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MIRAI FLOWERS

MIRAI FLOWERS

Our interview today is with Olena Vlasenko, Founder of MIRAI Flowers. Her brand handles the delivery of natural flowers, treated with a 100% eco-friendly, plant-based, biodegradable, non-toxic process that allows them to preserve their blooming appearance for up to a year.   Can you introduce yourself to our readers?  I'm a passionate nature lover and a mother. Since childhood, I have had a genuine love for flowers. I was born in Ukraine, and with the economic situation of my country at the time, I decided to pursue a "safe" career in finance. Following a degree in Economics and a first...

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STUDIO SIRU

STUDIO SIRU

Last fall Ask Scandinavia hosted a couple of pop-up shops around Helsinki. One of them was hosted in Studio Siru, Siru Tuomisto’s laboratory. Siru is a Finnish Artist and Designer. ”Second Chance”, her art project, focuses on giving discarded objects a new, beautiful life. It challenges us to re-imagine life in a new and unexpected, clever way. We had a chat with Siru, and here’s how it went.   Could you introduce yourself?   I am a Finnish Artist-Designer. I’ve lived 17 years in New York, Los Angeles, and London. I have completed an interior architect degree in UCLA, California...

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Marie Louise Shultz - THE VINTAGE BAR

Marie Louise Shultz - THE VINTAGE BAR

For today’s interview we reached out to Marie Louise Schultz, the Founder and Creative Director of The Vintage Bar. Marie Louise has always worked in the fashion industry, with a branding and communication background. After questioning her career and the impact of the fashion industry on our planet, she started The Vintage Bar, with the goal of encouraging a more conscious way of consuming fashion.   The Vintage Bar is a marketplace and social hangout that connects buyers and sellers of premium and luxury second hand fashion. By combining digital innovation, data driven technologies and inspirational branding, they take part...

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Rosanna Morris

Rosanna Morris

Ask Scandinavia had the pleasure to have a chat with Rosanna Morris, a printmaker located in the UK, about her story and the ins and outs of her brand.   What’s the story behind your printmaking business?   I began printmaking when I was 19, I wanted to make my drawings larger and was incredibly inspired by wheat paste artists and printmakers I'd learnt about in New York and Mexico. My first prints were between one and two meters high and mainly featured farmers and animals, which were then wheat pasted around the city.   What did you do before?...

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Marjorie Soria - BAREAYA

Marjorie Soria - BAREAYA

We had the pleasure to chat with Marjorie Soria, the founder of Bareaya. Bareaya is a brand of zero-waste products, whose mission is to make it easy for anyone to transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. They started out creating the perfect safety razor, now you can find everything you need, and less!     What do you do at Bareaya, and what inspired you to start this business? I’m the founder of Bareaya, a zero-waste brand born in 2018 and based in France. I wanted to set up a business that could make a difference and help people change...

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A clutch and a tote closer to a kinder future for the fashion industry

A clutch and a tote closer to a kinder future for the fashion industry

At ASK, we create products that align with the long-standing Scandinavian design ethos of making minimalist, functional and long-lasting products. Using environmentally responsible, fully traceable materials, ASK only works with companies who pay fair wages and treat their makers with dignity.  Embodying our values, we have now launched two bags made from Dessertos’s prickly pear cactus-based innovation of a sustainable plant-based ‘leather’.    Plant leather made from cactus? Yes, and here’s why it’s kinder and better: 1. As we experience rising carbon dioxide levels linked to sea level changes, snowmelt, disease, severe weather and ocean acidification at an alarming rate,...

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