Blog

Every week a member of the CSF team or network contributes an article to this website, offering inspiring insights and ideas on the role fashion plays in a global sustainability agenda.

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The Beginning of Belonging

It’s a well talked and well written about element of the human condition, the search for belonging; in terms of both a physical place and also a space within ourselves in which we are content and loving. Yet within the current global context which sees people being forced from their homes and communities the search for this […]

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Voices and Values for Sustainable Fashion

CSF Professor Kate Fletcher calls for more voices to be heard and amplified in discussions around fashion and sustainability. Here and on her blog she writes of the need for a deep look at the values currently promoted within the fashion industry and a greater understanding of the structural shift that is needed if we […]

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In the Shadows and In the Light

At times, it feels as though, the more that you learn – the less you think that you know. As our work in fashion, design and sustainability develops – so we realise the great range of disciplines and bodies of knowledge that our work touches draws on. But at other times, it feels as though […]

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Jenni Kusowski: Kering Award Winner

Over the last year we have been working with the finalists of the 2016 Kering Awards for Sustainable Fashion. In the run-up to the winners being announced later this month, we are profiling the work of the finalists. This year the Kering brands involved were Gucci and Stella McCartney. Jenni Kusowski has worked to develop a […]

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Heather Portbury: Kering Award Finalist

Thinking about the aftercare of a garment is crucial to a holistic understanding of what sustainability in fashion involves. Here we hear more about Heather Portbury’s project which focuses on the care of silk. Can you briefly tell us what is your project about? HP: My project is focused on reducing the environmental impact of […]

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Jovy Hon: Kering Award Finalist

  Jovy Hon has developed a campaign for Gucci that explores how to communicate their sustainability actions to Millennials. Today we hear a little more about this project. Please briefly explain your project. JH: ‘BeWokeGucci’ is a digital communication campaign that embodies Gucci’s brand and product transparency especially designed for the Millennials. It explains Gucci’s sustainability endeavours in an interesting […]

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Christina Haxholm: Kering Award Finalist

Today we hear from Christina about her work which intersects fashion, materials, technology and biology. Read below to find out more about her project for Stella McCartney. Please briefly explain your project. CH: ‘In Vitro Fur’ is essentially a speculative prototype for cultural discussion. The field of synthetic biology and genetic modification is rapidly expanding, […]

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Dian-Jen Lin: Kering Award Winner

For her project Dian-Jen explores carbon reduction and her project poses the question: what if a t-shirt could make more oxygen than a tree? Tell us briefly about your project. DL: By identifying the gap within the mitigation hierarchy from Stella McCartney and the carbon reduction challenge faced by Kering, I propose a different approach to understanding sustainability: […]

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Charlie Wilkinson: Kering Award Winner

The focus of Charlie Wilkinson’s work is the use of cork as a sustainable material in Gucci’s heritage luggage. Here she tells us more about her project and her thinking about materials in the design process. Tell us a little bit about your project. CW: My project focussed on the idea of backtracking the making process […]

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Victoria Andre: Kering Award Finalist

Victoria Andre talks about sustainable supply chains and iconic loafers as she tells us a little about her project for Gucci as part of the Awards programme. Tell us a little bit about your project VA: My project aimed to propose a more sustainable supply chain for Gucci’s footwear range. I looked at how I […]