Repurpose Kite to Bag
Our goal is to create a second chance for both people and materials, we provide a safe and dignifying working space, paying respectful living wages and saving as many materials as we can from landfills.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Zurich, Switzerland with a chance encounter that would birth the idea to provide survivors of prostitution and human trafficking with a safe and rehabilitating workspace. With the help of our good friend, Rebekka Federer, who conceived the idea to repurpose kite surfing sails into upcycled bags, founders Tabea and Matthias Oppliger turned it into a thriving social business.
Meet the people behind the brand
Born in Papua New Guinea, Tabea & Matthias Oppliger, where their love for nature, water sports, and a sense of community, flourished from an early age. After returning to Switzerland and starting their family, a chance encounter on the street of Zurich, made them start reaching out to the women & men within the prostitution world. “We don’t need pity, we need jobs!” was a common sentence reoccurring in conversation. Realizing that a safe working environment, a respectful living wage, and a second chance are almost impossible for survivors, they decided to build a social business that will provide a safe and respectful working environment, combined with their love for kitesurfing. Our studio, employing up to 15 survivors of prostitution and human trafficking, who now make beautiful one-of-a-kind upcycled bags.