MADE WITH RESPECT
Me Me has been created with a purpose: To be part of the movement where buying sustainable brands is the norm, rather than the exception. Me Me makes it easier for consumers to buy from conscious brands who care about our future, our environment and our people. Me Me, an eDepartment store, brings together brands 'Made With Respect' from around the world who have an appreciation for craftsmanship, the environment and people. We are the champions and storytellers of the world's finest sustainable luxury brands created with a culture of purpose. All boutique. All extraordinary. Each brand hand-chosen for their dedication to craftsmanship, transparent supply chains, ethical sourcing, sustainable materials, magnificent quality and social impact initiatives through recycling, upcycling, zero waste policies and empowering disadvantaged communities. We celebrate the founders and everything inherently great about what they design and create - making it easier for you to find and support conscious brands who are passionate about building a better, more sustainable and respectful world.
HOW IT WORKS
Me Me partners with conscious brands `Made with Respect' from around the world. Our platform brings sustainable luxury brands together in one place, making it easier for consumers to find and support those brands that are inherently great. We all must work toward sustainable living being the norm rather than the exception. As consumers, we need to understand our part in the process. Behind the glamorous advertising campaigns, the beautiful models and the multimillion dollar businesses is a toxic addiction that is wrecking havoc on our environment. The products we buy from these big chains all contribute to this pollution. Did you know that should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles. Sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less”. Reducing resource use, degradation and pollution. It requires a transparent supply chain, from producer to final consumer. Independently, it is an uphill battle for our sustainable luxury brands against the mass-producing, mass-marketed companies, we are joining our voices together to make it easier to be heard, making it easier to make a difference. Me Me makes it easier for consumers to shift away from destructive consumption that has massive implications on the health of our people and planet, toward more sustainable consumer behaviours and habits. We are all part of the problem, but we can all become part of the solution. Beautiful fashion and beautiful products, shouldn’t cost the earth. Our business operates using a drop-ship model, we connect our customers directly with our brands. Every product purchased is sent to the customer from the atelier or workshop of the respective brands. As such, you may receive multiple parcels from one purchase.
WHY FREIGHT MATTERS
It’s not easy for sustainable luxury businesses to survive in the shadows of retail giants. The giants have economies of scale with mass production and vast distribution deals that enable them to offer free shipping for online purchases. Sustainable hand-crafted brands have the additional burden of higher production costs with only the best materials and ingredients used, they are making small batches or made-to-order and maintain the integrity of skill in their craft. There are no factories, large production runs or face-less makers in Me Me's world. You are buying quality pieces made to last, from brands who respect craftsmanship, people and the world we live in. Isn't it worth paying a little bit more? For boutique brands to offer free shipping, they must absorb those costs from margins that are already small. This is why Me Me charge a nominal freight fee. All purchases are drop shipped, sent direct from their atelier or workshop to customer. Our brands have the option to offer free shipping at certain purchase thresholds, this varies by brand.
SYDNEY MANAGING PARTNER
Nikki Middleton Despite Sydney being Australia’s largest and most bustling city, growing up was primarily an outdoors experience for me. I grew up in a gorgeous suburb of Sydney; tree-lined streets, amazing parks, big back yards for barefoot cricket and year-round BBQ’s, a creek bed and native Australian bush just a few minute’s walk away to explore. A car ride to Sydney’s northern beaches almost a weekly event, long days in the sun, perfecting body surfing, just as my parents and grandparents had done as kids. Part of the character of being Australian is about following your dreams. Many of us come from a long line of entrepreneurs who turned their dreams into reality, more often than not, against the harshest of odds. For me, this dream was not too dissimilar to my forefathers; to discover lands far, far away. What followed was a 19-year career in the travel Industry, punctuated with glorious journeys of discovery to well over 50 countries; along the way calling London and Perth home. I’ve always loved the thrill of big cities, but equally thrive from getting off the beaten track. I feel very fortunate to have travelled to some faraway places and experienced some of the ‘far out’ things these amazing countries have to offer. My mid 30’s became a time for settling down somewhat, finding love and marrying Steve, my down-to-earth lad from Perth, who is fiercely proud of being a Western Australian. In 2011, our eldest daughter Violet was born and ‘destination parenthood’ became my focus. By the time our second little girl Tora arrived a few years ago, I realised it was time to become more of an armchair traveller, which is where Me Me fits in. There are so many beautiful aspects of Me Me that I love – one being the fact that every single day I can talk to the founders of our extraordinary brands from far-reaching corner of the world. In a way, connecting with these brands is my new bucket list. Cultures, people, their environments and their traditions are what most intrigue and endear me. Through Me Me I’m able to re-visit places I’ve experienced and explore new ones, while having the privilege of helping our brands showcase what inspires them and their amazing products. NIKKI