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How we accidentally made something great

Sometimes a variety of coincidences can turn out to create something wonderful.


Something ... one of a kind.

 

 

And that is exactly how we got our limited edition slippers!

 

 

After 8 years of development and convincing Tomaž to print on the grey black felt you see in the picture...

 

 

... he finally made it!

 

 

 

And then ...                           

  ... Igor cut the fabric so that one slipper turned out to be black on the outside, and the other one grey.

But! Being inspired by Erik Kessels' "How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up".             

we turned that into something new.

   

And so our one of a kind slippers came to be.

 

They are limited edition, but don't worry,

they will be delivered after Christmas. (Who needs yet another package to nervously wait to arrive?)

 

Photos: Romina Ivančič
 

One of a kind ...
just like you!

Thinking of you,
Kaaita

 

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Behind the slippers

In this story behind the products we share the process of preparing the felt that we use for our slippers with you. The process and recycling are something we really care about and would love to share the experience with you.

photo Romina Ivančič

Firstly, we would like you to meet Igor. He is a wonderful person who plays an important part of both the creating and the recycling process since he cuts the felt into the proper shape and makes sure that no tiny piece of the unused felt is thrown into the trash bin.

photo Romina Ivančič

photo Romina Ivančič photo Romina Ivančič

Secondly we want to involve some humble bragging, as we are very proud to announce that by the end of this year we'll have collected a ton and a half of unused felt, such as you see in the pictures.

photo Romina Ivančič

The reason that is so amazing is that we send this waste to Thermo Team GmbH where it is remade into alternative fuel and is used as such in cement factories. Our felt's story does not end in a pile of trash.

photo Romina Ivančič

But even before that, we still try our best to use as much of the material as we can by making smaller products, which you'll have a chance to admire soon. 

photo Romina Ivančič

And at last we have to mention our loyal costumers who send us their retired slippers to recycle. Your slippers have been taken good care of. Thank you for recycling & saving with us. 

If you want to get involved, you can read more on our recycle & save programme.

 

Thinking of you,

Kaaita

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The making of Copa Copa’s new non-slip soles

We recently had an issue with the slippers. The new, improved non-slip coating on the soles is genuinely nonslip. Which is good news. There is no way your foot can escape. But… the slippers also did not want to slip through the sewing machines of our sewers. We sought a solution for a while…and in the end found a very simple one. We will design a new pattern that won’t be printed along where the stitches go.

We invited Mojca, the designer of the slippers themselves, to propose a new soles pattern which would encapsulate the new, fresh, feminine spirit of Kaaita. Mojca came up with a few designs, like always, one better than another. But, ultimately, we chose the one that blew our mind.

Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of what you make of it. Right?

So we took that opportunity.

 

 

      

 

                                                                                                                                            

  

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Romina Ivancic.

We have fully surrendered to the inspiration of that Copa Copa’s new non-slip soles pattern and will put it on wrapping paper, the wall…. it will guide our overall mood for a while.

You’ll be first to see the outputs. Right on time.



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The details and her majesty the environment

Non toxic bagPhoto Romina Ivancic

I get many questions these days about the resistance and durability of our Shoulder bags. Which I fully understand. They are made of paper, after all!

Tatjana: "The bag is very inspiring and ingenious. Both the paper and design are excellent." "But shouldn’t she watch out for it in the rain?” her husband added. Well, thanks for asking.

Tyvek® is paper, but actually it also comes with not so many paper-like features. We can write and print on it like any other paper. But, at the same time, it has many properties that are not so common to paper and they are the very ones that stir up the imagination of creative souls.

Non toxic bag

Photo Romina Ivancic

1) Super moisture resistance

Tyvek® is an extremely pure, environmentally friendly water-resistant material without any post-processing water-resistant coating. This explains why the material can retain its water-resistant capabilities, even after extended periods of time. Tyvek® has excellent physical properties with superior moisture resistance capable of meeting the requirements of British Standard (BS) 5609 (marine immersion test) while retaining its material strength.

2) Recycability

Tyvek® is an HDPE (high density polyethylene) material manufactured using patented Dupont technologies. The material is high in purity and is not made using any recycled PET bottles or PE plastics. Its high purity means that Tyvek® can be recycled as a #2 material (PE category) to create other forms of plastic products. We can collect it along with plastic bottles as part of municipal kerbside recycling programmes.

3) Light weight & very strong

Tyvek® is composed of continuously interwoven fibres, giving it great strength and anti-tearing properties with a fabric-like texture.

4) Non-toxicity

Dupont conducted skin contact toxicity tests for the original form of Tyvek®. As of today, no reports indicating any form of toxicity have been received.

The technology we apply to colour the Tyvek® is not primarily meant to be used in the textile industry. But, to get the best results regarding environment and health safety, we are using the slowest printing procedure with maximum strength UV bulbs to ensure the colours are 100% dry. The UV Fujifilm colours are now certified in line with the environmental requirements of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. They are manufactured in the UK. But, to remove any doubts, we add clear matte water-based lacquer to be 100% sure the material is safe for human skin. We are proud that this water-based lacquer is produced in Slovenia.

Tyvek® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. 

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The making-of Shoulder Bags

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Kaja, our artisan, an excellent sewer to be precise. I was a little scared when we first met 2 years ago, and quite sceptical too. It is my years of experience that have led me to believe that finding the right sewer is almost an impossible task. It is not just the skills; it is also the passion to make a small series of products on repeat and a dash of common business sense that I’m looking for. Kaja is all of this. And…her mix of femininity, sharp focus and power that is not so obvious with her appearance is breath-taking. If I’m lucky, I can hear the bass and drums and a singer’s deep scratchy voice when entering, in fact not entering but approaching, her studio. This is a moment of great luck. I have the opportunity to see her sewing on a wave of that music playing loudly on her laptop. I kind of feel it in every Kaaita product she makes. Thank you Kaja for being such a dedicated part of our team. I will do my best to continue our best practice when you return from your maternity leave. Your goodwill floats our boat.

This is the only picture where you can see that Kaja is pregnant (ok, I know you have to try hard to notice). She is due to give birth in November. Can’t wait to see the baby!

As you can see, the Tyvek paper is only coloured on one side. The second side remains white due to the coating that makes it impossible to colour. To overcome this restriction, we sew two layers of paper together to create one layer painted on both sides. This feature led us to the idea to take the opportunity to colour the interior in a slightly different shade.

It takes about half an hour to rotate a bag into its right position. It will be crumpled like real paper, slightly scratched, but that is a feature, not a bug. Your Hendee will also change with wear and the patina it develops will reveal its true hidden beauty.

Photos by Romina Ivancic.

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