Innovating or copying the past? A brief history of sustainability throughout ages and cultures

During the lecture we will go through the history of sustainability in fashion throughout the ages and have the opportunity to see what different cultures have been doing for thousands of years

INVITATION

The executive committee of the Ionian Society cordially invites you to a lecture in English by Stamo Ampatielou, MBA:

SUSTAINABLE FASHION: INNOVATING OR COPYING THE PAST ? 

on Friday 23rd of November at  7: 30 p.m

at

Great Hall, Hellenic Centre

16-18 Paddington st.,

London W1U 5AS

 

Admission: FREE

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

 

 

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’, 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.
Romero Bryan backless dress

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…

Ecoluxe London Sept’ 12 – Opening Routes to Market for New International Brands

By Elena Garcia,

Francisco Lomora

Our September 2012 edition of the Showroom was our most international to date. We showcased the work of 33 brands from the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, Russia, Cambodia, India, Chile and Greece. So far we have given the opportunity to show collections during London Fashion Week to more than 100 brands since we started in September 2010. What makes the Ecoluxe London concept truly unique is that we have now consolidated the showroom as a space that not only offers a window to UK based brands, but we also help new businesses everywhere to access a market that is normally closed to them due to excessive fees and lack of business support.

Iconic Barcelona

We are incredibly proud to be able to say that orders have been signed at Ecoluxe London, commercial awards have been given, introductions have been made to press and buyers, contacts have been passed on to the brands, marketing and Intellectual Property support have been provided to our exhibitors and the products have been allowed to shine in an environment suitable to their market.

Le Konsphin

In particular, this season we have welcomed a group of Spanish brands into our exhibition hall for the first time. We have had Spanish brands before, but we have been actively involved in the burgeoning Spanish eco scene and have been selecting, with the help of Slow Fashion Spain, and Gloria Bendita, a small group of brands that have their production sorted and sustainability credentials checked.

Yono Taola

Brands like Cristina Cardenas (accessories), Yono Taola (womenswear), Iconic Barcelona (womenswear), MissSotoka (womenswear), Francisco Lomora (womenswear), Gloria Bendita (womenswear), Tytti Thusberg (recycled womenswear and accessories), and Le Konsphin (accessories) have all been able to exhibit their products abroad and open new routes to market at very affordable prices. This is only the beginning, there are more brands in development and we hope we will be able to provide a launchpad to many more labels that weren’t quite ready to exhibit yet.

Cristina Cardenas

This venture was kick-started by an invitation that Elena Garcia received from Slow Fashion Spain to speak at a summit in the Museum of Costume in Madrid back in April this year.

Tytti Thusberg

Initial contacts were made and soon we realised that the ecoluxury sector in Spain is growing fast, but as usual, new brands need nurturing and support. The Ecoluxe London team has been promoting these brands and has given them a taste of London. We hope that they continue to grow.
As we said before, incredibly proud. Watch our for our Feb’ 13 edition.

MissSotoka
Gloria Bendita