When the dream comes true...
I’m French, I’m 25 years old, I arrived in Cambodia 3 years ago to complete my studies in social entrepreneurship and I quickly succumbed to the charm of this Southeast Asian country! BUMI stems from my passion for the Phnom Penh fabric markets: the lace, the linen, the cotton, the suedette, the surprising materials, the extravagant colours and all sorts of motifs.
In these markets I’m like a little girl in a sweet shop, I want everything!
In order to let the ideas flow out of my head and to do something with all the fabric which is piling up at home, I learned to sew and little by little, the first prototypes were born. Then came an idea for a project which took over my initial plan.
A mix of culture, inspirations and... people.
With BUMI I wish to share my passion and to awaken the senses, which I can feel when surrounded by huge rolls of fabric and whilst assembling materials, colours and motifs. Each piece of fabric is carefully chosen and created with an idea running through my head and with heart. The history of your bag starts in the middle of a market. It is also very important for me to support this country in which I like to live - my partners are selected with care in order to respect the values which I would like to channel through my products. You’re not just carrying a bag, through BUMI you also support the social values highlighted by local producers. BUMI is a mix of culture, inspiration and especially people!
We support. By nature.
CLAYCULT | For the ethical detail.
Claycult is a social entreprise who co-designed ceramic buttons with us. This company based in Siem Reap provides job and teaching ceramics to Cambodians who have difficult living conditions. Their objective : allow more people around the country to benefit from the training and the good work conditions they offer.
ECOLE DU BOIS | For a responsible branding.
The logo is branded on small wooden labels which were designed especially for BUMI by l’École du Bois. It is a carpentry school located in Kampong Speu, in the Cambodian countryside and its aim is to provide professional training to young people who don’t have access to education.
TATA "GRANNY". The Angel's hands
In Cambodia, we don’t call people by their first names, we do so according to their age and how close we are to them – this is a form of respect. We instead use “brother, sister, granny, grandpa”. I have known Tata since I arrived in Phnom Penh and she has always made all my clothes. It was therefore obvious that she would embark on this project with me! She lives a few kilometres away from central Phnom Penh and since a motorbike accident she had last year, she has been stuck at home with no job. BUMI has allowed her to start working again from home. The more we work together, the more she is able to understand my drawings, my prototypes and my ideas – this is not an easy thing to do! As you can see, Tata is a lot more than just my seamstress!