With only a few days until London Fashion Week, one of the world’s highest profile fashion events, kicks off, we’re very excited to see what new sustainable and ethical fashions will be featured in this year’s Estethica exhibition.
Since its launch by the British Fashion Council in 2006, Estethica has become one of the industry’s leading showcases of eco sustainable design, supporting over 100 innovative designers and promoting awareness about ethical fashion across the globe. All designers featured in the Estethica exhibition are chosen for their dedication to working sustainably as well as for their design quality. Designers must abide by at least one of Estethica’s principles; fair trade and ethical practice in the production process, the use of organic materials and the use of recycled and upcycled fabrics.
Estethica’s special guest brand for LFW A/W13 is Veja, a French footwear and accessories brand, which combines better conditions for Brazilian farmers with fashion, fair trade and ecology. Established in 2004, Veja works directly with small producer co-operatives, using materials such as organic cotton, wild Amazonian rubber and acacia - tanned leather to create shoes and accessories for the European market.
Also new to the Estethica exhibition this season are:
Dedicated to design, craftsmanship and culture, Bottletop is an accessories brand which funds the operation of the Bottletop Foundation which supports young people through education projects, empowering them to take control of their own lives.
Rudá Rings is a jewellery brand inspired by Brazilian fauna and flora and driven by the desire to merge aesthetic and ethical values.
Phannatiq is an ethically minded womenswear brand which produces unique garments using hand silk screen printing techniques.
Katrien Van Hecke
Katrien Van Hecke is an emerging womenswear label which believes that sustainability is the new high fashion and produces silk and hand dyed dresses.
Liora Lassalle was the winner of the Estethica/Veolia Re-source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM). Liora, a CSM graduate, will be launching her debut upcycled collection at this year's exhibition, marking a new phase for the Estethica mentoring scheme and for its support to designers developing sustainable solutions.
The Estethica exhibition will be housed in West Wing of Somerset House, just off the BFC Courtyard Showspace from Friday 15th to Monday 18th February, 10:00am – 7:00pm and Tuesday 19th February 10:00am – 6:00pm.