Source Awards 2012
Sadie P Oxfam Fashion blogger
20th Dec 2012
I recently found out that ethical fashion has its own awards ceremony: The Source Awards. Once a year, hopeful ethical fashion brands and individuals have the chance to win in one of 12 categories, which cover each sector of the fashion industry, including retail and supply.
The Source Awards aim to identify and promote industry leaders in the ethical fashion world, with sustainability and innovation being part of the key criteria that is assessed.
Womenswear, menswear, children's wear, shoes and accessories all pass before a panel that, this year, included the likes of Baroness Lola Young, Hilary Alexander, Mandi Lennard, and Orsola de Castro. Here is a round up of some of my favourite category winners and runners up from this year's award ceremony, which took place on 4th December in London.
(Winner: Innovation in Fashion Design)
People and planet-friendly clothing with a certain edgy 'je ne sais quoi'. Honest By is the world's first 100% transparent company (giving a complete break down of all costs of production). The brand was launched by designer Bruno Pieters. Their website features cutting-edge designs for both men and women.
(Winner: Design Leader)
THE IOU PROJECT
Some of the most fabulous prints I've ever seen, mixed with complicated yet minimalist cuts, make for very exciting fashion. Suno is based in New York, with production in Kenya, India and Peru. As well as the day-wear, I was also rather drawn to these fantastic pyjamas.
(Winner: Street/Casual Wear)
The I O U Project was one of the first ethical fashion brands I ever came across, and I'm glad they won this category! With their easily recognisable and relaxed preppy beachwear vibe, this brand focuses on developing a relationship between the consumers and the producers of its clothing.
(Highly Commended: Accessories and Footwear)
Pachacuti is known for its timeless hats, produced with Fair Trade standards from organic carludovica palmate. The collection isn't just limited to their famous panama hat - fedoras and big 70s style hats are also on offer. Well worth a look, especially if you are looking for an investment piece for your hat stand!
(Highly commended in Brand Leader: Design category)
JUX uses organic cotton, hemp, and more surprisingly, recycled coke bottles in their designs. Their site urges you to 'sex up your wardrobe with some of this eco fashion'… can't say I would argue with that! I really love the minimalist cuts and the fantastic photography.
Katcha Bilek (Highly Commended: Accessories and Footwear Innovation)
For those who aren't fans of leather (or who just appreciate a cool unique design), Katcha Bilek offer unusual vegan bags, wallets, belts and accessories made by hand in the UK from recycled inner tubes, tyres and seatbelts.
Check out this page to see a full list of category winners and finalists.