KeoK'jay: Ethical Recycled Clothing from Cambodia

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How refreshing to find a fashion label which ticks all of the boxes when it comes to becoming an entirely sustainable range.  KeoK'jay (meaning bright green or fresh in Khmer) is a unique ethical fashion label,  based in The Kingdom of Cambodia, which produces not only a range of beautifully designed wearable garments, made with mostly recycled fabric, but also provides employment and opportunity to HIV positive women in the nation's capital Phnom Penh.

KeoK'jay's founder and designer, Rachel Faller, trained and employed 10 HIV positive women to begin making her designs first, and then their own, selling them locally and internationally.

Here is Rachel, interviewed by CNN at the LA Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2011

A selection from KeoK'jay's clothing range:

With a new line of menswear; KeoK'jay for Men.
T-shirts with Cambodian tattoo inspired screen-print

Rachel Faller tells me "We aim to waste less than 5% of all of our materials, in contrast to traditional manufacturers that often waste 40% in the making process before it even gets to the consumer."

Limited edition Lightning T, and a reclaimed wood buffalo skull necklace.  
(T-shirt is exclusive to Cambodian shops)

Catch the first minute and a half of the following CNN news video for a short insight into Rachel's  sustainable fashion initiative:

KeoK'Jay is stocked in a few stores locally and internationally, however, the brand is looking to expand, and is actively looking for stockists worldwide.  Readers, if you are aware of any boutiques that may be interested in stocking KeoK'jay's beautiful range, please do refer to their website, you can also find them on facebook.  I hope we get to see this exceptional ethical fashion label flourish, and find KeoK'jay crafting its future into the global marketplace.


Disclaimer; the review and opinion provided in this blog post is unbiased and unpaid


Corina said...

Great story. It's nice to see someone making a difference like that.

Zoe said...

There are some really beautiful clothes here, I particularly like the dress with the collar. The ethos is amazing though! Wow! This is really inspiring and definitely a company I would want to buy from!

AdinB said...

This is a great story. How wonderful! The clothes are beautiful and I like that blue dress with the great details on the back. :) Great cause! :) said...

Beautiful designs i could see myself wearing and what an amazing story!

Anonymous said...

That green dress is fantastic. Very interesting post. I'm glad to see we're getting a bit wiser about things.

Aging Ophelia said...

Awesome find, this label. Thanks for posting the info, the pics, the good news.

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