Brainstorming about how to give back to the community you grow up in with your best mate can create remarkable undertakings. BARBAS & ZACARI the Melbourne based watch brand founded by mates Manny (Emmanuel Barbas) and Tas (Tas Zacári) brings not only a stylish collection of timepieces to the market but a charitable focus that is so often lost in the pursuit of the almighty dollar. It's rare to come across two young people who at the start of their careers put a philanthropic cause as the foundation of their company. A charitable outlook is an usually an afterthought when building a brand but these two guys are breaking the mould and putting their creative talents into something that is not only stylish but gives back.
Launching through kick-starter and entering the market in December of last year the boys (21 & 24) desired to bring a watch to the market that embodied not only the current on trend minimalist style but gave them an opportunity to make a difference in a cause they valued. Partnering with The Australian Cancer Research foundation, each watch sold raises five dollars that goes back into research. When asked why, their response is "#yourtimeisvalueable". The hash tag that embodies what BARBAS & ZACARI do is all about valuing your time, whether that be a mantra to be more organised or hug someone who has been affected by cancer the #yourtimeisvaulable is a starting point to understand what these two guys are about.
Their simplistic minimalist collection comprised of 43mm cases in rose, silver, yellow and black stainless steel carry a quartz Japanese movement and a variety of genuine Italian leather bands and that's just the beginning. With new styles soon too launch in a formal design the story of Manny and Tas is one to follow with interest. When speaking with the boys their drive and desire is apparent. They genuinely want to not only grow their company but make a difference in peoples lives. I get all mushy when I see a new generation of watch creators starting something that will not only give them a wonderful career but from the outlook creates a foundation of community. Whether you call it Karma, the 90/10 or reciprocity principle, combining entrepreneurial determination with a giving heart can only create amazing things. Starting at $139 discover more about BARBAS & ZACARI at https://barbasandzacari.com/