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WHAT IS NSUMBU MBENZA?

Nsumbu Mbenza is a co-operative organization within fashion, sustainable Industrial Production-interests and the Arts

“The Nsumbu Mbenza’s aim is to be a leading business model for production, professionalism, aesthetics, fair treatment and working conditions for employees.

NSUMBU MBENZA – The art & Industry co-operative organization was established by Mbenza & Schneeweiss Holding AB international together with International networks linked to main supply hubbs like Kenya, Iran and India. We hold environment and social Fair Trade Manufactures and Industry Partners with the expertise from the corporate supply management partner Earthen colours Exim Pvt Ltd. A successful collaboration between international industries and leading trade corporations, with entrepreneurial and International network reach, business design and supply system improvement, true professional visionary of how to make ‘sustainable’ the common way to go  with a real valuable production and manufacture quality based on sustainability and social equality through all parts of the Industry chain

This enterprise is primarily interested in the development of a sustainable textile marketing and manufacturing network linked to producers, suppliers and retailers in the textile and production core markets Iran, India, Africa and steady grow in to other regions. However, we have also incorporated music and ART as means of strengthening our brand identity and presence in the market. In time, the ‘strengtheners’ will also become viable entities in and of themselves.

– Nsumbu Mbenza’s role in FASHION is to promote, represent and market these manufacturers and brands in this fashion, art and sustainable industrial network. With the framework of fair and sustainable textile production and trade.

The organisation’s name, Nsumbu Mbenza, is also an umbrella fashion concept  of the same name. This umbrella concept will be used as the promotion and marketing arm for fashion brands, which desire to uphold the tenets of sustainable textile production and trade.

 Nsumbu Mbenza – Projects

 

The fashion brand

Nsumbu Mbenza fashion was launched with the vision of creating and manufacturing a brand of apparel, which is decidedly Modern-Bohemian. Not only will this be  modern and bohemian but also based on solid foundations of environmentally sustainable and socially viable practices. The result is a fashion line which, is contemporary and green and takes into measure all aspects of the production of clothing, based on equity, working conditions and social impact.

The brand Nsumbu Mbenza that is the marketing arm for the corporate structure is known for its minimalist, de-constructivist, and sustainable construction designs. The fashion house will base it’s creations on simple, but refined designs; its slim suits in black & white; its denim in a cornucopia of colours with high quality material and a highlighting element in our clothing is the   the use of buttons and and zippers based on ecologically-friendly materials. Nsumbu Mbenza fashions is sold in upscale department stores and through select retailers and by growth it will also be established in signature Nsumbu Mbenza stores around the world to promote the new textile industry partner within fashion production, retail and manufacture arm Nsumbu Mbenza – “The Holding Brand & Industry”

 VISION

Nsumbu Mbenza – The group with marketers,fashion designers, manufacturers, and retail sellers has been growing steady and we are continuing to find new partners to cross borders in all regions of the world. Currently we are focusing on Asia – Africa and Europe. We have successfully established the brand in the contemporary textile manufacture, movie, art, music, design and the fashion industry. The brand signifies a spirit of freedom, eclecticism, bohemian life styles sans borders.

BRAND IDENTITY AND ETHICS

USE OF MATERIAL

 Nsumbu Mbenza – Organic Cotton.

To most of us, natural fabric means cotton. But the same cotton, grown in conventional ways, also bears the notoriety of being the most ‘environment-unfriendly’ fabric. Studies have shown that it takes about two thirds of a pound of pesticides to produce the required amount of conventional cotton for just one pair of jeans! These pesticides and insecticides typically include aldicarb, phorate, methamidophos and endosulfan, which are often broad spectrum organophosphates. No doubt the ill-effects of such vast amount of pesticides and insecticides are multifold. The chemicals are harmful for both the humans who come in contact with these crops and the environment. The chemical runoff also affects surrounding ecosystems. It renders drinking, ground and surface water contaminated. It has also been shown that five of the top nine pesticides used in cotton production are known carcinogens.

This makes it all the more important to go green and adopt a fabric that is environmentally sustainable. Nsumbu Mbenza is made from Organic denim which is the result of transition from non-sustainable to sustainable. The denim production that is used in the organisation and Nsumbu Mbenza facilitate the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified . Organic cotton growers employs control procedures and physical barriers to prevent contact of organic and non-organic crops on split operations and to avoid contact of organic production with prohibited substance during gestation, harvesting, and handling operations. Organic fields must go through a cleansing period of three years, without the use of any prohibited substances, before planting the first organic crop. The farmers also engage in other environmentally sustainable practices that protects the eco-system.

THE USE OF Natural Dyes

Natural dyes are dyes or colourants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetables dyes from plant sources –roots, berries, bark, leaves, wood and other organic sources such as fungi, and lichens.

Short HISTORY brief about Dyes

Throughout history, people have dyed their textiles using common, locally available but scarce materials, that produced brilliant and permanent colours such as the  dyes, Tyrian purple and crimson kermes, which became highly prized luxury items in the ancient and medieval world.

Plant-based dyes such as woad, indigo, saffron, and madder were grown commercially and were important trade goods in the economies Across Asia, Europe and Africa, patterned fabrics were produced using resist dyeing techniques to control the absorption of colour in piece-dyed cloth. Such as cochineal and logwood were brought to Europe by the Spanish treasure fleets, and the dyestuffs of Europe were carried by colonists to America.

The discovery of man-made synthetic dyes in the mid-19th century triggered a long decline in the large-scale market for natural dyes. Synthetic dyes, which could be produced in large quantities, quickly superseded natural dyes for the commercial textile production enabled by the industrial revolution and unlike natural dyes, were suitable for the synthetic fibres that followed. Artists of the Arts and Craft Movement preferred the pure shades and subtle variability of natural dyes, which mellow with age but preserve their true colours, unlike synthetic dyes, and helped ensure that the old European techniques for dyeing and printing with natural dyestuffs were preserved.

In the early 21st century, the market for natural dyes in the fashion industry is experiencing a resurgence. Western consumers have become more concerned about the health and environmental impact of synthetic dyes in manufacturing and there is a growing demand for products that use natural dyes. Institutions such as European Union has encouraged producers to switch to natural dyes to improve their export market in to Europe.

The Nsumbu Mbenza Declaration of Approval

A Nsumbu Mbenza Declaration of Approval is the document that Nsumbu Mbenza  issues to a retailer or supplier to certify that their company follows the Nsumbu Mbenza Decleration of Approval social standards and/or holds a international GOTS or Organic Exchange Standards certificate that shows the adherence to Global social and environmental responsibility requirements. Every supplier, designer or retailer that Nsumbu Mbenza represents or introduces into commerce must have agreed and signed up to Nsumbu Mbenza Declaration of Approval work of facilitating it’s  goal to attain International standards within one year of supply and retail distribution. Nsumbu Mbenza Decleration of Approval are valid for only one promotion year of marketing, manufacturing, design, trade, retail or production.

If you are a design producer, supplier, retailer or exporting agency of fashion and textiles you will benefit by holding a Approval for your design production, supply, distribution or purchase of social awareness fashion and organic textile fabrics under the strongest concept within beauty, art and industrial sustainability. A Nsumbu Mbenza Certificate of Approval and Certificate Summary Information (or summary sheet data) will contain our logo requirements and the standards your product and company vehicle was Approved to by us or a national or international certificate providers

To request a Nsumbu Mbenza Declaration of Approval or to find a  International Certificate of Conformity (GOTS) with Certificate Summary Information sheet, you can contact us for your follow up with your regions GOTS or Organic Exchange Standards certificate providers directly for the Test requirements for your particular product or company vehicle.

The process of creating a product within the organic/ecological trade is not a simple as it may seem. There are a number of things that need to be in place and various points to be taken into consideration.

  1. Fabric – which is 100% organic and GOTS/OE certified. The supplier give the retailer a certificate for that.
  2. The manufacturing process – which is traditional manufacturing and washing to give the jeans a smooth finish and feel. Washing may employ the use of approved chemicals.
  3. The retailing – can be certified/approved according to above

 

Given these three main stages, you need to decide ho you are and consult with us or an expert on GOTS and organic certification in your market- region to know if you can call the product organic and use GOTS logo or not. You will have to make sure exactly what language you can use for your product including whether or not you can use GOTS logo.

Nsumbu Mbenza will assist you in this steps.

We like to inform about this in a open fashion, because this is a technical matter and would depend on the country where the product is being marketed. For example, in some markets, even the retailer (that may be you) is required to be GOTS certified to sell the product as organic and using GOTS logo, even if chemicals are to be avoided entirely, even the washing is with just water and the jeans is sold as ‘raw denim’ without the finish. So the point is that you need to find out what you can say about the product based on the facts stated in the bullet points above. The Nsumbu Mbenza environment trade jurisdiction will lead To find the common ground with the concept of Nsumbu Mbenza

please read the criteria down below

MANUFACTURE CRITERIA FOR INVOLVEMENT: WHAT ARE THEY

Nsumbu Mbenza – The Holding Brand & industry Standard – Natural Dyes

The fabric and the dyes used meet Global Organics Textile Standard (GOTS) or Organic Exchange Standard, which are globally recognized standard for organic textiles. The dyes used in the process are natural or low impact dyes. The dyeing processes are eco-friendly, which uses low impact, AZO free and heavy metal free dyes. A careful effort is made to ensure that all chemical inputs (such as dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) meet basic requirements in regard to toxicity and biodegradability. Further, the critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are not used.

Nsumbu Mbenza –   Manufacturing and production standards ethics

Nsumbu Mbenza fashion brand believes in fashion which is environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. In line with these objectives, Nsumbu Mbenza has partnered with Earthen colours, a company run by sustainable production entrepreneurs with its well-known Founders Amit & Nidhi who have global experience and exposure to the best trade practices. The organization Earthen colours was born out of passion for creating a Indian leading Alternative business arm which provides a window to the rich and colourful heritage of Indian arts and crafts. As Indian supply management partner of Nsumbu Mbenza – The Holding Brand & industry, Earthen colours makes sure that all aspects of sustainability like use of organic cotton without harmful chemicals, creating safe, healthy and ethical work conditions and ensuring fair trade prices are adhered to. We use mid-size production facilities which have clean working conditions and good labor practices.

ART

– Nsumbu Mbenza will not only be promoted through its brand involvement in the fashion industry but also its ongoing associations within Art Projects, together with an eclectic ensemble of international artists from all corners off the world. There will be a Platform for international Artists to show their art and compositions. There will also be art projects meant to enhance the awareness and bonding between different cultures, music and awareness for quality and sustainable development.

Nsumbu Mbenza Galleri with ArtFuzz  wish is a type of crowd funding that specifically pertains to Artists. Nsumbu Mbenza ArtFuzz-funded Art occurs in conjunction with direct-to-fan/ Gallery marketing for newcomers and already established artists to seek to fund the Nsumbu Mbenza cause or a specific project such as a new art project or market testing to a new group of customers and through Fan window of Nsumbu Mbenza ArtFuzz. Individuals and corporate galleries have the option to donate and collectively raise money with the goal of supporting the Artist project or just jump-start the career of a new, talented artist. The Artfuzz-funding occurs primarily through web-based bidding services/crowd funding. Nsumbu Mbenza ArtFuzz typically gives the artists rewards based on bidders monetary contributions and out come of the specific project reach according to the Manegement of Nsumbu Mbenza Galleri

Donate and support the association of Mbenza & Schneeweiss Holding AB: De la ville Jérémieh Matadi Foundation – Congo Kinshasa RDC. For more information contact editor@nordicnewscenter.co

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MUSIC

Nsumbu Mbenza also incorporates a music-arm in its ventures. We have at the core of our passion to provide a forum for musicians to truly explore and express the essence of their artistry. We also seek to reach out to other countries in less-explored/unknown areas of music and culture and open a door for a great mix of cultural expression and awareness. From this platform we will arrange festivals in order to showcase the richness of eclectic expression and artistry.

Nsumbu Mbenza Records with MusicFuzz wish is a type of crowd funded that specifically pertains to musicians. Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz-funded music occurs in conjunction with direct-to-fan marketing for newcomers and all ready established corporate producers artists and musicians who seek to fund the Nsumbu Mbenza cause or a specific project such as funding of a artists live music tours, a new release or market-testing to a new group of listeners. Users of Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz have the option to donate and collectively raise money with the goal of supporting the goals of the project or just jump-starting the career of a certain musical artiste. The Musicfuzz-funding occurs primarily through web-based bidding services/crowd funding. Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz allocates the musicians’ and artistes’ rewards based on bidders’ monetary contributions and outcome of the specific project reach according to the management service of Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz.

Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz

fans can access an artist’s profile, listen to their music and read about their pledge. They have the option to donate to help artists reach their goal. Corporate Donations are in  HYPERLINK .Nsumbu Mbenza takes 10% flat of reached pledges. 5% of the Revenue fee that Nsumbu Mbenza receive goes to Projects within Nsumbu Mbenza. MusicFuzz is a secure bidding/crowdfunding platform for artistes who want to explore their artistry. When a artist reaches 20% of their monetary goal, they will be asked to sign a written contract stating that Nsumbu Mbenza will be allowed to collect the funds raised on behalf of that user. This is subject to an administrative fee of 10% of the total amount of collected pledges. Nsumbu Mbenza will then move the project to a section of the site called “featured projects” to promote and increase visibility, which involves:

  • First-hand access For MusicFuzz fans to the recording process, and the bidding of limited edition recordings
  • VIP access to events & recording sessions, and even credit listing on the final product.

Nsumbu Mbenza emphasises on its website that for each project, the artist is in no way required to relinquish ownership of copyright, as this model is not a work made for hire

A concert can be proposed by the artist or fans. The vote/bidding contest is on the website and seen “likes” on Facebook, Nsumbu Mbenza calculates the expected all-in cost of the concert, and if enough fans buy a ticket, it’s on. If not, customers’ money is returned and the concert doesn’t happen. Venues thus know they will have a full house, bands get paid, and fans get their music.” Nsumbu Mbenza then takes the role of the producer of the concert and covers promotion as well as the selling of merchandise it is s a unique service for fans to bring artistes to their city. Artistes registered with Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz create a tour plan that includes dates but not locations, registered fans can then select a city and purchase a ticket. Once a city accumulates enough ticket sales to equal the pledge value set by the artist, the gig is successful and the fan is sent a ticket via e-mail. If a city does not reach the pledge goal, fans are not charged

Nsumbu Mbenza MusicFuzz is an open source tool that provides a portal of communication between users, music professionals as recording studios, rehearsal rooms, marketers, designers…producers, creators, promoters and artists to exchange creative perspectives and ideas. Songs featured on the site are released under the  HYPERLINK Creative with license to download or be remixed. The site offers subscriptions ranging from $10–30 per quarter to one-time payments of up to $5,000, each with corresponding benefits Nsumbu Mbenza Records “MusicFuzz is a bidding/crowd-fund portal that allows users to create a page for their campaign with the help of Nsumbu Mbenza Records MusicFuzz marketing services. we also, set up an summoning and management account  make a list of “perks” for different levels of donation, then create a social-media-based publicity effort. Users publicise the projects themselves through PRRICM on Facebook, Twitter and similar platforms. For campaigns that fail to raise their target amount, users have the option of either refunding all money to their contributors at no charge or keeping all money raised minus a 9% that goes to Nsumbu Mbenza cause and allows MusicFuzz to move on.

Producers advise artists

Nsumbu Mbenza Oopacabana is also used by already-funded projects to create publicity or find distributors.
Users create a profile where Nsumbu Mbenza Records Oopacabana fans can make a donation
Donations can be canceled at any time prior to a completed campaign
Can donate profits to Mbenza Oopacabana.
The minimum funding target being $100, and the maximum funding target, $2500 with the donate button.
Donate by clicking the PayPal button on the bottom of the page.
To support Fan Networking and tour funding.

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