Adjoined by a commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability, EAST, Hong Kong joins hands with Redress, featuring Angus Tsui, a local fashion designer and Redress Design Award alumni, to co-present “The Art of Eco Couture” exhibition, which hopes to raise public awareness towards textile waste through art. Redress is a Hong Kong-based environmental NGO that strives to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry through a series of dynamic programmes.
From 22 – 25th November, we hosted our ever-popular secondhand clothing pop-up shop to generate funds to support Redress in continuing our 10 year legacy of work to cut waste out of fashion. The Get Redressed Pop-up Shop was sponsored by OnTheList, who organise weekly flash sales of past season inventories in partnership with premium brands. With a shared vision to minimise the waste of fashion surplus, our secondhand pop-up took place in their showroom to bring greater awareness to their community.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited Songshan Cultural and Creative Park from 16th - 19th November as part of Taipei IN Style.
From 6 - 19th November, Redress is holding the Get Redressed x Miele Clothing Drive 2017. In partnership with multiple corporates and with six public locations supported by Miele, 01 Space, Caelum Greene and PizzaExpress we will be collecting unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory donations, which benefit local environmental and welfare charities across Hong Kong, and will raise awareness about high clothing waste rates.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited in Amsterdam in the Fashion For Good Experience Centre from 2nd November - 24th December.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited at Shanghai's National Exhibition and Convention Centre from 11th - 13th October as part of the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists’ work, plus our Hong Kong Best winner will be exhibited at Hysan Place, Hong Kong from 5th - 14th October.
EcoChic Design Award 2017 first prize winner, Kate Morris, will have her winning collection feature prominently in an installation at Asia's leading iconic luxury department store, Lane Crawford.
Redress has curated the EcoChic Design Award 2017 Grand Final week to offer the 10 competition finalists a rich, exciting learning journey, inspiring and enabling them to positively contribute to a circular economy for fashion in their future careers.
Fashion Summit (HK), co-organised by Redress, is the largest summit on sustainability in fashion in Asia. The two day conference, held in 7 - 8 September 2017 in Hong Kong under the theme “Fashion Summit – Zero Impact”, aims to raise the public understanding and awareness on the role of Hong Kong fashion industry in leading the global fashion industry for revolutionary change, and the critical role the fashion industry has to play in driving sustainability.
In recognition of the continued success and progress of talented designers who have participated in previous cycles of the EcoChic Design Award over its seven year history, as part of the EcoChic Design Award 2017 grand final week’s activities, Redress is presenting select alumni sustainable brands, demonstrating the competition’s broader impact.
The Redress x TAL Apparel Design to manufacturing challenge took our EcoChic Design Award finalists on a visit to one of the world’s largest shirt manufacturers, TAL Apparel, located in the heart of Southern China’s expansive manufacturing region. Here they learned how this shirt manufacturer manages its environmentally conscious business ethics in order to reduce textile, energy and water waste throughout the shirt production process. Our finalists explored the importance of a symbiotic partnership between designers and manufacturers and got hands-on experience of how sustainable practices can be applied along the entire supply chain, before being challenged to come up with strategies to bring the manufacturing process closer to designers thinking to minimise the impact of new garments. Team A won the challenge, consisting of Ayako Yoshida, Kate Morris, Joëlle van de Pavert, Claire Dartigues and semi-finalist Gao Qing Zi.
The Redress x Miele Consumer Care Challenge took our 10 EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists on an exploratory journey into the depths of secondhand clothing bins located around Hong Kong to discover the missed potential of discarded clothes. Our 10 finalists explored how fashion designers influence a garment’s sustainability, usability and recyclability at the design stage, and were challenged to apply strategies of care, maintenance and redesign to discarded garments to bring them back to life into a show-stopping outfit in just 4 hours. They worked collaboratively with their own ‘muses’, Kate Tsui and Kayla Wong, demonstrating that with the help of Miele quality appliances, considered clothing care and creativity can keep clothes in the fashion loop for longer. The most outstanding outfit was awarded to team A, consisting of Candle Ray Torreverde, Ayako Yoshida, Kate Morris, Joëlle van de Pavert and Claire Dartigues.
The Redress x Cathay Pacific Reconstruction Challenge took our 10 EcoChic Design Award finalists on a journey to explore solutions for the redirection of corporate uniform waste back into use. As emerging fashion designers, they are in a unique position to bring new ideas and creativity to a vast ongoing waste issue. Working in groups of two, finalists had three hours to develop an idea to reconstruct Cathay Pacific’s retired uniforms back into a new product. The resulting proto-types, which were made with mass production by local social enterprise in mind, were presented to a panel of judges who decided which team had shown the most promising solution to incorporate the airline’s valuable textile resources back into use. The winners were Kate Morris and Ayako Yoshida with their stylish travel pouch incorporating original features of pocket and gold lapels to enable easier production.
A new Greenpeace survey on the shopping habits of people across Europe and Asia, finds that regularly buying too many clothes, shoes, bags and accessories has become an international phenomenon – in fact the average person now buys 60 per cent more items of clothing and keeps them for about half as long as they did just 15 years ago. This is especially striking in China and Hong Kong with up to half of consumers buying more clothes than they need and use, with social media and online shopping fueling much of this shopping craze. In June 2017, Redress and PizzaExpress joined forces for an exclusive DIY workshop hosted at the K11 restaurant, a haven of calm among the hustle and bustle of one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping areas, inspiring participants to transform their out of use T-shirts into a fabulous, summer ready designs! From embellishing, patching to cutting techniques (and a little online inspiration), together we discovered all sorts of creative ways to breathe new life into clothing, and lighten the environmental impact of our wardrobes along the way.
The Hong Kong Government are working towards their target to reduce per capita carbon emissions to 3.3 - 3.8 tonnes by 2030. To promote positive change, this month the Environmental Protection Department hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Zero Carbon Fun Fair to celebrate World Environment Day and raise awareness of how to live more low-carbon lifestyles with help from 40+ government groups, NGOs, schools and services. Redress were invited to dress the officiating guests, including Secretary for the Environment K.S. Wong for a fashion show. We recruited the help of Make Your Wardrobe Work’s Sheryl Bolden to select designs from our rich pool of Hong Kong grown alumni which included David Lee (Artisan), Janko Lam (Classics Anew) and Angus Tsui showing attendees that sustainable fashion fits all!
Returning as China country coordinator for Fashion Revolution this year, Redress were determined to make this important campaign louder than ever before in our region. Adding momentum to the 90 countries and 70,000 individuals that got involved worldwide last year, this week we’ve already seen fantastic activity from individuals, schools and organisations across Hong Kong and China who are using social media, workshops, swapping events and even school projects to demand a fairer, safer and cleaner fashion industry, and to drive more discussion around the current state of our relationship with our clothes.
On 13 March 2017 we celebrated the official launch of our new book Dress [with] Sense which followed years of behind the scenes work by co-authors Christina Dean, Hannah Lane and Sofia Tärneberg, with publishers Thames & Hudson at London's Goldfinger Factory. Joining us to share their personal tips for sustainable wardrobes were inspiring role models Dilys Williams, Ash Black, Safia Minney, Katie Jones and Johanna Ho.
In September 2016 we hosted a series of three of our ever-popular secondhand clothing pop-up shops with partners PizzaExpress, The Annex and KONG. We had record numbers of customers searching for gems from our impressive range of pre-loved luxury brands to quality high-street brands. All proceeds went to support our work.
On 21 September 2016, Redress and Mustard held the Hong Kong premier screening of new documentary, Frontline Fashion. This exclusive event was held at The Annex with a VIP audience of fashion industry professionals and long time Redress supporters.
A more sustainable fashion system; is digital disruption fuelling positive change?
The digital space is disrupting the way the fashion supply chain – which contributes to the second biggest polluting industry in the world – communicates. Some players are now using digital technology to their advantage as they build more sustainable businesses whilst reducing waste, as they seek to cut out traditional road blocks that lead to clunky and often complex supply chains, and waste in the production process.
Redress will present four talented emerging designers, The EcoChic Design Award Alumni, to show their sustainable fashion brands at HKTDC’s CENTRESTAGE 2016. Read more about them here. Sign up to the public event on 10 September here.
In September 2016, we hosted not one, not two, but three of our ever-popular secondhand clothing pop-up shops with partners PizzaExpress, The Annex and KONG. Customers shopped from an impressive range of pre-loved luxury brands to quality high-street brands with all proceeds going to support our work.
From 5 - 9 September, we organised the Get Redressed Clothing Drive 2016. This clothing drive, supported by corporate donor partners, collected approximately 4.5 tonnes of unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory donations which were then distributed to local environmental and welfare charities in Hong Kong. In addition, the clothing drive raised awareness about Hong Kong’s high clothing waste rates among the public.
Pacific Coffee selected Redress as their charity partner for the month of September 2016. Throughout the month, cash donations were accepted at till point collection boxes in all Pacific Coffee Hong Kong coffeehouses. Generous donations collected will go to support Redress' 2017 work in reducing textile waste in the fashion industry though designer, consumer and industry engagements.
This clothing drive will give unwanted clothes a second life and reduce clothing waste and bring benefit to local environmental and social charities. Anyone can join by dropping their unwanted quality clothes off at the Caelum Greene store. More information here. If your company are interested in joining our corporate drive get in touch here.
We showcased competition designs from The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 cycle alumni Cher Chan, Noella Tapasu Koy and Yvonne Tsai at the Rebirth Garden 2016 exhibition in Shanghai organised by Business Ecology Studio in April and May. The exhibition started at Shanghai Financial Tower and then moved to Shanghai Library and presented designs representing “aspects of the circular economy and visions for a better and more sustainable future.”
Can circular business models be a solution for the fashion industry’s textile waste?
The fashion and textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil. As the depletion of natural resources prevails and the cost of virgin materials continues to show volatility, the current linear model of ‘take, make, waste’ is no longer a sustainable business option for the fashion industry to remain competitive.
The EcoChic Design Award Alumni’s minimal waste designs were exhibited at the world’s largest fabrics and accessories trade fair, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics within the fair’s All About Sustainability Zone. We also brought expert heads together with Redress’ Founder Christina Dean leading a panel discussion on E-Commerce: An Exciting Opportunity for Sustainable Fashion? This explored the opportunity of merging two of fashion’s big growth areas – the rise in e-commerce and the rise in interest in sustainable fashion – into one winning formula for fashion.
On 7-11 September 2015, we organised our second annual Keep Caring Clothing Drive in partnership with Miele. This clothing drive, supported by corporate donor partners, collected 3.5 tonnes of unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory donations that were distributed to local environmental and welfare charities in Hong Kong. The clothing drive also raised awareness about Hong Kong’s high clothing waste rates among the public, with participating partners engaging their teams with Redress’ supporting educational information.
The Y WASTE? was an exhibit uncovering the dark shadow of fashion. It contained 360kg of discarded secondhand clothes representing the amount of textiles dumped into Hong Kong’s landfills every two minutes, and was displayed at Hong Kong’s K11 Art Mall from 7 - 20 July 2015.