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5 December 2012

SOURCE Awards 2012: The Winners

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum


Presenting the winners of the 2012 SOURCE Awards - recognising excellence in fashion and sustainability across 12 different categories, including Innovation, Africa Award, Outstanding Contribution, Sustainable Style Icon and Brand, Design and Retail Leaders + more Image: SOURCE Award winner, GUNAS


The SOURCE Awards put the spotlight on the most innovative and inspirational businesses, individuals, and initiatives in the fashion industry, globally.

The SOURCE Awards ceremony took place on the evening of 4th December at a beautiful venue in Central London and was attended by many of the industry’s most influential and inspiring brands, individuals, press and buyers and was live-streamed online with others participating from all over the world.

With special thanks to Joelson Wilson for hosting the event, and I am the Gift Productions for filming and live- streaming the event, as well as our other generous event sponsors.

The judging panel included Baroness Lola Young, Hilary Alexander, Mandi Lennard, Orsola de Castro, and several other leading experts in the fields of fashion and sustainability. The awards recognise excellence in 12 different categories, from design innovation to brand leadership across women’s, men’s, accessories, and children’s wear, sustainable supply / manufacture, retail, and individual contribution. Finalists included businesses and industry leaders from all over the world.


SOURCE recognises that sustainable practices are not an optional add on – but a fundamental requirement for any business to compete in commercial and resource terms in the fashion industry today.

Please note that it is not possible for SOURCE to carry out supply chain audits on all applicants. Judges decisions are based upon information sent by applicants, referenced wherever possible against other information such as certifications held and membership of SOURCE partner organisations. Applicants to each category are judged against specific judging criteria. Please contact the SOURCE Awards team if you require further information.

We’re pleased to announced the SOURCE Awards 2012 winners:



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.


The Winners:

Honest by
Creating forward-thinking, chic, wearable mens and womenswear made with respect to the environment and people. The world’s first 100% transparent company launched in January 2012 by acclaimed designer, Bruno Pieters. Honest by is the first company in the world to share the full cost breakdown of its products.

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

Highly Commended:

Eden Diodati
A truly global luxury womenswear with sophisticated prints, manufactured by garment workers in Italy that have been touched by physical or mental abuse.

Celebrating and furthering the eclecticism of Congolese art and culture with vibrant, colorful prints and solids. Produced by Fellowship 500 member and fellow SOURCE Award 2012 Winner, SOKO Kenya.


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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

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


The Winner:

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

Highly Commended:

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.

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.


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

Dhana Eco Kids
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.

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


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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


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.


The Winner:

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

Highly Commended:

Arthur & Henry
Arthur & 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.

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

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


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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

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.


This award recognises 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.


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.


The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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 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.


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

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.

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.


This award recognises 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.

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.

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.


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.

The Winner:

Beautiful and eclectic prints, colours, layers that are very feminine but still wearable – unlike any other brand.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.

Highly Commended:

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.


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.

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.


This award recognises outstanding contribution to furthering sustainability in the fashion sector.

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

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.

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.


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.

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.


This award recognises 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.

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.

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.


This award recognises 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.

The Winner:

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.

Highly Commended:

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.

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.


Recognising excellence by a contributing writer for SOURCE Intelligence.

The Winner:

Ceri Heathcote – For her invaluable contribution on the topic of online marketing and communications

Highly Commended:

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


Read an introduction to the SOURCE Awards and the benefits for award winners.

For more information on the award categories and judging criteria, CLICK HERE

Applications for the SOURCE Awards 2013 will open in April 2013. To be notified when applications are open, join the mailing list.

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