Anna Alicia took a round-about route to accessory design, via a degree in Art History at the University of Kent and an MA in Art Gallery Oxford at Central St Martins, London. Her background in a castle art gallery and her fascination with historical craft play a huge role in inspiring her collections. Ethical and environmental concerns are central to Anna’s work – all A Alicia accessories are made by hand in Anna’s London studio, using fairtrade organic cotton and vintage elements wherever possible. Far from finding it restrictive, Anna feels that working with limited materials inspires her to make the most of their possibilities.
A graduate in Fashion from The Arts Institute, Bournemouth, Oxford designer Holly Dutton has independently produced ethical womenswear under her label ‘Bobbie’s Boutique.’ Inspired by childhood dreams, nostalgia, romance and freedom, Holly takes us on a journey through our mystical pasts and memories. Selected to exhibit her debut collection at Alternative Fashion Week, London 2009, Holly continues to combine design with an ethical and sustainable approach to create beautiful clothing and accessories. Holly says that Ethical Fashion is a creative discipline in which “…enables me to think beyond enriching my own life, but that of others too.”
Photos of Work
Photographer: Paul Allen
Model: Sara Victoria Riding
Stylist: Sam Poyser
The principals of ethical working practice and producing high quality jewellery are fundamental to the operation of Caipora. Its founder, Zel Albuquerque, combines her love of fashion with the passionate belief in being environmentally responsible, sourcing materials and products that have been ethically produced.
Specially selected designers work meticulously with professional artisans to ensure every piece is created in line with Caipora’s culture of sustainability. Riverside communities in Brazil use native knowledge to source materials in a completely sustainable way, so that the environment is left unharmed.
You can be assured in Caipora’s firm belief in following a lifestyle that cultivates a fair, and ethical conscious “mind, body, and soul”, whilst paying strict attention to the best style, quality and aesthetics in all our jewellery. Caipora constantly strives to improve itself and its relationship with the environment.
Los Angeles-based ecoSkin Collections is the brainchild of founder and designer, Sandy Skinner, who has lived apparel for nearly 20 years, working in virtually every aspect of the industry. Launched in 2007, ecoSkin Collections offers chic, contemporary clothing for the
eco-conscious, fashion-savvy woman.
Sandy operates ecoSkin Collections with attention to the smallest detail in her quest to improve the environment and provide a socially responsible collection. Core to its planet-friendly mission, ecoSkin Collections uses only environmentally sustainable luxury organic cotton and bamboo tencel knit fabrics woven, dyed and sewn in the USA, and recently has pioneered the use of zero-waste WHOLEGARMENT technology in its production of organic cotton knit dresses and tops.
ecoSkin’s stunning Spring collection is now available at Kailique Online Boutique.
Designer Bharati Manchanda studied BA(Hons) Fashion Design at Southampton Solent University, where she realised her passion for beautiful fabrics and detailing. Her eveningwear was chosen for the catwalk at the Clothes Show Live Exhibition and she gained recognition as runner-up in the Colgate Platinum Competition in association with Elle Magazine. After graduating, Bharati worked as a designer and stylist in London. She began to develop her creative style and love of embellishments by selling one-off customised pieces at Portobello and Spitalfield markets. Whilst researching and sourcing fabrics she became aware of the possibility of making a positive contribution to the environment.
Embellished Truth was launched in September 2008, blending fashion with a conscience and sophisticated design.
Feng Ho is an advocate of bringing responsible luxury into the mainstream. She creates garments that are charismatic and offbeat, elegant and enchanting. Sustainable fibres such as organic cotton, silk hemp, bamboo & soy make up these sumptuous fabrics. Feng Ho supports local businesses by using end-of-line textiles sourced within the UK. Hand printed & naturally dyed fabrics, through working with Moral Fibre, act towards reducing environmental impact and fighting poverty. Her collection is ethically manufactured in London and India. The growth of ethical fashion is being spearheaded by exciting designers like Feng Ho, showing that it is possible to be both stylish and conscientious.
Winner of the Ethical Fashion Forum Innovation Award 2010.
Photography by Melanie Barron.
Frank & Faith
Frank & Faith is a socially conscious clothing label launched in Autumn 2006 by fashion designer and buyer, Anya Pearson and her Chartered Accountant husband, Mark Swire. Our founding philosophy is that our clothes look beautiful and fashionable but are manufactured in an ethical and sustainable way here in the UK. Frank & Faith clothes will always use organic, recycled or sustainable yarns and fabrics, be made ethically, and with equal importance – will always be fashionable and affordable.
Born in the Philippines, Harvy grew up fascinated with dance and design. He received his first scholarship to study ballet in Manila at age 18, and moved to Hong Kong four years later to study further at the Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2005 he started his own business, Harvash Creations. Projects ranged from bespoke costume and couture commissions for individual clients to large-scale productions for stage and television. Harvy moved to London in the summer of 2008 and promptly went hat mad. Immersing himself in millinery, he studied with Rose Cory (legendary milliner to the late Queen Mother) and took the runner-up prize in a prestigious competition held at Royal Ascot in 2009. His hats, fascinators, and headpieces are all unique creations, entirely hand made from both traditional and innovative materials.
The house of Tammam – perfectly cut, immaculately tailored, beautifully designed haute couture fashion and bridal wear. Tammam is a fashion house with old-fashioned ideas working for the modern independent, stylish woman. Tammam won’t compromise on style or ethics, everything in our collections from prêt a porter to couture is designed and made with dedication, by expertly trained people paid a fair wage, using fibres and fabrics that don’t harm the planet or the people who make them. We develop our own luxury fabrics to fulfill our design and ethical desires. We care about the world and we care about style.
Louise has worked in the jewellery industry for 8 years. She started her career as a buyers assistant on the jewellery desk for a TV shopping channel. This fueled her passion for jewellery and allowed her to work with a wide range of designs from the UK and abroad, visiting many of the UK based jewellery shows and the Vincenza Jewellery show in Italy.
Lou went on to London’s jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden where she then worked for a major Diamond and Gold importers. Intrigued by the intricate processes involved, specifically in handmade jewellery production, Louise decided to dedicate her spare time to exploring jewellery making techniques and design herself.
In Jan 2008 Lumoi was born.
Specializing in day-to-night jersey, Nancy Dee creates stylish, versatile pieces that translate easily from home to office to evening out. Inspired by retro designs, the collections rework classic shapes with bold prints and strong colour palettes, utilizing the inherent characteristics of jersey – its softness, drape and stretch. We use only high quality natural, sustainable and organic fabrics, from super-soft soy bean and luxurious modal to organic cotton for practical everyday wear. The pieces are manufactured in factories, both in India and here in the UK, that are committed to providing safe working conditions and paying fair wages.
The Label Salty Philip was created in Berlin in 2009 by Scottish designer Lynn MacPherson with the idea of reducing the negative impact conventional fabric production has on the environment and the people who make it.
By making beautiful, contemporary clothes, Salty Philip aims to banish the idea that eco is dull and bring life into each garment. All garments are made with organic, sustainable or recycled fabric.
Tamsin is an artist jeweller who uses reclaimed and recycled objects and materials to create one-off pieces of jewellery. She has a passion for working in metals and a belief in the power of art and craft skills to empower people. Tamsin has worked and exhibited in Britain and Internationally; in 2009 she graduated from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham with an MA in Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Products. She currently divides her time between making, exhibiting and working as jewellery technician/tutor in Oxford.