THE SUSTAINABLE BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES THAT ALLOW YOU TO SUPPORT WOMEN WHILST CELEBRATING THEM TOO
The struggle of what to dress your bridesmaids in is a well-documented one; with friends of varying shapes, sizes, complexions and styles, it can be hard to find bridesmaids’ outfits that work for each individual but also work together. Alternatively, imagine you want a couple of wedding outfits, maybe for the evening before or a pizza party the day after, but you’re conscious you want to buy something ethically made. Add on top of that a commitment to supporting women in all of your purchases, and you had your work cut out for you…until our brand new directory member Bastet Noir came along. They design the most beautiful of dresses and outfits in a made-to-order model made completely by female single parents, meaning you tick all of the boxes; super stylish, waste-free and sustainable, and helping those in need. MEGA TICKS FROM US!
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
We are a custom-made clothing brand whose designs are manufactured by WOMEN SINGLE PARENTS and women micro entrepreneurs in North Macedonia. Every garment purchased through our website contributes to their welfare and helps these women educate and raise their children.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE.
Our workplace has 4 production studios ran independently by women. These production studios are where we manufacture our collections and collaborate with women single parents to create the designs. It’s a vibrant loving community of women who support and empower each other. In addition to that we have one main office from where we ship the items, correspond with our customers and plan things like website content and social media.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
It all began in 2016 with the wish to create a sustainable clothing brand which will primarily have a positive impact on the environment and the society we live in. Our aim was to support and help women single parents grow their businesses in a country where their monthly salary is €300. So in collaboration with these women, we started designing and producing custom-made clothing pieces personalised to fit every body type, manufactured only when a customer orders it. Our on-demand production helps us create high quality pieces you’ll have in your wardrobe for years to come and allows us to pay these women fairly and on time.
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
The last collection we launched back in September. It’s called the Wild Spirit Collection, inspired by the alluring Native American women and their strong and deep spiritual connection to nature. We love every single piece.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
We’re constantly inspired by strong and bold women who are not afraid to roar, speak up, motivate and empower, women with powerful voices and strong individuality.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY
There’s no typical day for our team. Every day’s a bit different than the other one, but we believe that’s what makes a job like ours so much fun and exciting.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
Lofoten. It’s magical, especially wintertime when there are Aurora Borealis lights. It makes you feel so small and appreciate all the small moments you’re given in this life.
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON
We love Boho style mixed with classy silhouettes, so we’re hoping to see a bit simpler wedding dresses. Also we’re hoping to see more bridesmaid dresses in lighter colors.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
To take responsibility for your own actions. This piece of advice was given to me by my father and it changed my outlook in life, as well as in business.