Dip Brim – Denim Check
The Dip Brim is a versatile design, it can be worn with the broader section at the back protecting the neck or reversed providing shade for the face. Constructed from Constructed from reconstructed vintage jeans, with authentic distressing (tones may vary). Brim lining & under chin ties is a navy/red check cotton check sourced from Nisshinbo, our favourite ethical textile mill.
Made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa
Thank you for supporting Companion as we offer protection through the re-use of discarded or found fabric. Enough already exists. Please purchase thoughtfully with the intention of long term possession.
- Companion’s simple series of hats emerge from a thoughtful design practice, encouraging acts of care for the self, the environment & the other -
Companion celebrates diversity in an international context of ongoing politicised debate regarding refugee quotas & the economic impact of migrants.
Meaningful employment is a crucial component for integration & contribution. Likewise, creating is a catalyst for connection – a required antidote in the face of increasingly divisive propaganda. So, skills carried on migration dictate this collaborative practice.
Contemporary design outcomes are explored via collisions of traditions; resulting cohesive forms bringing attention to the beauty in heterogeneous societies. Much made is 100% unique – with marks of artisan’s hands & minds.
Slow Design principles are adhered to, considering environmental & social sustainability.
Marriage was this business' beginning. A friend in common provided an introduction, a chance to share mutual experiences around engagement with refugees. We had both used masters research projects to explore social enterprise models too (him in Development Studies, her Art & Design). So somewhat inevitably a social business working with refugees emerged from our relationship – Companion.
Although constantly open to new collaborative possibilities locally & internationally, we make the majority of our pieces alongside a small number of migrants here in Aotearoa who we have now known for years, & have become dear friends including:
Pary who is from Afghanistan originally & now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau with her daughter's young family. Her contributions of beaded & embroidered elements offer surprise due to language barriers and the resulting “losses” & “gains” in translation. Pary often refers to the peace she finds in working with her hands, “When I sew I forget my problems in Afghanistan”.
First meeting Thawil when teaching a migrant sewing group, she has since transitioned from student to running these classes herself, & alongside teaching, she works as our machinist. From Thailand, Thawil married a Syrian & lives here with their daughter.
We also periodically collaborate with an Afghan Sewing Group & one of the members' sons, Aliakbar, a high school student who plans to become a doctor. In the interim, he contributes to Companion in various capacities.