When it comes to ethical fashion on the runway, more and more luxury designers are beginning to incorporate eco-friendly practices – one of our favourites being Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean. With her Africa meets contemporary Europe, aesthetic, Jean cleverly fuses modern tailoring with the vivid colours and patterns of North Africa.
In a previous post we mentioned Jean’s work with the Ethical Fashion Initiative, organised by the International Trade Centre in Geneva, which employs impoverished women in Africa and Haiti, teaching them artisanal skills such as weaving and hand craftsmanship.
“We enable fashion’s leading creatives to source quality product, delivered on time, from Africa & Haiti. Underpinning everything is a strict code of ethics & cultural understanding. Communities of well-paid artisans receive frequent technical training to ensure long-term, fulfilling employment.”
This summer saw the 50th anniversary of the International Trade Centre, where Jean was asked to participate in the special event by showcasing her latest designs in a celebratory Summer 2014 catwalk show.