WHO IS AMALIA?
Self-taught and committed.
While strolling on the pontoon where I had taken refuge, I saw a very pretty old boat, with a spruce green hull with freshly redone paint, and a sign on its bow where it was written “Sailing Kâla, handmade bags and accessories made from recycled materials from the nautical industry”, include “Sailing Kâla, handmade bags and accessories, from recycled materials from the nautical industry”.
From there I very easily established a first contact with Amalia, of Belgian origin, who, like me, is a seafarer. The winds carried her to the Canary Islands, and for the moment she feels good there.
Starting his adventure on this classic 1960s sailboat called Kâla, with her crew, she could not remain indifferent to the large quantities of leftovers from the nautical industry destined to end up in the trash. That’s when the creativity started to tickle her and she thought there had to be something to do with all of this.
Then were born the first small accessories of the “Sailing Kâla” brand, completely sewn by hand from punctured fenders (protective buoys for boats) or other things she found in her path.
It was then during the winter of 2018 that the crew took the plunge and acquired their first sewing machine. Then, little by little, and over a long apprenticeship, by trial, error and endless days of sewing, unstitching and finally re-stitching, the first bags were born from the floats of semi-rigid boats. Then comes a whole range of unique and unusual accessories, totally in his image.