Ecoluxe London sustainable luxury fashion show: A Grinn fairy tale

Jan de Villeneuve takes to the Catwalk in Support of Ethical Luxury

during London Fashion Week 

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“I am looking forward  to  being  on  the  Ecoluxe London catwalk  during  London  fashion  week, helping  to  promote   sustainable  luxury  with  an  ethos  as  well  as   the  fabulous  creative  embroidery   of  Fine  Cell  Work” says an enthusiastic Jan de Villeneuve, top model.

For its 8th edition, Ecoluxe London teams up with award-winning prison charity and social enterprise Fine Cell Work for the first ever sustainable luxury fashion show during London Fashion Week, with an online silent auction to raise funds, including donations from Stella McCartney, Margaret Howell and Chloe in support of Fine Cell Work, that will be embellished by its embroiderers to create unique pieces. There will also be a drinks reception.

On 17th February 2014, 19.00 in Kingsway Hall, 66 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BX Covent Garden.

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Fashion is a new departure for the Fine Cell Work embroiderers who are more familiar with embroidering intricate patterns for cushions and interior accessories to the highest standards. For Autumn/ Winter 2014 Fine Cell Work will be promoting their SWAG bag collection.

“My mother sewed beautifully and she inspired my passion for sewing and embroidery. I always seemed to be making tapestry cushions on film sets which I gave away to friends.

There is great satisfaction in seeing the finished product after the hard work.

 Sometimes I would become so engrossed in it that I was more interested in finishing the cushion than the film!” (Dame Judi Dench, Patron of Fine Cell Work)

This is the first time that Fine Cell Work has collaborated with fashion designers to embellish their pieces with exquisite embroidery.

“It is fantastic that Ecoluxe London are supporting Fine Cell Work. The Ecoluxe London Fashion Show is important for the new opportunities it will bring prisoners for work in the future in the fashion industry. I thoroughly support it.” (Wayne Hemingway, MBE)

We are so excited about the show. We have incredible brands from all over the world this season; we are also hugely proud to be able to showcase the prisoners’ embroidery work. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote an amazing charity (Stamo, co-founder of Ecoluxe London).
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Brands showcasing their work include:

Ala Mairi (heritage based artistry, luxury womenswear, PK, UK)

Ar-Li  (Felt accessories, A women’s coop in Kazakhstan, KZ)

Bailey Tomlin (Exquisite millinery, jewellery, sculptural pieces, UK)

By Stamo  (Luxury with a twist, UK)

CraftworksCambodia  (Jewellery and accessories made of recycled rice bags, bullet shells, etc. NGO based in Cambodia, KH. Attendance sponsored by  ‘By Stamo’)

Elena Garcia (Daring design with traditional techniques for eco luxury, UK)

Fine Cell Work (Social enterprise that trains prisoners in embroidery, UK)

Grace (Beautiful clothes for real women, UK)

Green Embassy (Timeless clothing, traditional techniques GOTS certified, AU)

Joyce Peñas Pilarsky Daring Collections (Womenswear sustainable luxury, PH)

L-L-B (Womenswear, conceptual ecology, FR/NO)

Le Konsphin (Womenwear and accessories, PT/VN)

Marita Huurinainen (Sustainable luxury, womens/mens accessories, FI)

Nadine Mneimneh  (Contemporary womenswear, LB)

Njema Helena (Modern fashion with an African aesthetic, UK/KE)

Sew Last Season (Limited edition up-cycled men’s shirts, UK)

Supported by Rain® (Rainwear made of recycled umbrellas, UK)

Wellicious (Luxurious Eco-Friendly GOTS certified yoga, pilates and loungewear, UK)

…and  more!

The ”Spider Women” of Hilo Sagrado Foundation


bAs the legend of  Wayúu people in Colombia  says  women were created from a spider   therefore  it is in their hands  to ‘interweave’  whatever  they  need …

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1Literally  for  the indigenous Wayúu people, knowing how to weave is a symbol of creativity, intelligence and wisdom, a practice that is past on from one generation to the next, during puberty  when girls can only be around their female relatives who teach them all the duties and social behavior that  Wayúu women must possess.

This  tradition,  is  embraced by Hilo Sagrado Foundation creating a sustainble social business where women are enabled to produce hand made products based on their traditional practicies.

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IMG_0404Hilo Sagrado Foundation supports  the marketing and selling of the products, providing an income for the women  and their families.

Furthermore, profits are fedback into the community and the school, where 200 children from different ethnic groups attend.

The designs are patterns of geometrical shapes  and  each  item is made by one woman; therefore each product is one of a kind,   arduous handcraft . i.e.  it takes between 20 to 30 days   for a bag.m10The  Hilo Sagrado collections,  includes   garments, scarfs, shoes, and accessories, along  with homeware decorative  items  such  as  pillowes, hammocks, fabricks  and   many more  products.

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ANNA P. : British Eccentricity

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Anna P.  label  creates uniquely  beautiful  pieces  whilst  being  kind  to  the planet, handmade  in  her  London studio using  traditional  crafts  and  materials  sourced  as  locally  as  possible  to  minimise  her  carbon  footprint.       

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Anna  P.  creates  a  stylishly  unique  feeling  of  british  eccentricity  which  gives  each  collection  an  individual  identity   with  all  the  hand  finished  detailing.

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Anna P. range  comprises  of  handbags,  purses,  bungles  and  and  interchangeable  headbands.

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Jessica Found It !

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JESSICA  FOUND  IT,  is  a  UK  based  brand   which clearly  makes   ethos  a  possibility.

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JESSICA  FOUND  IT , treats discarded  materials with  a  dynamic and  artistic  way,  creating  unique, desirable  fashion  accessories  and homeware  items.

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JESSICA  FOUND  IT ,  maintains  sustainable  manufacturing  by  using  low  energy  and  high  hand  power.

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 Furthermore, JESSICA  FOUND  IT,   raises  environmental  awareness  through  creative  workshops.

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  For  more  info,  please  visit  www.jessicafoundit.com

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Ilya Fisher

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Slide3Combining stunning shibori designs with beautiful shapes and silks, Ilya fisher bring you hand dyed clothes and scarves that both look beautiful and feel fabulous to wear.

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All garments are made and dyed in Ilya Fisher‘s London premises using metal free dyes with careful sourcing of silks, natural shell buttons and processes to reduce impact on the environment.

Each Ilya Fisher piece is unique. No two the same -eco, ethical & unique. 

www.ilyafisher.com

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Believer : ‘With power, passion and purpose, we believe we can’

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 Believer creates unique, handmade products with a purpose, sourcing all their materials as ethically and sustainably as possible.

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Believer,  together with the power and belief of their fans,  raise awareness and funding for charities across the globe, with the hope of building a better tomorrow.

Slide1Believer’s  motto : With power, passion and purpose, we believe we can’

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… for Pea’ s sake!

btlogoBAILEYTOMLIN    is   a well  known  firm  for their  exquisite  sculptural  millinery and  jewllery pieces.  

Slide1BAILEYTOMLIN ‘s  designs,  always  amaze,bringing Natue into our  lives  with   originality, technique and quality. Roses, sun rays, strawbberies and dew drops, although classic  decorative  themes,  are  given  a unique  interpretation.

 BAILEYTOMLIN  collections  have  also  a  funky  side,   inspired  by  unexpexted   motives , for  example   …peas!

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As  far as   BAILEYTOMLIN   is  concerned,  none of  the  peas  in   the  pod  are  alike . In  fact each  one   has  its  own  story  as  those  in  the  peapod broatch shown below:

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Zoom in and the layers and textures glow like jewels in this piece of BAILEY TOMLIN  micro millinery.

  But  would  you  like  to  know  the  secret  behind the  charm  of  this  broach, as  ‘confessed’   by Bridget  the  designer  of BAILEY TOMLIN  ?

A tiny turquoise feather found blowing in the wind at London Zoo !

                         That’s so iridescent it’s irresistible !!!

( DO NOT ) Return to Sender …

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The  duck  and  the  sesame,  amongst  their  many handmade  jewelry  collections offer  a range  of  jewllery  and  home  decorative  objects,  made  of  used stamps.

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Slide4 - CopyAll the  rings, pendants  and  broaches  are  soldered with  leαd free  metal  and  covered   by  cut -to-measure  glass  so  the  stamps  stay  intact.  Why?   Because   the collection  includes  stamps    that  have  value  on  their  own,  as   those   from  countries  that   no  longer  exist,  U.S.S.R    and  Yugoslavia  for  instance .   

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For  further  information,  please  visit    The  duck  and  the  sesame.

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SewLomax

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Created in the UK, SewLomax uses high quality ethically sourced canvas bags . The products offered are always fun but also stylish and they uniquely and creatively offer ways in which to organise and transport items.

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SewLomax products are ageless and also timeless. They appeal to many genres from the dog owner to the busy city worker! 

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With new styles regularly updated  SewLomax  plans  to keep its customers  in a buoyant mood!

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Check  SewLomax Collection

   at the  Ecoluxe London

        pop up boutique!

 

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Danica Cosic Design

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Driven by wanderlust and a desire to create with purpose, Danica Cosic Design was launched in 2009. Danica Cosic, marries traditional craft and culture to fashionable, but classic designs, while incorporating a socially aware approach. Slide3

The goal for each Danica Cosic  handcrafted item is for it to be seen for its value, cultural and traditional richness and unique beauty. Slide4

With a strong belief in the artisan’s potential to thrive beyond their current marketplace and a passion for Moroccan design and culture, Danica Cosic’s mission has been to take the concepts of craft and artisanal goods in a new direction. 

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All Danica Cosic products are handcrafted with thoughtfulness, dedication and attention to detail.  Not only is the goal to provide a beautiful and unique fashion item, but also to support the local artisan businesses and provide a new platform for artisans to display their talents.

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