Take 5 with... Cosmos Studio
WELCOME TO WOMB'S WEEKLY "TAKE 5 WITH..." SERIES. ROUGHLY ONCE A WEEK WE WILL FEATURE A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH A HK-BASED CONSCIOUS PERSONALITY.
This week we present to you: Jeffrey Man and Davy Chan from COSMOS STUDIO!
1. Tell us a bit about yourselves, where are you from, where did you study, and why did you choose to be based in Hong Kong (at least for now)?
J: My name is Jeffrey Man. I was born and bred in Hong Kong, and had met my life-long friend Davy in primary school. Escaping from HK's educational system, I went to the UK to further my studies and did Psychology - as I have always wondered what's going in peoples’ minds. After my studies, I came straight back to Davy to start something with him. For me, Hong Kong has always been home; my parents are both here and it seemed nice to stay with them after 6 years in another country.
D: I am Davy Chan, I was born and raised in Hong Kong. Although I studied Economics and Finance at the HKU, I was extremely enthusiastic about fashion and after getting to know more about how eco-unfriendly the fashion industry was, I became determined to start a sustainable fashion brand. Knowing how successful other sustainable fashion brands have been doing in the EU and US, Jeffrey and I have decided to start our brand Cosmos Studio in Hong Kong since we wanted to promote the concept of sustainable lifestyle in our hometown.
2. When and how did you come up with the idea for "COSMOS"? How and why did you decide to work with almost waterless dye?
We had been working on an online 2nd-hand luxury shop for about a year, and were contacted by the inventor of the dyeing technologies one day. Our visions clicked, and we concurred with the idea of building a brand that manufactures with the highest level of sustainability, basing on these revolutionary dyeing technologies. COSMOS stands for "Creation Of Styles Made Of Sustainable Practices" - this is what the brand lives up to as we continue to raise the bar in pursuing sustainable fashion.
3. What are your thoughts on pollution and waste in HK?
Over-consumption is a real issue in most developed countries. Combine this with a backward education and waste-treatment system, and you get the picture of pollution & waste in HK. There are a lot of people who care about the environment and who lead a green lifestyle in HK. Yet, it seems to us that the government is not doing a great job about prioritising and improving these problems.
4. What's your personal battle? How do you make your everyday life greener?
J: After watching “Cowspiracy”, I learnt about the environmental value of veganism and the problem of meat industry. As a meat-eater, sometimes I would think about the impact of the food I eat. On the other hand, I bring my own lunch to work nowadays. I would also bring a lunchbox if I'm going for takeaways.
D: To me, learning how to be considerate and to be a better self is a lifelong battle with myself, which is exactly the reason why I wanted to make my everyday life greener. Our studio/office is endorsing sustainable practices and we are always looking for even greener ways to make it better, for instance, the wrapping bags we use for factory deliveries are all recycled bags and we have just replaced most of our office consumables by more eco-friendly ones.
5. What’s next for COSMOS?
We are working on our next shirt collections which will be launched in September/October. We are also collaborating with some cool, like-minded local companies
such as a cap brand and a capsule hotel - on some crossover products which will be out soon.