Madmatter

Western Cloth, Eastern Style

With more than 10 million tonnes of clothes thrown away every year due to fast fashion, Madmatter decided that something needed to be done. The Bangkok-based brand takes clothes from the West that are destined for landfill and transforms them into unique everyday accessories with a clean, slick and minimal design.

When you choose to buy your accessories from Madmatter, you are giving a new lease of life to clothing that was originally being sent to the trash heap despite its good condition with plenty of wear left.

Industrial design graduates Tanisara “Jazz” Poenateetai and Patanin “Tap” Neamkitcharoenlap were always interested in second-hand clothes. It was on one of their regular pre-loved shopping trips in their native Thailand that the friends started to wonder just why there were so many second-hand clothing sources.

They discovered that developed countries were giving their clothes away to South-East Asian communities but there was one issue; the thick material common in Western clothing just didn’t fit with the realities of the Eastern tropical climate.

The Vision

With a vision to keep the material’s identity alive but adapt products for a hotter climate, Madmatter was launched in October 2015. The name comes from a typically quirky inspiration: “We are mad people who bring rubbish back to create a product – the matter.” They started with a collection of caps and expanded to offer tote bags, card cases and more.

Madmatter reminds us to embrace to our own uniqueness. In the spirit of our inter-connected sustainable world, we at One Good Thing will be supporting cancer sufferers through Dubai-based organisation Blessed(together) for every purchase that you make with Madmatter.

The Impact – A New Collaboration

In our first collaboration of this kind, as well as supporting the upcycling project in Thailand, buyers of Madmatter products will also be helping cancer patients in the UAE through the work of social enterprise, Blessed(together). An organisation working hard to help under-supported people dealing with this disease while far away from family and friends.

Many people suffering from cancer in the UAE are unable to easily access treatment due to lack of funds or inadequate insurance. We were shocked to learn that many people miss vital chemotherapy sessions because they cannot afford the transport to and from hospital, a situation which obviously has very serious implications for their treatment and recovery. Having learnt about the circumstances that so many people are facing, we wanted to help.  That’s why, for every Madmatter item bought, One Good Thing will fund that all important trip to hospital for someone who needs it.

The Attitude

Every purchase that you make brings us one step closer to providing every single person with access to the treatment that they need. In the words of Blessed(together), “style is more than what you wear; it’s also about attitude. The attitude we like the best is an attitude of gratitude.” Together with Madmatter, we can take this attitude to enjoy luxury products that support a truly game changing social enterprise.

  • all 3 variants of Madmatter ethically made 5 patch cap on white background

    Madmatter 5 Patch Cap

    195 AED

    Whenever you wear this  cap you can feel safe in the knowledge that no-one else will ever have the same one. The process of contraction means that each piece is unique. The caps are made from high quality suit material that has been rescued, cut down and reformed into these amazing caps. Each has a distinctive but very understated zigzag motif on the front panel. The 5 patch style will suit pretty much any head and comes in three different colour variations; Black, Blue and Grey. It might be a step too far to wear it with an actual suit but there’s no harm in trying.

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  • Madmatter ethically made Friday toteMadmatter ethically made Friday tote bag on yellow background

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Friday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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  • ethically made up cycled Madmatter tote bagMadmatter ethically made Monday tote bag on a table with orange background

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Monday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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  • Madmatter ethically made Saturday tote bag

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Saturday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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  • Madmatter ethically made Sunday tote bag

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Sunday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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  • Madmatter ethically made Thursday tote bagMadmatter upcycled Thursday tote bag against background

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Thursday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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  • Madmatter ethical made Tuesday toteMadmatter ethically made Tuesday tote with styled background

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Tuesday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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  • Madmatter ethical tote bag Wednesday

    Madmatter Tote Bag – Wednesday

    195 AED

    Using the highest quality recycled fabrics, Madmatter create these fantastic and versatile tote bags. Inspired by the Thai tradition of wearing a specific colour on each day of the week to bring good luck, there are 7 variations of this bag to make sure you step out into the world with the best chance of having a great day. Using a range of light yet sturdy rescued fabrics, these totes will easily handle all your daily essentials more room to spare for anything you need to pick up on the way. Measuring 40cm tall by 39 cm wide and with an extra pocket on the inside, this tote will soon become your reliable companion.

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