ekawear

eka ethical accessories handmade for you and your home.

Cambridge, United Kingdom · 124 Sales on Etsy

5 out of 5 stars
(72 reviews including ratings from DaWanda)

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Gilly

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Announcement   From chunky mittens, cozy socks, woodland animal hoods to lace covered vases, there are all sorts of things in my shop to keep you and your home looking great, some made with 100% vegan acrylic yarn, others using Organic/Fairtrade cotton yarn. All of my bags are made using organic and Fairtrade cotton too.
I manufacture most of the items on my etsy page myself, but eka also has a 'main collection' launched each winter which is produced in a fair trade township called Auroville in India, the artisans there work from designs I make for them to copy, the end result is a beautifully made unique collection which is also affordable. The co-operation I have with the studio in Auroville means that I get more time to develop the collection and make the 'made to order' and 'one off' items each year and I can also sleep soundly at night knowing they artisans are paid a fair wage for their hard work.
Eka caters for individuals that want to stand out in a crowd, in the knowledge that the environment hasn't suffered as a result.
Happy Browsing : )

Announcement

From chunky mittens, cozy socks, woodland animal hoods to lace covered vases, there are all sorts of things in my shop to keep you and your home looking great, some made with 100% vegan acrylic yarn, others using Organic/Fairtrade cotton yarn. All of my bags are made using organic and Fairtrade cotton too.
I manufacture most of the items on my etsy page myself, but eka also has a 'main collection' launched each winter which is produced in a fair trade township called Auroville in India, the artisans there work from designs I make for them to copy, the end result is a beautifully made unique collection which is also affordable. The co-operation I have with the studio in Auroville means that I get more time to develop the collection and make the 'made to order' and 'one off' items each year and I can also sleep soundly at night knowing they artisans are paid a fair wage for their hard work.
Eka caters for individuals that want to stand out in a crowd, in the knowledge that the environment hasn't suffered as a result.
Happy Browsing : )

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About

Eka, where unique style and quality are valued over disposability.

OUR ETHOS
Designed in the UK by Gilly, eka is a collection of hand crocheted items that are useful and beautiful at the same time.
Sustainability and fair trading standards are at the heart of eka. Every decision made for the company involves putting people and principles first before profit, a little more hard work is needed, but in the end it really feels worth the effort. The slogan 'if you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem' is printed onto the back of your labels to be a constant reminder of being the change you want to see in the world.

HAND MADE IN AUROVILLE
The village where our stock is made is called Auroville and is set in the South-East of India, in a region called Tamil Nadu. The town is not your average Indian town.
Auroville is a universal township with a population of around 2000 people from around the world. The concept of Auroville – an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity – was an idea which had planted its seed in the head of the creator as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry proposed to the creator that such a township should be started. She gave her blessings and work began. The concept was put before the Government of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity, also concerned with – and practically researching into – sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.

FASHION WITH A CONSCIENCE

Working with Auroville has allowed eka to concentrate on designing collections of beautifully hand crafted hats, eco friendly scarves and shopper bags that are at the cutting edge of trends with an added gift to the buyer of sustainability and social conscience.
We here at eka don’t think that ethical credentials should mean that style, design or luxury are compromised- ‘GOOD’ fashion shouldn’t be boring, you should be able to indulge yourself buying handmade, gorgeous accessories that you love and the fact that it has been created ethically should be an added gift from us.
Thanks to Auroville, I can now concentrate on the creative side of things rather than all of the manufacture (though all of the 'one off' items are still made here and any items that sell out too)

We all love buying with our hearts. With eka, style and quality are valued over disposability and we know that fashion won’t sell on principles alone, it needs to be truly lovely and made with care.

Shop members

  • Gilly

    Owner

    I used to snowboard full time and on that journey a friend taught me to crochet. As time went on I began to snowboard less and crochet more, now crochet is my full time job and I'm lucky enough to love it just as much as when I first began.

  • Bobby -Auromics Trust

    Crochet Team

    The incredibly talented ladies of Auromics in the UNESCO endorsed township of Auroville help me in the production of the main collection. I design and make the prototypes and then they create the main capsule collection for me.

Production partners

  • Auroville

    Auroville, India

    We've been working together on a small scale since 2008, I send over my sample pieces and Auromics in Auroville, India produce the amount I need in the colours and materials I order.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 5, 2015
We aim to give you a great experience when you shop with us and a long lasting unique item that has been made with care.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
If you decide you would like to return your item once it arrives with you this is fine, please return in the condition it arrived with you in (any tags etc in tact) and we will refund/exchange once it arrives back with us (return postage is payable by you). If there are any problems with your order please let us know and we can arrange to refund or exchange your item, any customers receiving faulty items will be issued with a refund for postage.
Payment
Please complete your order payment through paypal or using a recognised credit/debit card. If you would like to cancel your order then please try to let me know before we have posted your item.
Shipping
Each order will be posted within 24 hours of you paying for your item and will be gift wrapped free of charge. We use tracked air mail for all international orders (international orders may be subject to VAT upon import, which is payable by you) and regular second class mail for UK orders, if you would like to upgrade to another service let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please ask for information on wholesale prices for orders over 20 items.
Privacy
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.

Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest toimprove my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.


Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Gillian Seagrave, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at gilly [!at] ekawear.com. Alternately, you may mail me at:

EKA, Hill View, Bilberry End, Hadstock, Cambridge, CB21 4PE, UK.