Design and Orders
The full creation and design process is done in-house, at the Lamali office in Paris. Several times a year our new collections are imagined and drawn by our team.
Our Parisian team is working on special requests, from product customization to the creation of an exclusive paper or pattern, or large scale production needs.
For over twenty years we have forged strong relationships with several partners in Nepal and India. These suppliers are responsible for the production of all our collections – from paper to felt products or even textiles – and are our allies in the new directions we chose for our company.
A Professional Partnership
Organization, revenue, working hours, women’s employment, labor and environmental protection are at the heart of an ongoing effort to improve the working environment of our different teams.
In Nepal this effort is pushed further, with the creation of a retirement plan for the employees, a medical coverage for them and their family, and a schooling system for their children.
Furthermore this effort is directed towards production itself, and has helped our Nepalese suppliers obtain international certifications:
- ISO 9001:2000, guaranteeing that the products are constantly in line with customer demands andcurrent regulation, while assuring a continual upgrading of the quality of products;
- ISO 14001:2004, measuring and bettering the environmental impact of operations, such as our implementation of a recycling system for used water in our Nepalese workshop.
Our Nepalese partners are also part of the very few companies in Nepal that have been able to obtain the Fair Trade Certification. Hence, they are members of the Fair Trade Group Nepal, whose main goal is to promote fair trade practices in Nepal.
Furthermore, the NGO Conserve India, our Indian partner, has integrated the principles of Fair Trade practices in its activities. By guaranteeing employment and a decent salary to the residents of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of New Delhi, and through employee training, the organization encourages upward mobility of its employees in the labor force. Conserve India also supports schools in these neighborhoods, to comply with the long-term aspect of their values. This partnership has led to the creation of our collections Indian Truck and Paris-Delhi, a variety of products made from recycled tires and plastic bags.
To learn more about Conserve India, we invite you to visit their website.
An ethical engagement
Since its foundation in 1993, Lamali has engaged itself to promote the education of children in Nepal, in parallel to its commercial activities.
This engagement is two-fold: on one hand it works towards encouraging the education of our partners’ employees’ children, on the other hand our engagement has resulted in a more specific project directed towards the children of the Humla region.
1- An engagement towards our suppliers
The child schooling project financed by Lamali has succeeded in providing an allowance to all the parent- employees of our Nepalese partners. The durability of this project is assured through the long-term objective that holds the project together since its inauguration in 2000. Since then, over 75 children have benefitted from the schooling allowances every year. The amount granted is estimated using justifications supplied by the parents and is open to all employees. The measure covers schooling costs until the last year of middle school and for two children per parent. Our goal is to facilitate the access of these children to a higher level of schooling and a better quality of education by helping them through their early years. This is a successful measure since it not only encourages education among Nepalese youth, but also raises awareness among parents about importance of education.
2- An engagement towards the children of the Humla Valley
This engagement far precedes the creation of the company Lamali, as it is tied to David Friendlander’s experience in Nepal since the 1980’s. He has built strong ties with the Humla region, supporting Kunga Tsering since the beginning in his effort to improve the living conditions in the region.
Today, Lamali’s engagement in the community is primarily directed towards the Himalayan Children’s Society. This Non-Profit organization was founded in 1998 with the promise of Lamali’s long-term financial support. With Kunga Tsering as director since its foundation, the HCS is exclusively managed by locals.
The Himalayan Children’s Society’s mission is to welcome the children the of the Humla region, offering them housing and quality education in a comfortable and safe setting. This educational mission puts community ties at the heart of the project, reinforcing the children’s sense of belonging to their original communities through culture and language (Tibetan).
To learn more about the Himalayan Children’s Society, visit their facebook page.
- The Himalayan Children’s Society – Kathmandu is the first branch of the organization.
In response to the political unrest suffered by the inhabitants of the Humla region resulting in the closure of all the schools, HCS - Kathmandu was created in 2003 offering schooling and housing to six humli girls for its first year. Its potential of twenty students was soon reached. However, when the political situation improved, twelve of the youngest girls were sent back to their area of origin to study in the newly created HCS-Yalbang, closer to their family. Today, nine children are living and learning under the responsibility and hospitality of the Kathmandu house.
- The Himalayan Children’s Society – Humla, in the Yalbang Village
Since 2006, the political situation has improved in Nepal, allowing us to realize a project long hoped for ; the creation of a child hostel in Humla. The Humla hostel was built near Yalbang, the village that hosts the public school for the region. The idea was to offer free room and board to the children attending the public school, allowing them to be close to their school and thus guarantee a regular attendance. This hostel was created with the goal of encouraging parents to send their children to school.
In addition to our direct involvement in the Himalayan Children Society, ISIS Nepal, Karuna Foundation, Nepal School Project and many others have helped make this project a reality. Today the hostel offers room and board to 233 children every year, and supports 100 more in their education. HCS is an ongoing project, with new paths and ideas created regularly with the help of its different partners. New hostels are in the process of being built in other remote areas of the region. Furthermore, to the great joy of all the members of the association, the first two girls having completed all of their studies at the Yalbang hostel recently succeeded in passing their final exam with honors.
Furthering our engagement in the Humla region, we have opened a hostel to accommodate trekkers and pilgrims on their way to Mount Kailash, the sacred mountain. We have chosen Hilsa to open this hostel, a village situated 3700 meters above sea level, between Tibet and Nepal. The idea was to create an independent structure that would help finance the Himalayan Children Society. Furthermore, this hostel will serve a double purpose as it is an ideal learning opportunity for students interested in working in the tourism industry.