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Passport studio JUX

Why choose studio JUX as a stylish addition to your wardrobe and lifestyle? 
Read in our detailed passport how we operate to benefit both people and planet.

produced in own factory in Nepal

Over the last few years, the price of fashion and clothing has decreased, however, unfortunately, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Fast fashion brands compete for market share by introducing more lines per year at lower costs. Did you know that today an average female wardrobe contains four times as many clothes compared to the 1980’s?

We started studio JUX in 2008 because we believe fashion and a sustainable lifestyle should be fun and enjoyable for everyone; for the designers, the people working in factories and everyone wearing and using the products. Our name embodies this. ‘JUX’ literally means ‘fun’ or ‘having a laugh’ in German.

The studio JUX collection is made in our own factory, women empowerment projects and social enterprises that are based in Kathmandu, Nepal. This means we can ensure safe and healthy working conditions for our employees and minimise environmental impact at the same time. This also ensures that every single piece is handmade with love and dedication. The handshake inside each garment connects you to the tailor who made it. All of our Nepali employees are rockstars, who we continually support. Being the owner of the factory, we ensure that a studio JUX supervisor is present at the factory to guide and support the team.

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women empowerment + fairtrade projects

At studio JUX, created by two female entrepreneurs, we simply love projects that make women more independent. Next to the production in our own Nepali factory, we cooperate with other suppliers focused on women empowerment.

Approximately. 15% of the studio JUX collection is hand knitted in a women empowerment project in Nepal. After marriage, most Nepalese women move in with their in-laws and take care of them. It’s not common for these women to have a job. We cooperate with a women empowerment project that offers women the opportunity to hand knit the garments at home.

Our jewellery is also handmade by another women empowerment project. Imagine 20 women sitting in a circle, chatting around a bowl filled with hundreds of beads, crocheting the most amazing bracelets and necklaces.

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training centre with Terre des Hommes

At studio JUX we train (mostly young) people on the job, bring stability and rhythm in families, offer education to children of our employees, and provide homework assistance and compensation for medical expenses for children and the elderly. We improve the lives and opportunities of many, many young people and their families. But we want more!

We started a cooperation with Terre des Hommes, a foundation that is specialised in training vulnerable young people. As a result, we can upscale our activities and offer vulnerable young people in Nepal a job and access to information. We aim to structurally educate 1,000 people on a professional level and in life skills. We will do so by teaching them how to tailor and read, manage their financial situation and personal hygiene. In the future this programme will also be available in neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh. 

maximise social-economic impact in developing country

We started a factory in Kathmandu to maximise our social-economic impact in one of the poorest countries in the world. The following numbers offer an insight in the challenging circumstances:

+   Approximately. 25% of the Nepali population, over 7 million people (!), live below the poverty line.

+   Approximately 35% of the children in Nepal are employed. In our factory we only work with adult employees and we select suppliers that do the same.

+   There are no to very poor facilities such as water, electricity and sanitation. Depending on the season, a running factory will have access to electricity for only approximately six hours a day.

To compound the situation, the earthquakes in April and May 2015 worsened the situation and hit the Nepali population hard. Over 7,500 people were killed and 14,000 injured. With our foundation studiojux.org we collected 50,000 euros we used to help our employees, their families, neighbours, suppliers and other people in the community. Even though we managed to offer hundreds of people our support, as a result of the earthquakes GNP (gross national product) decreased around 40% and the amount of people living below the poverty line increased by 3%. As such, the Nepali community and textile industry can definitely benefit from the extra work and income more than ever.

craftsmanship + handicraft

In our collections we offer a wide range of handmade contemporary designs: jewellery from recycled brass, chunky yet delicate ceramics, hand knitted vests, hand woven items, paper products and rush baskets. We work together with highly skilled and experienced craftsman dedicated to deliver the best quality possible. We cooperate with women empowerment projects for handmade jewellery from glass beads and hand knitted items.

Most of the recycled brass in our collection is made by hand in the backyard of a Nepali man called Raju. The ceramics collection is produced in cooperation with the Association for Craft Producers (ACP), which is a non-profit fair trade organization. ACP focuses on up-grading existing basic skills through training on the job to unleash the full potential of their workers. We visit our suppliers often and build strong personal relationships with them. This hands-on approach has proven to be very effective.

living wages + social security

As a factory owner, we take good care of our employees and offer living wages and social security. We work according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) principles. The ILO promotes social justice and human and labour rights, and believes that world peace can only exist when built on social equality and fairness. To achieve this, the living and labour conditions of all people must be improved.

At studio JUX we offer our employees a contract that includes days off to spend with family and friends and all team members have a steady income that does not depend on the amount of work we generate for them. This means they also get paid when production is low for a particular period, and are still able to pay rent when they’re ill or on maternity leave. On average the people working in our factory earn a salary that is at least twice the minimum wage in Nepal.  Although offering a contract and steady income might sounds like a common thing to do, it is not common at all. Most fashion brands pay per piece (piece rate).

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safe + healthy working conditions

At studio JUX we train (mostly young) people on the job, bring stability and rhythm in families, offer education to children of our employees, and provide homework assistance and compensation for medical expenses for children and the elderly. We improve the lives and opportunities of many, many young people and their families. But we want more!

We started a cooperation with Terre des Hommes, a foundation that is specialised in training vulnerable young people. As a result, we can upscale our activities and offer vulnerable young people in Nepal a job and access to information. We aim to structurally educate 1,000 people on a professional level and in life skills. We will do so by teaching them how to tailor and read, manage their financial situation and personal hygiene. In the future this programme will also be available in neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh. 

minimise environmental impact

Studio JUX offers an alternative to fast fashion, which is a very important step in maximising our social-economic impact and minimising our environmental impact. We are dedicated to minimising our footprint as much as possible. Both in our factory in Nepal and at our Amsterdam based headquarters and store, where we sell guilt-free goods.

In our factory we use cut-offs for samples or small products, sell our garbage for recycling purposes and re-use water whenever we can. Due to regular power cuts in Nepal, it is our second nature to use electricity efficiently. In the future we want our factory to run on solar panels, which we’re working on at the moment. 

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new eco-friendly materials

We turn wood pulp into dresses, PET bottles into jackets and paper into buttons. Read more about the innovative ‘fabrics of the future’ that we invest in.

VEGAN SILK

We use high-quality ‘vegan silk’, which is wood pulp from sustainably managed forests. Turning wood into fabric is a Japanese invention with a process similar to Tencel production. Why choose vegan over conventional silk that is made from factory farmed silkworms? Vegan silk has the same luxurious appearance but is less fragile. It hardly creases, keeps its shape, is machine washable and dries quickly. You can wear it on your bike and still look flawless! Check the ‘details’ section in our webshop for the vegan options we have to offer.

MIXED TWILL

We use high-quality ‘mixed twill’, which consists of high-quality organic cotton, hemp and recycled polyester from PET bottles. Why choose organic over conventional cotton and hemp? The conventional materials are treated with toxic pesticides and chemicals harmful to people and planet. For the growth of organic cotton and hemp no chemical fertilizers are needed and less water is used. Also, it is safe for people working with the (raw) materials and healthier for your skin. Recycled polyester adds extra strength. Mixed twill offers harmless quality that lasts!

TRIMS + HANGTAGS

We avoid using plastic whenever we can. Most of the buttons we use are made from paper that is transferred into a rock solid material. All labelling, such as the ‘My Nepali tailor is a rockstar’ and clothing care labels, is made from recycled polyester. We use recycled paper to make hangtags and apply natural resources such as seeds (kernel) and wood whenever we can.  

high-quality natural, organic + recycled materials

Studio JUX proves it is possible to offer style, premium quality and sustainability. We only use the finest natural, organic or recycled materials with rich colours and refined details. This results in soft and wearable items that feel great on your skin. Read more about our 100% organic cotton / linen / hemp, the softest local Nepali cotton / bamboo jersey, extraordinary wool, shiny recycled brass and glossy glass beads.  

ORGANIC COTTON/LINEN/HEMP

We use high-quality organic cotton, linen and hemp. Why choose organic over conventional cotton, linen and hemp? The conventional fabrics are treated with toxic pesticides and chemicals that are harmful to people and planet. For the growth of the organic alternative you don’t need chemical fertilizers and less water is used. Also, it is safe for people working with the (raw) material and healthier for your skin.

LOCAL NEPALI COTTON/BAMBOO JERSEY

We use high-quality local Nepali cotton and bamboo jersey. Why choose local over materials produced in countries like India or Bangladesh? We started a factory in Nepal to maximise our social-economic impact in one of the poorest countries in the world. Buying local fabric increases our impact. Especially after recent earthquakes the Nepali community and textile industry can use the extra work and income.

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