Today was the 2013 Source Awards, hosted by The Ethical Fashion Forum and held at the House of Lords. Presented by Lola Baroness Young, the event was a celebration of the way that ethics in fashion has progressed over the years, and a chance to discover the movers and shakers working towards a more sustainable industry.
SARA C: Special Commendation
Founded by Sara Cohen, this British clothing label was inspired by her travels in her family campervan, where the London based designer would draw the surrounding landscapes. Incorporating them into her clothing designs, Sara created two collections: Nature’s Edge and Nature Lust. Her flamboyant signature style takes inspiration from the British countryside, Mexico and Australia. Specialising in prints, expect to find lots of bold patterns and a bright wash of exotic colours. Handmade in the UK, all her items are created using eco friendly processes.
Hand crafted by the survivors of human trafficking, the Senhoa Foundation jewellery line was established in 2010 and is an independent non profit organisation based in California. Working with big names such as model Coco Rocha, and Swarovski Elements, the socially conscious brand has helped bring women in Cambodia out of poverty, giving them a chance to enter a craft where they can feel safe, earn a fair wage and give their life a sense of fulfilment.
“The evolution of fashion is a triumphant story of freedom and female empowerment.”
With styles available for men and women, Senhoa has no specific aesthetic. Instead, the team collaborate with various designers to produce unique, one-off collections.
Established in 2013, UK based charity Mayamiko is an organisation that works to improve the lives of local communities in Africa by teaching them artisanal skills and craftsmanship. Ethically sourced and made in Malawi, the designs keep within traditional african dress, but with a modern twist, as shown in the SS14 preview.
“We connect the Mayamikans to fantastic UK ethical fashion designers. This creates links to western markets where they can trade their products as high value items.”
Find out who the full list of SOURCE awards winners at www.Ethicalfashionforum.com