Marle Drotsky
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  • Pretoria/Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • South Africa
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Profession / role:
Fashion Designer
Company / organisation: lifestyle
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About me / About business or organisation:
I am 25 year-old lover of Snickers Bars, red wine and pasta, martini's and sushi, with a penchant for costume movies and reality TV shows.
With a small obsession for coffee, cupcakes and The Beatles, I also love working and relaxing outside as often as I can.
My small eco-friendly label, aims to provide South African consumers with a fun, quirky & beautiful range of clothing, that shows one does not need to give up personal style to be more eco-conscious!

I have recently met with a South African NGO that might provide the opportunity for me to get involved in skills-training and development of young teens and the communities supporting them. My heart beats faster every time I think of this...!

I love South Africa and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work here and aim to make a difference, even though it is very difficult to source eco-friendly fabrics and trims (etc).

I hope to someday be able to grow my business into a lifestyle store, offering consumers a wide variety of eco-trendy lifestyle choices.
Career history / Company history: lifestyle was only officially registered at the beginning of 2009, however has been in existence since December 2007 and providing private clients with garments since July 2008.

The business was originally born out of a university project and grew into an opportunity the designer could not ignore.

The designer has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design and Technology, with the final year's field of specialization being organic cotton. Experience includes an internship with leading South African designer Marianne Fassler as well as participating as finalist in various design competitions in South Africa.

The label lifestyle has been growing as a custom-made garment business since 2008. With the small (yet growing) consumer market for green clothing, it has been struggling to get a Ready-to-Wear range onto the market, with finances and the availability of textiles being the major factors.

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At 4:17 on January 27, 2010, Praveen Varshnei said…
Let us introduce ourselves as an Indian company specializing in 100% Eco friendly handmade Green line Buttons,Toggals,Novelty Items,Handicrafts ,Bags Handles and costume jewelery.Our inspectors check every lot of buttons,handicrafts,gifts and costume jewelery ,buttons are made confirming to social accountability norms.

We do not use child labor.We maintain the quality in buttons, the quality in shipping,and the quality in communication and in all other aspects. Rest assured - you get THE BEST of the finest handmade buttons from India.Buffalo horn,bone,wooden,coconut shell,bamboo etc
Buttons are meant for mens and womens wear. We have catered almost all segments of garment right from just born babies to hi-fashion mens and womens garments ,we have all the infrastructure to cater your needs, we have dedicated staffs with in-depth knowledge of the Buttons business involving themselves right from raw material collection, making ,polishing and shipping.
Product:Clothing Buttons
Specification: Handmade by Artisans and all are green eco-friendly organic products
Material:Buffalo Horn,Cow Horn,Bone,Wood,coconut shell,Bamboo,Resin,Recycled Plastic etc
Size: 12mm on wards
Production:50000 pieces per month
MOQ:1000 pieces
Lead-time: 15 Days
Delivery: Fob N.Delhi
Payment:Advance through Bank Wire ,Western Union
Samples: Available

We offer buttons from US $ 00.08 per piece as opening price point. and the price are much more competitive anywhere else.
Each piece is unique and may vary in shape and look due to natural variations in the horn.
Besides updating our designs regularly, we also have the complete capability of making items in special designs as per your requirements.

Hope to have an opportunity to work with you.

Thanking you in the mean time.

Praveen Varshnei
Skype: buttonsnatural
At 17:12 on January 17, 2010, Janine Johnston said…
hello marle. you might just be interested in the Eco Design Initiative 2010. have a look at for more info. keep up the good work: the baby range looks great!
kind regards, janine
At 15:22 on July 13, 2009, jacqueline said…
thanks marie!!
At 11:23 on July 9, 2009, jacqueline said…
hey Marie...that is a sshame....i guess there is a lot going on in the world behind the scenes that affects the good work desired to be done....

i am actually based in london UK but planning next easter to take quite a few trips to africa mostly east and west working with factories and getting things in place for business. I'd love to visit south africa and sure i will over the next few years
At 9:10 on July 6, 2009, Kate Louise Hutchinson said…
Hello. Welcome to the Africa group! Please feel free to invite more members to join :)
At 21:46 on July 5, 2009, jacqueline said…
hey marie

what happened with the NGO you found?? i am presently seekin one myself.
At 10:51 on July 2, 2009, Kate Louise Hutchinson said…
Hi Marle,

I've noticed that you're planning to get involved with skills training in South Africa and would therefore like to invite you to join the Africa group. I'm the group administrator and am sure you will find some useful information in the group. I'll contact you with relevant info and inform you of up-coming events. I look forward to seeing you in the group :)
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At 10:39 on April 24, 2009, David McGill said…
Hello Marle, Im pleased to hear you love South Africa. Theres much to love and I like to hear people expressing pride in their heritage and potential.

I have something that will almost certainly interest you and which is to be used for the betterment of South Africa. If you look at the pics on my profile you will see a young woman modelling the first garment ever made in the South African tartan. The design incorporates the colours in the flag of South Africa. I produce 20 + accessories and gifts in the tartan as well as sheets of wrapping paper overprinted 'proudly South African'.

Not only is this the most eco-friendly of textiles but a percentage of the profits of sales from all cloth products + 1US$ from each sheet of paper must be donated to humanitarian or business start-up projects in South Africa.

Im already supporting two projects in the Cape Town area and work with craftworkers in World Women Trade Fair. I am now looking at producing the design in fairtrade certified organic cotton and a range of gift/carrier bags

If you are interested please give me an e-mail address and I'll send you more information.

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