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GMB PODCAST EPISODE 012: FOLKDAYS

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FOLKDAYS Store, photo Zoe Spawton| GreenMe Berlin Podcast

FOLKDAYS: EMPOWERING REMOTE COMMUNITIES & BUILDING A BUSINESS YOU LOVE

​"I hope that people can start being a bit better to themselves. And a little bit more kind, and a little bit more loving. I think that would already make the world a much better place" - Lisa Jaspers

My guest on today’s show is Lisa Jaspers, a strong social entrepreneur that inspires me so much! She ditched her secure job at one of the worlds biggest charity organizations to follow her heart and start her own ethical brand, FOLKDAYS.

FOLKDAYS is a sustainable Berlin-based fashion label that empowers artisans from some of the remotest corners in the world to make a living through their handmade crafts.

Each time I walk into the store here in Kreuzberg, it’s like going on a little journey to far away lands and cultures. It’s spreading a very positive, colorful, dreamy vibe and takes me to places like Turkey, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Palestine, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru - in total there are 26 artisans from 18 countries involved.

Every team member of FOLKDAYS is happy to share the unique stories behind each piece. Lisa even knows all artisans in person, as she travels out to those hidden corners, searching for the most talented craftspeople - and gives them a reason to believe into themselves and their incredible talent.

Apart from the backgrounds of how this beautiful label was born and the “what, “how” and - of course, especially - the “why” behind FOLKDAYS, we also touched into some very personal topics.

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN MORE ABOUT:

  • What it means to be a female entrepreneur - and why we need more of them
  • Why we need to learn to believe in ourselves & our skills (no matter if in Bangladesh or Europe)
  • How to get noticed as a social brand in an overloaded market like fashion
  • What it means to be a female entrepreneur - and why we need more of them
  • Why we need to learn to believe in ourselves & our skills (no matter if in Bangladesh or Europe)
  • Stories of travelling on the surface vs. travelling deep
  • What moved Lisa to the point where she wanted to stop travelling
  • Why you’ll never be a good entrepreneur if you’re a perfectionist
  • What’s so important about surrounding yourself with the right people
  • Why we are often our own worst enemy
  • How to keep up your energy as a small business owner
  • The importance of visual communication and storytelling for green brands
  • The next steps in the FOLKDAYS story
  • The advantages - and the challenges - of starting a sustainable brand in Berlin
  • What makes Berlin “Berlin” & the effects of living in peaceful chaos

You see, there’s a whole lot to get out of this! I had a blast talking to this inspiring woman and left the store full of motivation and new ideas - and I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same.

So sit back and relax - and let’s get into the show…

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST RIGHT HERE:

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As always, you’d make me happy if you could hop over to iTunes, subscribe to the podcast and leave me a short review (just click on the cover image in iTunes and then on "Reviews"). It helps me to keep going and would be a huge support from your side. 

Thanks a million, 

Claudi

FOLKDAYS - IMPRESSIONS OF THE BERLIN STORE

FOLKDAYS store Berlin, pop up | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
FOLKDAYS, carpets, photo: Zoe Spawton | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
FOLKDAYS, Lisa Jaspers | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
FOLKDAYS Store, photo: Zoe Spawton | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

FINAL WORDS:

I am in love with this city and all those passionate, creative people it attracts. Hope you’re feeling equally inspired by the amazing work that Lisa does with her team and her artisans. Make sure to swing by at the shop in Manteuffelstraße in Kreuzberg as soon as you can. And until then, soothe your curiosity and wanderlust by checking out the beautiful journal on folkdays.com.

If you enjoyed this episode, it’d be beautiful if you share it out with your friends - and I ALWAYS love to hear from you too. So send me any thoughts, questions or feedback. Either as a comment on greenmeberlin.com/podcast-folkdays, or message me on Facebook, Twitter, send me an Email, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

BEFORE YOU GO, I got a little secret to announce already: I’m teaming up again with my friend Ari from the Green Fashion Tours and we’ll be hosting our 2nd Circular Economy Tour + Zero Waste Dinner, this time in Wedding. It’s happening on the 17th August here in Berlin. If you’re interested in joining, watch out for it on greenmeberlin.com/events or the Facebook events page, as we’ll put all the details live over the weekend.

Last quick shout out: if you wanna stay up to date with the latest interviews, green events and fresh content from me and my explorations through Berlin’s green scene, sign up for my monthly newsletter. I got a little thank you if you do so, I’ll send you my little best-of guide to 7 of my favorite eco-minded places in the city. To get it, just go over to greenmeberlin.com/newsletter.

ALRIGHT FOLKS, THAT'S IT! Now go out & have the most amazing day ever - and of course, always remember to KEEP IT GREEN!


FOLKDAYS - SHOW NOTES & LINKS MENTIONED

// ​FOLKDAYS //

Manteuffelstraße 19, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg

Nearest Metro: ​U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof

View it on the map >>

GET IN TOUCH​:

​Email: hello@folkdays.com | Tel: +49 30 93626094

folkdays.com

FOLKDAYS store, Claudi and Lisa | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
FOLKDAYS Store, photo: Zoe Spawton_5 | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
FOLKDAYS Store, photo: Zoe Spawton_7 FOLKDAYS Store, photo: Zoe Spawton_5 | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

Photos: Zoe Spawnton (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12) & GreenMe Berlin

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