The word ‘Kapdaa’ means ‘Cloth’ in Hindi. (Phonetically pronounced as Cup-pa-daah – try twisting your tongue a bit on the ‘D’, it’s fun try it!)
It was at my Mum’s studio that I saw fabrics being cut, stitched and put together to create designer garments. Over time I noticed a lot of excess fabric being left over and going unused. Seeing this I thought to myself, “It would be such a shame, if these beautiful fabrics with such lovely designs went to waste”.
I liked to call them ‘Offcuts’ and being the curious child that I was, and still am, I knew there was something that could and should be done after seeing the increasing amount of waste being added to the environment by the fabric industry.
The Offcut Notebooks
‘One of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there’ – Steve Jobs
Like any good idea, it was simple but not simply found. The light bulb moment finally happened when we created our first set of bespoke notebooks covered by designer fabric offcuts. They looked beautiful, elegant and niche. A piece of the designer, that was now made as a matching souvenir, in what better form than a notebook. To be able to write down thoughts, doodle ideas and be creative gave me the chance to inspire an array of people to be fashionable whilst making a sustainable statement.
The Sustainable Endeavour
With a big Chaplin ‘esque’ smile on my face, fresh out of University of Arts London, I decided to move to my favourite town Kingston-Upon-Thames and started Kapdaa – The Offcut Company. My Offcut Team – found in a variety of different shapes and sizes – have been able to get a whole new world of mills, textiles and interior designers, and even pram and shoe makers to be intrigued by our concept. They have successfully reached out to an array of brands, to sit up and have a dialogue about their sustainable actions by creating a range of fashionable stationery, simply out of their exquisite offcuts.
Today we take pride in these brands, now our prestigious clients, who are finding innovative ways of reusing their materials by supporting our endeavour and becoming a part of the growing sustainable community. Here are a few examples….