Sustainability, both social and ecological, is our core philosophy. We are mindful and respectful of ancient crafts and deeply committed to keeping them alive. For over 30 years, we have established successful partnerships with small, often family-run manufacturers who work exclusively for us. enSoie uses certified fabrics and colours wherever possible.
enSoie is all about family fabrics. We design everything in-house. All members of the family are actively involved in the design process. While founder Monique Meier forms new bronze objects out of clay, her youngest daughter Anna leads the design team and is responsible for textile prints, cuts and shapes. Sophie works as our in-house artist, photographer and brand ambassador. Her older sister Eleonore develops new ceramic ideas. Francis, the youngest, contributes his talents in sound art.
The extended family also includes local and international artists, who contribute their talents to our world.
Artisanal techniques, challenging convention and constant reinvention are at the heart of our design principles. We are always keen to partner up with other creative minds.
All our textile collections are designed at our Zürich atelier. Art director Anna Meier is in charge of cuts and prints. With our roots reaching back to the silk house Brauchbar & Sons, founded in 1894, we have a vast archive that we can use for inspiration. We champion traditional textile crafts and techniques such as hand painted silk, block printed silk, hand woven fabrics and many more. Production takes place mainly in Europe and India. We have been working with most of our partners for over 20 years.
Wherever possible, we work with certified textiles. Our Italian producers are certified with Öko-Tex Standard 100. Our Indian cotton producers are certified by Bureau Veritas. Our Doupion and yarn producers confirm in writing that all their products are free from harmful substances and chemicals. All non-certified products are regularly tested by the independent Swiss testing institutes TESTEX and UL AG. Our Belgian fabric sourcer, is a specialist for finding the most high quality Italian wool fabrics, to exclusive laces. All the fabrics he provides are tested and within the European compliance of REACH, and are free of any harmful substances.
We use finest Mongolian cashmere. The yarns are dyed with Swiss dyes and biological dyeing auxiliaries.
We only use 925 sterling silver for our silver items and 9 karat gold for our gold items. Our silversmith confirms in writing that all products he provides comply with European and Swiss legislation regarding harmful substances. All items are tested three times before being sold. Once by G.N. Hallmarking & Refinery Pvt. Ltd. in Kolkata, once upon import by the Swiss Central Control Bureau of Precious Metals and finally upon arrival at the store by one of our employees.
A small Swiss company, run by a married couple with love for all things leather, supplies all of our leather. The calf leather we use is of Northern European origin and vegetable tanned. The production takes place in a family run manufactory the small mountain village of Törbel.