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Meet Our LABEL Team From India!

Posted on April 23 2018

This Fashion Revolution week, we're focusing on our vision to make the fashion industry more sustainable. With our LABEL range being created entirely from recycled materials and to get the conversation on eco-friendly fashion started, we're talking to the talented ladies behind our remixed LABEL collection in India about their role in the company, their ideas of sustainability within the field and what they get up to in their free time.
 

Padmini Venugopal - Raw Material Manager 

Beyond Retro In India
Hey Padmini! How long have you been working at Beyond Retro?
I have been working in Beyond Retro since 2014! 
What is your role and what does it entail?
My role in the company is to procure raw material for our production process. I'm guided by the UK and Canadian teams on what exactly they need and my team of 17 have the task of then meeting these requirements. 
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I add life to every garment that's made in Beyond Retro. Since it's a rework of existing garments and accessories, we are able to be innovative in every product we make. We explore ways on how to create things that the customer would love. The ability to think innovatively each day is the best bit about my work.  
Why do you think sustainability is important in the fashion industry?
Sustainability is definitely important in the fashion industry because as citizens of Earth we need to protect the environment for future generations. We are responsible for every bit of damage inflicted on the atmosphere, environment and nature. It's high time that we raise our hands and do our bit to help every day. 
What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of work, I like cooking, playing badminton and reading books. 
 

Deepali Gajra - Fashion Designer

Beyond Retro Fashion Designer
Hi Deepali! How long have you been working at Beyond Retro?
I've been working for Bank & Vogue (our parent company) for three years! 
What is your role and what does it entail?
As a designer, my work begins by contacting the London design team where we discuss upcoming design ideas and clothing trends. After receiving the final designs, I get to work sourcing relevant hardware and trims for the upcoming clothing and accessories. 
My main role on the factory floor is sampling, where I explain the design to sample cutters and tailors and describe how they're going to be used. After we finish the sample, we send photos and examples back to London to get them approved. Once the sample is given the go-ahead, I check all spec sheets and trims to make sure everything is ready for production and iron out any problems. 
What do you enjoy most about your work?
This is my favourite question!
So in my work I really enjoy making new design samples, it's always fun to make a new sample and see what it looks like after completion. I also love when the London team comes over to work together on new season designs. 
Why do you think sustainability is important in the fashion industry?
The fashion industry is the second most pollutant industry in the world. Sustainable and eco-fashion is a part of the growing philosophy of sustainability where the goal is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. 
What are your interests outside of work?
I like listening to music, travelling and adventurous hobbies like camping, tracking and hiking. But mostly I like shopping ;) 
 

 

Nithya Mukandan - E-commerce Manager

Beyond Retro Website
Hello Nithya! How long have you been working at Beyond Retro?
I've officially completed 5 years as of this April! 
What is your role and what does it entail?
I manage the online production of Beyond Retro, making sure supply meets demand. 
What do you enjoy most about your work?
That the whole team works together to make stuff happen. We all support each other to offer creative feedback and make our ideas a reality.
I love the challenge of coming in every day and solving the problem of creating more traffic to the website from around the world. Each day is different and a constant adventure, I just love my job and my team! 
Why do you think sustainability is important in the fashion industry?
Sustainable clothing is really important. There are many elements that go into producing clothing: the fabric materials, the type of dyes, the amount of pollution, the transportation of the products, the factory employees, the amount of water used, etc. 
Sustainably made clothing is produced by finding ways to make all of these elements less harmful to the planet we live in. For example, using organic cotton over plastics like polyester can be a more sustainable way to save the environment from toxic elements.
What are your interests outside of work?
Travelling all around the globe! 
It helps me connect with new people, which helps improve my interpersonal skills. Meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds helps you connect. This acquired skill is useful when working with global distribution. And after a full year of work projects, it's like a much-needed dose of oxygen. 
Discover our treasure trove of sustainably LABEL goodies and uncover the gems that our talented team have been working on.