No Nasties Superhero: Shivani Patel
Superheroes! They have passion, they have swag, and they don’t always wear their undies over their tights!
Meet our No Nasties superheroes, living right amongst us mere mortals and just happening to go about their heroic business in fairtrade, organic style. We love our community and want to celebrate all you amazing people doing awesome things in your cotton capes! (Ahem, or tees, skirts, dresses…)
This week, Shivani Patel from Arture Design answered our No Nasties Superhero signal! Back in 2014, questions started running through Shivani's mind: Why can't something that looks good and feels great be sustainable for this world we live in? Why can't she create something that's fashionable, practical, cruelty-free and eco-friendly, all at the same time? She turned those questions into Arture Design, a lifestyle brand that uses cork instead of leather.
I'm an accessory designer from Chennai. I graduated from NIFT, Chennai with a degree in Accessory Design, specialising in leather goods. My love for accessories, and exposure to it from the time I was a child because of my dad being in the field, made me want to create a brand that would make a difference. He was in the leather goods exports industry throughout my childhood. I spent a lot of time at his factory making little pouches and handbags. :)
When I started exploring the option of creating high quality non-leather accessories I realised that most non-leather materials are plastic base and incredibly polluting for the world. They don't bio-degrade and they don't look or feel great either. When I came across cork fabrics, I knew they'd be perfect for this vision I had. I fell in love with the material and that's how Arture was born. Cork is luxurious and soft to touch, without any of the nasties that are associated with leather. It's a cruelty-free material that's also amazing for our planet.
- Through our website: https://myarture.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/
- Or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
A huge thank you to Shivani for sharing her story with us! She is wearing our Jenifurr Racerback Tank.