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T / client love / penh lane and khmer creations

KC-HeaderWhen you’re first starting out, you’ve got to be infinitely grateful for the clients who come to you. And even more thankful for the ones who are patient enough to understand that you are still learning.  This is when I learned that white background product photography is one tough cookie.  There was definitely more than one attempt to produce this:

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Angkor Necklace and Turning Leaf Bracelet by Khmer Creations available through Penh Lane.

Eventually you figure things out, and that relationship with your very patient client grows into something awesome.

So I wanted to give a shoutout today to a client who first came to me out of nowhere to me last year.  Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio was first founded by one, two and then three ladies.  Antonia and Jane, who are from Australia, joined forces with Samnang to create a social business that provides income generation for women in vulnerable communities in Cambodia, and has since grown to become an all-female, locally managed jewellery design and production studio that now exports its products to Europe, North America and Australia.  Women from low-income and vulnerable communities in the Phnom Penh area are provided with an income matched to the local living wages, as well as health insurance and a safe workplace.  Not only that, but they’re also educated and equipped with skills in financial literacy and personal development.  They’ve even got a savings and loan group going on inside Khmer Creations.  Some are single moms, and Khmer Creations even has a day-care to make sure that the cutest bubs are taken care of. Penh Lane came around shortly after as a trading company that not only works with Khmer Creations, but also four other Cambodian social businesses to design, wholesale and retail jewellery and other accessories to markets around the world.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking editorial shots for Penh Lane, featuring models of my choosing. I picked my lady lifting buddies from Crossfit Amatak because they are a joy to work out with.  Rebekah has an infectious smile even during the toughest of workouts, Julia is always amazing conversation in between the burpees and Lyda can lift a mighty mass and look fabulous at the same time.  I knew they’d look great in Khmer Creations’ goodies.

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Upper: Angkor Earrings, Lower: DeVine Recycled Timber Necklace (left) and Cotton Bead Earrings (right). All by Khmer Creations.

I also got to shoot a couple of the gorgeous ladies that work at Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio.  Which was just so much fun and a big lesson in directing a shoot with my could-definitely-be-better Khmer language skills and with Samnang as my translator.

So I’m beyond thankful to Khmer Creations and Penh Lane for supporting me and my growing skills.  I can’t wait to work with you guys again!

Find Penh Lane and Khmer Creations products online and at local stockists!  If you’re in Phnom Penh, you can find the goodies at Lot369, Teahouse Asian Urban Hotel, the Watthan Artisans shop on Street 240 and at Aeon Mall!

A big huge thanks to Farm to Table for letting me run around your beautiful green space!


All photos by Tiffany Tsang for Khmer Creations. Please request permission to use. We are not liable for any accessories shopping binges.


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Join the CULT

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Don’t worry, the blog hasn’t take a turn for the weird, yet at least.

This CULT stands for “Cambodia’s Ultimate Lifestyle Trade” and was founded by Ludi and Katia, the cool kids behind Bee Vintage and Good Krama. These two chicks wanted to bring together the Phnom Penh community in a fun way, while highlighting the artists and designers in town that are doing awesome, creative, sustainable stuff. And when we met up with these wonderful ladies last week, they had just partnered up with Cleanbodia, who will be supplying the event with biodegradable shopping bags!  These little guys take the sustainable part of shopping at this market up a notch and are made with organic matter like cassava and coconut instead of plastic.  This makes us beyond happy.

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This is going to be a monthly event (YAY!) and we get to look forward to the second Thursday of the month with CULT. The first one is this Thursday, June 9 at Cloud (#32E0, street 9, Phnom Penh).  With sponsorship from Cloud, The Pelican Food Company and Cleanbodia.

Some of the super talented creatives and brands who will be at CULT include:

ALCHEMY

AMBOH ESPADRILLE

A.N.D.

BEE VINTAGE

FUNKYJUNK RECYCLED

GOOD KRAMA

JUNGLE & JARDIN

LA BOOTS

TRAVEL ROLLS BY RAPHAËL SEYFRIED

We can’t wait to get our shop on.

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T / happy monday / where does your sweater come from?

Photo Credit: Everlane

Photo Credit: Everlane

There’s the post I wanted to do today (which answers a question I frequently get), and then there’s the post that I had time to do today.  But I promise, this one’s a goodie too.  I’ve been OBSESSED with Everlane’s Snapchat channel (@everlane) ever since Jane introduced me to the app and suggested I follow them.  I get excited about their #transparencytuesdays and all the behind the scenes stuff that happens behind this brand that Cait and I just love.  Then I discovered their Youtube channel, and my pride for this sustainable fashion brand has jumped through the roof.  We live in Cambodia, where worker’s rights and garment factory conditions are only starting to get recognized through projects like Better Factories and helped by locally lead movements by a select few fashion brands.  So these details matter to us.

China is often synonymous with unethical manufacturing practices and poor quality products that feed the #fastfashion trend.  But change is coming.  And Everlane has been one of the first brands to lead the charge with their mission of #radicaltransparency.  This has meant opening up all of their factories for public assessment as part of their #knowyourfactories campaign.  This includes the ones in China.

So when I stumbled upon this series of videos showcasing their production standards in China, I was plussed.  I also got to learn a new word: handfeel!  Now watch it go on repeat over the next month (#sorrynotsorry).