An interview with Kin founder; Senior Yoga Teacher Laura Pearce
"My mission: To create the ultimate comfort Yoga mat, for the modern Yogi".
How did the Kin concept come about?
"There simply weren’t any Yoga mats on the market I really liked. At first my aim was simply to create a mat that whose functionality would blow all the other mats out of the water.
The final Kin concept came to me randomly one day when I forgot my Yoga mat at home and had to teach a class using my oversized cashmere scarf as a sort of Yoga ‘rug’ and had the most enjoyable child’s pose ever! That was when I realised I wanted my mat to feel great. I wanted it to mimic that delicious sensation you get with textiles like cashmere against the skin. AS WELL AS having great functionality.
My Kin mat is now my own beautiful little sanctuary of comfort and positive vibes, and it makes such a big difference to my practice!"
What Inspires the designs?
"This was the trickiest aspect of the whole process for me - I'm not an artistic person at all, and I knew I'd have to relinquish that aspect of things... fortunately, London is full of insanely talented freelance fashion designers. Each mat was created by a different designer in the end. The brief I had in my mind was to create something fashion forward, without cliche and/or appropriated spiritual symbols.
I wanted designs that would inspire daydreams of heady tropical retreats and adventures, and those magic Savasana dreams; that special place you drift off to in Savasana when your mind is truly relaxed, and your heart is open.
What are Kin's eco credentials?
Why run live Kin-d events?
"I’ve always run Yoga pop-ups and stuff, but I wanted to create a more interesting series of networking events and talks with the aim of supporting and inspiring young entrepreneurs and women in business. Had I had access to more local networks, tribes and inspiration, I might have started Kin many moons ago!
Plus events can be a great way to fundraise for the charities we support - people expect that modern companies to have a strong ethical and social conscience, and I agree.”.
Anything else about Kin we should know?
“Not really, it’s a pretty simple concept; a hig performance, eco Yoga mat that feels great against the skin. Just to let you guys know, when you buy from a small creative company like Kin, you make someone (me!) feel joyful! I love and appreciate you, my Kin customer community, so thank you.
I really hope you enjoy your Kin mat as much as I do!.
From your Kindred spirit,