Ren Yung Ho of MATTER::
Ren is passionate about collaborations, co-creation and building enabling platforms. For the last 5 years, she has been at the forefront of building and scaling organizations at the intersection of creativity and opportunity, championing the creative industry through co-founding collaborative workspace Kennel and the Singapore chapter of global network Creative Mornings.
A creative connector across industries, Ren believes that cross-pollination and collaboration is the key to progress. Endlessly curious and extremely motivated, she believes in learning something from everyone and has an empathic and development focused leadership style.
Her current focus is as co-founder for MATTER :: a socially motivated business that focuses on bridging the gap for artisans in Asia. In its first year, MATTER focused on building its hybrid production prototype model in India and generated over 520 days of artisan employment in 3 heritage techniques, launching its 1000th pant in the beginning of 2015.
Necklace (a gift, an amulet talisman of glass and metal)
Cuff (purchased beachside in Goa, made of brass; "the best finds are always unexpected")
Sequin Top (purchased in Brooklyn, NY at Artists and Fleas, vintage find; "my favorite type of shopping")
Pants (by MATTER, Leharia Charcoal, Silk/cotton blend handprinted in Jaipur and stitched in Delhi)
Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.