We are Worn.
Worn is, one single, well-considered item. The embodiment of a classic. A Worn item does not date, rather, as it collects the years and wears, it gains in value and becomes an essential pillar within ones day-to-day life. A relationship has been formed between human and object.
Worn is, key pieces for the home, the wardrobe, the habitat. Understated essentials designed to be worn and utilised over and over. Sincere in production and design.
Worn will always be, a whisper of good taste, of careful decision making, earnestly acquired.
A thoughtful point of difference. A little something that gives the feeling of luxury, but in actuality is also quite clever, quite considerate in its coming to be.
‘To know Worn is to know our history, the past of which laid the path to where we now find ourselves’
– Co Founders, Lotte James Barnes and Lia-Belle King
Worn is the by-product of our time spent living in Indonesia. It is the physical manifestation of our combined life experience, but also represents a time where the concept of simplicity was at the forefront of our daily focus. Consume thoughtfully and less. When consuming, make it handmade and ethical.
After fifteen years in the fashion and design industry, we abandoned our respective careers for travel and self-discovery. Worn started with the production of a single chair, the SLING chair. It was the first time either of us had worked with the design and production of furniture, and as much as we focused on the design of the actual item, we focused equally on the idea of creating a consumable object that was free from ego and completely honest in its manufacturing. We wanted to make something beautiful, ethical and accessible.
And so Worn came to be. We soon extended our furniture collection to include more than one style, we also offered different leather treatments and even some cane and rattan into the mix. Within six months Worn also included new and antique lifestyle accessories sourced and hand made from villages in Indonesia and Borneo, and also a resort clothing range.
We remain true to our production whereby every item made by Worn is made to order and made by hand. We work exclusively with small family owned businesses and respect the time it takes for each piece to be made by one single person. Our makers do not use harmful dyes on our leather, or toxic treatments on our wood, cane and bamboo products. We aim to keep a harmonious relationship with the environment, with the health of those making the products, with you, our customer – and your home space.
As Worn grows so too does our awareness of maintaining balance. Designer Jesse Kamm is so wonderfully unapologetic about her approach to life as so we will end here, on her words, knowing she says it far better than we…
“One of the greatest gifts in my life has been the ability to trust my instincts. I never take on more than I believe I can handle. This does not mean I am weak or lazy. Rather, it means that I honor my limits. We think we have to work, work, work, so that we can have more stuff… bigger cars, more luxurious homes, and amazing new shoes every season. I call bullshit on all of that. More is not better, more is just more.
I choose to live simply so that I can travel, and spend as much time in the sea as possible. We all choose how to allocate our resources, and I choose to save mine for leisure because that is what makes me happy. My life is luxurious, but not in the way most people see luxury. It is luxurious because I have freedom, and for me, freedom is wealth.”
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