jeans and work pants.
As a values-driven company, it takes a minute to consolidate the “why” after literal survival. It becomes about building community, reaching previously unmet customers and having the opportunity to start a conversation with them, in hope that they will stick with us for the next chapter.
Our story of moving into personal preventative face masks is one in a series of decisions to keep our production wheels turning and keep our team employed. We’re prioritising our team and doing our best to provide job security and support to them and their families.