Mateja Koropec Garrett s.p.
Sp. Nova vas 28
2310 Slovenska Bistrica
Tel. +386 (0)41 550 042
TAX NO: SI 5772 8771
REGISTRATION NO: 6164064000
Mateja Koropec Garrett
Mateja Koropec Garrett s.p.
Sp. Nova vas 28
2310 Slovenska Bistrica
Tel. +386 (0)41 550 042
TAX NO: SI 5772 8771
REGISTRATION NO: 6164064000
Mateja Koropec Garrett
We have a lot of requests from people with groovy shops, around the world, who would like to sell our original designs. We are very happy to supply you!
Please send us an email with details about your shop and we’ll get back to you quickly!
Pashin’ is a small family business created by us, (Mateja and Chris) in 2010, in the lovely Slovenian hills on the sunny side of the Alps…
Pashin’ is short for “pashing”, Australian slang for french kissing, one of the simple pleasures in life! Our clothes are like pashing, deliciously unforgettable…
Pashin’ comes from “passionate” and we decided that if we follow our passion we would bring happiness to ourselves and others.
Mateja and Chris are both artists. Mateja’s into 2-D stop motion animation and painting and Chris makes analog black and white “art photography”.
Pashin’ creations are inspired by ethnic art. The original and colourful woolly hats, gloves and scarves, are inspired by ancient tribal dot paintings from Australia, bringing the spiritual vibrations of this art into our clothing. Our woollen items are made from the softest New Zealand wool, by an expert knitting team of women artisans in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal.
For Summer, Pashin’ has a novel line of unisex pants, skirts, dresses and shirts, some with aboriginal-art-inspired motifs. The mostly free-size clothes are made in Thailand from high-quality Thai cotton, by a Japanese master taylor using silk-screen blocks to produce exclusive prints. We also print rayon with our original designs in Thailand.
We spend a lot of time every year in Nepal as well, working with our tailors in small ateliers, perfecting Mateja’s innovative designs.
We follow the fabrication of our clothes from selection of cotton, dyes, buttons and zips all the way to to the final sewing stage. So we can guarantee our fair trade and ecological principles are for real.
Pashin’ is about “slow fashion”, quality-based, not time-based. We work with well-paid local artisans, free from stressful deadlines (you can’t produce quality without time). We create exquisite artistic clothing and accessories that are ethically sound and super groovy at the same time. Pashin’ opposes the standardization of taste and instant disposable fashion, by creating hand-crafted garments, to be treasured for many years and not just discarded after one season.
Pashin’ aficionados can shape their own creative identity with “long-loved” made-to-last clothes that use premium natural materials like high-grade wool and cotton, while respecting the cultural identity and fair working environment of the artisans who make them. Our idea is to make a difference, while dressing you differently.
We spent years bumming around the world. We both dropped into the university grinder and popped out debt-free… Mateja with a masters degree in business and Chris as a journalism school drop-out.
To pay our way round the globe we did a lot of odd jobs, including:
barnacle-scraper, cotton-chipper, tennis-racket sander, avant-garde puppeteer, bookseller, porn magazine photo editor, postcard publisher, pen exporter, lettuce washer, wedges frier, daily newspaper cartoonist, war journalist, sunset cruise host, boat builder, ad-campaign assistant, drug company researcher, english teacher, book designer, round-the-world yacht crew, brass polisher, scenographer, beach bar cocktail maker and dj, translator, Mother Theresa volunteer, fruit and vegetable seller, market spruiker, newspaper pamphlet inserter, gardener…
Most of these jobs were pretty badly paid and temporary, but we got the point…
Work sucks. But we always had options… Clothing workers in Asia usually don’t have as much choice…
In growing economies in Asia semi-skilled garment work is often done under poor conditions and is far from fair for the worker. This is part of the Death Economy as John Perkins writes about in The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
So we design and make clothes in Nepal and Thailand with small family businesses who treat their workers fairly and we return, for a few months every year, to work with tailors in their ateliers and small family-owned factories.
That way we are sure the original working conditions we inspected are still fair trade conditions. We also pay a little more for our tailoring, so we receive a much higher quality of clothes and both sides get a better quality of life.
With our customers in Europe and developed countries becoming more attracted to fair trade and the life economy, they are happy to pay a few euros more for the quality and equality their purchase gives!
Fair trade has become a social movement which holds to the original principles of fair trade certification. Due to onerous obligations, excessive financial disclosure and time and costs to reach certification level… most of the small ateliers we work with are not chasing certification.
So we decided to stick with the principles of fair trade for our small family ateliers but are encouraging and helping our two biggest partners in Nepal to get a Fair Trade Certification.
We also plan to join the Fashion Revolution movement (“I made your clothes”) where we introduce you to the people who make your clothes.
Pashin’ follows the World Fair Trade Organization ten principles of fair trade.
The principles of fair trade Pashin’ adheres to, are:
If all the businesses in the world, large and small, adopted fair trade principles, this would be a revolution that would wipe the ugly smile off exploitative globalisation and perhaps give trade a better reputation for helping emerging economies.
At Pashin’ we decided that if we could, with our customers’ support, afford to give something extra back to a country where we produce our clothing then we should. So we launched Pashin’ Sparks in 2014 in partnership with Maiti Nepal and founder, well-known social worker Anuradha Koirala in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pashin’ Sparks is a project to pay for the higher education of formerly trafficked or at-risk young girls to a university degree level. Two girls were selected by Anuradha Koirala to win the scholarships offered by our little family business.
As of 2017, both girls, Ankita and Henisha have successfully completed year 11 and 12 studies (higher secondary) and are in their first year of university. The goal is to support the new generation of educated and talented young women, from within the ranks of those previously trafficked girls, so they can advance the goals of Maiti Nepal and strengthen their fight to stop child trafficking in Nepal.
University education for poor girls in Nepal is very rare, and for trafficked girls it is almost unheard of. (Maiti Nepal can support these girls through to a grade 10 secondary education in their excellent school).
So this was the way we decided to help Nepal and at the same time support social justice for the women and children most vulnerable to exploitation. Our contribution to the two scholarships for 6 years (two years of higher secondary and four year bachelors degree) is about a total of 16,000 euros.
The budget for Ankita Shah and Henisha Shahi’s completed two years of higher secondary schooling and next four years of Bachelor studies:
Maiti Nepal was born out of a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for the flesh trade, child prostitution, child labour and various forms of abuse, exploitation and torture. In 1993, a group of socially committed professionals, including teachers, journalists and social workers formed Maiti Nepal to fight against the social evils inflicted upon the female populace.
Its focus is centred on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing victims of the flesh trade and rehabilitating them. This social organization also actively works to provide justice for the victimized girls and women through criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. Since its inception, it has drastically highlighted trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels.
Anuradha Koirala, lovingly called Dijju (elder sister) was born on 14th April 1949. Mother Teresa has always been her main source of inspiration. She spent more than 20 years teaching children at various schools around Kathmandu. Even though this brought her great satisfaction she realized that she had a bigger personal calling to fulfill. Children, girls and women were being trafficked within and from Nepal for commercial sexual exploitation. Therefore, in 1993, Ms. Koirala founded Maiti Nepal with the aim of providing services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering, often in silence.
After establishing Maiti Nepal, her first work was setting up a home for those who have nowhere else to turn to. Now, Maiti Nepal has three prevention homes, eleven transit homes, two hospices and a formal school. More than 1000 children are receiving direct services from Maiti Nepal every day.
Maiti Nepal today conducts a wide range of activities. Organizing awareness campaigns, community sensitization programs, rescue operations, apprehending traffickers, providing legal support to the needy, women empowerment programs, training, providing anti retro viral therapy (ART) to children and women infected by HIV .
So far, Anuradha Koirala has been awarded 38 national and international awards in recognition of her courageous acts and achievements furthering the cause of children’s and women’s rights.
Some of the national and international awards include; Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Medal- Nepal 1999, Trishaktipatta Award 2002, Best Social Worker of the Year Award- Nepal 1998, German UNIFEM Prize 2007, Queen Sofia Silver Medal Award 2007, The Peace Abbey, and Courage of Conscience 2006. Her achievements include liberating girls from brothels, providing ART before the government of Nepal could initiate this process. Due to her continuous struggle, The Government of Nepal now recognizes September 5, as Anti-trafficking Day. Ms. Koirala was also appointed as a former Assistant State Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare.
Ms. Koirala loves spending time with children; they say that they get the warmth of a mother and a father from her.
In 2010 she was declared a CNN Hero as a result of her struggle and compassion to fight the social evil of human trafficking.
To read the CNN article about Anuradha Koirala’s fight to stop child sex trafficking from Nepal: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/29/cnnheroes.koirala.nepal/
If you as an individual, small business or large company would like to contribute money to helping sponsor a previously trafficked girl to get a university degree, please send an email to Chris and Mateja at Pashin’. Even a small donation will help and should you wish to sponsor a girl alone or with friends, the commitment is for six years, two years of college and four years of university. The budget we have for six years was compiled by Maiti Nepal and is a full scholarship for each girl. Our donation in 2016 was for about 4,400 euros, but there were many extra costs in 2016 for university such as new uniforms, books and computers.
Just by buying clothes from us, you are contributing a percentage of the price to this project!
Pashin’ works with 100 percent natural wool, cotton, and rayon.
Our customers look for high quality natural materials for their clothes and because we work with small ateliers mostly in Nepal and Thailand, these materials are available. We don’t press a button on a machine in China and roll off thousands of nylon copies! Everything is hand-sewn or hand-knitted. The natural materials are healthier and breathe better in summer and winter. They feel nicer against the skin and are a pleasure to wear, lasting many years.
Why wool, and why Merino wool?
Wool has been the material used by humans for thousands of years because it is natural, strong, warm and breathes. Wool is sustainable, water repellent, dirt and fire resistant, and unlike fibre made from petro-chemicals, wool can self-cleanse, so just by airing our wool garments, smells evaporate.
Merino wool is a very special wool in that it insulates and adjusts to a wide range of temperatures, so it keeps you warm at minus 20 degrees and you can wear it in weather up to about 20 degrees without heat getting trapped and causing perspiration on the skin. It breathes!
We source our wool from New Zealand and have it spun, dyed and hand-knitted in Nepal by women artisans in the countryside near Kathmandu.
Mulesing of Merino sheep in New Zealand has been outlawed recently and although prices are a little higher now for New Zealand merino wool, our customers appreciate us sourcing our wool in New Zealand where this cruel practice is finished.
Mulesing is not necessary as there are alternative methods of preventing flystrike in sheep and secondly selective breeding practices in New Zealand produce sheep with lower skin wrinkling around the breach. Also temperatures are a little lower in New Zealand than Australia, so flystrike is far less common.
Our second range of plain knitted beanies called SuperSoft uses 100 percent natural wool, also sourced in New Zealand and due to customer demand we have a fleece band inside. This “fleece” is actually polyester and is good for blocking the wind and if you are very sensitive to wool.
We encourage our customers though to try merino because it naturally repels water and stays warm when you get rained on. Also it is better to have a very soft non-itchy natural wool that breathes, against your skin! And… this ‘fleece” (polyester) is very harmful to the environment. We are trying to source a more environmentally friendly alternative.
Acrylic is another highly pollutant fibre which we don’t use. Also it is not very warm.
Why 100 percent natural cotton?
Cotton breathes so it controls perspiration by wicking, it protects against heat in summer and gives thermal insulation in winter, it is hypoallergenic so does not irritate the skin which is why it is used for medical products and baby clothing.
Our goal is to fully head towards organic cotton as the price is coming down (more customer demand, more supply from farmers equals cheaper organic cotton cloth. Before, organic cotton would have nearly doubled the price of our clothes) and it is softer and healthier for you and the environment. At the moment we are working with low-pesticide cotton but our goal is to be completely organic as soon as possible.
Why Natural 100 percent Rayon?
Some of our pants and dresses are made from Rayon. This is a very special cloth made from plant cells.
Rayon, is an eco-friendly man-made fibre from the cellulose in plant cell walls (sustainable wood or bamboo pulp). Cellulose is the world’s most common organic polymer. The cellulose from pulp is converted from purified cellulose into a liquid solution and then forced through a spinneret to create solid fibres of nearly pure cellulose (this is why it is sometimes called a “semi-synthetic” fibre).
Rayon has special comfort qualities often exceeding cotton such as in moisture dissipation, softness, flowing silk-like feel and colour retention.
We make our rayon pants and dresses in Thailand because a very high quality rayon is produced there. We use the number one quality which has no polyester or petro-chemical blend, so it feels extremely soft, silky, and allows the air to flow through it. It also holds the colour well, without fading from washing or sunlight. Perfect for hot days!
We like simple things….
So our shipping prices are simple.
Slovenia: Flat rate cost of €2.90 (any size package)
Delivery time 1 to 3 days.
EU and Rest of World: Flat rate cost of €5.90 (any size package)
Delivery time to the EU: 2 to 5 days.
Delivery time to the Rest of World: varies from 7 to 14 days, depending on country.
If you spend €69 (after any discounts) then shipping anywhere in the world is free!
Please also allow 24 to 48 hours from time of order, for your order to be packed and sent.
Our returns policy is also simple…
If for any reason you are not happy with an item, just inform us within 14 days from the day you received our delivery. (By email is best)
Then within 14 days of the day you inform us of your cancellation, you should return it unused to us, and we will refund the price you paid for the item, plus any delivery charges you paid. We will have sent a withdrawal form with your purchase which you can use, although you don’t have to.
This refund will be made back to you within 14 days of receipt of your cancellation.
We might delay a refund until we receive the goods or evidence that you have returned them, whichever is earliest. Refund will be by the same method you used for payment.
You will have to pay the costs of returning the goods. Your post office usually will have the cheapest registered postage service.