This weekend I had a sneak preview of the best of next season’s ethical fashion at Estethica, London Fashion Week. As always, innovative use of upcycled materials is high on the agenda for many of the designers who have been specially chosen for their ethical credentials. Here are a few favourites. (Pictured above the AW13 collection from Goodone).
First up, I spoke to Oliver Wayman of Bottletop who talked me through their Silver line, Leather line and new Enamel line of handbags. Bottletop are famed for their bags made of recycled ring pulls which are hand crafted by local artisans in Salvador, Brazil. Their AW13 Enamel line breaks new ground with bags made of hand painted pull tabs that create a gorgeous glossy finish. This is an exciting new direction for the company and has resulted in a truly beautiful collection. Bags come in a range of autumn colours such as teal, burgundy and grey as well as matt black. Rio Enamel bag pictured.
Also exhibiting is Liore Lassalle who won the Re-Source competition in association with Veolia and Central St Martins last year at Estethica SS13. Her collection re-contextualises a range of waste materials with dresses that incorporate fluorescent yellow high-vis material and black lace. She has also created a signature striped upcycled denim jean which is proving very popular already.
Lost Property of London continues to incorporate reclaimed materials into their range of luxury handbags. For autumn, designer Katie Bell uses upcycled boat sailcloth sourced from Cornwall to make duffel bags, holdalls and clutches that exemplify the very best of worn luxury. Envelope clutch pictured.