GWITHIAN

ethics

supporting handmade, local, sustainable companies so that the makers of this world may thrive

we all live very different lives, and do our own part to take care of our environment. one of the basics that i work from are to encourage small businesses operating as consciously as they can to raise issues such as sweatshop labour, poverty, water usage, plastics and waste and create a counter revolution to end all of these things.

 

choosing to shop from your local maker instead of a high street store has so many beneficial affects on them and the community around them. eating food grown in your home county instead of importing it in, really does make a difference.  

i have lived on and off the road for four years and i am sure that this is how i want to spend my life, as i believe that for me, it's the best and most sustainable way of living. i can use rainwater and fire to apply the dyes, solar to power my lighting and all important sound system. photo on the right here shows one of the many shops i've set up beside my van.

however of course things change and evolve and what is perfect one year can turn out to be completely impractical the next year. over the last 6 months i've been living and working from a house with my family during the pandemic which has been a lesson in many ways. my next step is to build an off grid community in england supported by my business.

hemp & eco fabrics

a hemp revolution is starting and i'm proud to be part of it.

 

the rate at which we consume unethical materials such as (non-organic) cotton and polymer based fabrics is astounding, especially when environmentally friendly replacements are available.

 

choosing organic clothing severely reduces the use of water and pesticides. going a step further and choosing fibres such as organic hemp and bamboo also means you're decreasing the amount of land needed to grow the plants, enriching the soil in these areas and improving the eco systems that the crops grow in. not only that, but you're picking a fabric which will be much kinder on your skin, will last longer and help to regulate your body temperature.

 

i encourage you all to go away and do your own research on hemp and bamboo and their use in fabrics and all other industries. don't just take my word for it, because lots of awesome people are doing some great work in this field.

 

 

process

taking simple, natural materials to create contemporary adventure apparel using earthy colour tones and hand printed designs,each product has its own story and not one is the same due to the minimalistic production process involved - handmade print screens and just one girl and her sewing machine.

there is a raw authenticity in each product, so the you can feel how much time, care and precision has been put into each one. all fabrics, components and techniques are in the interest of comfort, flexibility and keeping the body both warm and cool.

the house of bean aims not to categorise by age, gender or size, but to provide clothing that makes anyone feel they can explore any mountain, ocean, forest or city in practical and appealing garments. all whilst leaving a small a mark on the earth as possible.

who's bean?
bean is me! i am bean

descended from a strong spanish bloodline and raised in england, born with a wild desire to explore and create things inspired from a multitude of adventures.

 

i am the one that started out writing all of this crap, making all the prints, dyeing all the fabric, writing every address, staying up late all night making parcels, ruining friends showers with indigo dye and living in a van. 

however things have been changing dramatically for me recently and i'm lucky enough to employ other people in their expertise of natural dye and print who can not only help my business but i am able to offer to them a job within the craft they love

for the most part though everything is still just me, bean, a girl inspired and in love with the places i go and the things i learn.

unsuprisingly, bean is not my real name, that came about from my family calling me the human bean when i came into the world, the choice of 'house of bean' came from my sister when i first had the idea as a kid, so i have her to thank for name really.