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Evironmentally friendly printing and finishing for my LOOKBOOK! Any ideas?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karim Ladak Apr 8, 2011. 1 Reply

Hello there, I am looking for an environmentally sound graphics/printing/finishing company to get my lookbooks made up by. Any recommendations welcome! Preferably recycled paper and environmentally…Continue


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Profession / role:
Company / organisation:
KSE Dressmaking
Website (if you have one):
www.ksedressmaking.co.uk, www.katharineharrison.com
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
I am looking to discover or buy
Studio premises, staff, funds, organic fabric suppliers and advice on UK-based supply chains, an industrial machine and overlocker!
About me / About business or organisation:
My name is Katharine Harrison, trading as KSE Dressmaking. I have been working towards setting up my own company since June 2010. I design high-end fashion womenswear under the label of Katharine Harrison, with plans to release a preliminary pre-collection of woven cotton separates in September this year. I will be launching the brand officially in February 2011 with a full womenswear colection. I combine around 60% up-cycled cotton, linen and wool, with 30% organic cottons/linens/hemp/bamboo/wool and around 10% conventional where necessary. (These vary from season to season). The focus of the company is the making and the finishing, employing the use of traditional handcraft techniques, the company has all garments made within the UK and hand-finished in-house at the KSE Dressmaking studio. We hope at some point to stock Liberty and Egg in South Kensington but for now the focus is on completing the pre-collection for promotion.
Career history / Company history:
I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2006 where i completed work experience at Katharine Hamnett as well as couture company Marchesa. I went on to work with Katharine on her new line Katharine E Hamnett in 2007.

I then began work on upgrading my skills base as I felt I lacked the skills necessary to execute my design work in full.

I began a tailoring apprenticeship course with a group of Savile Row tailors in conjunction with Newham College of FE.

At the same time I took a job at period costume-makers SANDS FILMS, where all costumes are made according to the period, by hand where appropriate. I made key pieces for Jane Campion's latest film Bright Star, along with Young Victoria, Creation, Belle ami among others.

These both lasted for 2.5 years leading me up to June this year when I felt it was time to start my own label.

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At 11:46pm on July 30, 2011, Alma Erzhanova gave Katharine a gift
At 23:45 on July 30, 2011, Alma Erzhanova said…


Dear Katharine!

I would very much appreciate your help. I am studying for an MA in Marketing at Kingston Business School under the supervision of Professor Robert East. We are conducting research about Fairtrade goods and ethical fashion clothes, and ask you to complete the enclosed short questionnaire. 
I am also offering a £50 shopping gift voucher to the lucky prize draw winner!!!!

Could you please complete this questionnaire, following the link

Thank you very much for your help.
Yours sincerely,

Alma Erzhanova

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At 7:19 on August 18, 2010, ravi maheshwari said…
hey thanks for your comments. this are all screen print.
anyways how are you ?
how is your business going on ?
At 13:35 on August 15, 2010, ravi maheshwari said…
hi Katharine
i have attached some pics to my profile ,see it .
At 18:01 on August 13, 2010, Silk'n Fab said…
Dear Katharine

I understand that you are looking for Organic Fabric suppliers.

We wish to introduce ourselves as exporters of Organic Cotton Fabrics. Our fabrics are certified for Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by Control Union. We provide organic fabric in greige, PFD, prints & yarn dye. We also do custom printing on organic fabric with low impact dyes and herbal dyes, to maintain the fabric’s Organic nature. Also we can provide you with small made-ups from organic fabric like cushion, pillows and bed sheets.

Pls let me know of your requirements on our email info@silknfab.com. Currently our Director is in Copenhagen and if by chance you too are there, it would be good to meet.

Silk'n Fab
At 17:54 on August 10, 2010, ravi maheshwari said…
hi all the best for your label ,
i m working in fabric printing & dyeing.let me know if you want anything in it
At 12:53 on August 7, 2010, Laricea Ioana Roman said…
Dear Katharine,

My name is Laricea Ioana Roman and I am a student at Kingston University, London (KU ID 0942659). I am doing a Master in Marketing, Advertising and Communications and at the moment I am writing my Dissertation. My topic is related to ethical clothing, more specifically, I am investigating how personal values influence customers' decision to buy ethical clothing. In order to come up with some answers for my topic, I need some opinions from people who actually bought ethical clothes.

This is the reason why I am kindly asking you to help me and fill in my questionnaire. It will take you no more than 10 minutes and you can win three books and £30 vouchers!

Thank you for your consideration,

Laricea Ioana Roman

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