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It’s raining, it’s pouring… but Sharn Blackwell is making raincoats worth getting out of bed for. How did you come to be making recycled raincoats? I’ve always loved working with recycled fabrics – not only for the environmental factor, but also for the stories they hold. The idea of applying that in this way came about while I was living in one of the wettest cities in Europe, Amsterdam. The biking culture coupled with the constant rain was all the inspiration I needed. Why did you name the business ‘Mushama & Me’? The word “mushama” literally means raincoat in Albanian – I was in Albania before moving to Amsterdam. I love the sound of the word “mushama”, and together with “me”, it’s saying, “just me and my raincoat”. How do you create your raincoats? It all starts at the op shop. When I decided to re-launch Mushama & Me in New Zealand the first thing I did was go on a bed-sheet shopping spree, to all my favourite small-town op shops. From there the sheets are washed in Napisan, dried, …