All I want for Christmas

Dear readers,

It’s Holiday time!

You are probably with your family enjoying the big banquet, being all together and that’s all Christmas is about. Sharing, giving love, helping and being nice to everyone, including this old and annoying aunt you only see at this period of the year.

What to ask to Santa?

We tend to offer magnificent gift to our beloved ones but each year, it is getting crazier and crazier. What about for once, offering something valuable but not expensive?

Indeed, the more I have, the more I want and the less happy I am. Typical right? So if I reverse the logic and think of one thing I want and only one, this very thing will get much more value to me than if it was lost among a tone of others.

What to give?

For the first time, I spend Christmas in Australia meaning literally the other side of the world. My sister lives in Bondi Beach, two blocks away from the beach and believe me, spending Christmas eve shopping eggplants and fresh tomatoes in a summer dress, under a boiling sun is weird!

It also makes me focus on what’s essential: sharing the moment (and drink good wine obviously) with my dear sister and forgetting about everything else.

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I wish for you the exact same true and simple happiness of being with your beloved people. This is what only matters. Merry Christmas!

Anaïs

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A boutique worth knowing: Studio Jux

 

Sunday morning
Praise the dawning
It’s just a restless feeling
By my side…

Now that you have the best song for a wintery morning, you are ready to go down to de Pijp and enter this zen and warm boutique (or just open your computer and go to their website from your bed).

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StudioJux is many different things at the same time. They like explaining it easily: design+eco+fair.

This means that their entire collection is made with fabrics that are organic (linen, hemp), natural and local (cotton, jersey, bamboo) or recycled (buttons made out of paper).

As for the rest, everything is quite transparent. Pieces are made by tailors you can meet on the website and the two Dutch wonder women who started this great business work hand in hand with Terre des Hommes, organization fighting for proper working conditions; and are part of the project Women Empowerment, helping the Nepali married women to work at home.

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I think I have learned by heart all the explanations and great projects StudioJux presents on their website! I like the fact that they take into consideration all faces of fashion industry’s bad impact: fabrics production & treatment, tailors’ working condition, and environmental impact.

The boutique offers more than their own collection. Other great brands are present such as PeopleTree, Cus, Aurélie Chadaine, etc. You can find clothing but also accessories, nail polish, books, candles, etc. I let you get lost and tempted here.

Of course, transparency, strict social and environmental chart and well-done job has a price and it is definitely higher than the job done by a pressured worker without a decent training and working condition, who uses very poor fabrics.

 

The more I dig into sustainable fashion, the more aware I get about these crazy major and important differences. My cravings for new fashion pieces are still quite big but it becomes easier to resist to Zara, wait to have a bigger budget and feel way much happier with a jacket made from old saris, original and well cut.

About Aniza

Aniza is a community more than anything else. A place where you can enjoy goods made with style and love for you and our planet.

It is difficult to shop and not feel guilty about the impact it has on the world. We all know we must change the way we live and consume if we want future generations to live the same great life we have (or just us in twenty years if we don’t care about the other).

So what can we do? We surely won’t live without traveling on the other side of the world, having a new dress for our friend’s birthday planned next week or taking pics of magic moments with our smartphone! What we can do is to start small, by being a conscious consumer.

I truly believe that the smallest good thing we do can inspire friends, family and even brands to do better as well. Regarding Fashion, the second most polluting industry, imagine the impact a small action can have! Let’s say we buy less crap but more sustainable pieces, made by a conscious and eco-friendly brand. We look stunning, we inspire our friends, bam! We change the world!

Yes, I am very excited and positive.

But it is that simple. Aniza is here to gather all sustainable fashion pieces and good vibes for you to enjoy life with your eyes closed!

Great People in Amsterdam:

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The cool thing about Amsterdam is when you take your bike, you never know what you will find around the canal’s corner. There are always new boutiques, new ideas and great people to meet.
I discovered Universe on a T-Shirt last year and it was love at first sight. It represents to me the spirit of Amsterdam. Cool, simple and good quality.

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WHO’s That?
Efrat Dalach & Joris Schenk are the heart and spirit of the brand. They design every single piece in here, make sure their suppliers keep high standards regarding the t-shirts and sweaters production. They are celebrating their 10 years of creativity and hard work this year. Happy birthday and congrats for this amazing work!

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Joris wears the Eye green sweater, 46€

WHAT’s that?
You might have guessed now: organic cotton or linen tee-shirts and sweaters on which Efrat & Joris print their inspiring designs. They have designs and shapes for everyone and every style, from a very basic geometrical boat (here) to a complete art expression (there).

HOW’s that?
They don’t create a massive production nor stick to the heavy and stressful 4 collections a year rhythm. They just create several pieces, see how it goes and decide to keep up or create something new. I told you, cool and simple!

As for the fabrics, they source their tee-shirts and sweaters from 3 different companies who use only organic fabrics and limit their impact on the environment.

 

 

My favorite piece: hard to choose but if I had to pick one, I would go for the short white sweater with little dandelions to blow on one side. It is easy to wear with a jeans or even with a knitted long dress.
Inspiring and bucolic.