enSoie Cares

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.

Design

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.

Ceramics

Monique Meier and master ceramicist Justyna Piktel have been friends for over 25 years. Justyna is responsible for every one of enSoie’s handmade and unique ceramics. Whether casting a simple cup or painting intricate shapes on a vase - she and her two employees at the family pottery in Pruskow, Poland strive for artistic perfection.

All materials used are 100% free of harmful substances such as lead.

Jewellery

Every piece of enSoie jewellery begins its journey at our Zurich atelier as an idea, a drawing, a sketch or a basic model made of modelling clay or wire. Over at Atelier enSoie Appenzell in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, our partner and goldsmith Sebastian Fässler forges our ideas into prototypes - the first unique pieces of enSoie jewellery. Production takes place in Kolkata, India, where all items are hand forged in 925 sterling silver and some in 9 carat gold by a master goldsmith and his five assistants.

Certificate
Jewellery: We only use 925 sterling silver for our silver items and 9 carat gold for our fine gold pieces. 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 by G.N. Hallmarking & Refinery Pvt. Ltd. in Kolkata, again upon import by the Swiss Central Control Bureau of Precious Metals and again upon arrival at the store by one of our employees.

Textile

All our textile collections are designed at our Zurich 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.

Certificate
Textiles: 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.  
Cashmere: We use finest Mongolian cashmere. The yarns are dyed with Swiss dyes and biological dyeing auxiliaries.