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19 January 2013

SOURCE Awards 2013

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum


The goal of the SOURCE Awards is to put the spotlight on and celebrate best practice in the fashion sector.

2013 AWARDS: Scroll down or click the buttons below to view all details of the 2013 SOURCE awards, including winners, categories, judges and applicants.

PLEASE NOTE: For the 2014 Awards, the award categories and judging process will not be the same as 2013.


The SOURCE Award Winners 2013

On Tuesday 3rd December, inspiring fashion pioneers, press and key industry figures met at the House of Lords in London, for the 2013 SOURCE Awards Winner announcements, hosted by Baroness Lola Young, OBE and Founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability.

Winners were selected by an inspirational judging panel, including: Dolly Jones, editor of Vogue.com; Brigitte Steppitus, Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood; Summer Rayne Oakes, social activist, eco-model and co-founder of Source4Style; Amber Valetta, American supermodel and sustainable fashion spokesperson. View the Winners and Award Finalists below.


There were 4 SOURCE Awards categories:

1. SOURCE: Design Leader
2. SOURCE: Sustainable Brand (Split into 9 Sub-Categories)
3. SOURCE Retail Award (Split into 2 Sub-Categories)
4. SOURCE Sustainable Supplier/ manufacturer (Split into 2 Sub-Categories)


Please see details and links for finalists and winners in each category below.

In addition, we are pleased to announce our top 4 nominees and winner for the SOURCE Outstanding Contribution Award, recognising outstanding contribution to furthering sustainability in the fashion sector:

Carry Somers, Founder of Pachacuti and Fashion Revolution DayWINNER
Allanna McAspurn, CEO of Made-By
Ruby Ghuznavi, Founder of Aranya, Bangladesh
Amber Valletta, Founder of Master & Muse

1. SOURCE: Design Leader Finalists

This award recognises the capacity for outstanding design to change lives, change perceptions, and raise awareness around sustainability in the fashion industry.

Judging Criteria: companies and designers that have combined design innovation with a commitment to social and environmental goals.


VOZ is where handmade luxury meets social change. VOZ empowers indigenous artisans and their art forms through collaborative fashion design. United States


Portuguese shoe design brand driven by its passion for architectonic shapes inspired by asymmetries and sustainable materials. Portugal

Made :

A fashion accessories brand creating unique, handcrafted jewellery and bags in our Kenyan workshop, providing sustainable opportunities for our employees. United Kingdom

Quazi Design :

Cutting edge craft company that transforms waste magazines into original accessories, pushing the boundaries of craft, responsibility, and design. Swaziland

2. SOURCE: Sustainable Brand Leader Finalists

For brands that are combining product excellence with best practice in sustainability terms. This award aims to put the spotlight on current and future brand leaders.

Judging Criteria: brands which have integrated sustainability at the very core of their business practices, and combine this with compelling product ranges for which there is a clear market.

2.1: One to watch:

Senhoa : WINNER

Senhoa jewelry is individually handcrafted by a survivor of human trafficking or a young woman vulnerable to exploitation. United States


Sara C designs stylish, sustainable pieces with one of a kind prints, inspired and made in Britain using eco-friendly fabric. United Kingdom

Mayamiko Trust :

Empowering vulnerable communities through skills training, supporting and turning creative talentsthrough ethical fashion and accessories. United Kingdom


OVNA OVICH is an environmentally and socially focused mens and womenswear label, based in New Zealand. New Zealand

2.2 Womenswear:


INDIGENOUS, found 1994, is the premier brand in premium eco-fashion. Our handmade pieces evoke timeless taste: both sophisticated and savvy. United States


AIAYU is a Nordic knitwear brand specializing in women apparel, accessories and home interior products. Denmark

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear :

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear is dedicated to the self-actualization of our customers, workers and the fiber-producers in our supply chain. United States

People Tree :

Pioneering fair trade womenswear label. United Kingdom

2.3: Menswear:


Vegan, avant-garde ‘feel-good’ fashion with innovative fabrics and sophisticated Japanese cutting technique. Germany


Sustainable, upcycled, regional and fair produced fashion and accessories using dead stock of locally produced fabrics. Germany

Cock & Bull Menswear :

Design led menswear using sustainable textiles and processes, artisan production, an ethical supply chain – manufacturing entirely in the UK. United Kingdom

2.4: Childrenswear

Eternal Creation : WINNER

Fair trade childrenswear, womenswear, menswear garments hand made in Dharamsala, North India. Australia


Hand crafted, ethical and eco apparel for babies, toddlers, you and your home, working with mums in the slums of Kampala. United Kingdom

Jake & Maya Collective :

Jake & Maya Collective work with independent designer/makers to source and make products from sustainably sourced materials. United Kingdom

Pink and Grey :

Pink and Grey is a boutique special occasion label for children, offering a unique style of ‘organic, vintage, couture’. Australia

2.5: Accessories:


Unique leather and handbag collection, crafted from upcycled leather and linings, inspired by motorcycle culture. Australia


LuleA designs and produces quality leather accessories as a brand, co-branding partner and as a manufacturer for its customers. Ireland-Kenya

Colin Leslie Eyewear :

Ethical fashion for the Eyes. Worn by Celebrities. Official gifting partner Brit Awards 2013. United Kingdom

Little hill people :

High fashion bags and accessories using materials hand made by the tribeswomen of rural Northeast India. United Kingdom

2.6: Jewellery:

Raven + Lily : WINNER

Raven+Lily is a socially conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design. United States

Faire Collection :

Leading fair trade lifestyle brand with a mission of bringing sustainable change to impoverished communities worldwide. United States

Nakate :

Nakate supports Ugandan sustainability and upcycling through the production of handcrafted accessories, designed in Kampala and assembled in Kibuli. Uganda

2.7: Footwear

Coclico : WINNER

Embracing slow-fashion by designing modern footwear that is ethically made and ecologically considerate. United States

Mink :

Mink is an ultra-luxe / couture collection of Italian made vegan and eco friendly shoes and accessories. United States

Po-Zu :

Ecological and Ethical Footwear made in Europe. United Kingdom

2.8: Sport and leisure:

Choclo Project : WINNER

Versatile clothing adapted to modern living, allowing you to flow freely from a yoga class to your local cafe. United Kingdom

Ayuvastra :

Ayuvastra specialises in organic fabrics that are infused and hand dyed using natural medicinal plants from the Ayurvedic tradition. Ireland {Republic}

Mantis World :

Manufacturer of fashionable, ethical clothing. Producing in Tanzania, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Sri Lanka, India. United Kingdom

2.9: Lingerie and Swimwear:

Nico Underwear : WINNER

Nico fills the gap between the over-the-top and the boring-practical in women’s underwear. Nico offers a different kind of sexy. Australia


Augustine designs luxurious affordable lingerie, inspiring everyday companions using only sustainable materials. United Kingdom

Marion May :

Marion May is a debut lingerie label combining ethical and luxury, based in East London. United Kingdom

3. SOURCE Retail Award

This award recognises excellence in fashion retail in 2 sub categories:

3.1 Independent Boutique / sustainable brand platform
3.2 Large international or High St retailer

3.1 Independent Boutique / sustainable brand platform

Open to all independent retailers, online or bricks and mortar, selling more than one sustainable fashion brand.

Judging criteria: Businesses that have created retail platforms for sustainable fashion brands, bringing them to a mainstream market, using clever curation, robust brand selection criteria, and innovative marketing techniques.

Lydali : WINNER

Bringing together the best in jewellery, accessories, and home décor made ethically by artisans all over the world. United States


Luxury ethical, sustainable, fair trade, recycled and handmade fashion and lifestyle products. Australia

The Keep Boutique :

A curated selection of the most stylish, yet affordable, ethical fashion. United Kingdom

3.2 Large international or High St retailer

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

  • 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.

Large International / High St Retailer:

New Look : WINNER

New Look is a British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops around the world. United Kingdom

Impactt Limited :

Helping improve working conditions and livelihoods across global supply chains which brings business benefits to both ends of the chain. United Kingdom

4. SOURCE Sustainable Supplier/ manufacturer:

Open to suppliers and manufacturers of all sizes from fair trade groups to production units, factories and fabric suppliers, globally. This award recognizes sustainable practices in the supply chain, both social: empowering workers, sustainable livelihoods, poverty reduction, and community impact, and environmental: from low energy to organic and eco- innovation, combined with a high standard of service.

Pioneering suppliers that are combining real impact in social and environmental terms with outstanding supply or production services.

4.1: Fabric & component production and supply

Lebenskleidung : WINNER

A Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified Textile Agency from Berlin, Germany wholesaling fabrics. Germany

Panchachuli UK :

Supporting the Panchachuli Women Weavers who hand loom in India, import their products to the UK and raise awareness globally. United Kingdom

Paper No. 9 :

New Brooklyn-based design lab Paper No. 9 creates exclusive bespoke sustainable textiles and limited edition goods by hand. United States


Fair, Eco-friendly, Ethical & Sustainable production unit specialising in non-violent silk herbal dyeing and printing. Germany

4.2: Production services on behalf of brands and retailers:

Piece & Co. WINNER

Making it possible for big brands to source from artisans in the developing world, employing women with limited opportunity and creating unique custom products. United States


Developing mass-production upcycling. Upcycled womenswear and menswear. Estonia

Neutral.com ApS :

Neutral® is manufactured and certified according to the best in class environmental, social and ethical standards. Denmark


A socially responsible textiles brand that develops luxury products from yak down. China