Shortlist UK 2011
Shortlist UK 2011
The following brands represent the INNOVATION UK Award Shortlist for 2011. The winners will be announced at the beginning of July 2011.
959 utilise recycled seatbelts in their products which they source from scrap yards. They are 100% made in Italy and due to the nature of the material are deemed ‘indestructable’.
A.L.A.S are a sleepwear and loungewear brand who produce in India where the cotton is grown, spun, woven and dyed. Their garments are constructed with 100% certified organic cotton. The fabrics are dyed and printed using methods that avoid harmful AZOs and formaldehyde.
ADI is a new label who combines traditional Indian handloom fabrics with western silhouettes. They support local artisans by using traditional fabrics such as Chanderi saris, Maheshwari saris, Khadi cotton and Kota sari from Rajasthan.
AURA QUE products are individually hand-crafted in Nepal using local materials such as buffalo leather, banana yarn and hand-woven cotton. Each AURA QUE design is brought to life in a Nepalese factory that employs local people, according to fair trade principles.
Beautiful Soul aims to recycle traditional fabrics sourced from around the world into timeless, wearable collections. Product longevity, minimising waste and environmental impact are important to the Beautiful Soul philosophy. Garments are designed so that they are adjustable to the wearers changing needs. Material remnants are recycled as trimmings or embellishment.
Caipora is a British company that celebrates fashion, uniqueness, natural resources’ sustainability and skilled artisans. Through their creative process and ethical production, they ensure each jewellery item to be a true representation of the melting pot of culture that is Brazil.
Having specially selected designers to work meticulously with professional artisans, they ensure every piece is created to enhance the balance and the feeling of engagement with nature.
Seeds and golden grass are collected during periods of harvest and off- cut materials from other industries are recycled. The extraction activities are monitored by local environmental agencies and suppliers are known as “eco-friendly” merchants.
Camilla Wellton’s vision is threefold:
Create clothes that enhance your natural power, grace, beauty and elegance.
Love life by being true to the innermost self for the benefit of all beings.
Allow an awakening of the mind so that the wonders that lie inside us all may be expressed.
They have a 100% organic line in their label Eco Couture. They also use ecological materials for a growing number of styles in their collections. Yet the elegance and quality of the material and therefore the fit and beauty of the garment is never compromised. They do not use an ecologial material for the sake of simply doing so but will choose to use one if it has a beauty and quality of the same order of or surpassing that of a traditional textile. Design and fit come first. Always.
Chichia for Made by Africa
In collaboration with concept jersey label Made by Africa, Chichia refreshes everyday basics with a Tanzanian twist, incorporating East-African organic cottons into the collections. Made by Africa collections are manufactured in a Fair-trade certified factory in Tanzania. It is the first factory to be awarded with the SA8000 certification in East Africa.
Crystal Padmore - Coincide
Recent graduate Crystal Padmore presents her Coincide range. The contrast of ethical chunky knit with soft flowing silhouettes creates a modern crafted vision. All fabrics used have been ethically sourced, these include end of line fabrics, organic cotton, ecologica wool and vintage haberdashery. The brand tries to minimize waste by utilising as much of the fabrics as possible.
EKO incorporates the latest eco fabrics and organically produced fibres to produce clothing that’s both kind to skin and the environment. Production is carried out in Turkey and Portugal by teams with strong ethical policy, which concentrate on sustainable fibres. Local artists are also used to produce prints.
Esther Porter is an ethical and sustainable brand that doesn’t shout about being eco. Rather, the design aesthetic of the brand is what stands out. The unique mix of environmental, recycled and heritage materials makes the brand inherently eco, but these materials are also chosen because of their beauty and their ability to create a blend of modern and classic artisan design.
Fashion ComPassions main goal is to promote social change through fashion. They are an ethical fashion house that represents socially responsible luxury brands. The company was founded to give a voice and platform to skilled and creative women artisans in the developing world by working with social enterprises that contribute towards developing communities, empowering women and alleviating poverty.
Genuine Article produce garments made from UK sourced post-consumer leather. Their garments juxtapose conceptual, deconstructionist design with traditional craft techniques creating a unique design aesthetic. They use a variation of different hides in one jacket and work with a socially and environmental responsible CMT unit.
Ivana Basilotta is a contemporary womenswear brand. They use the craftsmanship of artisans and work with small manufacturers and suppliers. They constantly seeks out the most innovative yarns and fabrics to use in their collections including organic, bio-degradeable, peace silks and recycled fabrics.
Jacinto & Lirio
Jacinto & Lirio utilise innovative material known as ‘plant leather’ which is produced from water hyacinth in the Philippines. Their social enterprise aims to raise the competitiveness of indigenous materials and communities producing them. By partnering with communities in the production and innovation of products, they form a synergy that will not only create an ethical supply chain but increase impact for their development.
Knock on the Door
Knock on the Door support and promote new designers by creating a platform from which they can launch their design career. Knock on the Door head hunt emerging designers, often recent graduates, and commission them to develop a capsule collection exclusively for them. Collections are produced using ethical fabrics and UK manufacturers, with the range being sold under the designer’s name.
Michelle Lowe-Holder takes waste and off-cuts which have little value and transforms them by way of craft into aesthetic pieces. Her collections are based around craft techniques – modernizing and re-developing them. She utilises a zero-waste process of flocking, working with a company based in the UK. All production and sampling is carried out in the UK.
Outsider produces timeless, vintage inspired fashion with a nod to trends and designed to last. Outsider garments are made in factories with fair working conditions & practices. Their garment manufacture is carried out as close to fabric source as possible to minimise transport. They utilise organic cottons and other eco fabrics.
Royal Blush use salmon skin for their range of accessories which are a by-product of the food industry. The salmon skin stems from certified bio salmon farms in Ireland with tanning in Germany, handcrafted and plaited in the EU and Switzerland supporting the local craftsmen and through short shipping distances producing less CO2.
The SOSUME ethos is that one does not have to sacrifice the touch of luxury fabric and cut to wear something green. They only use sustainable fabrics and look not just for certifications with organics but also fabrics that take into account water usage, chemical cycles, yields, productivity and energy consumption, not to mention logistics and in-house business practices.
Studio JUX combines minimalistic fashion design with a selection of innovative sustainable materials. They produce in developing countries and in their own factory in Nepal to guarantee good labour conditions. They are monitored by Clean&Unique and Fair Wear Foundation.
ULTRA think about application as well as material awareness. Rather than staying with the ‘two seasons a year format’ they explore innovations such as ‘ULTRA 10’ a ten piece modular-interchangeable wardrobe designed to dress a woman for a year. They produce on a made-to-order basis, producing less waste, and are currently working with UNHCR to give refugees production opportunities.