There is just one month left until our EcoChic Design Award 2017 closes for applications on 3 April! In case you’ve missed our updates, we’re now open to designers with less than three years’ industry experience living in Asia, Europe and - for the first time - the United States.
“Dress [with] Sense, Redress’ upcoming new consumer guide to a conscious closet, is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Published by Thames & Hudson, the guide is organised into chapters of Buy, Wear, Care, and Dispose ― each containing practical tips and case studies to inspire consumers to take their first steps towards a more sustainable wardrobe. A percentage of profits will also go back into Redress’ work to cut waste out of fashion! Pre-order now ahead of its release in March 2017.
The EcoChic Design Award 2017 is now open to emerging fashion designers with less than three years experience living in any country in Asia, Europe and – for the first time ever – the USA. Applications are open until 3 April 2017, with career-changing prizes up for grabs. Watch the teaser video here and details of how to apply here.
In response to a found need for a more sustainable education in the fashion curriculum among educators and students alike, Redress has launched the EcoChic Design Award Sustainable Fashion Educator Pack; a ready to use resource to facilitate educators in introducing the topics of A Garment’s Lifecycle, and the design techniques of Zero-waste, Up-cycling and Reconstruction to their lessons. The packs are modular, providing presentations, exercises and project briefs for educators to weave into their current curriculums with ease. Find out more here.
The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 1st Prize Winner Kévin Germanier’s up-cycled collection is set to hit China’s leading luxury brand, Shanghai Tang’s, stores this September. The seven-piece womenswear capsule collection will be the brand’s first sustainable collection; up-cycled using their surplus textile stock, demonstrating that sustainability is part of a growing global trend to create fashion in a more environmentally sustainable way. Click here to find out more.
Redress recently welcomed Jill Grinda to the team as Executive Director. Jill is based in Hong Kong and is leading overall project development for Redress and The EcoChic Design Award, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, as well as driving business development. Jill also oversees the production, education and communications teams in Hong Kong and Europe and is driving forth Redress’ programmes around industry and consumer engagement, and educating emerging designers.
Redress, is calling fashion lovers across Hong Kong to join in their citywide series of sustainable fashion focused events in this September to coincide with HKTDC's 'Hong Kong in Fashion 2016' and 'CENTRESTAGE 2016'. The month-long calendar of activities encourages the public to redress their relationship with their clothes and to cut waste out of fashion. Click here to find out more.
Mark your calendars! Frontline Fashion – Redress’ very first feature-length documentary – is premiering on Fashion One on Monday 29 August. This 50 minute feature follows 10 talented Asian and European emerging fashion designers determined to change the future of fashion for the better in the world’s biggest sustainable fashion design competition, The EcoChic Design Award. If you, your university, school or organisation are interested in hosting a screening event, get in touch!
Hong Kong, like many other cities in the world, is enjoying a boom in circular initiatives that keep our unwanted clothes in a circular fashion system and, crucially, out of landfill. But given our staggeringly high textile waste rates in landfill, we have a long way yet to go. So how do we scale up this flurry of circular initiatives? To explore this, we co-hosted a roundtable with H&M, attended by Hong Kong’s circular movers and shakers to identify ways to maximise their circular impacts. Check out the roundtable summary report here to see what can be learnt from circular thinking.
We’ve just added our new Building a Sustainable Fashion Business guide and video to our EcoChic Design Award learn platform. Our written guide includes case studies and expert advice from brands already working to improve various aspects of their businesses. Our video guide leans in closer to learn from Patagonia, H&M and our very own alumni, Janko Lam’s brand Classics Anew. Get going with sustainable business!
For a front row seat at our The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 grand final show on 20 January, tune into www.ecochicdesignaward.com at HKT 17.00 / GMT 9.00. No matter where you are in the world, you’re invited to join the excitement as we live stream the fashion show grand final and announce our winners straight to your laptop, phone or tablet. Add 20 January to your diary now.
Our The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 Finalists’ Photo Shoot images have been released. Our ten finalists’ minimal waste designs were modelled by supermodel and competition Ambassador Bonnie Chen. The shoot was held in talented photographer, Tim Wong’s studios, with Creative Direction by Denise Ho. View the behind-the-scenes photos here and watch the video here.
Victor Chu, our Second Prize Winner of The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15, has applied the techniques and theory leant from his competition experience to bring sustainable fashion to life at The Langham, Hong Kong. His minimal waste uniform designs, a fusion of sustainability and elegance, are debuting at the hotel’s two Michelin-star restaurant, T’ang Court. Complementing this, a new locally sourced vegetarian menu has been introduced to the restaurant.
The EcoChic Design Award Alumni Network launched with a networking event in Hong Kong, where the alumni mingled with industry professionals and media representatives. At the event, we showcased ten alumni sustainable brands and held a panel discussion on the topic ‘Is the future of fashion ready for positive change?’. The panel was moderated by Tania Reinert-Shchelkanovtseva, Co-founder of A Boy Named Sue, and speakers were Arnault Castel, Founder of kapok, Anderson Lee, Chairman of Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium and Cherry Wong, Project Manager of The Office of Hon Felix Chung Kwok-pan, Member of Legislative Council.
Angus Tsui, The EcoChic Design Award 2012 Hong Kong People´s Award Winner, was recently handpicked by Not Just A Label’s scouting team to become one of their ‘Black Sheep’, rewarding his outstanding quality of work. He joins The EcoChic Design Award 2012 Hong Kong Most Promising Student Award winner, Kelvin Wan’s brand Wan & Wong Fashion who were also selected earlier this year.
The Ethical Fashion Forum is sponsoring one The EcoChic Design Award alumni with a SOURCE full access membership which supports fashion professionals to build successful, sustainable businesses by providing members with business intelligence, training, and networking opportunities. The organisation has selected Sophia Heussner and her brand ï Miss Sophïe as the winner of this prize for her strong commitment and well-rounded approach to building a sustainable brand. Find out more about Sophia´s brand here.
We are pleased to announce the launch of The EcoChic Design Award Alumni Network, a community bringing opportunities to sustainable fashion designers that are shaping the future of the fashion world. The Alumni Network has over 100 designers from across Asia and Europe ready to be matched with industry professionals who are increasingly interested in collaborating with inspiring sustainable designers in a number of ways that will cultivate bigger change. Read more here, and start posting opportunities here.