Posts Tagged ‘independent fashion designers’

Washington DC artist Dana Ellyn doesn’t do pastorals.  While she paints traditional subject matter for commissioned work, Dana chooses to challenge her audience with her self-inspired art.  Much of her work is focused on the plight of animals, her provocative and sometimes uncomfortable paintings giving creatures a strong voice about how they are viewed and treated by humans.  Her use of strong hues and beautiful, bright colors accentuates the often dark subject.

For Moda 360 2016, Dana collaborated with London couture designer Lucy Tammam to create beautiful and

Lucy Tammam and Dana Ellyn collaboration

Lucy Tammam and Dana Ellyn collaboration

ethereal gowns that expressed the devastating effects of bycatch fishing on the environment.  The gowns closed the Moda 360 runway filmed for reality TV.

"Meet Your Makers" by Dana Ellyn

“Meet Your Makers” by Dana Ellyn

Inspired by the ethical fashion movement embraced by Lucy and other Moda 360 designers, as well as the movie “The True Cost” screened at Moda 360, Dana created two pieces “Fast Fashion” and “Meet Your Maker,” a visual commentary on the cost of fashion on those who make the designs.  In both images, the women who work on our apparel are given a front row seat at the fashion show – as long as they keep sewing.  Fashion is not presented as elegant or pretty; the paintings give an unvarnished view of a disturbing reality of the global fashion industry, the exploitation and even abuse of the workers who make our clothes.  Dana’s art succinctly expresses the

"Fast Fashion" by Dana Ellyn

“Fast Fashion” by Dana Ellyn

ongoing mission of the ethical fashion movement, to transform fashion into an industry that respects social and environmental justice.

Moda 360 encourages designers, artists and filmmakers to collaborate in the presentation of their creative work.  Taking place during Los Angeles Market Week, designers show their collections to buyers in town to shop with innovative editorial exhibits alongside and along with artists, complementing each other’s inspiration.  Fashion videos from international filmmakers are screened throughout the event and short films of any subject or genre are selected for scheduled screening.   Designers and filmmakers have presented video collaborations giving fashion at Moda another dimension.

Moda 360 2017 invites international independent creatives to show their work to a growing audience of buyers, press, professionals and public.  Because of the extraordinary events that have occurred since the last edition, the 2017 event will inaugurate special exhibits of collaborative work by designers and artists that speak to the issues and movements that have captured attention and have directed current discourse.   Moda 360 is committed to providing an inclusive, tolerant platform for creatives from all backgrounds to present their work and grow their business.

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Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot BlackBourgeois Boheme was founded in 2005 by ex-Podiatrist and long-term vegan Alicia. With a love for shoes, and unable to find high quality and high style animal-friendly footwear, Alicia developed her own brand. She moved to London and merged her foot care expertise with her vegan values to create luxury animal-free footwear.  Not interested in creating just another shoe brand, she has remained true to her founding principles to create perfect vegan shoes without ever compromising on quality, finish or design.  All BB shoes are Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved.Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot Burgundy

Today, Bourgeois Boheme is one of the most established vegan footwear brands out there, still small and independent – as they like it – still making beautiful and versatile shoes completely free from animal-derived materials. The timeless, brand-exclusive styles they produce are all artisan-made under ethical conditions in Portugal from the finest eco-friendly Italian vegan leathers.  They believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials – a design that stands the test of time is essential – and therefore they work tirelessly to champion slow fashion through updated British shoe classics that challenge the perception of leather-free footwear.  The brand’s increasing fan base includes vegan celebs such as Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams and Torrey DeVitto.

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Jacket: Juan Pablo Martinez

Jacket: Juan Pablo Martinez

Juan Pablo Martinez began a traditional career in fashion, studying Fashion Design in Bogotá in the early nineties and then moving to Milan to study pattern making and sewing. His talent for design and construction landed him positions in prestigious Paris ateliers, Atelier Chardon Savard, and Christian Lacroix at his Prêt-à-Porter studio

In 1999, Juan Pablo returned to Bogotá and opened his own atelier, designing and creating men’s suits. After 12 successful years in tailoring, Juan Pablo felt the need to pursue fashion differently, with a focus on sustainable fabrics and fair labor. His collections combine the exquisite tailoring found in the finest menswear with sustainable fabrics sourced in Colombia, recycled cotton PET from recycled plastic bottles, and baby alpaca hand woven by local artisans. The inspiration for his collection marries his passions: hard rock music and draping over the body; the Trucker Jacket meets Madame Vionnet.  His beautiful juxtaposition of hard and soft, machismo and feminine, coupled with the precision execution of each piece, makes his collection a worthy rival to the finest couture ateliers, and brings the style and quality of high fashion to the boutique market.  Juan Pablo is a force to be reckoned with in the industry, achieving both commercial and artistic style, and a commitment to sustainable and ethical production.

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vanessa wishartVanessa Wishart always has an answer to the question “What can you do with this?”  She can take the most bizarre and seemingly unredeemable materials (used coffee filters, used pantyhose) and make stunning fashion designs.  Vanessa Lee Wishart has been in the Fashion/Costume industry for over 10 years. A graduate of the International Academy of Design and Technology, she introduced her fashion line, Vicerra in 2003, after winning first place in the Art of Fashion competition. Vanessa’s clothing is for men and women who are confident and ultra sexy. Her inspiration for her line is the urban and fetish scenes as well as the world around her. This is seen through her use in color and fabrics used in the garments.vanessa wishart3

Vanessa Wishart has worked extensively in film, television and theater, bringing her endless creativity and innovation to every entertainment medium:  dance, music, theater productions, the Super Bowl, feature and short films, and she has created breathtaking fashion art installations that have been exhibited around the world.  Her never-say-can’t has propelled her career forward to opportunities that continuously challenge her talent, and she has met and exceeded every one.

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IMG_3277Kitty Ferreira is an award winning label that aims to dispel the ‘hippy’ connotations of ethical and sustainable fashion, by juxtaposing city chic with the natural world.  The sustainably sophisticated silhouettes are made in London.  The multi- product collection has been described by The Guardian as suitable for “boardroom activists” and made in sizes 6-26 to meet the needs of women of every size.  Kitty Ferreira is part of the Best of Britain exhibit at Moda 360.

The label was created by London College of Fashion graduate, Creative MD & Founder,  Valerie Goode, who chose to pursue a career in ethical fashion after being headhunted to work in China as a Senior Womenswear Designer.   The horrendous pollution she witnessed in the Chinese fashion industry, that served as the catalyst to choose her own fashion path.  The Kitty Ferreira brand is an homage to her late grandmother and is inspired by Kitty’s Caribbean lifestyle.  Kitty Ferreira is dedicated to the values of yore:  “The value in upcycling has been practiced by our grandmothers long before it became a fashionable term”

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Lucy 2-10-14 Final-10 lrNatasha Andreicheva is a London-based Ukrainian-born designer with a passion for ethical design that is both functional and beautiful. Specialising in handbags and purses, Natasha fuses an interest in animal rights and care for the environment with creating elegant one-off pieces. Made from upcycled and vintage materials, her handbags suit a number of occasions, from a casual stroll through the city to a glamorous night out or a wedding.

hammarborgSince launching in 2009, Swedish designer Cecilia Hammarborg’s collections have become a go-to label for tailored outerwear and statement coats. In true Scandinavian style, clean lines and a minimal aesthetic are the signature of this collection of tailored coats in luxe Italian wools, alpaca and cashmere.Creative design, quality and sustainability are all connected.The designer strives to create garments that sustain:highest quality fashion, and becoming items that will be appreciated in seasons to come, becoming a wardrobe staple.

High quality wool is sourced from Italy, from a mill that produces quality fabric made from at least 65% recycled material.  Cecilia Hammarborg embodies local sourcing and manufacturing processes, reducing transport emissions, sourcing in Italy and made in London.

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DeborahCampbellDeborah Campbell Atelier is a British made ethical womenswear label, turning waste into fashion using sustainable materials including fabrics from 100% recycled plastic bottles to create style with a seasonless edge.  The foundation of each collection is print, designed exclusively by DCA and inspired by art and nature. The abstract prints are unique through cut and style, no two styles are the same.

Deborah sustainable sensibility comes from a family of garment makers, her mother was a seamstress in factories for M&S and her grandfather made waterproof clothing.  Following in the family tradition, Deborah worked in manufacturing and design for major British retailers.  Becoming increasingly troubled by cheap fashion made offshore and over-consumption.  She began her journey to challenge the status quo and help reinvigorate British manufacturing and launched her brand.  At DCA, the people who make the clothing are as important as the people purchasing the clothing.  The commitment to transparency in the supply chain is key; suppliers reside in Wales, Sheffield, London, Leicester, and West Yorkshire and a Gots certified factory in Bangladesh for tee-shirts.

The atelier uses Newlife, a fabric produced from recycled plastic bottles, sourced from a variety of partners. DCA up-cycles wool blends from the UK and Italy.  The goal is to source fabrications that have low environmental impact,  limited water use and local sourcing and production to keep the carbon footprint low. T-shirts are one color screen printed in the UK on GOTS certified organic cotton.  Prints are digital and exclusively designed; digital printing uses less water and is kinder to the environment.  Their mission is simple – to design seasonless fashion with transparent ethical practices.

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krausz2Michelle Krausz’s contemporary collections are handcrafted in her Islington workshop. She create wearable pieces with a hint of fashion. specializing in bespoke designs in gold, silver, with precious and semi-precious stones, for weddings, engagements or any occasion.krausz

Delving into the glamour of a bygone era Michelle creates fashion led one off headpieces using the most exquisite original materials from 1930 – 1960 and fresh water pearls. She grew up surrounded by eclectic art, and antiques from across the world, she is descended from several generations of jewelry and art collectors, her father was a fashion designer and mother an artist, with a passion beautiful for objects from the past which inspires her jewelry.

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earthheir1Every piece of craft weaves a story. Some stories span centuries, filled with history and culture. Others represent a new lease in life away from the past.   Earth Heir began with an appreciation for craftspeople. These artists spend years honing and perfecting their skills to create their finest art pieces.   Earth Heir is dedicated to the creation and preservation of heritage art forms.   Working with these artisans, Earth Heir helps disadvantage communities develop commercially viable products and brings them to market.  As part of its social and ecological mission, Earth Heir returns 10% of its revenue to charities supporting trafficking survivors and plant two trees for every scarf purchased.  “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.” – Helen Keller

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

earthheir2Earth Heir offers a collection of exquisitely handcrafted luxurious pieces from around the world, with an ecological and social mission. Each piece weaves a human story – lovingly handmade by master craftspersons carrying the disappearing traditions of their forebears, prizing fine craftsmanship over mass fashion.  Earth Heir advocates fair trade principles and ethical partnerships with the craftspersons themselves, to help create more sustainable livelihoods.  Luxury, style, design and fashion forged in an ethical manner.

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BandaidBlacksilverPendantsmYuliya Chorna is a Toronto based, award-winning jewelry designer and maker.Born and raised in western Ukraine, her interest in fine arts and crafts grew into passion. After moving to Canada Yuliya received her advanced Jewelry Arts diploma from George Brown College in Toronto.

GreenCalciteEarringszmYuliya Chorna produces one of a kind and limited edition jewelry, specializing in custom work and focusing on high quality items that are meant to last.  Each piece is handmade by Yuliya Chorna in her Toronto studio employing as many local resources as possible.  Her passion for handmade and unique work different translates into her products. She uses high grade precious metals and gemstones, juxtaposing these materials with industrial metals and raw crystals.   The Yuliya Chorna client is young in heart, confident and edgy.RoughDiamondSetsm

Yuliya finds her inspiration in nature and everyday objects. Her work has evolved through years of experimentation and process driven practice. It is characterized by the clean finish, asymmetrical balance and sometimes bold but elegant looks. Her jewelry reflects her focus on form and shape with a playful element of color.

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