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15 November 2012

SOURCE Awards 2012: The Finalists and Winners

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum

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Presenting the finalists and winners of the 2012 SOURCE Awards, the Global Awards for Sustainable Fashion - recognising excellence in fashion and sustainability across 12 different categories. Image: SOURCE Award finalist, Honest By


Please find the SOURCE Awards finalists and winners of the SOURCE Awards 2012 listed below.

THE FINALISTS AND WINNERS

1. INNOVATION
Recognising new talent in fashion design and textiles design, combined with innovation in sustainability terms.

See the presentation for all winners and those highly commended in the Innovation category.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

1. 1 Fashion Design

ADI
ANANDA PASCUAL
CARRIE PARRY
Eden Diodati SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Honest by JOINT WINNER
JULIA SEREGINA
L’HERBE ROUGE
Lilia Yip
Linda Mai Phung JOINT WINNER
Modahnik SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Nurmi
The Social Studio
8045

1.2 Accessories and Footwear

ABURY Collection
Alexandra Taylor Collections
Cholesburys SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Corkor
Embellished Truth
GUNAS WINNER
Heidi Mottram
Katcha Bilek SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Nawá
Panda
Shopanthropic
Super Earth

1.3 Jewellery

Andy Lifschutz Jewelry SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Candescent
Hearts WINNER
KOKKU
Michelle Lowe-Holder
Raven + Lily SPECIAL COMMENDATION

1.4 Childrenswear

Awamu
Beibamboo
Dhana Eco Kids SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Green Nippers
Macarons SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Toto Knits WINNER

1.5 One to Watch

ABO London
Marzipants SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Nomi Network WINNER
Umoja

2. BRAND LEADER
Awarding businesses which are combining product excellence with best practice in sustainability terms.

See the presentation for all the winners and those highly commended in the Brand Leader category.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

2.1 Design

Arthur & Henry SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Bhusattva
Comme Il Faut SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Eternal Creation
Mata Traders
Nancy Dee
Pure and Co.
Sanyukta Shrestha SPECIAL COMMENDATION
SOSUME
Studiojux SPECIAL COMMENDATION
TLuxe Clothing Company
Lalesso WINNER

2.2 Street/Casualwear

Environmental Justice Foundation
Mantis World
Nudie Jeans co SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Pants to Poverty SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Rapanui
THE IOU PROJECT WINNER

2.3 Accessories & footwear

Andean Collection WINNER
Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery
CRED Jewellery SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Green Shoes
Pachacuti SPECIAL COMMENDATION
RUW BARCELONA

3. SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIER
This award recognizes sustainable practices in the supply chain, both social and environmental.

See the presentation for all the winners and those highly commended in the Sustainable Supplier and Africa Award categories.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

3.1 Production

Animana
Bag It Don’t Bin It
Eden Studio
Indego Africa
Mantis World WINNER
Maya Traditions Foundation
Mehera Shaw SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Pratibha Syntex SPECIAL COMMENDATION
SOKO
Vandanamu Ethical Cottons

3.2 Fabrics and Components

ao textiles ltd.
ASKHA LLIMPI SAC
Ayni Bolivia
Cocccon UG SPECIAL COMMENDATION
AVANI
C.L.A.S.S SPECIAL COMMENDATION
ECOMACO
Hacienda Los Nacimientos
Koru Organic
Organic Textile Company WINNER
Sea Leather Wear
SLOWCOLOR

4. AFRICA AWARD
Recognising the potential for fashion business to transform livelihoods and opportunities in Africa.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

Agnes and Lola
Indego Africa SPECIAL COMMENDATION
MAGO’ east africa
Mantis World
Mayamiko SPECIAL COMMENDATION
MIA by Mia Nisbet
NACK by LutoTailo
SOKO WINNER
Trashy Bags Project

5. INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUE
This award recognizes best practice in the curation, marketing and sale of sustainable fashion through a multi brand platform.

See the presentation here for the winners and those highly commended in the Independent Boutique, Design Leader and Retail Leader categories.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

Danaqa World Chic
FAIR
HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW
Indigo Bazaar SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Think Boutique WINNER
Trash to Trend
Vshoen Boutique
Wabi Sabi Ecofashionconcept SPECIAL COMMENDATION

6. DESIGN LEADER
Recognising commitment to sustainability by leading, mainstream and high profile fashion designers.

See the presentation here for the winners and those highly commended in the Independent Boutique, Design Leader and Retail Leader categories.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

EDUN
Katharine Hamnett
Osklen
SUNO WINNER
Vivienne Westwood SPECIAL COMMENDATION

7. RETAIL LEADER
Recognising commitment to sustainability by leading, mainstream and corporate retail chains.

See the presentation here for the winners and those highly commended in the Independent Boutique, Design Leader and Retail Leader categories.

Businesses in this category were shortlisted on the basis of:

  • Going beyond trying to do no harm- implementing initiatives that achieve real social and environmental impact.
  • Displaying leadership- putting head above the parapet and promoting sustainability/ sustainability initiatives.
  • Combining sustainability best practice with commercial innovation.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

ASOS WINNER
Eileen Fisher SPECIAL COMMENDATION
H&M
M&S
Patagonia

8. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
This award recognizes outstanding contribution to furthering sustainability in the fashion sector.

See the presentation for the winner and those highly commended in this category.

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Ann McCreath
Dilys Williams
Franca Sozzani
Ineke Zeldenrust
Orsola de Castro & Filippo Ricci SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Safia Minney WINNER
Sam Maher
Lucy Siegle SPECIAL COMMENDATION

9. SUSTAINABLE STYLE ICON
Recognising leadership in sustainable style, promoting and putting the spotlight on sustainable fashion design.

See the presentation for the winner and those highly commended in this category.

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Amanda Hearst
Angela Lindvall
Emma Watson
Erin O’Connor
Lily Cole
Livia Firth WINNER
Summer Rayne Oakes SPECIAL COMMENDATION

10. MEDIA/ AWARENESS RAISING
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in raising awareness about the issues related to fashion and sustainability.

See the presentation for the winner and those highly commended in this category.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

Africa Fashion Guide SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Ms Wanda’s Wardrobe
Shirahime
SIX Magazine WINNER
Amisha Ghadiali, Future Fashion
Threads of Tradition SPECIAL COMMENDATION

11. EDUCATION
This award recognizes commitment to educating the next generation of fashion professionals, and creating ambassadors for sustainability in the fashion industry.

See the presentation for the winner and those highly commended in this category.

Scroll down further for a brief introduction to each finalist.

BITE:The British Institute of Technology & E-commerce
California College of Arts– MBA in Design Strategy and BA in Fashion Design
Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL– TED, and BA (Hons) and MA Textile Design
ESMOD Berlin – MA Sustainability in Fashion SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Knock on the Door- Business in a Box
London College of Fashion, UAL – MA Fashion and the Environment WINNER
PARSONS the New School for Design, New York – Sustainable Fashion course SPECIAL COMMENDATION
University of Delaware, USA – Graduate Certificate program in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business

12. SOURCE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Recognising excellence by a contributing writer for SOURCE Intelligence.

Julia Wilbur
Ceri Heathcote WINNER
Katharine Earley SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Rosie Helson SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Magaly Fuentes-Sagan

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BRIEF INTRODUCTIONS TO ALL FINALISTS CAN BE FOUND BELOW.

1. INNOVATION

1.1 INNOVATIONFASHION DESIGN

ADI

Combining traditional Indian design, materials and craftsmanship with western shapes for the international market.

ANANDA PASCUAL

Mens and womenswear made of recycled and natural materials in workshops throughout Cambodia, India and Peru that give job opportunities to marginalised women.

CARRIE PARRY LLC

Produced ethically and locally in the New York garment district using environmentally conscious materials and handwoven textiles supporting artisanal communities, CARRIE PARRY represents timeless sophisticated, tailored style with an appreciation for luxury, simplicity and modular design.

Eden Diodati

Luxury womenswear manufactured by garment workers in Italy that have been touched by physical or mental abuse.

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Creating forward-thinking, chic, wearable mens and womenswear made with respect to the environment and people.

JULIA SEREGINA

Specialising in transforming and reinventing space into new forms through knitting, made in Russia using natural and eco-friendly fibres.

L’HERBE ROUGE

Using innovative sustainable fibres such as those from biodynamic agriculture, garments are changeable, unisex and can be worn right way round, inside out or back to front.

Lilia Yip

Asymmetric abstract cuts, digital art and raw finishings are used to make surreal, conceptual but wearable womenswear. Produced in the UK using organic and natural materials.

Linda Mai Phung

Bringing together Asian influence and textiles with modern, inventive style. Made in Vietnam by a small workshop of disadvantaged women using upcycled, natural and organic materials.

Modahnik

Inspired by the Avant garde eclecticism of Congolese art and culture with vibrant, colorful prints and solids. Produced by Fellowship 500 member and CMT workshop, SOKO Kenya.

Nurmi

Scandinavian minimalism with functionality, cuts and designs which fit many body shapes – produced ecologically, ethically and with transparency throughout the whole life cycle.

The Social Studio

A dynamic space located in Collingwood, VIC, Australia where clothing is created from the style and skills of a young refugee community, transforming recycled and excess materials into original design and giving these youngsters specialised job training and skills for the future.

8045

Using innovative and sustainable materials such as milk fibre, modal and organic cotton, this Icelandic brand presents imaginative, contemporary and trendsetting designs for men and women.

1.2 INNOVATIONACCESSORIES

ABURY Collection

Creating intercultural value through unique handmade leather products designed in collaboration of international designers and Moroccan craftsmen.

Alexandra Taylor Collections

Original printed scarves and ties produced and manufactured in the USA, in New York City made of all natural fibers including silk, cotton and wool, as a means to advocate for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign, a global grassroots campaign to eradicate malaria

Cholesburys

Footwear manufacturing in the UK, using low energy production methods and made with 60% recycled materials.

Corkor

Corkor® collections are made from natural, eco-friendly Portuguese cork oak trees and are locally handcrafted .

Embellished Truth

Handbags inspired by Indian culture, prints and embellishments, each piece is embossed by hand. Made using vegetable tanned leather, free from chrome and heavy metals.

GUNAS

Fashion-forward handbags and accessories made out of animal-friendly leather alternatives either rescued, recycled, AZO-free or LEED certified and produced in small factories in India and internationally.

Heidi Mottram

Award-winning bags and purses produced from exotic bi-product leathers, such as eel skin and poulard (chicken) leather.

Katcha Bilek

Bags and accessories from repurposed inner tubes, car seatbelts, and bike tyres, locally sourced, 100% vegan and hand-crafted in the UK.

nawá

A social fashion brand that specialises in high-quality bags , empowering women in Labanon and providing sustainable incomes to those in remote areas.

Panda

High-end sunglasses handcrafted from sustainable bamboo and recycled polycarbonates in classic and modern shapes and styles.

Shopanthropic

A social impact fashion house where designer accessories meet social change locally and globally, representing the unique creativity of a global network of 3,000 artisans, mainly in India and Nepal.

Super Earth

Accessories and shoes made of recycled, salvaged and ecological materials, 100% handcrafted in Indonesia.

1.3 INNOVATIONJEWELLERY

Andy Lifschutz Jewelry

Working with Fashion 4 Development and artisans in Botwana, Andy Lifschutz specialises in jewellery that blends traditional inspiration with modern chic using reclaimed and recycled materials.

Candescent

Sculptural jewellery produced in the UK using FSC certified wood, fairmined gems and Fairtrade, ecological gold and inspired by the environment and sustainability as seen through the lens of applied, performing & visual arts.

Hearts

Upcycling vintage jewelry, restoring and combining different pieces to make new, one of a kind and hand-made pieces.

KOKKU

Contemporary designs through patented techniques in filigree metalwork, made by artisans in Sardinia using recycled metals.

Michelle Lowe-Holder

Derived from end-of-line materials, vintage textiles, and other castoffs of the fashion industry, Michelle Lowe-Holder’s necklaces, collars, and bracelets are edgy and contemporary.

Raven + Lily

Exclusive handmade and eco-friendly jewelry and accessories from North India, Cambodia, and Ethiopia – each modern, organic design reflects the beauty and culture of the woman who made it, creating a platform to empower women living with HIV/AIDS and to help alleviate poverty.

1.4 INNOVATIONCHILDRENSWEAR

Awamu

Straight from Uganda, beautifully-crafted handmade girls dresses inspired by print and colour. Passionate about changing the lives of HIV positive orphans & vulnerable children in the slums of Kampala.

Beibamboo

Scandinavian baby-clothing brand that boasts a collection of cleverly combined basics designed for the ultimate comfort of newborns and babies. Made out of bamboo and other sustainable materials, and employing a leading innovative baby-clothing rental scheme.

Dhana

Using only the softest, 100% certified organic fabric and eco-friendly dyes to ensure ultimate comfort and care for children. Innovative in empowering global savvy kids to connect with nature.

Green Nippers

Unique collection of brightly coloured baby grows and accessories that are perfect for children with sensitive skin or eczema. Garments are safe and gentle with the highest possible certification for environmental and ethical criteria.

macarons gmbh

Dedicated to modern, authentic design, and conscientious manufacturing. Devoted to creating beautiful, unique products with outstanding workmanship and detailing.

Toto Knits

Displaying ethical, organic knitwear handmade in Kenya by single mothers. Innovative and unique designs which are fun and funky that children and adults alike will love.

1.5 INNOVATIONONE TO WATCH

ABO London

A group of young emerging designers launched Abo this year, manufacturing their exclusive range of silk scarves in the UK and selling it inside Europe.

Marzipants

Marzipants are luxury, unisex cotton trousers at an affordable price that come in variety of different colours and styles with small, limited edition ranges.

Nomi Network

Nomi connects survivors of human trafficking with infrastructure, training, design and marketing expertise to create well-made, high-margin products with global relevance.

Umoja

Umoja recently launched its first collection ‘Out of Africa’, a collection working towards changing lives and focused on products sourced in Kenya.

2. BRAND LEADER

2.1. BRAND LEADERDESIGN

Arthur & Henry

Arthut & Henry produces formal and casual shirts for men from sustainable fabrics with a focus on quality. Designs include single and double cuffs, plain, striped and printed fabrics.

Comme Il Faut

With an emphasis on natural fabrics, enduring quality, local manufacturing and sourcing, profit sharing for employees and community involvement and investment, comme il faut delivers designs which respect and empower women, complementing their different body shapes and sizes.

Eternal Creation

Lovingly crafted and ethically produced fair trade babies, childrens, womens and mens wear from a tailoring centre employing Tibetans, Indians and Nepalese encompassing Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Seikh faiths.

Mata Traders

Starting with a booth at a local market in 2005, Mata Traders has evolved into a booming wholesale/retail apparel business with a two-fold mission: empowering women and putting fair trade at the forefront in the fashion industry.

Nancy Dee

Producing ethical clothes at an affordable price point, so that consumers can choose high quality, sustainable and ethically made clothes without having to pay a premium over the high street alternative.

Pure and Co.

Pure and Co has been celebrating hand knitting since 1998. At the heart of the Pure and Co brand are over 4500 women knitterss in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Bhusattva/ Rising Tradelink Limited

Rising Tradelink has been successfully promoting the concept of sustainable fashion with their garments being made of organic/blended fabrics using natural fibers and herbal/natural dyes.

Sanyukta Shrestha

A ‘made to order Bridal label’ dedicated to sustainable bridal wear: eco-friendly fashion that is both luxurious and desirable.

SOSUME

Since its inception, SOSUME has delivered six collections that encompass what sustainable design is all about: not just selecting organic and natural materials in every design, but selecting the ones that have the least environmental impact.

Studiojux

JUX is characterised by eco friendly, minimalistic designs using materials like organic cotton, hemp and recycled coke bottles.

TLuxe Clothing Company

Luxe explores the idea of basics dressing by using only the highest quality, locally sourced materials to produce fluid, elegant clothes made for layering, that look great and feel superb against the skin.

Lalesso

Inspired by rich East African culture, Lalesso has transformed the community where its products are manufactured.

2.2 BRAND LEADERSTREET/ CASUAL WEAR

Rapanui

Designing and making casualwear in line with the latest trends, Rapanui only use ethically accredited factories, powered by wind and solar energy, and cutting edge eco-textiles.

THE IOU PROJECT

An internet enabled community building tool seeking to link customers emotionally to its brand values, created to satisfy the need to empower both the artisan and the consumer.

Environmental Justice Foundation

Running the campaign ‘Pick your Cotton Carefully’ aiming to eradicate child labour and the deadliest pesticides from cotton production. As part of this campaign EJF produce a collection of high quality organic cotton t-shirts designed by some of the greatest designers in the fashion industry.

Mantis World

A wide range of designs for men, women and children, made to the highest social and environmental criteria in Africa and beyond.

Nudie Jeans co

Nudie Jeans offers a denim collection made of 100% organic grown cotton plus other products made of a very high percentage of organic materials (about 90% of the total collection) like organic cotton and vegetable tanned leathers.

Pants to Poverty

A pioneering underwear brand that has created a value chain community that extends directly from four fairtrade and organic cotton farming villages in Orissa, India, to empowered workers at Armstrong Knitting Mills in a carbon neutral factory in Tirrupur.

2.3 BRAND LEADERACCESSORIES & FOOTWEAR

Andean Collection

Designed in New York City and handcrafted by artisans in Ecuador, Andean Collection is an accessories brand with a social mission that is as inspiring as its aesthetics.

Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery

As one of the first jewellery designers in the UK to be fairtrade gold certified, Arabelle Lebrusan is committed to creating statement jewellery that is not only beautiful, but sustainable, fairtrade and ethical.

CRED Jewellery

As the original fair trade jeweller, CRED has led the pack in sourcing traceable precious metals and creating beautiful fine jewellery.

Green Shoes

As an ethical producer of shoes and accessories, Green Shoes offers both an ecotan range and a vegan range of handmade products.

Pachacuti

Producing Panama Hats made from organically grown carludovica palmata – which encourages biodiversity of plants and animals -, and Fair Trade hand-embroidered and hand-woven ribbons.

RUW BARCELONA

RUW BARCELLONA merges sustainability, recycling, solidarity, cutting edge design and innovation in beautiful bags.

3. SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIER

3.1 SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIERPRODUCTION

Animana

Animana creates products in Patagonia and the Andes using the rich local tradition of arts and crafts. The company is also a pioneer in expanding the ethical fashion movement in South America.

Bag It Don’t Bin It

Bag It Don’t Bin It makes branded, fairly traded, cloth eco-bags as a cost-effective and sustainable marketing tool for businesses.

Eden Studio

Eden Studio is a niche garment manufacturing unit specialising in women’s soft separates made from fine materials such as silk chiffon and satin.

Mantis World

Mantis World is a supplier of garments for the imprintables market with a dedicated Bespoke Production team working with fashion brands and retailers.

Maya Traditions Foundation

The Maya Traditions Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Panajachel, Guatemala which serves to facilitate market access to indigenous weavers in the greater Lake Atitlan region.

Mehera Shaw

Mehera Shaw is a fair trade design house and production company located in Jaipur, India, supporting Indian textiles manufacturer.

Pratibha Syntex

India’s first vertically integrated garment manufacturer, Pratibha Syntex spins, knits, dyes, and stitches each of its products within a system that is carefully managed to reduce the impacts on the environment and surrounding community.

Vandanamu Ethical Cottons

Supplier of bespoke printed cotton bags, Vandanamu supports a sewing and printing unit that provides sustainable livelihood opportunities for a long-marginalised village community in Southern India.

SOKO

SOKO is a clothing manufacturing unit in Kenya aiming at providing the fashion industry with a manufacturing unit with social and environmental issues at the core of its business.

Indego Africa

Indego Africa is a Fair Trade certified, design-driven social enterprise whose innovative model utilizes access to global markets and education to promote truly sustainable development for women artisans in Rwanda.

3.2 SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIERFABRICS AND COMPONENTS

ao textiles ltd.

ao textiles creates innovative and contemporary textiles, made using combinations of natural dyes, embroidery, marbling, digital print and jacquard weave.

Ayni Bolivia

Ayni Bolivia is a Fair Trade Organization, which develops and markets handicrafts and alpaca fibres, components, and garments made by 23 Bolivian artisanal groups.

ASKHA LLIMPI SAC

Promoting the use of organic cotton through their beautiful knitted, naturally dyed textiles.

Cocccon UG

Reeling their own silk yarn and making their own fabric by using traditional handweaving techniques, and organic, cruelty free silk.

C.L.A.S.S UK

C.L.A.S.S strives to drive their network of weavers and spinners to explore exciting new textile innovations and then presents these back to market in expertely staffed showrooms, offering designers a place to discover and feel the most innovative fabrics in the world.

ECOMACO CO., LTD.

Pioneering in the manufacture of apparel with polylactic-acid fiber, an industrial material derived from non-edible corn, and developing a new hybrid fiber made from sugarcane and the covering polyester coating made from petroleum.

Hacienda Los Nacimientos

Hacienda Los Nacimientos brought to market the world’s first certified-organic indigo and is now partnering with the Organic Herb Trading Company to offer the first ever organic product to achieve GOTS approval from the Soil Association.

Koru Organic

Koru Organic has changed the standards for leather production by using only animals from local organic farms and vegetable tanning technics.

Kumaon Earthcraft Self Reliant Cooperative, Brand Name AVANI

Earthcraft is a community-based enterprise, pioneer producer of high-quality, handmade silk and wool textiles under the brand ‘AVANI’.

Organic Textile Company

High quality, innovative fabrics made from seed to loom without harming anyone: only using sustainable fabrics, organic and fair trade organic cotton.

Sea Leather Wear

Marketer of Canadian tanned fish leather, Sea Leather Wear up cycles fish skin, a by-product of the consumption chain that would otherwise be discarded.

SLOWCOLOR

SLOWCOLOR is a premium, fairly-traded, eco-textile brand. Every fabric is handmade and naturally dyed and they also produced finished goods in fashion and home furnishing.

4. AFRICA AWARD

Agnes and Lola

An online boutique that sources ethically produced garments by African based designers, committed to developing the African fashion industry in a sustainable and ethical manner.

Indego Africa

Indego Africa is a Fair Trade certified social enterprise working with women artisans in Rwanda. IA partners use locally sourced Dutch Wax cloth, known in Africa for its cultural and historical significance, in many of their products.

MAGO’ east africa

A small company producing womenswear in zanzibar, MAGO’ is an enterprise mixing italian design and local materials like wax, kanga kitenge.

Mantis World

Mantis World has been producing ethically-made garments from Tanzania since 1999. The company imports 600,000+ garments per year from Sunflag Tz for the European printwear and fashion markets.

Mayamiko

Working to support creative talents and turn them into sustainable activities, Mayamiko is currently working with disadvantaged women on the Mayamiko Cotton Project in Lilongwe, Malawi.

MIA by Mia Nisbet

MIA by Mia is a clothing label from Malawi recycling materials that are then combined with traditional Malawian textiles to produce a collection that merges the richness of African textiles with western styling.

NACK by LutoTailo

Nigerian Articulate Culture Kullection, producing t-shirt cotton Fabric, Pique, linen, jeans, has successfully grown to become one of Nigeria’s established brand names.

SOKO

SOKO, a clothing manufacturing unit in Kenya, is based in the region with the highest unemployment rate in the country, with a high rate of prostitution, HIV/AIDS positive population and animal poaching. It is, therefore, a precious alternative means of making a living for local people.

Trashy Bags Project

Trashy Bags is a manufacturing NGO and social enterprise based in Accra, collecting, cleaning and then transforming, discarded plastic drinking water and juice sachets, into useful and attractive bags and other products.

5. INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUE

Danaqa World Chic

Danaqa World Chic is a boutique established to create awareness of the best that small, women-led producers based in amazing places have to offer. They operate at the luxury end of the retail market.

FAIR

FAIR is a boutique that combines direct sourcing from WFTO members, sourcing from local Brighton organisations working in Fashion and Textiles in Africa, Asia and South America and sourcing from UK Fair Trade brands such as People Tree, Bibico, Komodo and Nancy Dee.

HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW

An independent, collaborative and experimental shop/studio that is used to make, showcase and sell fashion and accessories whose aim is to connect the customer and passer-by to the processes, time and skill involved in making products.

Indigo Bazaar

This Australian boutique has carefully and lovingly edited its range of ethical designers from across the world to bring Australia a unique range of ethical fashion with huge integrity.

Think Boutique

Think Boutique is an online ladies ethical fashion retailer whose core focus is to provide fashion forward, style led womenswear and accessories without compromising their ethics.

Trash to Trend

Trash to Trend is an upcycling design fashion brand, an ethical/sustainable design and manufacturing platform, as well as a growing global network for like-minded designers.

Vshoen Boutique Inc.

Vshoen is a boutique trying to enrich the niche market of vegan fashion by providing fashionable alternatives which are gentle to our earth and the animals that inhabit our space.

Wabi Sabi Ecofashionconcept

Wabi Sabi’s shops offer a range ecological and sustainable clothing and accessories for women and babies as well as some home gift items; these products are exclusive, high quality, and elegant eco- fashion designs.

6. DESIGN LEADER

EDUN

Founded by Ali Hewson & Bono in 2005, EDUN is a global fashion brand bringing about positive change through its trading relationship with Africa and it’s positioning as a creative force in contemporary fashion.

Katharine Hamnett

Katherine Hamnett is one of the most important names in the fashion industry having promoted an ethical business philosophy since the 1980’s.

Osklen

Osklen is a Brazilian sportswear clothing company, owned and created in 1989 by Brazilian entrepreneur Oskar Metsavaht. In 2002, with the help of biologists, Metsavaht created ‘e-brigade’, an educational group of environmental activists and launched an accompanying line of clothing made of recycled materials.

SUNO

SUNO is a New York based womenswear label founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. The collection was launched in Spring 2009 after post-election violence threatened to damage the economy and industry in Kenya. Since its inception, SUNO has evolved its business to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is manufacturing an accessories collection in Kenya with the goal of empowering Kenyan women and local artisans to help themselves, by providing valuable skills and a sustainable income as well as recycling materials.

7. RETAIL LEADER

Businesses in this category were shortlisted on the basis of:

  • Going beyond trying to do no harm- implementing initiatives that achieve real social and environmental impact.
  • Displaying leadership- putting head above the parapet and promoting sustainability/ sustainability initiatives.
  • Combining sustainability best practice with commercial innovation.

M&S

From climate change, waste management, preservation of natural resources, animal welfare to ethical trading and charity and community funding, M&S shows strong commitment to tackle many different social and environmental problems.

ASOS

ASOS is one of the most popular fashion websites in the world and is one of the first sites to launch a specially curated eco fashion edit – The Green Room, which also includes its pioneering ASOS Africa collection, produced with Fellowship 500 member, SOKO Kenya. After adopting the ETI Base Code throughout their global supply chain, ASOS also became a carbon neutral company by participating in many carbon offset projects.

Eileen Fisher

Balancing the needs of a business with a commitment to people and the planet is at the center of EILEEN FISHER’s mission. Behind their products are stories of broader efforts to protect the environment, empower women and support traditional crafts and culture.

Patagonia

Patagonia aims at inspiring solutions to the environmental problems by evaluating raw materials, investing in innovative technologies, and rigorously policing their waste. They are committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier planet.

H&M

Biggest buyer of organic cotton in the world, H&M also started to introduce organic hemp among its range of conscious materials. In addition, the brand contributes to lasting social improvement for textiles workers in Bangladesh and is involved in a collaboration with UNICEF.

8. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION

Ann McCreath

Ann McCreath worked as a designer in Italy and Spain, then on aid in Angola, Kenya and Zimbabwe with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Traditional arts and crafts inspired her to move from aid to fair trade as a long term solution to poverty. Her Kenyan contemporary fashion label, KikoRomeo, works with a wide variety of rural and urban communities. In 2008 she launched FAFA Kenya, a ground breaking initiative which has directed the creativity and energy of hundreds of entrepreneurs in Kenya and fostered peace.

Franca Sozzani

Vogue Italia’s Editor in Chief Franca Sozzani collaborates in many international commerce partnerships on behalf of Fashion 4 Development. She has also helped fund key projects and produced an entire issue about Africa in LʼUomo Vogue, changing perceptions of how fashion can improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

Dilys Williams

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion, and since 2007 has been instrumental in the set up and development of the centre and its activities. CSF was established to provoke, challenge and question the fashion status quo through collaboration, designing transforming solutions that balance ecology, society and culture.

Orsola de Castro & Filippo Ricci

Founders and curators of Estethica, the groundbreaking sustainable fashion show at London Fashion Week, showcasing the growing movement of cutting edge designers committed to working sustainably and Founders of award-winning upcycled brands, From Somewhere and Reclaim to Wear, Orsola and Filippo have been instrumental in bringing sustainable fashion into the mainstream.

Safia Minney

Social entrepreneur and founder of Fair Trade and environmental fashion and lifestyle label People Tree, Safia has been pioneering Fair Trade in fashion for over 20 years.

Ineke Zeldenrust

International Coordinator at Clean Clothes Campaign, has been a leading voice on improving working conditions in the global garment industry.

Sam Maher

For over 10 years, Sam has been a leading light for the campaign for labour rights in the garment sector. We recognise her for her spearheading role at Labour Behind the Label.

Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle is a British journalist and writer on environmental issues. Siegle has written a weekly ethical living column for The Observer since 2004, and two books, including Green Living in the Urban Jungle and To Die For. She is also the co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge.

9. SUSTAINABLE STYLE ICON

Livia Firth

Through her initiative the Green Carpet Challenge, Livia has been instrumental in changing public perception about how and what fashion is made of by working with big names designers to create sustainable outfits for her and other Hollywood actors for key red carpet events. For many years, she has been a leading face and voice for the ethical fashion movement.

Lily Cole

One of the most famous faces in the UK, Lily Cole is a model, actress, ambassador for the Environmental Justice Foundation, founder of ethical knitwear brand, The North Circular.

Erin O’Connor

Supermodel and social entrepreneur, Erin O’Connor has demonstrated dedication to sustainability in the fashion sector through a variety of projects, including traveling to India with TRAID.

Amanda Hearst

Model, activist, socialite, Sustainable Fashion Editor of Marie Claire magazine (US) and heiress of the Hearst mass media group, Amanda is a long time supporter of sustainable fashion brands and designers.

Emma Watson

Famed actress and collaborator and face of Fair Trade fashion brand, People Tree.

Summer Rayne Oakes

Model, TV host, author, journalist, social entrepreneur and environmental activist, Summer Rayne has been the face of cutting edge sustainable fashion brand and previous SOURCE award winner, Ada Zanditon as well as eco committed companies such as Aveno, Levi’s, Edun and Zoe & Zac. Her travels around the world are well-documented on social media and she always travels in great eco style.

Angela Lindvall

Model, founder of organic cosmetics line, host of Project Runway Allstars.

10. MEDIA

Africa Fashion Guide

Focusing on promoting the African fashion and textile industry to the greater global textile industry, Africa Fashion Guide is an information based platform and one stop shop for fashion professionals and all those interested in African fashion and textiles.

Future Fashion

Future Fashion is a series of events at Shoreditch House hosted by Amisha Ghadali, dedicated to the politics of dressing in an increasingly throw away world.

Ms Wanda’s Wardrobe

Ms Wanda’s Wardrobe is an Uber Blog that focuses on news and features about ethical fashion and pulls together some of the best writers on the blogosphere to promote ethical brands and lifestyle choices.

Shirahime

The only publication where factual and professionally researched information is available under Creative Commons License, completely freely and without any restrictions, accessible to anyone interested.

SIX Magazine

SIX magazine was the first of its kind in the UK to focus attention firmly on the design-led aspect of ethical fashion with the goal to help spread awareness and raise interest among the fashion consumer.

Threads of Tradition

Threads of Tradition is a film series of 10 episodes, three of which have been released – winning several international/ local awards. The series highlights the work of ethical designers that are changing the dynamics in their nations. Producing editorial content on ethical design for 17 publications- like Sony/ AirTel/ Asian Lite- Threads of Tradition creates awareness and engages local audiences on ethical design across South Asia & Middle East.

11. EDUCATION

BITE:The British Institute of Technology & E-commerce

The British Institute of Technology & E-commerce (BITE) is a catalyst organisation, bringing together talent, industry and government. It seeks to advance and apply this expertise through research, consultancy and education in the pioneering of technology, science and business.

California College of Arts– MBA in Design Strategy and BA in Fashion Design

The groundbreaking full-time, two-year MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts prepares the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is not only profitable, but also sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful. CCA’s Fashion Design curriculum mixes fashion sustainability, conceptual ideation, and interdisciplinary studio practice to spark innovation in an established profession.

Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL– TED, and BA (Hons) and MA Textile Design

BA Textile Design at Chelsea is one of the leading textile courses in the UK and Europe. The Textile Environment Design (TED) project at Chelsea was established in 1996 and is a unique collective of practicing designers / educators. The main aim of the project is to look at the role that the designer can play in creating textiles that have a reduced impact on the environment and to provide a toolbox of designer-centred solutions.TED’s expertise is strategic design thinking for sustainable textiles, resulting in the development and application of ‘TED’s TEN’, a set of design strategies for textile designers to make theory into practice.

ESMOD Berlin – MA Sustainability in Fashion

ESMOD Berlin is the first higher educational programme in Germany to address the urgency of integrating the theme of sustainable fashion into its curriculum. The MA programme takes a hands-on approach, encouraging students to explore aspects of sustainability in developing design strategies and methods for the future, as well as providing access to innovative materials, technologies and production techniques.

Knock on the Door

Knock on the Door has created “Business in a Box”, providing an in-depth look at all aspects of running a fashion label. Knock on the Door is in the process of developing a series of Masterclasses which will focus on specific elements of running your own fashion business. These events will include how to implement sustainable and ethical practices in fashion business.

London College of Fashion, UAL – MA Fashion and the Environment

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) was set up at London College of Fashion in 2008 to be an internationally recognised leader in sustainable fashion eduction, aiming to change the landscape of the fashion sector, pushing boundaries in the way that fashion is identified through an innovative and proactive approach to the issues of sustainable creative development.LCF has also just launched the pioneering and UK’s first Sustainable Fashion Lab in the heart of East London, in collaboration with Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Oxfam.

PARSONS the New School for Design, New York – Sustainable Fashion course

Parsons Sustainable Fashion course examines manufacturing from a social, political and economic point of view and enables students to learn about the human rights and environmental violations as related to the apparel and textile industry.

University of Delaware, USA – Graduate Certificate program in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business

The Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies offers a graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business that addresses labour and environmental problems in the global supply chains for the apparel, textile, and footwear industries.

12. SOURCE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Julie Wilbur – For her Bridging the Gap series
Ceri Heathcote – For her invaluable contribution on the topic of online marketing and communications
Katharine Earley – For her inventiveness in article topics, she can write well on a breadth of issues
Rosie Helson – For bringing business expertise to the forefront of SOURCE Intelligence
Magaly Fuentes-Sagan – For bringing us the latest info from the Americas


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