Tell us a little about the origins of Nine Yaks.
Nine Yaks is a Melbourne-based social enterprise dealing with handcrafted products made from natural raw materials, sourced from a range of different countries. We encourage ethical trade practices, whilst also giving back 10% of our profits to the communities we source from. This ensures a balanced world of business and community.
The business began as a result of Sreeju’s passion for business as well as Megan’s passion for community development. This further developed into Nine Yaks. We have a vision of involving community development within the development of our own business. This involves artisans, designers, retailers as well as efficiently-run charities.
We believe that doing good is good for business. We are socially conscious and want to impact positively on those that we work with and for. Nine Yaks is a small, yet growing firm but we do understand the impact we can have on the wider world.
We are focused on sustainability, community and empowerment, concentrating on providing high quality, environmentally sustainable products.
Describe your creative process.
As we work with designers in other countries, particularly developing communities, the creative process covers both Australian and international perspectives where one of the most important things to be aware of is being able to identify unique and contemporary designs that will fit within our markets.
Our creativity is considerably prominent in developing new systems where local artisans are able to utilise and improve their skills as well as reinvesting within the communities we work within through social development. For example, we are currently contributing part of our profits to a community-based rural health centre in Nepal, the Bhumethan Community Health Centre, which is how we began our journey.
What inspires you the most?
There are a number of different ways that we are inspired as we continue our journey. We are inspired by the people we work with, by the textures and designs of our products, by the impact that we can have on the communities we work in as well as the sustainability of our work.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
We are inspired by a wide range of international designers but cannot put it down to a list – the people we work with everyday are designing and creating new products and it is to them that we look up to. We are always looking for ways to grow our business, and as a result, are looking for new and aspiring designers to work with. We can always be approached for a conversation!
What are your ultimate dreams for Nine Yaks?
We are a relatively new business and our goals are set high! At Nine Yaks we want to grow to the point where we are working with a range of different countries throughout the world, whilst being able to support the smaller communities of designers and artisans, providing a creative outlet for those who want to design sustainable, ecologically friendly products.
What will will we find from Nine Yaks at our April Bend and Snap Market?
We will be bringing along a smorgasbord of natural products just in time for the winter cool! Yak wool blankets, cashmere, ponchos, Tibetan blankets, yak wool shawls and more!!
So enjoy a fossick about the sustainable sweetness from NINE YAKS and be sure to drape yourself with the delicate pieces by AGNES & I, sniff out the aromatic amazement by CANDLE AROMAS, cosy up with the creature comforts from THE CREATURE WORKSHOP, get dreamy with DREAMING CO, wonderful wares from EELAV MCBEE CRAFT, amazing jewellery by FLEUR DESIGNS, binge on the sweet treats from GINGER GOLD, statement pieces from JUX, get dandier than a dandelion with JACK’S CALLING, cover yourself in HENNA courtesy of the talented KAJAL, decorate cupcakes with sprinkles, sparkles, flowers and fancies with MISS ETIQUETTE, lather up amongst MY GOAT SOAP, soak up a dreamy daze with PIXIE DAYS, handmade furnishings PRECIOUS LITTLE SAKURA, run wild with RUN WILD HORSES, shine bright like a diamond with SEBO-HANDMADE JEWELLERY, search through the treasures from SEMICOLON, interactive doodling fun with THE SCRIBBLE PROJECT with THE SCRIBBLE PROJECT TATTOO PARLOUR and journey through time and space with WHERE ARE MY STARS? and other delish delights at our upcoming market date at 1000 £ Bend on Sunday 28th April 11:00pm to 4:00pm at 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city. Insta lovers should follow us on Instagram @bendandsnapmarket . And any keen bean stall holders wanting to get amongst our beautiful bonanza of delights on Sunday 28th April apply here. Much fun to be had!!!