Meet the Designers
Fashion Open Studio highlights designers who are actively working to find solutions to the key challenges facing them, from tackling studio waste to responsible production and sourcing, or finding ways to integrate their businesses with social enterprise initiatives for a mindful, more purposeful industry.
Moving from Brussels to Berlin in 2012, Damur (Shih Shun) Huang has found his ideal environment for his controversy mindset. The designer started his entrepreneurial career in 2015 by launching #DAMUR GmbH in Berlin. As a millennial, he feels the duty to question the fragile system of the present world, doesn’t matter if it’s about fashion, politics or social issues. In 2020, Damur decided to take a different path to provide a scalable and measurable solution for upcycled fashion.
Craftsmanship lies at the heart of 11.11 / eleven eleven. Each season the brand dissolves distinctions between geographic and gender boundaries - the looks are safe for the skin and transitions seamlessly between cultures from day to evening wear. Expect to see relaxed silhouettes with a sartorial touch that echo the brand’s ‘seed to stitch’ philosophy. The brand was founded in 2009 and is led by Mia Morikawa and Shani Himanshu.
A2byMatin, founded by the Matin sisters, was born to build a transcultural bridge between Iran and Italy. “Punk Islam” is generated from combining these two contrasting worlds as the core essence of this internationally renowned brand where home-based female tailors are targeted and empowered while primarily using leftover fabrics.
ABOUT A WORKER is a creative factory seeking to take into consideration the many voices of the fashion industry. They aim to pave the way for a new fashion system, by giving garment workers the chance to reveal their unique vision of the fashion industry through their own design. The collections do not follow seasons but rather rotate based on countries of production.
Alice Potts is a bio-material developer with seven years experience developing a combination of sustainable materials for use within the fashion industry.
She is known for her “Sweat Crystallization”, a process that has allows her to take human sweat into a bio-crystal.
Alice Dansey-Wright is an artist and designer who transforms pre-worn pieces with her custom painting service and second-hand collections.
Allpamamas is an ethical fashion project from Ecuador, born out of the intercultural exploration of the team's shared experiences. Artisans and designers co-create sustainable pieces that carry the spirit of the Andes.
Colombian born fashion designer Jennifer Droguett founded Anciela in 2019 as a platform for inclusivity that combines Latin American folklore and British communities by telling stories that navigate a unique identity in fashion
Designed in Berlin. Manufactured with care. Anekdot transform exceptional surplus materials into zero-waste lingerie, swimwear and loungewear. The production takes place in Berlin and Poland; ensuring fair wages, supporting local talent and female makers while dramatically reducing the carbon footprint.
Founded in 1990 Aranya is now a well established fair trade organization and a member of WFTO. It is also one of the earliest members of the World Crafts Council from Bangladesh. Aranya uses authentic natural dyes that are freshly prepared from ingredients such as Madder, Indigo, Cutch. It also develops and sources authentic and original crafts and designs from all over the country, since its inception, working with a wonderful pool of dedicated craft and artisan clusters towards the development of traditional crafts.
Launched by Masato Koide and Azusa Koide in 2018, Atelier M/A Ais centred on art, fashion and sustainability. They develop colourful collage patterns, original recycled materials, and products with a high degree of freedom in styling and use.
Auroboros is the first fashion house to merge science and technology with physical haute couture, as well as digital-only ready-to-wear. Creating a romantic premise for the near-future, their work stands for innovation, sustainability and immersive design.
Awa Meite is a Malian fashion designer, filmmaker, painter, jeweller and director who creates handmade clothes, and decor using local materials and cotton from Mali.
Azadeh Yasaman is a design collective including Azadeh Yasaman Nabizaeh and her partner Ali Khatibi.The brand's approach s notably research-based. They have decided to revive traditional cloth-weaving networks all around Iran.
BLOKE is an androgynous artisanal label. Founded by Faith Oluwajimi in 2015, BLOKE explore the possibilities for the creation of ethically made garments with impeccable attention to textile fabrication, and craftsmanship. Devoted to sustainability, preservation of long established local artisanal practices, using locally sourced materials, BLOKE engage a small community of knitters, diverse textile artists, local artisans and design groups in Nigeria working closely together in communicating their design language and brand ethos.
Bethany Williams is a UK-based designer committed to creating social change by collaborating with charities and embedding social enterprise into her business model.
Bhukram is a craft fashion brand in Thailand using hand embroidery on indigo-dyed textiles. Its products tell stories of nature and the traditional way of life of the Bhu Bhan communities. The making process enables artisans to observe their surroundings and feel a sense of belonging. Messages about nature conveyed through the products also leave an impact on both customers and makers. Bhukram have adopted a social enterprise model for community development and environmental protection.
Born and based in London, Bianca Saunders launched her eponymous label in 2017, following her graduation from The Royal College of Art ‘Masters of Arts’ in Menswear. Since then she has shown four seasons with London Fashion week men’s.
We design clothes for remarkable women, but we’re also made by them. We work with expert women makers who face barriers to employment – from artists and printmakers to seamstresses and painters – and pay them London living wage to bring our designs to life.
Blue of a Kind
Blue of a Kind is a high-end Italian fashion studio with focus on sustainability
They work with “everything existing” making clothes exclusively from existing garments and leftover textile. Nothing has been made specifically for their products.
Bodice values an authentic approach to creation where the Indian inspiration is thoughtful and subtle. By refining authentic craft techniques the resulting clothes are locally rooted yet globally relevant.
Bora Studio is a slow fashion, environmentally responsible clothing brand that uses natural fabrics and dyes. The studio uses cotton canvas, hemp, bamboo, raw silk and Himalayan nettle alongside eco-printing methods which use foraged leaves, barks and flowers. Their aim is to promote Nepali fabrics while also preserving the natural resources they are made from for future generations.
Buki Akomolafe is the founder of the Berlin based clothing label BUKI AKOMOLAFE.
Buki's German and Nigerian heritage bring a diverse background of tradition, handcraft, design experience and aesthetic vision. Her mission is to facilitate a fair exchange between two contrasting worlds and connecting cultural contrasts through her designs.
Chol X Shama Kun is sustainable and hand-made, thinking beyond fast fashion. To preserve traditions and push design boundaries, Chol X Shama Kun collaborates with Bangladesh's bold designers and talented artisans to create beautiful products.
For the past years CRUBA‘s founder and head designer Mira von der Osten has
been part of the great New Berlin journey, where creative industries have a pivotal role in the world’s need to build more wholesome urban environments. Mira’s designs combine subtle interventions, intricate cuts, an architectural approach, and perfection when it comes to quality and durability.
CUT A DASH creates clothing with character for creative girls, allowing them to overcome internal barriers and awaken hidden potential. They create dialogue through artistic projects and draw on traditional Krgyz techniques to implement the principels of sustainable fashion in their country.
Caralarga is a design and production studio in Mexico City which transforms waste materials from pre and post production into luxurious handmade accessories.
Cecily Cracroft-Eley prizes craftsmanship and sustainability, and primarily works with recycled and natural materials. Cecily values a sense of process which serves as both therapy and as protest against the insatiable fashion industry. Selected by Nick Knight in 2016, Cecily was awarded a Sarabande scholarship to study Fashion Design at CSM. She continues the work she started in her placement year with the Kangoya Mums, a group of craftswomen based in Kampala, Uganda using hand crochet, embroidery and metalwork.
Chiara Catalano likes to make interventions on vintage clothing. She uses fabrics as canvases and posters to communicate. Those who wear my clothes become ambassadors of an eco-sustainable message
Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia is a London based designer and researcher with a background in fashion design with knitwear. Her research and practice focus on biodesign, textiles waste and recycling processes in the context of circular economy. These topics are embedded in her recent project 'Made by Moths' which investigates the potential of using clothes moths and their digestive enzymes to address the issue of keratin-based textile waste.
Chiip O'Neal is a Ghanaian based contemporary brand founded by Neal David Dodoo in 2019. Chiip O Neal is a versatile brand that tells transcending global stories, of now and the future. By sharing sentiments, cultural identities and values that connect us with you worldwide the brand exudes a contemporary yet cultural aesthetic made for mass personas from various walks of life. Chiip O Neal reflects the wearers state of mind, emotions and personality. It’s aboubeing free, positive and leaving a transcending impact where one is present . By paying a conscientious attention to details, our innovative design aesthetic renders a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity merged together thus producing inspiring yet valuable functional pieces.
COTH has been manifesting creation since 2015.
Many small parts make up our unity. If you are looking for truthful yet minimal substance come and meet CHURCH OF THE HAND in one of our services.
Ora et labora.
Clara Chu is a London based accessories designer. She creates works that re-imagine everyday, mundane objects in our domestic world such as a spoon, a vegetable peeler and a hoover into colourful pop accessories.
CongregationDESIGN is an anonymous art and design collective who experiment and play outside of regular roles to challenge Fashion convention and deliver collections that are about collaboration support and community.
Founded by Anna Foster in 2017, E.L.V. Denim is manufactured in East London using discarded jeans as raw material to minimise waste, water and and local production to lower the carbon footprint of her brand.
"ELLEN ROCK is a London based print artist and textile designer participating in global collaborations.
Ellen uses her painterly prints to create a language of universal dialogue and uses her work as an enabler for positive change and preservation of craft."
Premium footwear brand that is part of new narrative of African creativity, craftsmanship and enterprise.
Elissa Brunato is a London based designer who explores concepts around material culture and develops innovative solutions for a more sustainable fashion industry. She researches cross-disciplinary into emerging scientific possibilities, circular systems and materials, curious how these can respond to wider ecological systems. She is currently developing the ‘Bio Iridescent Sequin’ - made from renewable cellulose, the sequin gives rise to sustainable glittering colours which are non-toxic, colourfast and pigment free.
Elliss uses rigorously sourced fabrics, minimal waste and a specialist printer using only GOTS certified non-toxic dyes. Elliss has a surrealist, playful collage approach to her signature prints.
Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing raw materials from fire hoses to Burberry's leather scraps and transforming them into luxury accessories.
Emeka is a black and green lifestyle enterprise. Black, because it is black owned, black made and created to empower African industries. Green, because it is using upcycled materials, aiming for a waste free production chain and exploring new ideas of sustainability.
Emmy Kasbit was founded by Okoro Emmanuel in January 2014. The Nigerian brand works with local artisans and indigenous fabrics to re-interpret traditional staples into modern silhouettes.
Estelle is a graduate of HEAD (Geneva University of Arts and Design). She works largely with upcycling and her graduate collection titled 'Who said beach clean up's can't be stylish?' reworked plastic waste alongside other materials.
FADE OUT Label was born without a specific plan nor much fuss in Berlin at the beginning of 2015. Andrea Bonfini creates small collections using the craft of upcycling. Vintage jeans are ripped up and reassembled like pieces of a mosaic.
Winner of the “Franca Sozzani GCFA Award for the Best Emerging Designer” at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italy 2019, Flavia La Rocca proposes a new attitude towards clothing. A responsible, smart and modern way of dressing up. As a designer and entrepreneur she takes care of every aspect of her brand.
As Fly By Night NYC, Harrington concepts, designs and creates every unique piece by hand. She sources her fabrics from near and far, far and wide. Her fabrics to date, have been sourced from famous movie sets, to vintage shops and deadstock designer collections.
Fooziye Foroudnia trained as a graphic designer before establishing her brand Foje in Tehran in 2012. She believes that building an emotional connection with clothes makes them last longer. She focuses on small and slow production.
Gaia is an upcycling brand with sustainable values, founded in 2017 by Denise Rozza and Agustin Petronio. Their mission is to redefine the fashion industry, and to restore and preserve the environment and be an agent of positive socio-cultural change.
GARCIA_BELLO is a sustainable brand based on upcycling methods. The items in each collection are made out of donated hand-me-downs, old or discarded clothes combined with raw biodegradable cotton, locally produced. Two types of zero-waste patterns are articulated into the pattern design drawing on up-cycling and reconstruction methods. GARCIA_BELLO works at a humane and unhurried pace, and with a small stock. Each piece is genderless and its size adapts to different body builds. These design moves help generate comfortable timeless durable items, with a low-impact on the environment. The brand is based between Rio Grande in Argentina and Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Grandma Would Approve
Grandma would approve is a vintage + post-consumer textile experimental brand that is rooted in Inclusivity through Exclusivity.
Anugrah Samuel Phillips and Priyanka Muniyappa the Co-founders of GWA - a fashion stylist and Designer duo that have shared a deep love for Vintage, fashion and sustainability. Forging a friendship over the last 9 years it was divine timing when they joined forces to merge our artistry, aesthetic and shared design sensibilities to create Grandma Would Approve.
Guyllelujah is an eclectic contemporary dress making studio based in Zimbabwe. Head of design Julian Tamuka uses locally sourced fabrics that are deadstock, salvaged or woven by local artisans.
Zimbabwe based ready-to-wear fashion brand driven by the philosophies of surrealism, harmony, and Afro-minimalism. The brand's fluid apparel is ethically and locally manufactured.
Helen Kirkum is a London-based artist and designer. Kirkum’s artisanship has gardened international acclaim, it is her ability to tell stories through her designs that sets her work apart. Each pair of sneakers she makes is unique, weaving together the memories of the components that make it, allowing the owner to own something inherently personal and one-of-a-kind. She is widely considered a pioneer of the hacked and deconstructed aesthetic within the sneaker industry, and in the vanguard of the sustainable footwear movement. Kirkum graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2016, through her practice, Kirkum challenges us to rethink the meaning of consumption and the way we interact with the products we own
huner is a sustainable fashion brand focused on delivering material driven designs. Based in Istanbul, huner has been working to up-cycle sailcloth from different ports and sail lofts around Turkey into durable bags for the informed customer since 2017.
IGC Fashion is a Ugandan streetwear label based in Kampala. They imagine how ancient African fashion might look when combined with the modern urban architecture they see developing around them. They use natural and indigenous materials such as Nsimbi (cowrie shells), Lubugo (barkcloth), second-hand garments as fabrics combined with experimental shapes and patterns to make clothes.
Indoi, founded by Mallika Chaudhuri is an ancient name given to the people of the Indus Valley. Indoi celebrates the rich heritage of this region and is an expression of the local artisans, their traditional craft and a rich cultural heritage that INDOI strives to celebrate and preserve. Their garments tell the story of the people, their legacy, and a family of Indoi women, whose strength, grace and individuality set them apart.
I A M I S I G O is a fashion label based between Nigeria and Ghana. It's versatile and fashion forward DNA is achieved through the use of visually textured textiles and patterns sourced in collaboration with artisans in communities across West and East Africa.
IRO IRO was formed, to bring happiness back to the planet, and to those who inhabit it. They use remnant fabric which would otherwise have been sent to landfill to create handwoven fabrics which are 100% recycled, woven with love and care by weavers from a village near Jaipur, India.
Jesse Lee is a Levi's upcycled collaboration designer, Redress Design Award prize winner and MA Menswear student at University of Westminster, Jesse Lee develops unexpected fashion designs with his childhood memories and stories in different practices responsibly.
Jo Miller studied MA Millinery at RCA graduating in 2014. Today her studio focuses on concept and process led millinery. Project based rather than producing seasonal collections, she takes an experimental approach which often incorporates trash. She will talk about her recent collaboration with Matthew Needham.
John Alexander Skelton is a British menswear designer/maker and his work is majorly artisan based and narrative led, influenced by socio-political events, movements and traditions that are overlooked, ignored, misunderstood or are simply no longer celebrated. Skelton's work has a strong slant towards sustainability, sourcing and making mainly in the UK with a strong focus in the handmade and hand crafted process with each collection and extensively use natural dyes and also upcycle antique fabrics and repurpose antique clothing.
Joshua James Small has showcased at London Fashion Week, under YINGER in Shenzhen, and digitally at Helsinki Fashion Week. Notable for his commitment to conscious design, he produces immersive high end pieces that inspire escapism through complex and precise pattern cutting.
Joshua Beaty is an artist, designer and educator. His work is an exploration of the unresolved potentials of Fashion and Art.
Trained at St. Martins, he graduated from the MA Fashion Programme, supported by Sarabande and the Louise Wilson Fund. He has worked with Dover Street Market, JOYCE Hong Kong, Palais de Tokyo, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Julie Verhoeven, LOVE Magazine, David Lynch’s Silencio and Phoebe English, amongst others. As an artist, he has exhibited internationally.
Ka-Sha focuses on clothing as a medium for storytelling to celebrate multi-layered cultures and ever-changing social conversations. They endeavour to celebrate handcraft in all its glory, hinged on modern functionality.
Karen Jessen focuses on craftsmanship techniques, transforming streetwear material into elevated, well-constructed pieces.
Katie Jones is an inspirational knitwear designer who teams playful aesthetics with serious ethics. She launched her brand after finishing her MA at Central Saint Martins and she won Selfridges Bright New Things Award in 2016.The brand focuses on sustainable practice embracing Katie’s Granny's vision of making something beautiful from nothing and consciously addressing issues of over-consumerism.
Kévin Germanier is the president, founder and creative director of Germanier. He studied at Central Saint Martins and worked at Louis Vuitton before starting his own brand focusing on luxury upcycled fabrics
Kirsty McDougall has worked in woven textile design and development for clients including Givenchy Couture, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Matty Bovan, developing new types of faux fur for Fendi, the re-weaving of waste fabrics for Westwood Couture and the hand making of many lengths of fabric for many catwalk shows.
Founded by Gosia Piatek, Kowtow has been making collections from organic, renewable, biodegradable and regenerated fibres since our inception in 2006. Kowtow is entirely committed to ethical production and is Fairtrade certified.
Leo Carlton is a London-based headwear and fashion artefact designer who makes headpieces using a 3D printed PLA (polyactic acid) filament, made from biodegradable fermented plant starches. Each headpiece was developed in virtual reality using Oculus Rift, allowing Leo to purge ideas and test forms, stability and bespoke sizing, before even touching the raw material.
Layla Kashani is a Toronto-based ethical and forward high fashion brand that revives the purest essence of cultural lineage and history. Led by the designer and founder, Leyla Kashani, this conscious luxury house, practices safe trade principals and holds the artisan techniques and heritage as the main motto. From mostly remote villages in Iran and around the world, Leyla Kashani seeks to save the forgotten artistry by re-purposing antique fabrics and traditional technique into innovative, luxurious, eclectic and sustainable one of a kind wearable creations.
Lydia Bolton is a change-maker in fashion design, creating clothes with unwanted fabrics and used clothing. Lydia aims to be a catalyst for change in by designing and producing clothing that does not require new resources and share the importance of reusing materials in a positive and approachable way.
MAFI MAFI is a social enterprise disrupting Addis Ababa’s exploitative weaving industry by empowering women weavers with sustainable employment opportunities and crafting casual apparel from Ethiopian cloth hand woven on traditional loom. The contemporary brand was established in 2011 by an award winning designer Mahlet Afework, affectionately known as Mafi.
Maison Faliakos established back in 1981, evolves the past, lives in the present, while creates a visionary future. Pioneering in fashion for more than 40 years Maison Faliakos embodies classicism and the finest tailoring with visionary ways to feel unique, through art references, unconventional elegance, seductive yet subtle sensuality, today’s feminine codes and the highest focus on detail.
Maja Brix label is founded on two core values: Ambitious sustainability and strong conceptual design. Maja Brix releases one style or a series of styles at a time, this allows for environmental difference and gives the design the time and value that it deserves.
Marques ‘ Almeida was created in 2011 by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida who, both trained in womenswear, subscribe to the Helmut Lang school of thought where “fashion is about attitude not hemlines.” While their aesthetic evokes raw effortlessness, the pair’s technical sensibilities are revealed in the construction of each piece. As part of their ongoing evolution, they have launched reM’Ade which is a space for unlearning, for experiment and for putting responsible fashion into practice.
Part of a new generation of design talent challenging the British fashion industry on issues of ethics and sustainability, Needham saw first-hand the enormity of waste being produced by the fashion industry and works to reimagine how we perceive and make use of our waste.
Michelle Lowe-Holder is a designer and maker specialising in sustainable accessories, designing collections to create unique pieces that combine heritage hand making techniques and material innovation.
Mohsin Sajid is a highly accomplished denim specialist, denim historian and educator. With more than 20 year’s experience working with a number of world-leading international denim brands and mills. Mohsin is MA denim lecturer at The Royal College of Art, and BA denim lecturer at Ravensbourne University London. Mohsin together with his wife Sadia Rafique, runs ENDRIME® Studio, Denim Design Consultancy and the Denim History educational platform where they teach denim making masterclasses & historical denim lectures each year.
Moi Dien (meaning outspoken in Vietnamese) is a fashion brand created on the principle that clothes can give its wearer a voice. Since its first collection in 2016, Moi Dien has been using primarily deadstock fabric from local markets and donated fabrics from local brands.
Munay Sisters make contemporary, simple and comfortable clothes with certified organic and native materials. With the Andes region as their creative inspiration, the brand works with regional suppliers of cotton and wool manufactured on women family owned workshops in Chile, making sure they have a low carbon footprint and a positive environmental and social impact.
Nabukenya Allen aka Njola s the owner of Njola Impressions and co-founder of Amaanyi Collection. Njola reinvents industrial waste collected from slum communities to make fashion accesories by using recycling as a technique.
NKWO is an artisanal brand at the forefront of the sustainable fashion movement in Nigeria with the conservation of natural resources and the environment as the label's core values. Conscious of the impact running a fashion label has on the environment the brand's main focus is textile waste reduction, creating artisanal and limited edition pieces from upcycled denim, made in Nigeria cotton, end-of-line fabrics and cutting table waste. This focus on waste reduction has also led to the invention of a 'new African fabric' called DAKALA CLOTH. Through exploration and experimentation with innovative techniques, the label aims to harness the capabilities of technology (both old and new) as a sustainable form of preserving traditional craft skills.
NUBA is designed by Cameron, based in South London, and uses cultural ethics to inspire the brand's textiles, sustainability and silhouettes.
Nathalie Spencer is a London based researcher and designer who explores material innovation for the fashion industry. Fascinated by the relationship between humanity and the natural world, her work explores traditional crafts, material culture and circular systems. Researching the environmental impact of wool within the fashion industry, her recent project, ‘Wool: Re Crafted’ proposes a vegan alternative, by utilising the fibres from discarded pineapple leaves and redesigning this waste back into the biological cycle of the circular economy.
Tim van der Loo and Sandra Nicoline Nielsen are working on a new circular jeans fabric establishing sustainable paths for fashion with a new aesthetic approach to denim.
ODIVI is a ready-to-wear brand based in Prague. ODIVI is now over 10 years old and our collection 0+ is a symbolic restart. Year 0, after which we try to produce fashion that is as sustainable as possible. Zero symbolizes the circular economy. It’s also a new beginning, where we take a breath for new hope.
Olivia Rubens is a positive knitwear designer based between the UK and Canada, creating eccentric and playful design, while collaborating and innovating in climate change solutions and social initiatives, aiming to be planet and people positive.
Nishanth Chopra is the founder of Ōshadi, a contemporary womenswear brand and textile supplier building a seed-to-sew supply chain in rural India. He works with local farmers and artisans within a 10-mile radius to regeneratively grown, spin, weave, dye, and finish bespoke textiles for Ōshadi’s own collections, the first of which debuted at Paris Fashion Week in 2016, and for likeminded brand partners that have included Stella McCartney, Story MFG, Christy Dawn, and International Woolmark Prize 2020 winner Richard Malone.
Nishanth aims to carve out a space for India’s traditional, naturally regenerative farming practices and artisan craftsmanship in today’s fashion industry, reinventing them with an innovative design philosophy and modern fabric manipulations. His approach and ethos have seen him named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and as one of CNN’s Voices for Change.
Paolo Carzana is a unisex clothing label handmade in Wales. Founded in 2020 in Cardiff
Chido Kaseke, founder of PatCh Maoko is an enthusiast in the craftsmanship of made by hand fashion, and a devotee to systems promoting the life-cycle continuation of traditional craft and social practices.
Sustainability is at the core of Patrick McDowell's practice, as he strives to reinvent luxury through a sustainable mindset. Crafted from reclaimed fabrics, and ethically produced materials from the likes of Burberry and Swarovski, his pieces are designed and made with a low carbon foot print in mind. He is a strong advocate for reducing fashion’s global impact through designing with moral practice.
People Berlin is a social fashion project based in Berlin. Together with a team of kids who struggle with drug addiction, mental illness or homelessness fashion designers create annual editions of design objects and sartorial pieces that capture the essence of a universal desire: inclusivity. In a society that they are usually excluded from, People gives them a voice in Design.
The PHOEBE ENGLISH label, founded in 2011, creates pieces with close attention to detail and quality, rejecting mass-made or ‘fast’ fashion. She has been nominated for both emerging Menswear and Womenswear categories several times at the British Fashion Awards.
The story of QWSTION started in 2008, when Sebastian Kruit, industrial designers Christian Kaegi and Fabrice Aeberhard, graphic designer Matthias Graf and Hannes Schoenegger founded QWSTION in Zürich, Switzerland. We sought to create products that do just as well on the daily bicycle commute as when things get more formal in a business meeting. Our approach to development and focus on sustainable solutions draw on the Swiss modernist design tradition.
RÆBURN is a collaborative fashion studio based in East London, best known for its pioneering RÆMADE ethos - reworking surplus fabrics and artefacts to create distinctive and functional pieces.
Rafael Kouto fashion & textile designer and researcher in upcycling methods and sustainable strategies with a particular focus on open source and craftsmanship.
In 2017 he founded the avant-garde fashion brand of the same name, of which he follows the creative direction, the development of strategies, collaborations and engaging projects for the promotion of upcycling and sustainability through the use of textile waste, dead stock and others materials in the creative and production process.
Rahemur Rahman reinterprets stories of South Asian identity and craftsmanship, actively decolonising heritage craft and artisanal textiles. The emerging Bangladeshi, London-born designer blends diasporic history and tradition with fantasy, playing with patterns and silhouette to create distinctive tailored pieces.
Ranura Edirisinghe is a textile designer and recent graduate of Central St Martins MA Fashion where he was the LVMH Grand Prix Scholar. His work often looks towards heritage craft and process in his native Sri Lanka. Edirisinghe has also held a residency at The Mahler and Lewitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy and his work has previously been supported by The Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award.
Siobhan takes discarded denim jeans and uses them as raw material, taking them apart at the seams and recutting them into one-off jackets and accessories. Repair is part of her intuitive approach to designing. You will often find a cute little visible mend on some of her jackets, making each one even more special.
The brand is cultivating an uncompromised approach to sustainability as it exclusively uses the technique of pre- and post- consumer upcycling to create new clothes and accessories.
Rosie Broadhead is a researcher and designer specialising in biomaterial development for the fashion industry. Currently working as a Textiles Scientist at Ghent University her recent work focuses on developing ‘Probiotic Clothing’ a research project which adds function to textiles with minimal impact on the environment and uses biotechnology that works in synergy with the body.
Rungano Rwedu is a Zimbabwean fashion house that specializes in handmade footwear, leather accessories and textile design. The brand name is of Shona origin which in English translates to, “Our Story’
SABINNA is all about consciousness, storytelling and innovation. They offer a range of experiences to explore sustainability beyond the product.
Sobajo is a social enterprise, a brand and a creative studio based in Khartoum. Sobajo seeks to empower women, by teaching them traditional skills and providing opportunity to pursue a sustainable, safe, socially acceptable income.
Sindiso Khumalo founded her eponymous label with a focus on creating modern sustainable textiles with a strong emphasis on African story telling. Over the years she has developed a uniquely colourful visual voice, which draws upon her Zulu and Ndebele heritage, and also speaks to the land of Kwazulu-Natal, where she is from. Sustainability, craft and empowerment lie at the heart of the label. She works very closely with NGOs in developing handmade textiles for her collections.
Rafael Kouto is a brand that aims to move the textile industry forward towards greater impact in environmental sustainability.
Sophie Hawkins utilises Japanese craftsmanship to create sustainable workwear, while uniting her local community through the art of making and mending.
Soup Archive is a Berlin-based brand, with an emphasis on deconstructing found items, sublimation printing and one-off detailing. Their clothes reflect their humour and our love of finding things spontaneously.
Ssōne is committed to working towards a zero-waste future. Re-Ssōne is a series of evolving initiatives which repurpose offcuts from the production process, dead stock and vintage materials to create unique pieces. By minimising waste through circularity, Ssōne seeks to reduce its impact on our environment.
The Sustainable Angle is a not-for-profit organisation and founder of #FutureFabricsExpo. They initiate and support projects with a focus on sustainability in fashion and textiles and related industries such as food and agriculture.
THIS IS US started their journey with Funtua cotton, being really curious about Nigerian fabric that was indigenous and synonymous with our country but also that could be sustainably and professionally made here. They have one simple desire, to show that Nigerian design can be of a really high quality that everyone here and abroad can be proud of. We design based on the context around us, seeking always to use local materials, talents and processes to create cool and functional design objects.
TOTON is a retelling of Indonesia's inherent stories through fresh eyes and a new vision. A womenswear brand that explores the nation's natural beauty and diverse culture with modern reinterpretations, celebrating heritage while deconstructing traditions for a new approach in ready-to-wear fashion.
Tamay & Me is a Vietnamese-British brand. They aim to celebrate the Mien, Hmong, Tay and Thai ethnic minority community's rich textile heritage and to provide reliable and flexible employment that will promote their skills now - and for the future.
Thao Vu is the founder and artistic visionary of one of Asia’s leading sustainable fashion brands:
KILOMET109. Thao creates fashion-forward pieces from the ground up: home-grown fibers and natural dyes, hand-made, hand-stitched by working directly with local artisans on every element providing a valuable source of extra income for makers and communities. Thao has helped incentivize the preservation of fading traditions.
Toktam grew up in a family of educators and artists. With a focus on fibre art, and tapestry with waste fabrics. She has been inspired by nomadic cultures of Iran and uses zero waste patterns in her designs. She regularly organizes workshops on fabric waste and upcycling at various universities throughout Iran.
Formed of five designers working between Senegal and Barcelona, Top Manta is a clothing and accessories brand created to support and create dignified and unionised work for immigrant street vendors in Barcelona.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Vimbai Natasha Naomi is a fashion designer committed to innovation and experimentation to express the symbolic nature of clothing. She seeks to restore what is thrown away through creativity, innovation and love for people and planet.
WED is a bridal and evening wear brand that draws inspiration from the spirit of surrealism and imaginative drape of early couture to subvert elements of ready-to-wear practicality in order to challenge the notion that a Bridal dress is a one-day occasion piece. Recent press on WED includes Vogue and Business of Fashion and a custom gown was worn by Celeste for her performance at the Brit Awards 2020.
Since 2009, YEFIKIR has stood passionately for positive impact and a holistic connection throughout the supply chain. We make efforts to shift our designs to zero-waste and to upcycle fabric waste into new products.
Yoav Hadari draws from his personal history as a teenage gamer and his experience as a fashion designer to envision a future for fashion that involves recycling and VR fantasy experiences. Used as a tool for presenting fashion in a socially distant world, the VR experience is matched by evolved textiles crafted from recycled materials. A Thom Browne NY alum, Hadari draws from his industry experience to find sustainable solutions to manufacturing and developing fashion.
Herizo Robin is a Madagascan social entrepreneur and designer, he founded ZOUZOUDAGO in 2017 an unconventional upcycling brand. Using holistic approach, the brand exemplify the intersection between fashion, nature and biodiversity, shifting the narrative of what a responsible brand is in a personal and unique way.
Beside Herizo's projects for net positive impact, he founded DAGO ReLOVEution, a collective of artists and researchers. They aim to help Madagascar’s nature and biodiversity conservation through intersectional practices and resilience by creativity.
Monika Dugar launched her adaptive clothing brand after graduating from London College of Fashion. Inspired by her father who was diagnosed with Parkinson's, she developed [R E S E T]. 'I found that when someone with Parkinson’s looks at certain patterns, it could improve their mobility through visual cues,' she said.