With a refined eye for contradicting colors and materials, abstract shapes, and an uncompromising determination to make the fashion industry a better place for everyone involved, Laurèl Bodenhorst Meyer – founder, owner and designer of TOTOTÈ.STUDIO – shows a uniquely-distinctive aesthetic.

Caroline – Founder of CDH Studio has a special relationship with Laurèl. It all started in 2017 when they both met in Florence at the Italian Fashion University Polimoda where they graduated with a Masters in Fashion. Two young blondies chasing their dreams (and having pasta and red wine once in a while :)).

Laurèl has a clear understanding of the value of life and the power of creating meaning. With the aspiration to redirect bad into good, she uses her past experiences as her motivation and inspiration, which got translated into the voice of TOTOTÈ.STUDIO.

Ethical manufacturing by newcomer-refugees

Tototè.Studio bags are manufactured in the Netherlands by newcomers whom all once fled their countries to rebuild their lives in the Netherlands. Together with their partner Makers Unite, they are able to support their creative talent and provide them with soft and hard skills to work independently in The Netherlands.

Local production in the Netherlands

Tototè.Studio is producing locally to reduce its environmental impact and make social impact. By producing locally they are able to reduce the waste generated during production, emissions by transportation and guarantee a safe work environment.

UPCYCLING – ETHICAL – LOCAL

Upcycling

Yearly 35.000 tonnes of leather waste is produced by the European Fashion Industry only.

Yearly 53.000 tonnes of garments are produced, where of over 70% ends up on landfills or on bonfires, only 10% gets recycled and less than 1% gets upcycled.

Ethical

Tototè.Studio bags are manufactured in the Netherlands by newcomers with a refugee background. Their partner Makers Unite and Tototè.Studio share the social mission and ambition to achieve an equal, sustainable, and inclusive creative industry where newcomers can contribute with their talents.

Local

Tototè.Studio is producing locally with the aim to reduce its environmental impact and make social impact. Small-scale local production helps to eliminate the waste of unneeded products made to adhere to overseas minimums, reduce emissions caused by transportation (whether cargo plane or ships) and energy usage.

This method also helps to remove the obligation to hold a lot of inventory in warehouses and guarantees both a safe working environment and fair wages as a result of a still existing industry of underpaid employment and child labour.