Shop: Sustainable fashion in Hong Kong
22 August 2016
Could it be possible to have “design-led, desirable, sustainable fashion”? Christina Dean of Redress believes so. The non-government organisation behind the EcoChic Design Award recently collaborated with multi-label lifestyle brand Kapok earlier this month in Hong Kong.
Turning the spotlight on Clementine Sandner and Wan & Wong Fashion labels, we can see how Christina believes in their cause of reducing waste within the fashion industry with the brands demonstrating the possibilities of eco-substance and style co-existing across multiple looks.
First up: Kyoto, Japan-based French designer, Clementine Sandner practices textile reincarnation through her self-named label of unisex ready-to-wear clothing and accessory line, upcycling garments such as silk kimonos to create athleisure.
A young brand, Clementine Sandner has already showcased at Hong Kong Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week having made its runway debut at the EcoChic Design Award at Hong Kong Fashion Week back in 2014. Blending yesterday and tomorrow, Clementine states, “Never throw away something that is beautiful to you, make it born again”.
No two items are identical with each product holding its own story. Clementine sources her kimonos from all around Japan and her production is completely traceable as she collaborates with local craftsmen.
A similar sentiment is shared by Hong Kong-based fashion label, Wan & Wong Fashion. Helmed by designers Kelvin Wan, an EcoChic Design Award alumni, and Joyce Wong, 70 percent of Wan & Wong Fashion’s fabrics are upcycled textile from apparel factories. The brand features functional minimal designs with a ‘waste not’ attitude as any excess material is further transformed into accessories.
With Kapok bringing the two labels together in Hong Kong, we turn to the multi-label international brand for its eye for design and fashion.
Life Inspired host, Jason Godfrey speaks to Kapok’s co-founder, Carlos Granon in Stopover Hong Kong. Watch the interview here:
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