LDF16 was the usual eye-popping variety of installations & concepts. Our favourite wasn't a single piece, but the diverse sustainable design on display. Artists and designers from around the world showed us the art of the possible with recycled, re-used and up-cycled materials.
Using sustainable materials to make the fabrics which are then shaped to create clothes is the perhaps the most basic way to achieve sustainable fashion design. This article, part of our series on Sustainable Fashion, explores 5 innovative materials that are sustainable alternatives for designers. They've appeared in the last couple of decades, but aren't yet widely known to consumers. Most are in use today, and all create new options for designers with an eye on sustainability.
We profile Rachel Faller, founder of Tonle Designs - one of the new breed of social entrepreneurs who are showing the industry new ways of creating sustainable fashion businesses for the 21st century. Commercially savvy leaders who could climb the ladder of big business, but they choose instead to apply their ability to making a difference to the world around them, usually in smaller firms, often their own. Read how Rachel has intelligently challenged conventional wisdom, but with an appreciation of the reality of business.
Abraham & Thakore is a unique Fashion Design success story, built on a core of innovation, quality and commitment to personal values – including Sustainability. David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore are unconventional rule-breakers who have followed their own path to success – not through outrageous designs, but by letting their principles shine through in their work and they way they run their business. Their exquisite, wearable clothes appeal to a wide audience, from middle class women with normal bodies to some of the most popular stars on the planet. We take a look at the men behind the clothes, and explore why you find their work at art galleries as well as catwalks around the world.
The “Shoe that Grows” is a brilliantly simple idea of creating durable children’s shoes that expand as their feet grow, ensuring well-fitting shoes throughout childhood. It’s an inspirational story of a man who wanted to make a difference, and is doing so. But another fascinating aspect for us is how much great design thinking there is to learn from this story – not just design of the shoes, but design of the business that goes with it.
It’s finally possible, practical and commercially viable to do something about the damage the fashion industry does to our planet through huge amounts of waste and pollution. Our guide to Sustainable Fashion contains the most important things you should know to form your own view, including how each of us can make a real difference.
Ethical, FairTrade & Sustainability are topical subjects for a wide variety of consumer products today. Jewellery however is often hard to find that embraces some of these values. Zayah showcases 3 ethical & sustainable jewellery stores that embrace the philosopy of fairtrade and also look at recycled materials and are an alternate to mainstream stores.