On 30 March 2019, Monokrome blew a candle on a delicious chocolate cake to celebrate its first birthday. First birthdays are always special. It not only exhilarates that we have survived the first year in a volatile industry, but also reminds us of how much work we are yet to do.
Monokrome’s deep commitment to ongoing sustainable practices and minimal design concept are at the core of its operations. We strive to improve on matters of design, quality, people and sustainability on a daily basis. We have made mistakes and learned from them. When we were in doubt, we went back to our values and we found clarity. Similarly, when brainstorming ways to celebrate our first anniversary, we went back to our values, our roots.
We collaborated with two accomplished yoga teachers in Dhaka, Shazia Omar and Ulfath Kuddus, and hosted a yoga workshop, which was co-conducted by both the wonderful women. We invited our customers, who have become our friends over the last one year to participate in the workshop. The practice was about grounding and connecting to nature, an intrinsic part of what we do here at Monokrome. The event was held at Izumi courtyard, a serene space among the hustle and bustle of Dhaka city. Izumi serves the most sumptuous Japanese cuisine. Monokrome draws major inspiration from Japanese philosophy, architecture and design. It was important for us to bring these elements together as we celebrated our first anniversary.
It was a celebration of a community that we have been able to create and be a part of, for a year! We couldn’t have asked for a better way to look to the future and continue our journey!
Monokrome in Voices and Solutions
As part of our commitment to sustainable design, production and consumption and our roadmap to achieving circular economy, we participate on platforms that share our vision. One such platform that we are proud to be a part of is Voices and Solutions. On 20 April 2019, Fashion Revolution Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh, partnered with Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Liberal Arts and Monokrome, to host a seminar on Voices and Solutions, Achieving Growth through Sustainable Production and Consumption in the Fashion Industry. Six years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, where more than a thousand people died, we wanted to highlight the challenges persisting in the fashion industry in Bangladesh, and listen to voices and present with solutions regarding the environmental impact of the industry. The discussion was based on the Sustainable Development Goal 12, one of the 17 goals set at the United Nations conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.
The seminar was divided into two panels; Voices, which created a dialogue on the challenges faced by Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh from an environmental point of view; and Solutions, which created dialogue on young entrepreneurship in the industry innovating and developing solution-driven projects. Government officials, RMG factory owners, academic researchers, private sector initiatives, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and designers, working in the fashion industry were in attendance. For more information, please find links at the end of the article.
Monokrome for Men
We took our time but we have arrived with our first menswear collection! Monokrome was born out of a desire to blend simplicity with quirk, to blend masculinity and femininity and to create pieces that one can relate to with their individual selves. And in doing that, we don’t label our clients into particular target segments.
With Monokrome for Men, we wanted to share our own interpretation of what a man stands for in today’s world. The fabrics and designs are gender free, like most of our womenswear. This is aligned with our sustainability goals of longevity and slow fashion.
Currently, we undertake both custom orders and a few off the rack options.
Monokrome Paper Recycle and Reuse Process
For us, the cut is one of the most crucial aspects of the design process. We make hundreds of patterns every month, which leads to paper scraps. We are very excited to be collaborating with Shishu Polli Plus (A Sreepur Village Project), who will be collecting our scraps and make recycled paper! We are also sourcing recycled paper and paper from waste from them to use in our Studio!
To know more about their work with women and children in Sreepur, please visit:
Links for Voices and Solutions Media Coverage: