Cool looking modern-day streetwear without joining the fast fashion industry. Nina Angkotta decided to follow her dream and create fashionable tees while focussing on collectivism and a cleaner planet. Find out what her story is and how the Moluccan community inspired her to start Unified Nature.
Tell us more about you & Unified Nature.
Nice to meet you! I am Nina, owner of Unified Nature. Individualism is strongly present in the West, while you can only achieve great (er) things in life by working together & joining forces. This is something I grew up with, collectivism within the Moluccan culture & community. My Moluccan identity has made me realize that I want to do more for my environment and encourage others to join me.
What inspired you to start Unified Nature?
Fashion has always been a passion of mine, at one point I thought, I’m just going to do this. I believe there is more than the current ‘fast fashion’. The power of the community really has the potential to bring change into this world, no matter how big or small. After all, consumers are the ones who make purchases and encourage fast fashion brands to produce more. Unified Nature’s mission is to create ‘movement 4 the future’. This is why the brand focuses on creating sustainable clothing & accessories, without compromising on your sense of style.
In what way does Unified Nature contribute to a better planet?
The “First Generation Collection” consists of 3 t-shirt designs, in two colors, and are produced in a limited edition. Incidentally, all collections are produced in small batches. They are made of 100% organic cotton, certified with the “Global Organic Textile Standard”. This means much less water & energy is used compared to traditional cotton, and no pesticides. In addition, a tree is planted with every order.
What are you most proud of?
What I am most proud of is the steps we have taken in recent times to keep ourselves from being put off by COVID-19, and to stay positive about whatever. We have been launched this year, and we have already been delayed etc. But that’s okay! We Just kept going and taking steps.
Do you have any advice or tips for young entrepeneurs who want to start a (sustainable) brand?
That brings me to my advice to young entrepreneurs (of which I still am one) Go for your dream for 200% and have patience. As long as you put in enough time and do it with pleasure, you can achieve anything you want, I really believe in that. And, do not compromise on the quality of products or services, because in the end you will get more from returning, loyal customers than one-day flies. www.unifiednature.com
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