Meet the founder
From bank employee to Organic and Fair apparel designer!
Who said that one should have just one life in one’s life?
Certainly not me! By the way, I’m Nicolas the founder of Origamo, the Organic and Fair menswear brand.
In 2015 I accompanied my wife to the United-States and took a radically new turn from my previous life as a bank employee, toward a more ambitious project … following the dream of building my very own cool company.
I knew that I wanted to build something for the new millennium, able to expand as a successful venture while strictly adhering to a set of founding positive values like Respect for the People and Care for the Environment.
As often in life, I took the step from a dreamed idea to a concrete project as elements of my personal history collided with some new life events.
The Organic touch comes from my youth in France, where I grew up in a region of intensive grain farming. Because of the pesticides spread in the fields surrounding my family’s house, we never could drink the tap water at home. In the summer we frequently could not go swimming in the village’s nearby river, the “Eure”, since the chemical concentration in the water was too high.
I am keenly aware that I was among the lucky ones, since my family could afford to buy bottled water, and the biggest hardship for me was sweating a a bit more in the warm French summer when swimming was unhealthy.
However, I recognized very early onthat intensive use of fertilizers and pesticides can have a real impact on people’s lives. As a result, todayI am a fan and a strong believer in the Organic economy, and I really wanted to have my company promoting this type of activity.
The fair clothing aspect is more tied to life situations. First I was very annoyed that the apparel industry, including potentially my own garments, was regularly called out for its lack of transparency and for its poor labor and environmental practices. I am also completely against the race to the bottom triggered by the “fast fashion” labels, which prioritize collection rotation speed over everything else, including product quality.
The final motivation for my venture came as I looked for clothing for myself, and realized that when searching for clothing brands with values, I was very limited in terms of selection and quality.
I decided to fill that gap, to create the menswear label that I was looking for myself,
… Et voila! An Origamo was born.