MASAI STORIES are portraits of women's lives, presented through thoughts and reflections from a group of dedicated and passionate women. The stories reflect on diversity, openness, courage and, not least, the freedom to be and want to be yourself. Through meetings these women, who all inspired us with their life choices and creativity, we wanted to create a special insight into women's lives. Our stories portray the strength and beauty that emerges when your life passions are allowed to blossom, and when you choose to listen to yourself and pursue your dreams.
MASAI STORIES are portraits of women's lives, presented through thoughts and reflections from a group of dedicated and passionate women. The stories reflect on diversity, openness, courage and, not least, the freedom to be and want to be yourself.
Purnina (Punta) Bhalla
Punta’s story is also the story of how Masai came to be, and a story of more than 30 years of what began as a professional collaboration and soon became a lifelong friendship.
The Danish/Ukrainian pianist Elisabeth Nielsen began her musical journey and her love affair with the piano when she was just 5 years old. For her, music is a language that gets its energy from the audience.
Masai 30 Years
The amazing people who have been a part of the journey are definitely the reason for the success. Therefore, we have invited nine women, both colleagues and customers, to an open, honest and personal talk about turning 30, about being a woman today and about why Masai is something special. All of this has been put together into a fine story that feels like the perfect way to celebrate ourselves and Masai.
At MASAI we price long term relationships with the people, who are part of the process of creating pieces of fashion, that transcends time. One such key person is Cristina Santos, who has worked with Masai and the production of jersey styles in Portugal for more than 23 years.
I have been working as a visual artist for the last 36 years. When I paint, I become absorbed by the light and the tactile and by colours and all the different layers I use to build my paintings. I love the slowness of the process and love losing myself in each painting. .
Maude McNair Rahbek
Maude is Masai’s production manager, so her responsibility includes the entire process of making each piece of clothing. Maude has extensive knowledge of textiles and manufacturing techniques, and her dedication to crafting the best possible garment from the very best materials available is a daily inspiration. Maude has travelled the world and is in close contact with the people who take the design and turn it into a beautiful fashion statement.
Tanja Marjatta Juhl
Tanja is one of the creative women who help create the styles that go into the collection. Prints have always featured strongly in Masai’s DNA, and we take pride in creating beautiful, vibrant, artistic prints that are always unique to us.
Sarah Kronbach Hermanstad
Sarah is Masai’s retail manager. That means Sarah’s main responsibility is Masai’s shops, which includes the customer experience and contact for each woman entering a Masai shop.
Anna Norrman is actually Swedish, but loves Denmark and the Danes so much that she decided to set up a boutique B&B deep in the Danish countryside, a place where imperfections are celebrated and where the Danish obsession with the colour white is truly challenged.
Founder of LOW-FI Concerts, Anne Dvinge, grew up with music and with the will to always get up no matter how hard she falls. That drive and, not least, a passion for music, led to her creating Denmark's biggest platform for home concerts, an enterprise that makes sense more than ever now in a time of cultural restrictions and lack of community.
Loa Dalgaard Worm
Ever since she was a small child, Loa Dalgaard Worm has wanted to save the world. Today, she’s able to come closer to achieving that goal, step by step and day by day, through collaborating closely with companies all over the world to put in place ambitious sustainability strategies.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a big fan, and many others are also loving Danish Cocoon Tea Artisans’ wonderful organic teas. Tina Hueg is the mastermind behind the company; three years ago she left her permanent job behind with nothing more than a love of tea and a passion to pursue her dream. She managed to create a success story based on a clear recipe that’s not just about tea, but also about passion, a love of others and always about giving more than you take.
Mille Bang is studying theology and she believes that the love of God is what unites us all. Faith is the backbone of her life, and by applying Kierkegaard’s philosophy, she is able to put Christianity into a modern context that tackles everything from social media to the art of loving others.
Paper artist Veronica Hodges collects paintings of women from the 1800s, painted by women. She believes there’s an honesty and sensuality to them that differs from when men paint women. She also believes that happiness is a form of creativity and that creativity is just like a muscle – you need to exercise it regularly.
Carina Simons has always followed her heart, in both her life choices and her career. This led to her joining the Red Cross, where she currently is Marketing Manager for Red Cross recycling, raising money for the most vulnerable groups in Danish society. Last year Masai and the Red Cross entered a special partnership whereby Masai customers bring old Masai clothes to their local Masai store, and Masai then sends them on to the Red Cross charity stores. As a thank you all Masai's customers receive a discount on their next purchase.
But the stories also reflect on community and that notion that we're all stronger together, and also on how we can improve at find inspiration and strength in each other. We'd like to do our bit by putting women more on the agenda, so that together we create new and equal opportunities for each and every one of us. So, this isn't just a collection of stories, rather it's one big story about working together. All the stories are created and told by women, and give us insight, wise words and food for thought.