Vendor Spotlight: Faburiq
“Vendor Spotlights” are a recurring blog theme, where we highlight different artists and businesses who will be attending Lightfoot Market, focusing on their background, connection to sustainability, and what products they will be bringing.
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Made for the Modern Man. Our accessories are crafted from and inspired by Heritage Japanese fabrics. Est in 2014. Faburiq is based in Boston and Made in the USA.
What are your environmental / social initiatives?
Sourcing only fabrics and materials that abide by our sustainable stipulations and making sure no fabric is wasted during production. Any leftover material and fabric will have a new found purpose.
When and why did you start your business?
Faburiq was founded in 2014 and was started out of a craving for a niche product made out of materials and skill that we had the utmost respect for - it possessed a cultural aspect, handmade skill and craft, not forgetting sustainability and a beautiful story for every kind of fabric.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Faburiq's mission is to keep in existence and maintain the history and craft of Japanese fabrics which are naturally organic and plant-based; methods that have not changed in more than 500 years. We also aim to support the history and handmade skill of a historical region in New England. In keeping with the ancient textile crafting techniques of the fabrics, Faburiq aims to sustain the character of integrity and precision in the finished product as part of our sustainability efforts. We produce in small quantities so that what we consume does not vastly exceed what we contribute, hence a harmonious balance between demand and supply.
What were some of the challenges you faced incorporating sustainability into your business?
Fortunately, not very much. Our materials originate from a culture that puts sustainability efforts at the forefront of it's everyday life. This solves half the battle and we continue those efforts here in the US as we design and give life to those fabrics.
What is one thing readers can do to lighten their footprint?
Try to buy clothing and accessories that are made from natural fabrics, not artificially man-made fabrics. Understand the materials and content of what you wear - where they originate from and how they are made. There are plenty of clothing that are made organically and responsibly today (i.e. no child labor, below minimum wages conditions, etc...)