Because there’s so much to see at London Fashion Week -ONE
but we’re not in London, we’re in Brooklyn. Still the number of brands there really tackling issues of sustainability are so much more than in the US. So we’re sharing some of our favorite brands from each day. These aren’t reviews so much as they are “ones worth watching”. Check out Part Two and Part Three of this series.
Preen By Thornton Bregazzi
Preen By Thornton Bregazzi was founded by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, their style is described as darkly romantic modernism. This Award winning label has since become synonymous with deconstructed London cool and developed a cult status amongst fashion heavyweights. They are committed to the pursuit of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Collections use FCO certified materials, recycled fabrics, dead stock and recycled garments. Collections now are up to 70% sustainable .
N Palmer explores repurposing vintage fabrics through innovative textile techniques and contemporary design.
Nicholas Palmer, a 2018 graduate of the Central Saint Martins’ MA Fashion Programme, launched his eponymous brand in the summer of 2020. In his designs, he pays exceptional attention to an understanding of construction and to the history of the vintage pieces he uses within his garments. Palmer’s vision for creating stylish, fashion-forward menswear, together with his appreciation of the history of fashion and of the opportunities afforded by new construction technologies, is what deeply inspires him to design.
The brand is entirely made in England and pieces are created with close attention to detail and quality, rejecting mass made or ‘fast’ fashion. A bedrock sense of producer responsibility and sustainability underlies all decisions from design to business. All of the production is made in London, meaning the journey from sketch to garment is minimized to an approx. 10-15 mile radius and the entire business operates from one studio in South London. The brand’s duel roots of sustainability and craftsmanship are never sacrificed where possible, and the growth of the brand proves to be tackling obstacles that have been put in place within the fashion and retail sector.
Matty Bovan | Hypercraft
To quote one of our favorite fashion writer, Sarah Mower “A manically colorful glamour vibrates through Matty Bovan’s spring ’22 collection. No matter that it’s all built at home: His ingeniously collaged giant crocheted blanket patches, extravagantly pouffed upcycled-fabric ball gowns, and madly unconventional forms of knitting manifestly call to the new youth-wish for ultra-extreme party-dressing.”
Winner of the International Woolmark Prize AND the Karl Lagerfeld award too.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world. At times thought provoking, this brand is about more than producing clothes and accessories. Westwood continues to capture the imagination, and raise awareness of environmental and human rights issues. With a design record spanning over forty years, Vivienne Westwood is now recognized as a global brand and Westwood herself as one of the most influential fashion designers, and activists, in the world today.
SABIRAH by Deborah Latouche
SABIRAH is a luxury modest wear brand for ALL women by Deborah Latouche. Created from a desire to find the perfect occasion wear for the modest dresser, SABIRAH is a capsule collection that encompasses all the elements for an elegant wardrobe.
In a world of cheaper, faster, mass-produced fabrics where waste is high and labour underpaid, SABIRAH is embracing the important fashion ethos of responsible, sustainable production. The collection is made in London by highly skilled seamstresses and uses luxury end of roll fabrics, often made in the mills of Italy and left over from couture fashion houses. As such, each garment becomes both exclusive due to the limitations of stock, and addresses the need for less waste by using already existing fabrics of the highest quality, such as duchesse satin and fine cottons. Vintage buttons are used in place of new, and so continues the journey of each piece.