We want to create a platform for industry collaboration to create a more sustainable future for fashion. Through our industry engagement programmes, we collaborate across the entire fashion supply chain to catalyse positive change. We work with designers, textile and garment manufacturers, retailers, schools and universities, governments, NGOs and media organisations on seminars, workshops, research, retail collaborations and through our recycled textile standard. Read more about our recent work to catalyse and drive change in the fashion industry below.
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.