For more than a decade the Qwstion team have been designing high quality travel accessories with Swiss modernist design as their foundation and sustainability at their core. Their aesthetic is contemporary, paired down minimalism; designed to look sophisticated and cool and at the same time be totally functional.
Whilst every product is designed and prototyped in Zurich, Qwstion has taken the attitude it is more sustainable to go to the source of the best organic and natural materials and manufacture locally. Using organic cottons, vegetable tanning wax for waterproofing, steel or aluminum zippers and cotton or nylon for their straps has been the Qwstion standard.
More recently they have taken a giant leap and worked with local farmers and textile mills in the Philippines, Taiwan and China to produce their own highly resistant fabric called banantex. This is a massive breakthrough as most materials used to produce bags require the use of petrochemicals in their production. Bananatex is a completely natural fibre made from a non-fruit bearing banana palm., which is not grown in monocultures. It requires no pesticides or fertilizers and a highly resistant yarn can be made from the paper fibre. This is an exciting development in the textile industry.
Whilst the Qwstion teams’ passion lies with the continual exploration of sustainability and design their success has led to beautiful flagship stores in Zurich, Lausanne, Vienna and Copenhagen where they showcase their collections and represent up and coming designers who share similar values and approaches to design. You can also check out the multiple Qwstion ‘galleries’ in stores around Europe.
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