On The Ground | Cambodia

July 16, 2016

Most of you will know our story now. Creating change through ethical trade. You have bought our garments, heard what we are about, seen small snippets of the beautiful women who work in ReCreate's sewing center. Now we want to SHOW you. Show you more of Cambodia, show you parts of Dey Tmey, show you why we do what we do and why we want to continue the work in this community and not just provide an income, but to help people succeed in their lives and futures.

Next month we will head to Cambodia as a team. Our aim is to go over yearly, to maintain relationships, check out suppliers and also have some fun with the ladies! We are so excited to share the experience with you guys. The whole ReCreate team first headed over in 2014 – the main purpose was for everyone in the team to meet the sewing ladies and build relationships because we didn’t want to have an ‘us and them’ social enterprise but a ‘we’. We are in this together. Friendship.

As well as taking a ton of photos in Cambodia we are going to create a video. This will include some short interviews with the women, the sewing center as well as the community itself. Sometimes photos don’t capture it all and a video will be a great way for people to really connect and get on board with who we are and what we do. We will also be joining the ladies in the sewing center working together on new garment styles, training in new techniques and fine tuning patterns. It’s a great chance for us to really be able to communicate with the ladies face to face as opposed to trying to do everything via email.

Dey Tmey is the name of the relocation slum community where the ReCreate sewing center is. Originally it was located in downtown Phnom Penh but the government had plans for a  mall they wanted to build. They protested but in the night they came with big army trucks and loaded everybody on, pumped the place full of sewage so they couldn’t return and then carted them off over an hour away to a new site. They lost everything. Suddenly they went from jobs, housing and schooling to no jobs, no schooling and only housing for 3/4 of them. The rest had to live on the streets. We will spend a few days within the community doing home visits, washing kids hair and helping out with kids club.

And finally – Fun day out! Last time the team took all the seamstresses out for a fun girls day out. Manicures, pedicures, facials and of course delicious treats! We are so looking forward to doing this again with the ladies. Such a special time. We are so excited to share this adventure with you and hope you enjoy the little glimpse we will have to offer!

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people – Steve Jobs

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Size Guide

Use the following guides to choose the size closest to your body measurements. Please note that some styles are designed to be more fitted than others.

Bust 82-86cm 87-91cm 92-96cm 97-101cm
Waist 67-71cm 72-76cm 77-81cm 82-86cm
Hip 92-96cm 7-101cm 102-106cm 107-111cm
Chest 90-94cm 95-99cm 100-104cm 105-109cm
Waist 80-84cm 85-89cm 90-94cm 95-99cm
Hip 90-94cm 95-99cm 100-104cm 105-109cm


Our featured women's model, Maddie, wears size XS. She is 165cm/5'4" tall with a 84cm bust, 63cm waist and 94cm hips.

Our featured men's model, Hugh, wears size M tops and size S bottoms. He is 175cm/5'7" tall with a 92cm chest and 81cm waist.