enSoie Values

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

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.

Longevity of our products and artisanal techniques are at the heart of our design principles.

Manufacturing

Fabrics:

Wherever possible, we work with certified textiles. Our Italian producers are certified with OEKO-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.

Our umbrellas are made of ecorepel® textiles. Its technology is environmentally friendly, water & dirt repellent and developed by Schoeller in Switzerland.

Our Merino knit collection is made of OEKO-TEX® certified Italian wool and produced in Germany.

Our cashmere goods are made of finest Mongolian cashmere, handwoven or knitted in Nepal and designed by Anna Meier. Produced in very limited editions, our products are made to last many winters, keep you warm and maybe become one of your favourite items. The yarns are dyed with Swiss dyes and biological dyeing auxiliaries. We advise you to use the products gently and sparingly – handle with care.

 

Ceramic:

Monique Meier and master ceramicist Justyna Piktel have been friends since 1990. 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:

We only use 925 sterling silver for our silver pieces and 9 karat gold for our gold pieces. Our manufactory complies 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.

 

Leather:

The small leather editions are handmade at the family-run artisanal workshop in a picturesque village in the Canton
of Valais, Switzerland. Like us, they care about where the raw materials come from and rely on transparent, socially and ecologically responsible value chains. The leather is vegetable-tanned and sourced in Northern Europe.

Care & Service

Handle our items with love and care.

For most of our textile items we advise dry cleaning.

Though in general the idea is to „wear more, wash less“.

Silks can be hung in a steamy bathroom; this will naturally iron them and help remove smells naturally.

Cotton household items such as napkins, placemats and kitchen towel can be washed at 30°C in a regular washing machine. It is important to not use any fabric softener as this will break up the fabric fibres and release the colour in the item and thus resulting in bleeding.

Our ceramics should be washed by hand if you want the 10k gold rim to stay as beautiful as possible. Some washing up liquids are very agressive and will erode the golden details.
If the gold details should get dull cleaning them with toothpaste can brighten them.

If bronze items should develop green rust they can be put in a bath of water mixed with white vinegar, this removes the green rust.

Jewellery items can easily be re-shined with the help of silver, gold or brass cleaning agents.

Our leather items naturally darken when exposed to the sun. This is due to the vegetable tanning which does not infuse any chemicals into the leather.

Wool clothes and scarves can be hanged outside on a foggy morning from time to time. The moisture enhances the wool's self-cleaning properties.

We take great pride in our service après-vente and try to maintain the longevity of all our products. Our After-Sales-Service includes mending, tailoring and adjusting wherever possible.

For more informations about the care of a specific item, please contact our store.