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Applications Are Now Open for the Redress Design Award #sustainablefashion

GLOBAL EXPANSION OF REDRESS DESIGN AWARD FEEDS URGENT NEED TO EMBED SUSTAINABILITY INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY AS AN ECONOMIC NECESSITY

Entering the eighth competition cycle of the Redress Design Award, organisers Redress – a Hong Kong environmental NGO committed to reducing textile waste – are as determined as ever to intensify their impact on the fashion industry. In a year which is widely marked as a critical tipping point for consumers, designers, and brands to incorporate sustainability across the fashion value chain, the 2018 cycle of the world’s largest sustainable design competition has expanded to a truly global search for emerging talent. Amidst ongoing industry
pressures to produce more clothes at less cost, the Redress Design Award continues to shine a light on the push for sustainability, and the growing power of the circular economy, whilst championing emerging talent to fuel this new future for fashion.

An official launch event at Eaton House in Hong Kong marked the opening of the Redress Design Award 2018 (formerly the EcoChic Design Award), further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a leading sustainable fashion hub in Asia. With the continued support of Create Hong Kong, who have sponsored the competition since its inception in 2011, the award offers the top ten finalists the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong in September 2018 to present their innovative waste-reducing collections and vie for First Prize, to design a collection for up-cycled brand, The R Collective, proving to the world that sustainable fashion is not just a trend but instead a business reality.

The launch event included an insightful panel discussion examining business and retail trends in sustainable fashion between Kimberley Cole, Head of Solution Sales, Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk, Dr. James Gifford CIO, Head of Impact Investing, UBS Wealth Management, Kay Liu, Education Director for Redress and Fanny Moizant, Co-Founder of Vestiaire Collective.

FEEDING AN INDUSTRY GAP

A recent industry report predicts sales across nearly all fashion categories will almost triple between 2016 and 2018.1
Meanwhile the number of garments produced annually now exceeds 100 billion pieces.2 With this rapid rise in
production and consumption comes a staggering increase in waste, as consumers buy more and more whilst
simultaneously disposing of their clothing twice as fast as they did 15 years ago.3 In Hong Kong alone, approximately
125,195 tonnes of textiles were sent to landfills in 2016.4

Redress Founder, Christina Dean commented, “The fashion world’s ethical barometers are now switched on and
we’re seeing an overarching yearning for positive change. Hope is now sewn into the core of fashion. We are now at a
critical tipping point to act, especially for emerging designers who are ready to prove to the world that circular fashion
can be a beautiful, retail reality.”

Hong Kong designer, Victor Chu, who is one of over 130 fashion game-changers in the growing Redress Design
Award Alumni Network, co-designed The R Collective’s inaugural up-cycled collection, which launched in Lane
Crawford and Barneys New York. He commented, “I remember being quite shocked as a student when I learned
through the Redress Design Award that around 80% of a product’s environmental impact is locked in at the design
stage. My experience in the competition and then later joining the design team at The R Collective has shown me how
my design decisions can be part of a positive solution from the outset. What’s more, I really believe that there is retail
appetite for sustainable fashion in Hong Kong, Asia and the rest of the world!”

The Redress Design Award 2018 is now open to emerging designers and students with less than three years’ industry
experience. Applications are now being accepted until the closing date on 13 March 2018. Applicants are tasked to
design a sustainable collection that re-claims unwanted textiles in unexpected ways and they must source 100
percent textile waste for their competition collections. In addition to this, designers must incorporate one or more of
the three core sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction in their designs. Various
career-changing and educational prizes are up for grabs, including first prize with The R Collective to create an up-
cycled collection for retail, a mentorship with sustainable visionary, Orsola de Castro and multiple other professional
prizes. The ten finalists will later compete to win in Hong Kong in early September 2018 at a live grand final fashion
show at the city’s fashion week. Key Redress Design Award 2018 sponsors are: The Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region (Major Sponsor), ADMCF, UPS and The R Collective.

Visit their LEARN platform www.redressdesignaward.com/learn for detailed resources on how to source,
design and market sustainable fashion and find out more about the Sustainable Fashion Educator Pack at
www.redressdesignaward.com/educatorpack

Revisit the Redress Design Award (formerly Eco Chic Design Award) 2017

 

 

 

1 Business of Fashion (2017), The State of Fashion 2018
2 McKinsey & Company (2016), Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula
3 McKinsey & Company (2016), Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula
4 Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (2018) Monitoring of Solid Waste in Hong Kong -Waste
Statistics for 2016

About Redress

The Redress Design Award (formerly the EcoChic Design Award) was developed by and is wholly organised by
Redress. Redress is a pioneering Hong Kong based NGO working to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry. We
achieve this through a variety of dynamic programmes which work to minimise the negative impacts of fashion, whilst
promoting innovative new models and driving growth towards a more sustainable industry via the circular economy.
Working directly with a wide range of stakeholders, including designers, manufacturers, brands, educational bodies,
government and consumers, we aim to create lasting environmental change in fashion.

About The Create Hong Kong

The Create Hong Kong is a dedicated agency set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau on 1
June 2001 to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It co-ordinates
Government policy and effort regarding creative industries, focuses Government’s resources catering for the
promotion and speeding up the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to
boost the development of creative industries. *

About The R Collective

The R Collective is a pioneering upcycled fashion brand and social impact business that ambitiously wants to prove
that fashion can be a force for good. Based in Hong Kong, The R Collective was born from Redress’ 10-year legacy
promoting sustainable fashion, and is already spearheaded by some of the world’s leading sustainable design talent
from previous competition cycles. The R Collective rescues and up-cycles surplus luxury materials that are destined to
be wasted and transforms them into beautiful, enduring affordable luxury designer pieces through various product
drops with distinguished retailers using socially respectful and brave business practices. Lane Crawford, Asia’s
leading department store, and Barneys New York retailed the first wave of The R Collective designers; Kévin
Germanier, Victor Chu and Kate Morris. The R Collective are proud to support the work of Redress by donating 25
percent of their profits to charity Redress to fuel positive change in the fashion industry. The R Collective was
previously called BYT.

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