SOCIAL PROJECTS

Doing our bit in promoting and building sustainable and ethical practices, creating quality clothing you'll cherish and love.

NUBUKE FOUNDATION

Working with Nubuke Foundation, Ghana in cultivating the visual art and culture of Ghana through traditional heritage textile techniques such as kente weaving.
Kente is one of the traditional fabrics of Ghana, weaved by artisans who have specially schooled in the art of the heritage weave made on large manual looms. We sought to bring this wondrous textile to our western audience using signature colours from the recent Pure Red collection.
Fabrics are created using cotton and satiny rayon threads that gives lustre and a luxurious look to the fabric.
From the collaboration with Nubuke, we created to beautiful style kimono jackets and a bag that we hope will raise awareness of the beauty of African textiles and through sales, be able to give back to Nubuke so they can continue growing and supporting young people and communities in craftsmanship in Ghana.

To learn more about Nubuke Foundation visit their website: http://nubukefoundation.org

AHA BOLIVIA

Our collaboration with Aha Bolivia in recreating our digitised UV mapping designs via digital communication was a challenging and interesting experience that produced stunning results. Being pioneers of craftsmanship we sought to mix the old with the new, traditional manual techniques with digital tools, to create uniquely modern, ethical and fair-trade products.
The step by step design process and daily exchanges opened potential new doors for collaborations over digital mediums but also highlighted limitations that through face to face communication could have been solved easily, but the difficulty and imperfections of a seamless exchange and culture barrier is what made the final pieces so unpredictable and interesting. Sometimes being definitive (standard in design) creates lack of character, particularly true in fashion.
Final pieces where produced in Bolivia using fair-trade wools and cottons farmed ethically and manufactured by a hub of local fair paid crafters.

For more on Aha Bolivia visit their website here: http://www.ahabolivia.com

MIA DVORAK

Experimental work with needle lace, a very old craft technique that only few know and have the time to work and produce great products with.
Utilising some of our 3D scanned research of faces and bodies, we invited Mia Dvorak, a needle lace craftswomen from Northern Italy, to create some intricate samples of needle lace for integration onto one of our grand designs.
The result was a dress worn by starlets such as Anna Friel for the film Metamorphosis, Rita Ora and a successful mobile collaboration campaign that featured on billboards throughout the UK and in fashion magazines such as Tatler and Vogue.
Our aim was to highlight the importance of preserving such exquisite craft into modern fashion so that it can be continually developed and nurtured.
For more on Mia Dvorak visit- http://miadvorak.com

SIAN WILLIAMS

In our passion for craft and exploration of diverse techniques, we decided it’d be interesting to re-create the idea of cross stitch into an actual piece of wearable clothing.
Commissioning a cross stitch enthusiast from Wales, UK, we were able to navigate our expectations through sketches and samples.
The result, at least over 150hrs later, were 2 exquisite pieces of labour of love that are marvellous pieces of haute art in their own right.