Category Archives: sustainability

Upcycled with love from Sonia Jasmine

Sonia Jasmine is a Geneva based atelier that creates hand-made jackets. Each piece is unique. They entirely up/recycled with high-quality denim. They are then trimmed and customised with silk scarves from luxury brands. They are then finished with upcycled buttons in 925 silver, gold-plate or for that special touch, silver with diamonds. The core of […]

If you are a gift giver, give a gift that gives thrice this season!

If you are a gift giver, give a gift that gives thrice this season! to give pleasure to the person who receives it! to give pleasure to the person that sells it to a new home…. to give pleasure to the planet as another item is recycled and re-homed. 😉 We have a gift selection […]

Second-hand September! Est-ce que ca marche?

What should second-hand be about? Until recently, second-hand was seen in many cultures as degrading. What? Wear someone else’s hand-me-downs? It was seen as admitting that you were poor. After the second-world war however, in Europe and countries that had fought in the war, few had a choice and in fact, most people were skilled […]

The sustainability paradox: slowing down to help us speed up sustainability

Co-founder of luxury resale boutique Downtown Uptown discusses the challenges facing the luxury resale industry and its role in fashion’s sustainability journey 27 June 2023, Certilogo   Certilogo: Can you tell us a little about the mission of Downtown Uptown Giji: Both myself and my business partner, Christophe, began the business valuing sustainable wardrobes that […]

What is sustainability in fashion ? The perspective of a luxury consignment CEO

Photo: Giji Gya at the Luxury Innovation Summit, October 2022. Photo by Matthew Croisier. Sapere Aude Associates interviews DOWNTOWN UPTOWN’s CEO, Giji Gya. Giji, you have been directing Geneva’s largest luxury consignment and ethical fashion boutique for almost 9 years and you come from a background in CSR/ESG and human security including with Fairwear in […]

Luxury Innovation Summit, Geneva

We’ll be asking the hard questions at the Luxury Venture Group ‘s Luxury Innovation Summit and presenting solutions for slow fashion & sustainable style with luxury consignment & innovations in re-sale. Ms Gya states: “In the 21st century, addressing what and how we consume is becoming paramount to our future and the true essence of being “sustainable”. Preloved […]

Une vie durable…

Spearheading the slow fashion movement in Geneva with our international team, we are now featured in MySwitzerland and Ge-Reutilise. “Dans la ville la plus internationale de Suisse, le design et l’innovation sont appréciés et donnent de l’espace aux produits durables qui ont du style.” Our clients from around the world appreciate our curated second-hand style, […]

Geneva’s Sustainable Clothing Scene

The Quest to Mend Geneva’s Sustainable Clothing Scene By Sarah Zeines Tuesday, December 7, 2021 This post is an on-site edited version of The Geneva Observer’s SUSTAINED – The SDGs Decoded bimonthly newsletter, December 6 2021 edition. Below is an extract from the article: “Giji Gya, co-founder with her partner Christophe Obradovic, of the Geneva […]

In the luxury consignment world, we wish to touch, try and hear the story

Photo: Christophe Obradovic and Giji Gya, from Downtown Uptown Genève. © Enrico Gastaldello By Frédéric Thomasset, TDG. (Read the original article in French here.) In their boutique dedicated to the resale of luxury fashion, on rue De-Monthoux in Pâquis, Giji Gya and Christophe Obradovic have decided to take their time – a little bit. Around […]

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