AIZOME creates healthy, plant-based textiles rooted in Omoiyari – the Japanese concept of honoring one’s relationship to all things.
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At AIZOME, we no longer strive to be ‘sustainable’.
Instead, our vision to create purely plant-based fabrics of exceptional quality is rooted in Omoiyari – the Japanese concept of honoring our relationship to all things.
Omoiyari - 思いやり- consideration; to anticipate the needs of others with empathy and thoughtful awareness.
Omoiyari anchors our decision-making in intentionality, as humans and as a business.
At AIZOME, we nurture a radical belief in possibility, rooted in respect for tradition, nature, and one another.
Our mission to create healthy, plant-based textiles began as an act of love.
When the mother of our co-founder, Michel, was diagnosed with cancer, treatments caused her skin to become extremely sensitive. As she spent more and more time in bed, unrelenting skin irritation led to tremendous discomfort. A doctor explained that the source of her irritation was likely the dark, synthetic dye in her bed sheets; her weakened immune system could no longer protect her skin from the harsh chemicals embedded in the fibers. Switching her sheets to undyed textile significantly decreased her skin irritation, offering her a bit more comfort along her journey with terminal illness.
Michel was struck by the impact textile had upon his mother’s quality of life. Driven to learn more, he and his partner (and AIZOME co-founder) Misa began to ask questions, but pulling at the metaphorical threads of the textile industry revealed an alarming lack of transparency that hid substantial environmental and human harm.