Megisserie Bodin-Joyeux (France)
Bodin-Joyeux was founded in 1860, and since its very beginning it has shown its passion for beautiful leathers. From the antique magnificent parchments, the first activity of the company, to the sensual feel and wide range of colours of the lambskin. The ability of Bodin-Joyeux to tailor, with its R&D department, many different colours and articles according to customers specifications has fostered its partnerships with high fashion companies all over the world. Bodin-Joyeux, has about 100 employees and it produces nearly 600 000 lambskins per year. In addition, Bodin-Joyeux has been awarded the label of “Responsible and Sustainable Company”.
Kawalee Wu (Thailand)
Kawalee Wu was inspired by her father’s career in the leather industry, and her mother’s passion for Thai crafts, so she decided to study fashion marketing at the University of Derby. Kawalee’s urge to build a brand to create value for Thai crafts and create a sustainable income for the indigenous people brings La Mitra to reality.
The brand La Mitra was founded in 2019, named after the Thai word ‘มิตร’ meaning friendly and eco-friendly and ‘เมตตา’ meaning kind and giving. La Mitra’s mission is to reduce byproducts from the food industry in a mindfully conscious way as well as to empower indigenous women by hiring them with a truthful cost structure and to take pride in their traditions. The brand raised funds from Shark Tank Thailand in 2019, won Demark Design Excellence Award and was featured in The Clouds magazine.