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AURELIE FONTAN STUDIO
Excerpts from fashioncrossover:
"Specialised in sustainability and circular design, French sustainable Haute Couture designer Aurelie Fontan established her label in London after graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art. With a Fine Art background, Aurelie pushes technological innovation and scientific discoveries to the forefront of her design process, combining avant-garde aesthetics and sustainable manufacturing methods.

With most of her fabrics made by hand and from scratch, she advocates for a technocraftivism that references her Parisian roots - couture craftsmanship - and a real focus on forward-thinking techniques - laser cutting, bio-mimicry, etc. Her collection TENSEGRITY tackles the issue of single-use plastic items, through upcycled cable ties that replace traditional seaming methods. This allows each piece to be easily recyclable. She also grew a dress from bacterias that are 100% biodegradable and compostable."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Brand  Designer  indiedesign  Paris  France  up-cycling  London  UK  haute_couture  material  Innovation  Bio-based_Chemicals  circulareconomy  Sustainability 
april 2019 by eocas
Resonance
From co-founder Lawrence D. Lenihan's AngelList entry:
"Resonance is a venture operating company that invests in early-stage fashion brands using a unique combination of capital, venture investing experience, fashion industry insight and expertise, manufacturing knowledge and capability and technology vision."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Venture_Capital  Technology  SupplyChain  USA  Investor_Relations  Fashion  indiedesign  Manufacturing 
october 2018 by eocas
Bethany Williams
Sustainable designer with 'Breadline' up-cycling collection collaboration with Tesco.

About:
"Bethany Williams believes that social and environmental issues go hand in hand and through exploring the connection between these issues we may find innovative design solutions to sustainability.

We want not just to comment on a community, but work in their social spaces to try to create a change through furthering economic gain for charity. By using social capital, intellectual and labour intensive skills we aim to create a profit, which will be given to connected charities, continuing the cycle of exchange.Through collaboration with communities and charities we hope to create a collection embedded with real people and hope to cause a real effect in the social space we engage with.

The current collection ‘Breadline’ particularly wants to highlight and help find solutions to the hidden hunger in the UK, specifically working along side the Vauxhall Food Bank and Tesco to achieve this.We have developed an exchange of fresh fruit and vegetables (from Tesco) for waste items from the food banks users household. We have developed a collection using these waste materials, plus recycled cardboard and ‘Tesco everyday value’ branded organic prints, all donated by Tesco. We will be donating 30% of profits to The Vauxhall food bank, continuing the cycle of exchange. Through traditional hand crafted techniques and working with local craftsmen / women, we have developed the surface of these waste materials to create hand crafted woven, printed, knitted and embroidered materials.

Every one of our garments is 100% sustainable and made in the UK, even down to the buttons which are hand crafted in the Lake District from our collaborators own planting of trees.

We provide an alternative system for fashion production, as we believe fashions’ reflection upon the world can create positive change."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Designer  design  Sustainability  sustainable  sustainablecompany  Collaboration  circulareconomy  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Inspiration  Innovation  UK  indiedesign 
june 2018 by eocas
SSENSE
Since 2003 Montreal / Canada-based global online retailer of high end fashion, streetwear, and independent designers. Such as brands including Givenchy, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Off-White.

They advocate for a new point of view on luxury, where the intersection of creativity, content, and commerce is challenged and celebrated.

201804 they took over Polyvore who then immediately closed.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Platform  Canada  luxury  e-commerce  Online_Shop  Retail  Fashion  streetstyle  indiedesign  Multi-brand  blog  Magazine  Content_Curation  Creative  Lifestyle  Pret-a-Porter 
april 2018 by eocas
Kévin Germanier
Independent fashion designer who focuses on upcycling and other eco-friendly practices. For example upcycled linen/hemp bedsheets combined with an explosion of rainbow colours with beads covering nude bodysuits, upcycled jeans, and basically any fabric available.

From Switzerland, studied at HEAD Geneva, then Central Saint Martins London, won Redress EcoChic Design Award in 2015, then worked at Shanghai Tang and now at Louis Vuitton. Started his brand with first show 201803 in Paris and counts Björk among his fans (Utopia video).

Insightful background articles:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/39343/1/the-central-saint-martins-grad-making-fabulous-and-sustainable-fashion

https://www.thegoodwardrobe.com/wardrobe-wisdom-kevin-germanier-upcycled-collection-for-shanghai-tang

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  indiedesign  Designer  upcycling  Brand  Switzerland  Sustainability  sustainablecompany  sustainablefashion  linen  hemp 
march 2018 by eocas
MATTER | Change Beyond Textiles
About:
"MATTER reinterprets textile heritage into prints that tell stories of where and why they are made. Our mission is threefold – to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire customers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities.

Founded in 2014, we began simply with the intention to make where and why something is made, and by whom, matter. [...] Grounded on purpose and impact, we always knew that we wanted this to go beyond creating products that reflect a culture’s heritage in its craft.

We create garments and accessories that accompany you through day and night, always with the ethos of comfort and versatility in mind. Working with a curative philosophy inspired by tradition, we source heritage prints and styles while reinterpreting them in a modern manner. Our mission is to impact change beyond textiles — to make rural artisan production sustainable, shift designers’ approach to their process, and inspire customers to value provenance."

Well-written blog with interesting posts such as:
https://matterprints.com/journal/community/slowing-down-fast-fashion/

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  shop  Fashion  accessories  Textile  Brand  Singapore  artisanal  Designer  Rural_Development  Sustainability  indiedesign  Culture  garment  Clothing  blog  Slow_Fashion 
september 2017 by eocas
Bottle top
About from profile on fashionrevolution.org:

In 2012, Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman founded the Bottletop Fashion Company, a luxury accessories brand that serves as the business arm of the Bottletop Foundation.

The Bottletop Foundation empowers disadvantaged young people to take control of their lives through health education and vocational training projects; in turn supporting their wider communities. It enables projects in Brazil, Africa and the United Kingdom.

To date, it has addressed drug abuse and reproductive health issues with nearly 35,000 young people worldwide. The founders describe The Bottletop Foundation as being at the heart of everything Bottletop does. It was the spark that started their journey and is a continual source of inspiration for their work.

The vast majority of the foundation’s activity is in Rio and São Paulo where Bottletop’s atelier is based. The workshop is staffed by local artisans who make the luxury handbags, using traditional crafting skills they learned while on the training and development programmes the foundation has supported in the favelas. In addition to learning a new skill, the women earn a fair wage and have access to private health benefits. The training programs enable skilled artisans to join them, supporting themselves and their families in the process."

One of their investors is London-based Chinese Wendy Yu from Yu Capital.

HAG
import_simplenote  Fashionmeetsorganic  accessories  foundation  health  Training  Brazil  Africa  UK  artisanal  indiedesign  Fair_Trade 
november 2016 by eocas
bassike
Australian independent fashion brand whose philosophy centers around high-end design & construction with a commitment to sustainable manufacturing. In 2006, bassike launched the original collection of organic cotton jersey before introducing bassike denim in 2007, and in 2008 seasonal mainline collections.

HAG
Australia  sustainability  sustainable  fashion  brand  designer  indiedesign  Organic  apparel  cotton  denim  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
july 2016 by eocas
KORRA (Goodpeople Clothing Company Pvt. Ltd.)
Handmade custom raw selvedge craft jeans brand from India. They claim 100% organic cotton and dyed with natural indigo.

Custom fitting business model > custom pattern:
"One time Charge of 2X List Price. All future orders at the listed price."

https://korra.in/blogs/news/70538565-korra-how-to-measure-in-10-steps

Retail price of only around RMB 300 (USD 50) containing transparent workmanship costs of only around RMB 60 (USD 10).

HAG
India  cotton  denim  jeans  brand  sustainable  fashion  Customization  handmade  recycling  Business_Planning  indiedesign  natural  Eco  dying  apparel  Organic  Made-to-Order  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
may 2016 by eocas
RUH Collective
Online shop for indie female fashion, founded in 2016 by two New Yorkers / USA. Focus on minimal, sustainable brands.

HAG
E-Commerce  shop  indiedesign  fashion  clothes  sustainable  minimal  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Designer  Fashionmeetsorganic 
april 2016 by eocas
Deux Hommes - The World of Emerging Fashion
About: "Deux Hommes is a digital fashion platform that features a curated list of emerging designers in the luxury sportswear, avant-garde and high-end street wear markets. Founded by Jared Austin and Carlos Basora, Deux Hommes brings to light designers who are frequently overshadowed by mainstream fashion brands." HAG
indiedesign  platform  luxury  avantgarde  streetstyle  magazine  Social_Media  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2015 by eocas

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