Simplicity in Business

christoph harrach

Back in 2007, during the preparations of the Fair Fashion Affair with Cecilia Palmer, showing freshly started ethical brands like Slowmo, Magdalena Schaffrin or Armedangels in an improvised yet momentous event, I got in contact with this friendly, newly started blogger Christoph Harrach who wrote under the name Karmakonsum..

Shortly after, he founded the Karmakonsum Conference, which rapidly became one of the most significant events for sustainable lifestyle in the German speaking area. Back then in collaboration with Noel Klein-Reesink, who nowadays runs the sneaker brand Ekn Footwear, he brought this conference to be a place that brings together people in an inspiring and connecting setting. It welcomes people that are interested to do yet more then “just” a little extra of ethical labeling or CSR monitoring, people that practice their idea of sustainability in their daily lives as well as professionally. Wether CEO’s, social entrepreneurs or hardcore activists, this conference brings them together and makes them share a common spirit. A spirit of friendliness, forward vision and positive intent. The accompanying camp and award also make it the right place to go for start-ups.

Over the recent years, the conference got a slightly more spiritual approach, but with an open-minded, inter-religious set up. This year the lead topic is Simplicity in Business. Breath in. Breath Out. Get Your Ticket. It is that simple. Be there!

The IOU Project – producers meet consumers

Last year at the Beyond Fashion Summit, we had a virtual encounter with Kavita Parmar, founder and creative director of The IOU Project. Kavita Parmar is a designer, serial entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for change in the fashion industry. She was born in India and was educated in India and England.

At the age of 18 while attending university, she started her own studio working as a freelance designer for various international clothing brands. After building up and running several successful clothing brands, she founded the IOU Project in 2011, her most ambitious project to date.

The IOU Project is an e-commerce social networking platform that manufactures and retails one-of-a-kind handmade clothes. It seeks to empower the artisan, celebrate uniqueness, re-vindicate the right to transparency and believes that technology can make it happen. Consumers can see the people who where producing the item, and when consumers upload a picture after purchase, the producers also see who is wearing it..

See a short, inspiring video about The IOU Project here:

For more information on Kavita Parmar, also see the recent interview by Summer Rayne Oaks.

This article was published in an earlier form on Beyond Berlin.