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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‚ÄúI 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‚ÄĚ 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¬† ‚ÄėBy Stamo‚Äô)

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 Pe√Īas 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¬ģ (Rainwear made of recycled umbrellas, UK)

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

…and ¬†more!

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Fashionworks  and  Ecoluxe London,  have a limited number of subsidized  incubator spaces  for  new  and  up and   coming designers at 639FashionIncubator.

It  includes  fully  equipped  working  space, specialist  business development  and  technical  support, access  to  sampling  facilities.

Spaces  are  available  from  early  April  2013  onwards  for  £175  per month. 

For  more  information  please  apply  with  your  CV, examples  of  your  work and stating  why  you  would  like  to  be  part  of  this  exciting  project,  in  aprox.  to  50  words  to  info@ecoluxelondon.org

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….and the (February ’13) winners are …….

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Named after their co-founder, humanitarian and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, of Paul Mitchell Systems haircare, John Paul Selects scout the World for the best up and coming eco-conscious labels and entrepreneurs to offer a fusion distribution solution for   the emerging sustainable brands.

That ¬†way,¬†John Paul Selects¬†work ¬†towards accomplishing ¬†their Eco- Mission : ‚ÄúTo attract, inspire and educate the human spirit on behalf of the best emerging sustainable brands and eco-conscious entrepreneurs who are striving to make a difference, both socially and environmentally‚ÄĚ

Ecoluxe London started its collaboration with John Paul Selects in its third edition, in September 2011. The John Paul Selects  team had just started their selection process and Ecoluxe London established contact with them through CocoEco Magazine, our press partners.

 Every brand on John Paul Selects is carefully vetted and tested to ensure the quality of their products and the sustainability of their production.

At Ecoluxe London we are in a unique position to recruit new sustainable brands, and the John Paul  Selects initiative offered a great door to a new market for new and existing labels, so we created the John Paul Selects Awards with them in order to recognise up and coming talent. Each season the John Paul  Selects team give the chance to enter into a one year contract to the  Ecoluxe London exhibitors  of  their  choise. Once awarded, it is up to the brands themselves to accept the contract and establish a commercial relationship with John Paul Selects. 

This  seasons  winners  of  the  John  Paul  Selects  Awards  are :

Believer by Katie  Walker   and   Danica Cosic Design  .

Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 promotes and nurtures UK talent

By Stamo

Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Leading the way in Ethical Fashion is British Talent, Innovation and Ecoluxe London.
In our September ‘ 12 exhibition, we had no less than thirteen UK based companies with Ethical credentials, dedication and support for British manufacturing.

Dresses made of celluloid film and recycled surgical masks by Tytti Thusberg: Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

With the motto ‘love is everything‚Äô, Tracey Ellis founded Shanti Sundays in 2010. Colourful leisure and yoga wear manufactured in the UK with its accessories manufactured in India, where the company also supports various charities.
Shanti Sundays in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Supported by Rain: Using broken umbrellas and end of roll fabrics to create unique rainwear made in the UK.
Supported By Rain in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com.

By Stamo: Luxury classics with a twist. Manufactured in the UK.
By Stamo in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

British designer Romero Bryan, chose to showcase his new collection in Ecoluxe London instead of NY Couture Fashion Week. His first attempt to create luxury with a conscious produced layered jackets and skirts with transparent details in cream and black.
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Romero Bryan and Yva from Yvian in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12

Yvian, showcased with us their first collection. Dedicated to fair trade and fair working conditions. Yvian is committed to change lives and promote development through fashion.
Yvian in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom

Anna P: leather handbags and cool headbands. This season Anna, besides her leather accessories also showcased her collection made of recycled denim trousers. Everything is UK made.
Headband by Anna P in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Rebecca-Jane: Leather handbags and accessories made of recycled and reworked leather jackets. Manufactured in the UK
Rebecca- Jane in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12

Selina Cheong: Leather handbags and accessories manufactured in the UK and made according to the highest quality standards.
Selina Cheong in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom

Talented Totes: UK made totes and a range of canvas and fabric bags made in the UK. Menswear fabrics and off cuts are also used to create a range of totes with cool prints on them.
Talented Totes in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Bailey Tomlin: exquisite hair bands, head pieces, jewellery and handbags- designed and created in the UK
Bailey Tomlin in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Hatastic!: reworked and reblocked vintage hats with added ‘bits and bobs’. Chloe works wonders.

Sew Last Season, Elena Garcia, presented her collection of upcycled men’s jackets and shirts.
Sew Last Season in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom

The shoe fleur collection from Po-Zu.
Po-Zu in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

A picture is a thousand words so please feel free to talk about them.

No2: Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 adds an international flavour to London

By Stamo

Today we will continue our journey through Europe discovering more ethical brands that showcased their work in our Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom.

Europe and its ethical fashion were well represented in our Sep ’12 Showroom with exhibitors coming from Spain, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Greece.

MuMu Organic filled the room with sea breeze and colours inspired by the Aegean sea. Athena Bentila and Roland Wakker founded the label in 2009 and are committed to using organic and eco friendly natural fibres, supporting Fair Trade producers and creating employment for people in Greece.

Cardou, based in Athens uses end-of-rolls of high end fabrics to create limited edition casual wear. It is committed to Fair Trade principles and ethics.

Tu&Tu, all the way from Italy creates double sided rainwear, bags and dresses using organic cotton and fabric made of recycled plastic bottles which has a luxurious ‘velvet’ feel. For the Tu&Tu prduction, Roberta, its founder and designer is collaborating with Lister Social Cooperative , located within the Department of Mental Health of Trieste.

French label Myrtle Accessories recycles wellies by deconstructing them and using the different components to create multi coloured bags decorated with strings and knots.

Inez Osvald, from Sweden uses leather by products as well as Scottish tweeds to create luxurious handbags that compliment every wardrobe.

B-made and Bernadette, from Netherlands create beautiful jewellery in collaboration with Nepalese artisans. Pictures speak for themselves.

Enjoy!

Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 adds an international flavour to London

By Stamo

This September, in Ecoluxe London, ¬†besides the ‘Spanish invasion’ full of colour, shapes and sun we had brands from various parts of the world indicating that London is still an International fashion destination.

Our truly unique concept allows companies from all over the world that offer ecoluxury products to showcase their work and access the UK market.

Chile was present with three brands:

Carmen Eva, making felted garments using the ancient Nuno technique and yarns from alpaca and llama amongst others.

Carmen Eva: llama felted shawl
Carmen Eva: Felt necklace

Made By Voz, a new luxury knitwear brand that empowers women and their communities by encouraging collaborations between artisans and designers. Every design in the VOZ collections gives artisans name credit and royalties for every garment sold.

Made By VOZ: Vilu Dress
Made by VOZ: Anu Dress

Casa Kiro, exquisite craftsmanship and detailed silver jewellery. Vania, the designer has a passion for using domestic raw materials in a completely new context. Raisin enfolds seaweed, goat horn, alpaca wool creating an array of colours and jewellery that have a wow factor.

Casa Kiro: Jewellery display during Ecoluxe London Sep ’12
Casa Kiro: Rings

All the way from India, Indigreen filled our exhibition with inspiring art and an amazing story behind the brand. All artwork decorating their products is hand painted by Bollywood artists who were replaced by digital technology! Furthermore, Indigreen encourages the people that purchase their products to recycle, donate and frame its art.

Indigreen: Khayali Top
Indigreen: Hand painted purse

Arli from Kazakhstan is the brainchild of Ardagul Dusegalieva and Liliya Karimova. Two designers who use traditional felting techniques. Mixing wool and silk their products create a luxurious feel around your shoulders.

Arli: Dina wearing an Arli shawl during Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic taken by Poly@polpic.com
Arli: Silk and wool scarf

Ecoluxe London was also proud to support and present Craftworks Cambodia, a project that turns people’s lives around by providing them with training, work and food on the table. Silk and cotton hand loomed scarves, bags, wallets and pencil cases made out of recycled cement and fish bags and fantastic jewellery made out of recycled bullet cases.

Craftworks Cambodia: Product display during Ecoluxe London Sep’ 12/ Pic taken by Poly@polpic.com

It is widely acknowledged that this September London Fashion Week was the quietest of all times with NY and Milan closing even more on the London dates. We would be interested to know how this has affected your brand’s sales and business strategy.

To be continued…