The seeds of Synergy were planted in 1993, by Kate Fisher, when she set off for Nepal and India with adventure in her eyes. In the midst of her extensive travels in Asia she started buying textiles and clothing that she sold upon her return home. A business was born. Synergy was created in the spirit of adventure and with the vision of being a synergy of both Eastern and Western design influences.
In time, after the birth of their first child in 2006, she partnered up with her husband Henry Schwab. Together they have integrated her interest in clothing and textile design, with his experience of having worked for GreenPeace and co-founding Phish’s touring division of The Waterwheel Foundation. With a shared vision of a sustainable business model, and with the help of many, they are creating a business that reflects their organic roots and adventurous spirits.
Synergy makes clothing that combines sustainability, with modern yet timeless design. They strive to make clothing that looks good, and is also gentle on the Earth. Synergy predominantly works with organic cotton from India that is dyed with low impact dyes. Their clothing is hand made in Nepal, according to fair trade practices, verified by their long-term relationships with manufacturers and their frequent trips to Nepal.
Synergy looks to the world around in its approach to design, taking inspiration from both the natural and urban landscapes, in addition to modern and ancient cultural influences. They specialize in making clothing with touches of graphic details, such as hand-stitched applique work and water-based screen prints. It is Synergy's goal to make women look and feel good when they wear their clothing, while feeling good about the way it was made. They want their clothing to be easy to wear, flatter a woman’s body, and to highlight the woman wearing their clothing.