Who are you and what do you do?
We are Daphne & Hilde founders of TIMI, or as we say it: ‘Tie me’. We sell Amsterdam design scarves, made by women in the Himalaya’s. These timeless and extra large scarves have a warm and soft texture that embraces your skin and is suitable for all seasons.
What’s your drive/motivation/passion?
TIMI stands for ‘This Is My Independence’. We want to create an independent future for women around the globe. Strong women make the world more beautiful. By wearing a TIMI scarf, you support a Women Empowerment Project, where women get the opportunity to work on an independent future.
Why do you think sustainability is so important?
Independence and freedom should be a basic right for everybody. Women deserve fair and equal working conditions and opportunities for education and work.
What made you take control and produce conscious wear yourself?
When we were traveling around Asia in 2008 we experienced a huge contrast between East and West, men and women, rich and poor. When our paths first crossed on a beach in Cambodia we couldn’t stop speaking about these differences and inequalities in the world. Back home we decided to walk the talk, first by establishing Namaste Foundation that runs a Women Empowerment Project for women in Nepal. During the many visits to Nepal, we got hooked to the warm and soft scarves from the Himalaya. At home, they accompanied us to business meetings, on the couch, to the park and in the winter cold.
It didn’t take long before friends and family got addicted to these scarves as well. And that’s when we decided to make our own design in unique colours, finished by the women in the Women Empowerment Project in Nepal. A webshop was born (www.timi-shop.com) and TIMI now wins the hearts of many women around the globe.
What’s your inspiration? Do you have someone you look up to?
Be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi
What are your goals?
We want to help create independence for women around the globe. For now, we focus on selling enough shawls for a self-sustainable Women Empowerment Project. In the near future, our aim is to expand our products, projects and countries.
Many people think sustainable fashion is very expensive, what do you think about this?
Isn’t the real price of fast fashion much higher? Considering violation of human rights and the environment.
Many people still buy too many clothes and find it hard to buy more conscious. Can you give them any advice to help them out a little?
Less is more.