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Meet The Designers Behind Our Upcoming Gal-dem X Beyond Retro Event!

Posted on April 12 2018

This Fashion Revolution Week on the 5 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza incident, we've teamed up with gal-dem, the print & online award-winning magazine to bring you an evening of celebrated sustainable designers in a discussion of the issues facing the ethical fashion industry.
gal-dem empowers and supports the creative work of young women of colour. gal-dem host talks, live events, parties and workshops around the world. Follow their Instagram for daily inspiration from a myriad of women and non-binary people

Want to find out more about the event? Head over to our Facebook page!


In the run-up to our special discussion event 'Making Ethical Fashion Mainstream', we spoke to the panel of designers about their work and breaking into the world of sustainable fashion.

Clio Peppiatt

'Clio Peppiatt explores themes of modern-day femininity in her work, with the aim of creating unique and positive clothes to make women feel happy, bold and fearless.'

Clio Peppiatt

Hi Clio! Could you tell us a little bit about your brand?
I'm a London and Paris based womenswear designer who launched in 2015. My work uses intricate embellishments and embroideries, hand-drawn prints and usually an underlying tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. As well as being worn by Adwoa Aboah, Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner, I've been featured in mags such as Ellie, i-D and LOVE.
What would you say inspires your work?
Craftmanship and emotions.
How would you describe your customer?
Someone with a sense of fun who understands beautiful clothing and is passionate about craftsmanship.
Why do you think sustainability within fashion is so important?
At the pace fashion moves today, it's important for me to work at a slower pace to keep a focus on quality and sustainability.
Where do you see the future of fashion?
I see a trend for people buying less and less often but of higher quality. I think as our awareness grows, so will this habit of consuming.
Check out her recent collection online: http://cliopeppiatt.co.uk/ 
Follow on Instagram @cliopeppiatt


Hanger Inc

'Hanger Inc's aim is to produce eco-friendly designs that are accessible, sexy and wearable.'
Hanger Inc

Hey! Could you tell us a little bit about your brand?
We're a seasonless womenswear brand with the mission to disrupt the market and demonstrate that sustainability - both in design and our ways of working - can be exciting and innovative as other fashion approaches.
Each piece is designed and manufactured in London using largely renewable fabrics, with the collections referencing a clear nod to our dual British and Japanese heritage. We established in 2013 and currently sell on ASOS, Opening Ceremony and our own website. As well as our rubber latex pieces we provide woven garments, t-shirts, jewellery and other accessories.
What would you say inspires your work?
East-Asian cinema and new ways of working in innovative and sustainable processes.
How would you describe your customer?
With every collection, I am designing with a gang in mind, which means that I'm not really designing for one particular person but a wide range of individuals.
Why do you think sustainability within fashion is so important?
As the environment is perishing around us so rapidly on a daily basis, every contribution and change can make a difference.
Where do you see the future of fashion?
I hope the future of fashion is conscious and for waste to be minimised, for designers to step further away from the concept of "fast fashion".
Find Hanger Inc new season online: https://www.hangerinc.co.uk/  
Follow on Instagram @hanger_inc

 

Ibiye Camp

'Ibiye’s denim series ‘Such A Fan’, is of commissioned portraits and fan-art of influencers in pop-culture, painted in a traditional style onto denim bucket-hats, jackets, jeans and handbags.'


Hey Ibiye! Could you tell us a little bit about your brand?
Such A Fan is a celebration of people, I paint portraits of my friends and pop cultural icons I admire onto denim. I love the idea of wearing paintings as a type of performance. In my work, the people wearing the clothes are as much the finished piece as the portraits painted on them.
What would you say inspires your work?
I love movement and I am always trying to create work that has an interactive element to it. Such A Fan was inspired by music videos and I think I started painting famous faces to create a type of character costume. I like the idea of wearing a whole Lauryn Hill outfit for the evening.
How would you describe your customer?
My customers I've met at pop-ups and fairs are quite enthusiastic. Think I would describe them as this because my work has a nostalgic element to it. People are always happy to recognise a painting of their favourite 90s RnB icons.
Why do you think sustainability in fashion is so important?
As an artist, I'm super aware of how much material I produce and the consumption of material in my studio, The number of materials I would buy for a project and then not use would always stress me out. Instead, I began to experiment with found objects and reusing them as I found that this was my way of managing sustainability. By considering the materials I use more carefully actually changed my practice for the better. I found it made me experiment more with the materials and I ended up deconstructing denim and using it in a completely different way.
Where do you see the future of fashion?
Maybe everything is going to be one-off, everyone is going to be a designer and make their own clothes.
Follow on Instagram @_suchafan

Essie Buckman

'As head of her brand Fortie Label, she has dedicated her brand to the multidimensional, fearless Fortie woman.'

essie buckman
Hey Essie! Could you tell us a little bit about your brand?
I was born in America, raised in London and originate from Ghana where I lived for four years. I use my varied upbringing and clash of cultures to inspire my work and brand aesthetic.
From an early age, I was passionate about creativity, I began specialising in fashion illustration which led to a love of fashion design and womenswear.
What would you say inspires your work?
Fortie Label often draws on juxtaposing themes within our culture, humorous black culture, pop culture, female empowerment and aspects of my childhood.
How would you describe your customer?
The Fortie woman is every woman, fierce and unapologetic. I want to be able to dress any and every woman from all walks of life. I love seeing men in my clothes too, it changes the dynamic completely.
Why do you think sustainability within fashion is so important?
I think it's important however it has to start from the top, from the big corporations whose influence is global and impactful in order for it to influence and trickle down. For many young designers starting out, they realise starting a brand is beyond expensive and sustainability is understandably not a top priority or hard to fully incorporate into their brand values.
Sustainable fashion often comes across as an inauthentic gimmick at times. Although whatever gesture towards sustainability you can do is significant. The amount of wastage that the fashion industry contributes to this earth is disastrous and I think we need to come up with ways at all levels to incorporate sustainable practices into the fashion industry.
Where do you see the future of fashion?
I hope to see the future of fashion circle back to being more exclusive, theatrics, exciting and exuberating. However, with the emergence of tech, streetwear and Instagram where everyone can call themselves a designer without any qualifications or ideas, it might be difficult. Although I am happy to see an emergence of POC visibility in the fashion industry and even recently witnessing how Nigeria's fashion scene is buzzing and being acknowledged on a global scale.
 
All seasons available online: http://www.fortielabel.com/
Follow on Instagram @fortielabel

 

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