Sara Fosstvedt and Erlend Christoffersen are the founders of label AoE, a new Norwegian fairtrade, organic high end clothing line, designed by Charlotte Fische and Linn Sannes Brevik with guest designers Christina Ledang and Camilla Bruerberg. AoE is the result of a philosophy and desire to use skills, resources and experience to create a brand and a process that benefits everyone involved, including the end-user. AOE are proponents of education and enlightenment, hence the brand name Age of Enlightenment. The idea of creating a clothing brand started in 2010 when Sara was working with micro-businesses in Ghana, and got support from Erlend, amongst others, to help local youth start an organization working with social issues on the Cape Coast. Since then, a strong social purpose has been the foundation for what today is the brand AoE.
Age of Enlightenment is designed for enthusiastic, creative and dynamic people. The collection is made from organic fairtrade cotton, Tencel, recycled wool and Kashmir from Fairtrade and GOTS, SA8000 certified factories in India and Turkey. As well as some wool made in Kenya, with micro enterprise Mikonos Knits in Nairobi.
Photo: Simon Skreddernes
The name Age of Enlightenment refers to the period of information and enlightenment that took place in the 18th century. Great thinkers, scientists, authors and philosophers emerged from the age of enlightenment. The name also refers to the current era where, in large parts of the world, we have instant access to all types of information, resulting in a period with a different level of enlightenment.
Lars Eriksen Eitran Hair / Adam og Eva / Redken
Sara Schultz Pedersen Make up/ Pudder / YSL
Sisters Sidsel and Ingvild Hemma are the driving force behind the Norwegian interior brand MENT which started in 2012. After working for years in the interior design industry they wanted to create a range which offered more meaning to customers. The sisters develop and manufacture their own, distinctive Norwegian interior products, also revitalizing vintage treasures they come across along the way. Their product line consists of handmade and distinctively coloured porcelain products such as cups, mugs, vases, pitchers and lamps, each one having it’s own personality and story. Some product is made is in Fåberg, north of Lillehammer and some is produced abroad. Their porcelain pieces are of high quality, fired three times under high temperatures creating a stoneware surface.
The brand name MENT represents a will to create products with a wider meaning than the purely utilitarian.
“We make nice things that last, something that people care about and take care of” – Sidsel Hemma
Film by Elise Gulestøl
Norwegian sunglasses label Karmoie is a company owned and run by Kirsten and Lars Iversen, based in Oslo, Norway. The concept began when the couple took an extended vacation to re-evaluate their career choices. Along their travels they were inspired by the “Buy One Give One” business concept aiding people in need. With a genuine love for eyewear, the idea of creating Karmoie came to life. A desire to combine the world of fashion with a meaningful and life-altering contribution to people in need, the brand donates a pair of corrective glasses for every pair of Karmoie sunglasses sold. Their first collection was released in spring 2013.
Karmoie optical frames and sunglasses are designed exclusively by Kirsten Iversen. Finding inspiration in the nostalgic elegance of exquisite vintage styles, combined with pop cultural references and details from industrial design. They focus on clean lines and a vibrant colour palette. The glasses are lightweight and have a comfortable fit. The sunglasses are understated, modern classics. All their frames and parts are entirely made in Italy. Hand shaped and hand polished.
‘We aim to create a truly beautiful, lasting piece for you to cherish and wear with pride’.
Pictures from Karmoie
The name Karmoie is drawn from the Sanskrit word karma meaning “action” or “deed” and the French word joie or “joy”. Therefore Karmoie is the joy of doing good for others. It is about giving someone the same abilities we take for granted. It is about empowerment and potential. It is about believing that a little goes a long way, and even further.
Inspired by Scandinavian traditions and the contrast between the cold winter weather and warm clothing and homes, Vibeke Skar and Ida Noemi has created the magical and warm lamp Story. Taken straight out of a mysterious forest night with trolls and other mythical creatures. The pattern from knitted wool sweaters melts the icicle shaped form, creating a graceful expression. The Story lamp can hang by itself or in rows or clusters, and creates a calm and comfy atmosphere. The rough surface with its translucent, embossed pattern presents the porcelain at its best; handcrafted production mixed with modern techniques, making the lamp unique and personal.
These two fresh faces has captured our attention the last few weeks. With their soulfull and melancholic folk-inspired pop music they sound like a mix between Daughter and light darkness.
The two 17 year old girls have allready managed getting a record deal with Sony Music Norway, and is one of the new norwegian duo’s playing next week’s By:Larm festival in the center of Oslo.
So far we’ve only heard the track run, but we’ve hear rumours about an album in the making, and we cant wait to take long trips into our selves with it. So lean your head back, open your heart just a little, and feel Elsa & Emilie taking grip.
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