It all started with loneliness, no light bulb moments, just loneliness.
In 2018, I moved from New Zealand to Australia to start fresh. Yes, I was excited but that excitement slowly dwindled away. We are constantly told that making big changes, taking a leap of faith & exposing yourself to a new environment is invigorating. While that may be true, we are not told about how lonely and challenging that journey in between can be.
One day, as I sat in my cold, dark & lonely flat in Canberra, I spontaneously made a trip to Spotlight, bought a sewing machine, made my first swimwear in anticipation for summer and the rest is history!
Today, every single piece is handmade with love. I am committed to making sure that every single woman who wears a Shek piece feels happy, confident, and carefree!
If you have any questions, please reach out and send me a message either by email or DMs on social media (I hate feeling lonely so I'll always respond, I promise).
NO PLACE FOR WASTE
Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. In 2018 the fashion industry produced 2.1 billion tonnes CO2eq. This represents 4% of global carbon emissions – an emissions’ share larger than that of France, Germany and the UK combined.
As fashion trends change rapidly, with more than one trend in each season, brands have to keep on top of the growing demand for clothing. Therefore, they overestimate future sales in order to make as much profit as possible. This results in requesting large quantities of fabrics to be made - a resource heavy task.
Once the trend dies off, these fabrics are either sold at market or in many cases sent to landfill.
This isn’t good enough.
That is why I started Handmade by Shek. I don’t hold any inventory and only make bikinis once an order is made. Typically when buying from fast fashion outlets - the quality of craftsmanship is low, resulting in seasonal purchases of basic clothing as they begin to stretch and tear. Each swimsuit is carefully sewn by hand to ensure that they’re made to last.