WHEN LOOKING AT INDONESIA'S URBAN JUNKYARDS,
WE SEE OPPORTUNITY AND HOPE.
TOPIKU MEANS "MY HAT" IN INDONESIAN.
In 2014, while working at a non-profit in his home country of Indonesia, Topiku founder Monty Hasan was given the opportunity to visit local villages and meet with artisans who crafted bags from upcycled materials. This inspired him to create Topiku.
Our signature five-panel hats are each handcrafted from upcycled and recycled waste materials, salvaged from landfills, that would otherwise add to Indonesia’s ever-growing problem of waste management.
WE CREATE ONE-OF-A-KIND HATS THAT TELL OUR THREE-PART MISSION OF SUSTAINABILITY:
With each product, we carefully evaluate appropriate alternative material sources. Buckets are salvaged from landfills and recycled into brims. Leather scraps are collected from local businesses and then recut into patches and straps. Fabrics are upcycled directly from garment manufacturers' leftover textiles. This process allows us to divert material from ending up in landfills.
By encouraging manufacturers to reuse waste materials, they can begin to reevaluate what waste truly is. To further cement our impact, we sponsor health insurance for trash pickers and fund waste management education programs through our partner Waste4Change.
We utilize fair-trade craft rather than "sweatshop" garment factories commonly employed by fast-fashion brands across the world by collaborating with local home industries in the village of Cigondewah in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Home industries allow men and women to work from the comfort of their own home, participate in a closely-knit community, and provide them a platform to share their craft through their specialized skills.
Our community of hat-makers are the only employer of women in the Desa Rahayu neighborhood in Cigondewah, and we pay a premium for each hat made.
Our commitment to industrial ecology will form the basis for long-term sustainable environmental, social, and economic growth in these developing communities.
Batik is a unique Indonesian wax-dyeing art form that has been practiced for centuries. We buy excess batik cuts from manufacturers that otherwise would have been disposed of, incorporating them into our hats. By doing so, we hope to share the beauty of this traditional art form as well as promote cultural story-telling patterns that add more meaning to each hat.