Awards Feb 2008
The concept of ‘make do and mend’ is the inspiration behind the Debbi Little label. From humble beginnings and a passion for recycled fabrics, Debbi Little developed her signature style of vintage recycled 1950’s parachute dresses.
The vintage “ball gowns in a bag” and re-cycled silk parachute skirts and dresses are sold in boutiques all over the world.
Elena Garcia (Fisher Garcia at the time of the award) produces high-end garments using sustainable production methods and eco-friendly fabrics. The pieces are elegant shapes with a high degree of craft and attention to detail. Each collection features traditional textile techniques with a contemporary twist.
The pieces are handcrafted in studio or by small local manufacturers and social enterprise units, giving back to the local community. Fabrics are pesticide free, and manufacturing is local. Elena Garcia’s silk is woven specially for the label. Silk worms and mulberry trees are organically grown, yarn spun and fabric woven without chemicals. Wool fibers are from the British Blue Faced Leicester sheep, reared organically or pesticide free, the dyes used are free of metal, amine, and azo compounds.
Elena Garcia works with Social Enterprise unit Heba Women’s Project in East London for the embellishment and with local textile artist for the specialized dyeing and felting.-All without compromising on quality.
Davina is best known for her cutting edge hand crafted clothes for women, combining fashion and textile design. In her work she seeks to push the boundaries of these two disciplines through finishing, texture, function and silhouette.
A combination of recycled, industrial and handcrafted techniques is used. Digital print run alongside hand stitched embroideries and extravagant recycled fabric garlands to create an exciting infusion of pattern, texture and shape.
Sika is inspired by the rich and diverse culture of Ghana, West Africa. Fabrics for Sika collections are sourced from Ghana, with a focus on traditional skills such as batik, tie dye and wax print.
All garments are produced in Ghana by highly skilled tailors and seamstresses. By generating regular income for those involved, Sika is able to give back to the Ghanaian community and raise the standard of garment production.
Sika is working to develop a production unit based on co-operative and fair trade principles in Ghana. This will provide opportunities and training for individuals and communities, increase market access and sustainable incomes, and promote Ghana as a location for the production of high quality designer fashion.