Hot off the kiln

How is your 2016 coming along? In season-less Singapore, we are embracing Spring Festival with a spick and span home, flowers, and of course, we see red everywhere. We don’t know about you, Chinese New Year is the only time of the year we embrace this supposedly auspicious color, albeit still rather sparingly.

CNY decor

We prefer to go bold with statement fashion accessories.

We are so thrilled to welcome new additions to our succinct fashion range. Please excuse us. It takes us slower than your regular fast fashion stores to assemble new collections or new anything. We like to think our offerings transcend the change of seasons. When we choose “timeless” over “fad,” we make conscious purchase decisions that are far more sustainable for the planet and wallet.

These necklaces are crafted from two varieties of Cambodian clay. Processing raw clay alone takes four weeks. Clay is then rolled and allowed to dry naturally. Depending on the weather, the bigger 16mm beads can take three days to dry.

This is the other thing about handmade – you can’t rush nature. We can’t emphasize enough. Our merchandise do not roll off the tables of large factories lined with sophisticated machines. Everything is crafted by hand – so two pieces are uniform – by men and women who aspire to live a life you and I have. Their work, for you, empowers and brings hope.

Everything is done in a bright, well-ventilated workshop that hires 16 young Cambodian men and women. Some women work from home. This little clay bead facility supports 20 families.

Lunch is provided and flexible working hours accommodate familial challenges. The women especially, can’t find work elsewhere as they are illiterate. Apart from being compensated fairly for their work, they work in a supportive and safe environment that allows personal and career growth. Daily English language lessons are provided in the morning, for those who want to learn it.

Surely this is one feel-good fashion accessory that takes you from the boardroom to the bar.

The ethically and sustainably produced merchandise at 100 Good Things are sourced with care, consciousness and understanding.

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