Sustainable Collaboration

28th November 2017     News

Here at The Sustainable Angle we love to collaborate with like minded sustainable fashion pioneers and for collaborations like this project with Arizona Muse, we assist fashion brands such as Felder Felder to source sustainable fabrics from the 4000 materials in the Future Fabrics Expo from more than 100 companies.

Assisting Felder Felder finding the right fabric to dress Arizona Muse resulted  first in creating a jumpsuit made with TencelTM fabric made from Lenzing Group’s cellulosic fibres from sustainable certified wood sources, closed loop processed, which is even biodegradable.

This exciting collaboration will feature several outfits over the coming months.

Arizona Muse at the Houses of Parliament, launch of Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Arizona Muse

Model, mother, world citizen – Arizona is an American fashion model, living in London.​ She has successfully been in the fashion industry since she was a teenager and now she is engaged with moving the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction.

Involved with Fashion Revolution and being a speaker on the panel of TSA’s Future of Fashion talk at  London Fashion Week, September 2017. Arizona is becoming an active voice promoting sustainability in fashion.

 

Felder Felder

German-born, but certainly London-ensconced, Dani and Annette Felder launched their eponymous brand Felder Felder in 2007/2008, after graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins.

Their collection was received to critical acclaim, and soon established Felder Felder on the London fashion scene. Felder Felder have looked into ways to introduce a sustainable approach to their creativity, through upcycling, working with sustainable materials and exciting projects.

Focusing on creating media savvy designs to push the boundaries of fashion, sustainability, design and technology, they have partnered with BMW-i3, BMW-i8 as well as Formula e.

 

Oya Barlas Bingul,Nina Marenzi,Arizona Muse, Maddie Williams and Amanda Johnston at the Houses of Parliament, launch of Graduate Fashion Week 2018

 

Lenzing Group

Leaders in innovation, Lenzing Group’s fibres made into luxurious fabrics were an immediate fit for this collaboration.

Developing sustainable processes for 75 Years to make functional fibres for modern society out of cellulose, sourced from certified sustainable wood plantations, processed via a closed loop technology, and being biodegradable, it is the way for the future.

Softer than Silk - TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers from the house of Lenzing AG are of botanic origin, since they are extracted from the raw material wood which is from sustainable certified wood planatations and responsibly made in a circular system. Fiber production itself is ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system. On the day that the TENCEL® fibers were invented, a new chapter was written in the history of fibers. Textiles of TENCEL® fibers are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen.​Arizona Muse and Daniel Lismore at the Houses of Parliament, launch of Graduate Fashion Week 2018

The collaboration

At The Sustainable Angle’s ‘Future of Fashion Talk’ during London Fashion Week September 2017, the three organisations as well as Arizona Muse connected over their mutual commitment to sustainability in fashion.Arizona is becoming an active voice promoting sustainability in fashion. Together they are turning ‘occasion dressing’ on its head, demonstrating how it can be stunningly beautiful and responsibly made at the same time.

The Sustainable Angle brings fashion materials to like minded brands and stars from the world of modelling and film, and facilitates access to sustainable innovative materials for collaborations like this, which sees Felder Felder designing evening looks for Arizona Muse, using Lenzing Group’s fibres.

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A very exciting new fibre is on the horizon! Now Lenzing Group have just launched TENCEL™ Luxe branded filaments, the new player for sustainable high-end cellulose textiles!  Offering superior aesthetics, performance and comfort level that allow them to be the perfect partner with other noble fibres such as silk, cashmere or wool. The smooth surface of the TENCEL™ branded Luxe filament gives fabrics a silky smooth feel and liquid-like drape for the most sensual silhouettes. Moreover, TENCEL™ Luxe branded filaments are naturally breathable due to their wood-based origin (from sustainable forest plantations certified Forest Stewardship council FSC) and offer outstanding colour fastness, enabling designers to express bold colour palettes where creativity knows no boundaries.

TENCEL™ Luxe Filamente

Back in the 1980s with the invention of the TENCEL™ fibre, a new chapter in fibre history was opened. The innovation made the viscose process cleaner and more environmentally friendly. It has all the beautiful handling properties without leaking toxic effluent that damages our environment.

Tencel™ is a fibre now well known in the textile industry for producing excellent more sustainable fibres, suitable for crafting in to durable denims, too.

The Sustainable Angle supports welcomes fibres such as this. Extending the fibre basket and providing a greater range of sustainable fibres with a diversity of characteristics to meet the fashion market’s need for sustainable, low impact fibres.

We are excited to see these new materials very soon in our studio. Tencel™ Luxe is truly a fibre for the future! Along with Tencel™ Luxe materials, we are excited to showcase other Tencel™, Lenzing Modal ™, Refibra, Ecovero and blends, over 3,000+ more sustainable materials at the Future Fabrics Expo in January 24-25th January 2018.

TENCEL™ Luxe Launch Event in Paris

Lenzing Group is a world market leader based in Austria with offices and facilities worldwide. Lenzing Group supplies the global textile industries with high-quality, botanical cellulose fibres. Modal™ and Tencel™ are two well-known examples. TENCEL™ is a Lyocell fibre from Lenzing. It is of botanical origin since it is extracted from the raw material wood. The fibre production itself is particularly environmentally friendly because of a closed circuit. 

The Sustainable Angle is excited to report that we have arrived at London Fashion Week! As part of the #londonfashionweek  Positive Fashion initiative that launched in September 2017, The Sustainable Angle held a talk: ‘Future of Fashion: sustainable innovation at its core’ which took place on the 18th September 2017, an unprecedented subject to be discussed in the catwalk space of London Fashion Week.             Chaired by The Sustainable Angle’s Amanda Johnson, the panel included key leaders of the fashion and textile industry:             Helen Sahi talked about Avery Dennison’s big picture approach to sustainability, by being ambitious about its goals and seeing itself as a key change initiator. Helen is a member of the board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and works together with other major fashion and shoe brands on the continual development of the Higg Index, a self-assessment standard for assessing environmental and social sustainability throughout the supply chain. Avery Dennison RBIS supports the fashion industry to make sustainable packaging and labelling solutions a reality by, for example, using renewable resources in packaging. Helen also highlighted that while Avery Dennison as primarily a label supplier in the fashion industry has a seemingly limited environmental impact, its influence is much greater as widely assumed. Not only is Avery Dennison a key player with an annual revenue of $6.3 billion and thereby able to set new trends influencing partners and competitors alike, but with the growing importance of recycling in the clothing industry, labelling itself is gaining importance. If you don’t know where your garment came from and what it is made out of, it is difficult to know where it can go at the end of a consumer life-cycle.       Oya Barlas-Bingul from the Lenzing Group highlighted some of the core benefits of their closed-loop production process of cellulose fibres and highlighted that challenging the status quo of today’s fibre mix is at the very core of the values of Lenzing Group. One of their latest innovation, Refibra™, has just been launched on the market, and a brand new innovation for the luxury market is being introduced in October 2017 in Paris. New innovations that lessen the burden on our resources, and close the loop on our waste streams are needed. There are estimates that the need for clothing will have doubled by the year 2025. Refibra™ fibres, are one solution to this problem, as they are not made from virgin material, but partially made from pulp that contains cotton scraps left over from post industrial cutting operations and sustainably managed wood, FSC certified. The fibre is produced in a closed loop lyocell process. When the question was raised about prices of sustainable materials, she emphasized the point that there are major efficiencies that come into play when using Lenzing’s yarns which reduce the price overall in the production stage. Henry Palmer from Bysshe talked about some of the challenges small companies in the textile supply chain are facing and expressed frustration at the limited financial investments in sustainable innovations currently around. As Co-Founder of Bysshe, a small but thriving mill in the UK of high-quality cotton/hemp blended fabrics, he highlighted that the sustainable textile industry could easily expand faster if more investment was available, and hence become competitive: Scalable production will allow prices of sustainable materials to drop,  and will therefore become more widely accessible. He also gave some insights into Bysshe dyeing practices and options available. Bysshe are currently using high quality synthetic dyes form trusted partners in the UK, for their hemp/cotton denims. The combination of the low impact synthetic dye with their fabrics which are as low impact on the environment (hemp being a bast fibre) and of a high social standard make a great long lasting and responsible high-quality fabric. While they are trying to revive old practices, Bysshe is not afraid of using modern technology, if used responsibly. Daniel Lismore spoke about how core it is to harness creativity by pushing forward innovative ideas and highlighted his insights from a designer’s perspective. The role of the designer has to evolve with the sustainability challenge. He also drew attention to the fact how significant the impact of a single person can be and encouraged those with a voice to use it to challenge the status quo and change the industry from within. Daniel himself started to use recycling techniques in his design and art projects and has fronted the Close the Loop sustainability in fashion campaign for H&M. Arizona Muse was giving us an insight into her personal interest and involvement in supporting projects which lower the environmental impact of the industry. She highlighted how important it increasingly became for her to be involved in meaningful projects and highlighted that for her, sustainability is a mind-setis not only very interesting to learn about but is very exciting and fun to be engaged in. This mind-set has for her opened new, interesting doors. She also highlighted how the fashion industry should tell more the ‘story’ of the garment.   The Sustainable Angle is thrilled that our message to the fashion industry was heard loud and clear at our talk at #LFW. Sustainable thinking and operations have to be placed at the heart of our industry practices, but above all they present opportunities that are positive, exciting and bring efficiencies and possibilities that make sense not only for the environment but future-proof businesses. At The sustainable Angle we are proud to announce that our partners from the Lenzing Group will be hosting a masterclass at our studio in West London. The core competence of the Lenzing Group is producing botanic fibers for the textile and fashion industry from the renewable raw material of wood. Masters of closed loop fibers including TENCEL®, Lenzing Modal®, Lenzing Viscose® and latest innovative fibres as Refibra™ and EcoVero™ the Lenzing Group will teach us about fibers and how to evaluate the sustainability of what we are using. What to expect: * A breakdown of fibers from the Lenzing Group * Receive our coveted sustainable sourcing guide, including list of suppliers and their contact detail. * Experience a selection of over 3000+ materials and textiles with a lower environmental impact. * Get hands on with innovative materials including TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® mixes. * Learn about sustainable practices within the fashion industry. * Read detailed specifications for how each material on display is uniquely sustainable. The Future Fabrics Expo is a showcase of innovative and traditional commercially available fibres, fabrics and products that embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering environmental impact across the textile supply chain. It includes more sustainable alternatives to the widely available conventional fabrics that currently dominate the market, helping fashion companies to begin diversifying their fabric base and lowering their environmental impact at the same time. Materials at our studio will be ideally suited for a wide range of market levels and product types. Early Bird tickets starting from £90 (Normal price £130) GET TICKETS HERE Details: Date: 18th October 2017 Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm Address: Unit 7a, 160 Barlby Road, London, W10 6BS How to get there: The Future Fabrics Expo Masterclass will be held at our West London studio, London. The nearest tube stations are: - Ladbroke Grove – only 0.6 miles from our studio - Kensal Green - Kensal Rise Overground Please contact us if you require further information at info@thesustainableangle.org

Our new masterclass Mastering Sustainability - material sourcing for designers will be held at our West London Studio on the 7th November.

We have added more dates for our masterclasses due the high demand we had from fashion brands following on from our previous classes earlier on this year.

”With clear presentations, inspiring examples and hands on sample exploration, the Future Fabrics Expo Masterclass has really given me the further understanding and confidence to begin making lasting sustainable changes in my own company.” – Matthew Oliver, Product Designer, Larsson & Jennings

The first in the series will teach designers about material sourcing and the decisions that need to be made as a designer from a sustainable angle. Furthermore we give attendees the chance to discover a diverse range of sustainable materials and resources from the Future Fabrics Expo collection. They will receive our coveted sustainable sourcing guide, which includes a list of suppliers and their contact details.

What to expect:

The Masterclass runs from 9.30am - 12.30pm at 9.30am we’ll have coffee before a prompt start at 10am. You will experience over 3000+ materials with a lower environmental impact, touch and feel them at your leisure after learning about what you should be taking into consideration when sourcing materials sustainably. The masterclass is an interactive and tactile experience to interest and inspire you. You will be given guidance to prepare you for the decisions you’ll need to make as a designer when sourcing and makes it easier for your brand to integrate sustainability at the heart of what you do.

The Future Fabrics Expo is a showcase of innovative and traditional commercially available fibres, fabrics and products that embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering environmental impact across the textile supply chain. It includes more sustainable alternatives to the widely available conventional fabrics that currently dominate the market, helping fashion companies to begin diversifying their fabric base and lowering their environmental impact at the same time. Materials at our studio will be ideally suited for a wide range of market levels and product types.

Early Bird tickets starting from £90 (Normal price £130) you can book now >>>> http://bit.ly/2wTw1zk

The Future Fabrics Expo Masterclass will be held at our West London studio, London.

The nearest tube stations are:

- Ladbroke Grove – only 0.6 miles from our studio

- Kensal Green

- Kensal Rise Overground

Please contact us if you require further information at info@thesustainableangle.org

See more testimonials from our Masterclasses here:  
Testimonials
See Fashion works through an online platform, aspiring fashion designers submit and share their designs. See Fashion will support/manage the manufacture and distribution of their products. I, Martin Brambley, research Fellow at The Sustainable Angle was delighted to sit on the panel hosted by See Fashion. I brought with me a small selection of fabrics including 100% knitted Lenzing fibres, to exemplify the need to diversify the fashion fibre basket.     Ivana Director of see fashion started by introducing the panel consisting of: - Dr Carmen Hijosa the inventor of Piñatex - Utami Giles. Head of Sales and Marketing at Ananas Anam - Charlie Ross – Director and Founder of Offset - Andra Sandru, founder of ASx2 Acurrator Agency Through the lively discussion, hosted by Aaron Jones, many points were raised. Interestingly different members of the panel had different perspectives because of their specialisms. On difficult questions such as “What is the most sustainable Fabric?” Utami Giles - Was asked what she though was the most sustainable fabric. She referenced her own experience of visiting a small village where. Their Hair fibres were brushed from an animal, spun and woven all within the same vicinity. Utami emphasised the benefits of slow and regional processing. Not to mention this shawl is something she now treasures dearly. Charlie Ross – Was asked about what consumers can do! She responded with an anecdote about her realisation that often if she was buying in to fast fashion, someone else was getting exploited. She was not prepared to do this and therefore stopped buying clothes with fabrics that exploited people. Charlie would encourage anyone to be disciplined about this. Andra Sandru – When talking about ethical manufacturing, enlightened the group on how to persuade Buyers to buy in to more ethical manufacture. She was commissioned for a large quantity of T-shirts. The Buyer wanted Non-Organic Cotton. Andra was knowledgeable enough to emphasise the properties, lower environmental impact, and small mark-up that can be compensated by the consumer appreciation of organic garments. She therefore persuaded the buyer to spend marginally more. I think Andra is a shining example of a young fashion designer who has the knowledge to tackle and argue against profiteering.     Dr Carmen Hijosa – Spoke about supply chain transparency and revealed that Pinatex don’t allow every designer to buy their fabrics. They take the life cycle of their product so seriously and want designers who buy it to be considerate of the environmental impacts of their production. I was asked about sourcing in small quantities. I believe that Offset Warehouse is great place to buy small minimums of more sustainable Textiles, some of the mills we work with including Seidentraum, Lebenskleidung also have websites where you can order by the metre. I went on to talk about how if designers have knowledge about sustainable textiles and are prepared to ask the right questions they are able to source textiles more sustainably. Thank you so much to See Fashion for having this panel.

The 7th Future Fabrics Expo will take place in London on 24th - 25th January 2018, and we look forward to showcasing an exciting range of materials with a reduced environmental impact, more than ever before.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW for the 7th Future Fabrics Expo held at Iris Studios, London, and receive further updates. 

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Alongside our showcase of innovative fabrics with a lower environmental footprint, we also feature low impact leathers and leather alternatives. Background information explaining sustainability in materials is displayed throughout the showcase.

Our curated materials collection embodies a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering the environmental impact across the textile supply chain. Our aim is to support sustainable sourcing, enabling fashion brands to begin diversifying their fabrics and materials basket, in order to contribute to reducing their environmental impact. Each fabric has detailed specifications regarding its environmental impact, relevant certifications and the contact details of the supplier displayed.

As in 2017, we will again feature seminars from key organisations and innovators, highlighting circular economy systems and transparency in the fashion supply chain. See Previous seminars HERE

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The presentations of the seminars from 2017 can be accessed via the edited online version of the Future Fabrics Expo here: www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com/6th-future-fabrics-expo-2017

To mark the occasion of the Graduate Fashion Week’s Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award sponsored, by Lenzing Group, the Sustainable Angle who supported the award, organised a panel discussion ‘Designing for Sustainability in fashion’.

Nina Marenzi, founder and director of The Sustainable Angle, gave an introduction about the organisation and how the sustainable materials sourced by TSA inspire and show a future where we can manage resources wisely and cost effectively, and recognise sustainability as a positive game changer. Fair and responsible labour practices need to be an integral part of the operations of all businesses.

Chaired by The Sustainable Angle’s Amanda Johnston, the panel included key leaders of the fashion and textile industry:

The discussion centred around examples of more sustainable and responsible materials for fashion both man-made and natural fibres which have a lower environmental impact, highlighting the variety of choices available and the necessity to move away from conventional, unsustainable polyester and cotton currently dominating the market.

The Lenzing Group highlighted their closed loop production process and key benefits of their different fibres such as Tencel and  Refibra™.

Oya Barlas Bingul explained how Lenzing group fibres to be more sustainable at every step in every season. She insisted upon transparency, certifications and traceability being key, all met for fibres such as Refibra™ branded lyocell fibres from cotton scraps and wood is produced in an eco-friendly closed loop production process of 99.7% and its use of bioenergy. Lenzing is thereby the first manufacturer to offer cellulose fibres featuring recycled material on a commercial-scale. This process is reducing the need to extract raw materials from nature, lowering the impact on natural resources and initiating an important step towards the circular economy for textiles.

Bysshe, a mill specialising in the use of natural fibres emphasised that to ensure a fabric range that protects the environment and supports non-exploitative textile production, sustainability, informed decision-making and regional autonomy are crucial in the long run.

Henry Palmer also talked about the different dying options available and about possibly using synthetic dyes if they are produced with a lower environmental impact.

The panel also discussed some of the challenges to make the change happen, as more and more people seem to desire. Tamsin Lejeune talked about how SOURCE giving the industry an easy platform to facilitate research and industry collaboration, ensuring that best-practice enterprises are benefitting by being featured on the top of every search.

A real insight in the challenges designer brands face came from Johannes Kraeter who talked about the product development process of the multiple lines of Vivienne Westwood, highlighting besides others that sustainability goes ways beyond choosing the right fibres or production processes, but is also about the quality and longevity of garments implying the huge environmental impact that comes from today’s throw away culture of clothing.

After these insights a Q & A followed which led to an engaged discussion of not only how to make the right fibre choices, but most importantly of how to think creatively and how sustainability should be recognised as a game changer and an opportunity, not a burden, for businesses as well as society overall.

  Since its launch in 2011, The Future Fabrics Expo, presented by The Sustainable Angle, has continued to develop as a unique sourcing platform for sustainable materials. This includes providing the fashion industry with sustainable materials knowledge, innovations and general information about sustainability in fashion, all situated within an extensive showcase of 3000 globally sourced materials from over 100 mills, all with a reduced environmental impact. A key aspect of the Future Fabrics Expo experience is how the tactile experience of a broad range of sustainable materials, and contextual knowledge informs creative and sustainable decision making, leaving our visitors inspired, informed and ready for change. There is an urgent imperative for the fashion industry to transition to an industry with a reduced environmental footprint. Therefore our emerging graduates need to be armed with knowledge about sustainability and their responsibility as future creators. Making this knowledge and experience of sustainable materials available to both lecturers and students, this new educational resource is an indispensable tool. It provides an educational tool kit for lecturers with which sustainable materials knowledge can be embedded into the curriculum. teachers_kit The kit; With a download including 13 modules, accompanied by swatch boxes, sustainable materials can be integrated into existing fashion education curricula, stage by stage, efficiently and at low cost. The downloadable teaching resource for an in-depth learning experience: Through guided interaction with 13 modules, students learn about sustainable materials, defined by provenance of fibre, their processing journey, and by what criteria they are more sustainable. Students are also offered a tactile experience by relating this learning to the swatches supplied in the swatch boxes accompanying each module. The swatches are made up of diverse types of sustainable materials which match the educational modules, and enable a tactile learning experience, reinforcing the core texts. Download content and swatch boxes are available at a competitive yearly subscription rate, which is supported by The Sustainable Angle’s funding through our environmental foundations and sponsors. The Dame Vivienne Westwood sustainable and ethical award is part of Graduate Fashion Week, London, 4 -7th June, 2017, and is given to a student for designing and creating a sustainable, ethically aware and socially responsible product with a lower environmental impact. The award is sponsored by Lenzing Group, a world market leader in the global textile and nonwovens industry producing high-quality botanic fibers. The awarded design must embody and communicate sustainable and ethical practices using sustainable raw materials with a lower envrionmental impact, manufacturing and production techniques. The judging panel of the award consists of: The award is announced on 5th June 2017 at Graduate Fashion Week. Part of the award is a cash prize as well as a visit to The Sustainable Angle studio which is a supporter of the award, as well as The Ethical Fashion Forum, promoting designers in sustainable fashion. The awarded garment will be shown again at the Graduate Fashion Week event in October 2017 at the Houses of Parliament.
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