This week’s sustainable spotlight is jewellery designer Michelle Lowe-Holder. Graduating from Central Saint Martins, Holder established herself as a knitwear designer, recognised by prestigious British stores Browns and Topshop, before developing her own accessory line.
In 2010, after gaining sponsorship for three years by The British Fashion council, Michelle decided to delve into sustainable design with her autumn winter collection ‘Ribbon Reclaim.’ Dramatic statement designs were created using an ancient ‘ribbon art’ technique, which has now become her staple.
This turning point of her career really allowed the rising talent to explore her innovative side in a way that she hadn’t before. She began using vintage fabrics and what she nicknames ‘cabbage’ (scraps from past collections), making sure her material sourcing came from within the UK. 10 years later, her collections are 100% sustainable and individually, are stunning pieces of craftsmanship.
You can keep up to date on Michelle’s designs through her blog.