Hi! We’re Ellie and Jim, owners of Karma Gear, glad you stopped by! Here’s a little bit about us…
Karma Gear is...
a UK based family business run by us, Ellie and Jim, with occasional help from our amazing friends and family. Karma Gear was born out of our love of festivals, ethical fashion, travel, and the desire to support Nepal, one of the poorest and most fascinating countries in the world.
With backgrounds in environmentalism and sociology, we both wanted a job that would do some good in the world. We work with village co-operatives and small family businesses in Nepal, providing long term sustainable employment. Karma Gear brings high-quality handmade clothing and accessories made by Nepali artisans to people in the UK and beyond!
Through our values of Fairness, Sustainability and Transparency we aim to...
Offer high-quality Handmade Fun and Colourful products that will last.
We collaborate with our suppliers in designing beautiful unique clothing, accessories and felt products. Every single one of our products is handmade by skilled Nepali artisans that we have met personally. We work with our suppliers to source quality materials. Our clothing is designed to last and be loved, year after year.
Support Small Fair Trade producers in Nepal.
We travel to Nepal every year to visit our suppliers and their factories, so we know exactly where our products are coming from and who made them. We trade fairly and with transparency. We always pay suppliers a fair price and have not once backed out of a contract. Our producers are supported by us to use their skills to design products suitable for Western tastes, creating access to customers previously out of their reach. Reliable work with consistent orders means that we can create sustainable employment and long term investment in the Nepalese economy.
Be Sustainable and Environmentally Conscious.
We use natural, organic and sustainable materials, alongside environmentally friendly natural dyes and processes, wherever possible. We have a whole range of products made from waste materials and are always looking for new innovative ways to reduce environmental impact. Most of our handmade items are made without the use of electricity and travel very few miles from farm to material manufacture to final product assembly. We use recycled materials for our packaging and are working with our suppliers to further reduce energy consumption, waste, and plastic. When at festivals we use solar panels to power our stall, don’t give out plastic bags and even our receipts are digital.
Our Story So Far
First time at Glastonbury and we want to live there!
Ellie’s dad, Gary, finds a ‘for sale’ sign up on one of the stalls at a festival and the idea is sewn…
2 months later – Karma Gear is ours!
First business trip to Nepal
First ever festival trading as Karma Gear – Cosmic Puffin on Mersea Island
First festival season – we do 27 festival in a row. What a steep learning curve!
Created karmagear.co.uk website with a little (a lot!) of help from our friend Will.
Continue to do around 24 festivals and travel to Nepal every year. Meet lots of lovely people – customers, traders and suppliers – and see some beautiful parts of both the UK and Nepal.
Our first time trading at Glastonbury, back when Radiohead headlined the Pyramid Stage and Jeremy Corbyn was causing a stir. Great to be back!
And go to our first BAFTS conference in London - great to meet like minded traders and exchange stories and ideas.
We dip our toes into highstreet retail at ‘The Yards’ in Kettering. Have since changed location to No.1 Horsemarket in Kettering.
If you’ve ever been interested in seeing what a festival stall set-up looks like, but don’t want to wait around for the 4-5 hours it takes to do, this time lapse video is for you. This is our whole set-up at Greenbelt Festival 2018 crammed into 40 seconds!