This month hundreds of Hong Kongers visited our latest Pop-up shop eager to get their hands on quality secondhand clothes and accessories from the Redress closet. Our Pop-up generated valuable funding for Redress and our work to cut waste out of fashion whilst promoting the local circular economy, as shoppers revealed in the treasures that we freed from hibernation in Hong Kong’s wardrobes and put back into use in one of our largest clothing drives to date!
We have been celebrating the successes of our Redress Design Award Alumni across the world more and more of late with these stars of sustainability proving that there is no stopping positive change in fashion through collaborations, awards won and high profile exhibitions. So when Runway Asia approached us to help select style with substance for their annual runway event, we jumped at the chance to recommend our talented alumni. In fact, 8 of the 9 Hong Kong brands showcased during this glamour filled event were our alumni and included Classics Anew, Artisan Angus Tsui, Tiffany Pattinson, Alex Leau, Absurd Laboratory and newly launched Seer, as well as The R Collective (designed by alumni Kévin Germanier and Victor Chu). They showed alongside local sustainable fashion brand LaMy Dragonfly bringing positive fashion options to a packed audience, and we think they looked pretty dapper!
Do you have a closet full of clothes but always feel like you have nothing to wear? Have you ever bought a piece of clothing, worn it once and then never again? Or maybe you never found an occasion to wear something you bought and the tag is still on? We think all these unwanted clothes in the back of your closet deserve a second life!
After two successful events in Spain and the US, Christy Chow, winner of Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize 2017 presents Second Life – a large-scale art installation in the form of a clothing exchange on 25 May at The Hive Sai Kung, Hong Kong.
Join us for a night of fashion at The Hive Sai Kung, Hong Kong on 24th May! There will be a sustainable fashion pop-up and a screening of documentary, Frontline Fashion 2 followed by a Q&A session with Executive Producer of Mustard Collective Lindsay Robertson and Redress Executive Director Anneleise Smillie, who will share their behind-the-scenes stories.
Join us to get a slice of the action at our exclusive DIY workshops at PizzaExpress this May! Breathe new life into your unworn T-shirts and lighten the load and the environmental impact of your wardrobe through up-cycling techniques such as patching, cutting, knotting and embellishment techniques. You’ll soon be ready for the summer with your fabulous new design!
Thanks to an introduction from our recent 10 for 10 campaign partner, John Masters Organics, we are delighted to be partnering with award-winning fashion designer Ranee K, by supplying discarded materials that were destined for landfill for her to transform into a collection of modern Qipao dresses.
The resulting collection will be on sale at the John Masters Organics Sun Street Pop-up Store from 2-22 May 2018 with up to 25% of the sales (depending on the percentage of textile waste used in each piece) being donated to Redress to support our critical work to cut waste out of fashion.
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.
Adjoined by a commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability, EAST, Hong Kong joins hands with Redress, featuring Angus Tsui, a local fashion designer and Redress Design Award alumni, to co-present “The Art of Eco Couture” exhibition, which hopes to raise public awareness towards textile waste through art. Redress is a Hong Kong-based environmental NGO that strives to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry through a series of dynamic programmes.
From 22 – 25th November, we hosted our ever-popular secondhand clothing pop-up shop to generate funds to support Redress in continuing our 10 year legacy of work to cut waste out of fashion. The Get Redressed Pop-up Shop was sponsored by OnTheList, who organise weekly flash sales of past season inventories in partnership with premium brands. With a shared vision to minimise the waste of fashion surplus, our secondhand pop-up took place in their showroom to bring greater awareness to their community.
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.
From 6 - 19th November, Redress is holding the Get Redressed x Miele Clothing Drive 2017. In partnership with multiple corporates and with six public locations supported by Miele, 01 Space, Caelum Greene and PizzaExpress we will be collecting unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory donations, which benefit local environmental and welfare charities across Hong Kong, and will raise awareness about high clothing waste rates.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited in Amsterdam in the Fashion For Good Experience Centre from 2nd November - 24th December.
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.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists’ work, plus our Hong Kong Best winner will be exhibited at Hysan Place, Hong Kong from 5th - 14th October.
EcoChic Design Award 2017 first prize winner, Kate Morris, will have her winning collection feature prominently in an installation at Asia's leading iconic luxury department store, Lane Crawford.
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 Miele Consumer Care Challenge took our 10 EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists on an exploratory journey into the depths of secondhand clothing bins located around Hong Kong to discover the missed potential of discarded clothes. Our 10 finalists explored how fashion designers influence a garment’s sustainability, usability and recyclability at the design stage, and were challenged to apply strategies of care, maintenance and redesign to discarded garments to bring them back to life into a show-stopping outfit in just 4 hours. They worked collaboratively with their own ‘muses’, Kate Tsui and Kayla Wong, demonstrating that with the help of Miele quality appliances, considered clothing care and creativity can keep clothes in the fashion loop for longer. The most outstanding outfit was awarded to team A, consisting of Candle Ray Torreverde, Ayako Yoshida, Kate Morris, Joëlle van de Pavert and Claire Dartigues.
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.
A new Greenpeace survey on the shopping habits of people across Europe and Asia, finds that regularly buying too many clothes, shoes, bags and accessories has become an international phenomenon – in fact the average person now buys 60 per cent more items of clothing and keeps them for about half as long as they did just 15 years ago. This is especially striking in China and Hong Kong with up to half of consumers buying more clothes than they need and use, with social media and online shopping fueling much of this shopping craze. In June 2017, Redress and PizzaExpress joined forces for an exclusive DIY workshop hosted at the K11 restaurant, a haven of calm among the hustle and bustle of one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping areas, inspiring participants to transform their out of use T-shirts into a fabulous, summer ready designs! From embellishing, patching to cutting techniques (and a little online inspiration), together we discovered all sorts of creative ways to breathe new life into clothing, and lighten the environmental impact of our wardrobes along the way.
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 13 March 2017 we celebrated the official launch of our new book Dress [with] Sense which followed years of behind the scenes work by co-authors Christina Dean, Hannah Lane and Sofia Tärneberg, with publishers Thames & Hudson at London's Goldfinger Factory. Joining us to share their personal tips for sustainable wardrobes were inspiring role models Dilys Williams, Ash Black, Safia Minney, Katie Jones and Johanna Ho.
In September 2016 we hosted a series of three of our ever-popular secondhand clothing pop-up shops with partners PizzaExpress, The Annex and KONG. We had record numbers of customers searching for gems from our impressive range of pre-loved luxury brands to quality high-street brands. All proceeds went to support our work.
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.
Redress will present four talented emerging designers, The EcoChic Design Award Alumni, to show their sustainable fashion brands at HKTDC’s CENTRESTAGE 2016. Read more about them here. Sign up to the public event on 10 September here.