Estethica, at London Fashion Week, is now well established in it's sixth year - and with it's launch on Friday 20th February being the opening event for the exhibition at the Natural History Museum, ethical fashion is clearly making the statement of being the most important and exciting part of the fashion industry today.
The Ethical Fashion Forum were proud to be showcasing the work of three fantastic designers: Izzy Lane, the New Designer of the Year winner from Novembers RE:fashion awards
, and the two winners of the EFF Innovation award
, MIA and Christopher Raeburn.
produces beautiful, ethically made garments many of which are made from wool coming from their own rare breed sheep, most of which were saved from needless slaughter. The range includes knitwear, handknitted by their network of over 100 knitters across the Dales, coats and jackets manufactured in Wales and skirts manufactured in the Lake District.
Izzy Lane are determined to support the British fashion industry and their supply chain includes the last remaining 51 spinners in Calderdale, one of the last dye-houses in Bradford and the last mother-of-pearl button maker in the UK.
by Mia Nisbet fuses recycled fabrics and traditional Malawian textiles to produce a collection that combines the richness of African textiles with western styling.
With the influx of cheap, imported second hand clothing flooding the street markets of Malawi, it has been made very difficult for locally produced clothing to compete in the local market.
MIA works with producers in Malawi to create ranges which turn this challenge into an opportunity. Collections are designed and marketed to an international fashion market. Profits are reinvested in communities in Malawi, as well as in the training, equipment and infrastructure needed to increase market access and create sustainable livelihoods.
is founder and director of Raeburn – a men’s and womenswear label that focuses on functional beauty in the 21st century cityscape.
Christopher uses fabrics from de-commissioned European military stock to create garments that are original in design and address the needs and concerns of a forward-thinking modern society.
Recycling, intelligent use of materials, reducing packaging, energy use and impact on the environment are an important part of the Raeburn philosophy.
Raeburn clothing is REMADE in England. The label aims to rejuvenate and support what remains of the UK’s skilled garment production sector – all collections are made in East London.