Genius needs a stage.
The positive lifestyle that Esprit stands for is created by talented professionals, whose energy and ideas are the basis of the brand’s success. We strongly believe in them and want to support them not only within our own company but also in general.
That’s why we have offered various sponsorships and talent competitions, giving young professionals a chance to present themselves to a broad audience. We support sustainability awards as well as sustainable design competitions for young designers.
To shape the future of a young talent means to shape our own future – and that of the world.
EcoChic Design Award
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The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition organised by Redress. Its aim is to inspire young fashion designers to create mass-market clothing with minimal textile waste. Learning to apply these techniques enables them to help in solving some of Asia’s most pressing environmental problems caused by the enormous amount of fashion manufacturing in the region. Hong Kong alone throws away 217 tonnes of used clothing and textiles every day. The process of making new clothes from these worn garments is called reconstruction. Upcycling is the recycling of unwanted material into something of higher quality. And zero-waste is a pattern design technique that avoids fabric waste already at the design stage through optimised pattern making.
2013 ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
In 2013, we supported the EcoChic Design Award, which took place in Hong Kong, for the third time, creating a platform for the next generation of sustainable design talents to break the boundaries of conventional fashion. Esprit sponsors NGO Redress’ sustainable fashion design competition by inviting emerging designers from the East and West to change the pattern of fashion. The EcoChic Design Award is an educational, sustainable fashion design competition that inspires emerging designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste.
The 2013 winner, German design talent Karen Jessen created an aspirational and innovative Denim and Jersey collection. The collection will be in stores in September 2014.
2012 Hong Kong and China EcoChic Design Award
In 2012, we supported the Award, which took place in Hong Kong, for the second time, creating a platform for the next generation of sustainable design talents to break the boundaries of conventional fashion. A wealth of emerging Asian designers came forward once again to vie for the opportunity to create a collection using reconstruction, upcycling and zero-waste techniques. For more information see Recycled Collection 2012.
Chosen from six finalists, the winner – Wister Tsang Ho Yin – presented his collection at the EcoChic Design Award Grand Final during Hong Kong fashion week 2012.
2011 Hong Kong EcoChic Design Award
In 2011, the NGO Redress launched the EcoChic Design Award in Hong Kong. The goal was to create wearable and beautiful garments from factory offcuts. The 2011 winner was Janko Lam, whose collection was sold as a capsule collection in Hong Kong. For more information see Recycled Collection.