Kalinko, an interiors brand selling handmade homewares from Burma, has teamed up with Trouva, a platform that finds carefully selected pieces for you and your home from independent boutiques in stylish neighbourhoods across the world. For their third exclusive Trouva x Kalinko collection they have chosen aquamarine, sapphire and ruby as the rich, exuberant colourways. The handwoven rattan seen on the ice buckets is a nod towards the Kalinko aesthetic, set up by founder, Sophie Garnier in 2014, having visited Burma and fallen in love with its vibrant, hectic and beautiful cities. Let’s find out a little more…
Can you tell us a little more about this upcoming collaboration?
Trouva has a very similar ethos to us: connecting smaller boutiques to customers who may not know about them, or know how to access them. This is exactly what we do at Kalinko with our makers and products. There will be just 20 of our bestselling ice buckets available in each of the three limited edition colours and we’re expecting them to sell fast!
How did Kalinko first come about?
Having moved to Yangon, which is the old capital of Burma, to focus on Kalinko we were travelling to every corner of the country at weekends by plane, train or motorbikes. Our flat got a little fuller and friends started to ask about the crafted pieces popping up. It quickly became clear that it wasn’t just us that thought they were wonderful. So our plan: connect these makers from tiny villages with the people who will love their wares on the other side of the world.
Why is the ethos of the ethically-made and hand-crafted important to you?
It makes it so human. We sell products, but we’re really a business about people. At one end, it’s about how people feel when they make the products: proud of their heritage and talent. At the other end, how people feel when they receive our products, when they use them every day, look at them performing their function so beautifully and usefully. Also knowing where it came from and how it was made.
Is there anything upcoming that you can tell us about?
We do have a very exciting collaboration with a well-known face from Instagram, it’s been a long time coming with several pandemic and coup hold-ups but it’s beautiful and we cannot wait to shout about it. Watch this space…
Sign up to buy the exclusive Trouva x Kalinko ice bucket here – available to buy from the 29 October.