How it all started...
In August 2013, I made a decisive move: I started my own company.
My name is Thuy and I was born in Vietnam. I’ve spent most of my life in the Netherlands where I developed my passion for interior and product design. In my career as a creative buyer and product developer I traveled far and wide. By June 2010, my work eventually took me back to the country of my birth.
While traveling through the villages of Vietnam, I was introduced to traditional basket weavers. Impressed by the intricate and practical design of their work, I felt I had found what I had been looking for…but the purpose of my trip was not fulfilled. There was something more about these people and their work and my connection to this heritage—a dying heritage. This was not where I wanted the story to end.
And so, Colibries was born.
Colibries is committed to supporting makers: artisans, crafters, and producers. We partner with other small, creative businesses that engage in socially sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. We encourage consumers to actively choose the products they believe in.
We enjoy life, love the world we live in and want to ensure that other people and next generations have the quality of life that they deserve.
The three cornerstones that guide our business:
We want to create opportunities for the passionated and talented craft workers. We believe in where talents meet, beautiful products arise!
Professionally, we are committed to ethical sourcing and production, and quality products. We use washable paper material which is FSC certified and meets the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification; ensuring that the material is responsibly sourced and produced. It is also recognized as a vegan-friendly material and a feasible alternative to many leather-based products.
It’s not just our products which are sustainable. We also strive to work on processes that will reduce our impact on the environment. We are not radical in our choices but have a pragmatic approach. Our goal is to minimize that impact.
A beautiful product
The signs that our products are handmade cannot be hidden, and we don’t want them to be. Each product has its own unique characteristics which results from sophisticated effect achieved by special coloring technique. With each product that we offer you, we are sharing a story that has not often been told. With each telling, we hope our story can offer you a dose of inspiration and the spark of possibility.