The power of fashion with Kopal | Ethical Made Easy

Kopal

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Location

Australia

Price

$$

Values

  • Artisan Artisan
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Natural Fibres Natural Fibres
  • Repurpose Repurpose
  • Transparent Transparent

There’s only one word that fully encompasses this next brand’s look: fabulous. They’re ethically made, of course, but as soon as we looked at their clothes all that popped into our minds was the f word. No, not that f word. How dare you.

This funky brand is KOPAL. Meaning “newborn leaf” in Sanskrit, KOPAL seeks to embody “a new, more considerate approach to clothing this is worlds away from today’s mass market and fast-fashion.” This is exactly what they’re doing—and very stylishly, might we add.

KOPAL is the brand name (obviously), but it’s also the name of the brand’s wonderful creative director. Kopal was born in raised in India and it is here that she spends four to six months a year bringing empowerment to rural villages through her business by employing local artisans who bring her designs to life.

“Empowering artisans by creating jobs and incomes is the most important aspect of my business in helping to sustain ancient traditions in India.”

Kopal believes in the positive power of business. She is trying to keep the traditions handed down through generations alive by working with locals who are skilled in these indigenous knowledges, and partners with Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in order to do so.

The timeless garments, all of which are complete statement pieces in their own right, are inspired by Kopal’s own travels through Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Morocco. Only the highest quality cotton and natural dyes are used in the creation of the KOPAL pieces and this is completely obvious when seeing and touching the garments.

Our own KOPAL goodies were wrapped inside a massive bag that will definitely be reused for Saturday morning markets and grocery shopping, and they even arrived in a compostable bag! This is why we love ethical brands so dang much—thoughtfulness is rife through ever part of the supply chain.

KOPAL is everything a fashion brand should be: slow, ethical, sustainable, and just downright fabulous. Kopal uses KOPAL to promote empowerment for artisans in remote Indian villages, and it’s just a quick look through the “SHOP” section of their website to really appreciate the work this company is doing.

Want to know where Kopal sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?
Read our interview.

“When you buy something handmade there are always little imperfections and differences, which is really the mark that something has been made by a skilled artisan”.

Kopal

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