We were joined by a buzzing crowd at Metta, Hong Kong this March for the VIP screening of Frontline Fashion 2, the second edition of Redress’ documentary series following talented emerging fashion designers - finalists of the world’s biggest sustainable fashion design competition, the Redress Design Award. A special thanks to the sponsors for the event which included Metta, Wall Street Journal, Peroni, KMS and John Masters Organics.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited Songshan Cultural and Creative Park from 16th - 19th November as part of Taipei IN Style.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited at Shanghai's National Exhibition and Convention Centre from 11th - 13th October as part of the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.
Redress has curated the EcoChic Design Award 2017 Grand Final week to offer the 10 competition finalists a rich, exciting learning journey, inspiring and enabling them to positively contribute to a circular economy for fashion in their future careers.
Fashion Summit (HK), co-organised by Redress, is the largest summit on sustainability in fashion in Asia. The two day conference, held in 7 - 8 September 2017 in Hong Kong under the theme “Fashion Summit – Zero Impact”, aims to raise the public understanding and awareness on the role of Hong Kong fashion industry in leading the global fashion industry for revolutionary change, and the critical role the fashion industry has to play in driving sustainability.
In recognition of the continued success and progress of talented designers who have participated in previous cycles of the EcoChic Design Award over its seven year history, as part of the EcoChic Design Award 2017 grand final week’s activities, Redress is presenting select alumni sustainable brands, demonstrating the competition’s broader impact.
The Redress x TAL Apparel Design to manufacturing challenge took our EcoChic Design Award finalists on a visit to one of the world’s largest shirt manufacturers, TAL Apparel, located in the heart of Southern China’s expansive manufacturing region. Here they learned how this shirt manufacturer manages its environmentally conscious business ethics in order to reduce textile, energy and water waste throughout the shirt production process. Our finalists explored the importance of a symbiotic partnership between designers and manufacturers and got hands-on experience of how sustainable practices can be applied along the entire supply chain, before being challenged to come up with strategies to bring the manufacturing process closer to designers thinking to minimise the impact of new garments. Team A won the challenge, consisting of Ayako Yoshida, Kate Morris, Joëlle van de Pavert, Claire Dartigues and semi-finalist Gao Qing Zi.
The Redress x Cathay Pacific Reconstruction Challenge took our 10 EcoChic Design Award finalists on a journey to explore solutions for the redirection of corporate uniform waste back into use. As emerging fashion designers, they are in a unique position to bring new ideas and creativity to a vast ongoing waste issue. Working in groups of two, finalists had three hours to develop an idea to reconstruct Cathay Pacific’s retired uniforms back into a new product. The resulting proto-types, which were made with mass production by local social enterprise in mind, were presented to a panel of judges who decided which team had shown the most promising solution to incorporate the airline’s valuable textile resources back into use. The winners were Kate Morris and Ayako Yoshida with their stylish travel pouch incorporating original features of pocket and gold lapels to enable easier production.
The Hong Kong Government are working towards their target to reduce per capita carbon emissions to 3.3 - 3.8 tonnes by 2030. To promote positive change, this month the Environmental Protection Department hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Zero Carbon Fun Fair to celebrate World Environment Day and raise awareness of how to live more low-carbon lifestyles with help from 40+ government groups, NGOs, schools and services. Redress were invited to dress the officiating guests, including Secretary for the Environment K.S. Wong for a fashion show. We recruited the help of Make Your Wardrobe Work’s Sheryl Bolden to select designs from our rich pool of Hong Kong grown alumni which included David Lee (Artisan), Janko Lam (Classics Anew) and Angus Tsui showing attendees that sustainable fashion fits all!
Returning as China country coordinator for Fashion Revolution this year, Redress were determined to make this important campaign louder than ever before in our region. Adding momentum to the 90 countries and 70,000 individuals that got involved worldwide last year, this week we’ve already seen fantastic activity from individuals, schools and organisations across Hong Kong and China who are using social media, workshops, swapping events and even school projects to demand a fairer, safer and cleaner fashion industry, and to drive more discussion around the current state of our relationship with our clothes.
On 21 September 2016, Redress and Mustard held the Hong Kong premier screening of new documentary, Frontline Fashion. This exclusive event was held at The Annex with a VIP audience of fashion industry professionals and long time Redress supporters.
A more sustainable fashion system; is digital disruption fuelling positive change?
The digital space is disrupting the way the fashion supply chain – which contributes to the second biggest polluting industry in the world – communicates. Some players are now using digital technology to their advantage as they build more sustainable businesses whilst reducing waste, as they seek to cut out traditional road blocks that lead to clunky and often complex supply chains, and waste in the production process.
We showcased competition designs from The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 cycle alumni Cher Chan, Noella Tapasu Koy and Yvonne Tsai at the Rebirth Garden 2016 exhibition in Shanghai organised by Business Ecology Studio in April and May. The exhibition started at Shanghai Financial Tower and then moved to Shanghai Library and presented designs representing “aspects of the circular economy and visions for a better and more sustainable future.”
Can circular business models be a solution for the fashion industry’s textile waste?
The fashion and textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil. As the depletion of natural resources prevails and the cost of virgin materials continues to show volatility, the current linear model of ‘take, make, waste’ is no longer a sustainable business option for the fashion industry to remain competitive.
The EcoChic Design Award Alumni’s minimal waste designs were exhibited at the world’s largest fabrics and accessories trade fair, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics within the fair’s All About Sustainability Zone. We also brought expert heads together with Redress’ Founder Christina Dean leading a panel discussion on E-Commerce: An Exciting Opportunity for Sustainable Fashion? This explored the opportunity of merging two of fashion’s big growth areas – the rise in e-commerce and the rise in interest in sustainable fashion – into one winning formula for fashion.
Redress and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) co-organised a two-hour roundtable discussion entitled ‘The Future of Sustainable Fashion Education’ which took place at HKDI. The roundtable objectives were to review the current practices of sustainable fashion education, to explore the problems experienced in integrating sustainability education into the higher education fashion curriculum and to offer recommendations to educators. This report outlines the main findings from the roundtable discussion. Click here to download the report.
This free-to-attend one-day educational event provided industry professionals and fashion students with the inspiration, information and tools to implement sustainable practices into their design and business activities. The forum’s Master classes and Keynotes gave participants the opportunity to learn from the world’s thought-leaders and experts in the fields of sustainability in fashion design, sourcing, marketing and business.
In March 2014, Redress’ founder Christina Dean presented her ‘You are what you wear’ opinions at a TEDx event organised by Hong Kong Baptist University. In her compelling talk, Christina inspires audiences about the importance of how they dress and turns the responsibility for change on consumers, not just the industry.
The Redress Forum was a one and a half day seminar and workshop, supported by HKTDC Fashion Week, bringing together over 100 fashion industry professionals in Hong Kong to address the future of the fashion industry. The event explored the challenges and opportunities faced by Asian and European designers, manufacturers and retailers as they strive to embrace more environmentally sustainable practices to discover the new drivers that will predict the road ahead.
We were frontline at the first ‘All About Sustainability’ educational zone at China’s Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade fair. We presented innovative fashion examples of up-cycling, reconstruction and textile recycling within this inaugural sustainability zone that nourished China’s growing shift to a more sustainable fashion and textile industry.
We collaborated with Esprit, our The EcoChic Design Award 2012 retail partner, on the ‘Recycled Collection by Esprit’. These recycled textiles collections were designed by The EcoChic Design Award Hong Kong Winner 2012, Wister Tsang, and China 2012, Gong Jia Qi. Combined, their collections retailed in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand between May to October 2013.
We presented a collaborative exhibition at Hong Kong’s Interstoff Asia Essential on multi-stakeholders’ approaches to cutting waste out of fashion. Our exhibition shared expertise from NGOs China Water Risk, Greenpeace and carbon management company, RESET Carbon on how textile, water, chemical and energy wastage can be reduced along the fashion supply chain. We showcased waste reducing garments, designed by Esprit, Levis, M&S, Patagonia, Timberland and Reclaim to Wear, to bring this topic to life.
We held a workshop for select Levi Strauss & Co’s Hong Kong staff to brainstorm sustainable fashion design. In this interactive workshop, we provided a lively overview of sustainable fashion design and introduced an unusual challenge, where Levi Strauss & Co’s staff picked their way through bags discarded used clothes to challenge their staff on ‘Why do people throw away so many clothes?
We organised and moderated this interactive panel discussion at HKTDC Fashion Week. The panel explored the fashion designer’s influential role in minimising a garment’s environmental impact through textile waste reduction. It highlighted the techniques, trends and business opportunities in reducing textile waste through sustainable fashion design.
We collaborated with the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) Department of Fashion & Image Design on a research project. We researched how to profitably reuse pre-consumer textile waste in Hong Kong’s fashion supply chain in ways that minimise negative environmental impacts. The research was supported by the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC). Download a copy of the research summary here.
We organised the ‘Get Redressed’ RBS workshop to provide lively educational content for RBS’ ‘Focused Women HK’ in order to engage women with the broader environmental issues contained in their wardrobes. The workshop introduced the fashion industry’s negative environmental impacts and provided a base to explore practical and creative solutions to dressing more sustainably.