Posts Tagged ‘Eco fashion’

Nancy Dee: the ethical fashion range from sisters Tamsin and Seraphina Davis

Tamsin and Seraphina Davis are sisters in ethical fashion design. They started their label a few years ago to bridge the gap between style, versatility and ethical production. Here's a taster of their interview in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

NANCY DEE by KELLIE BLACK
Nancy Dee by Kellie Black.

Tamsin and Seraphina Davis are sisters in ethical fashion design. Nancy is a long standing family name and Dee simply stands for the initial of their surname, Davis. They settled on the label Nancy Dee because it is a little bit kitsch and reflects the style of their designs.

How did Nancy Dee come about?
Seraphina is my younger sister by four years and she has the background in fashion design whereas I have worked in the film industry and studied economics and social policy, so I am better suited to managing the business side. We started working together because Seraphina wanted to market her designs and she needed a partner. I had just finished my studies and wanted to work on something related to social policy. We launched Nancy Dee in 2008 to create garments that bridge the gap between style, versatility and ethical production.

How do you manage to keep your designs both retro and up to date?
Fashion is cyclical by nature, and all trends are developments on past ideas. We take the shapes and references that appeal to us from history and… read more

Recent Articles

Minna: an interview with ethical fashion designer Minna Hepburn

We've been loving up stylish ethical designer Minna for sometime here on Amelia's Magazine. Here's an excerpt from her piece in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregoy

Minna S/S 2011 by Gemma Milly. How has the way you create your clothes progressed since you first started out? I think fashion should be fun; I just love to […]

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration official launch party is TODAY.

It's Friday 28th January 2011, the day that Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration (featuring the very best in ethical fashion design) officially launches with a big party at 123 Bethnal Green Road. Here's the lowdown...

Written by Amelia Gregory

ACOFI launch party invite for Friday 28th January 2011. Well, dear readers, today is finally the official launch day of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration, which you have no doubt […]

Michelle Lowe-Holder: the ethical designer who is reinventing the fashion accessory

Fashion designer Michelle Lowe-Holder took a break from the day job and realised that what she really loved was creating accessories. Her new collection features upcycled fabrics from her studio. Here's a taster of her interview in ACOFI

Written by Amelia Gregory

Michelle Lowe-Holder S/S 2011 by Michelle Urvall Nyren. Canadian Michelle Lowe-Holder completed an MA in knitwear at Central Saint Martins and launched her eponymous collection in 2001. She has always […]

Marina Spetlova: creating fabulous upcycled fashion garments from zips

Yet another Central Saint Martins graduate doing exciting things with fabric: Martina Spetlova's latest collection makes clever use of deadstock zips. Definitely an ethical designer to watch.. this is a taster of her interview in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Martina Spetlova S/S 2011 by Krister Selin. Fashion designer Martina Spetlova hails from Bohemia in the southern part of the Czech Republic. She studied Chemistry and Biology at university in […]

Lu Flux: playful upcycled ethical fashion design

Lu Flux creates amazing clothes out of fabric scraps. Here's an excerpt of her interview in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lu Flux S/S 2011 by Lesley Barnes. Lu Flux was born Elizabeth Flux, but gained her delightful moniker thanks to her little brother’s inability to say her full name. She […]

Little Glass Clementine: an interview with luxury recycled jewellery designer Clementine James

From committed climate activist to creator of luxury recycled necklaces, Clementine James has led an intriguing life so far. Here's an extract of her interview to be found in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Little Glass Clementine by Lesley Barnes. Why the name? I made up the name when I was at my family home on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland, where I […]

Junky Styling: an interview with self-taught fashion designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager

They started out making outfits to go clubbing in and recently appeared on The Apprentice. Here's an excerpt from my interview with trailblazing ethical fashion designers Junky Styling. You can read more in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Junky Styling S/S 2010 by Aniela Murphy. Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager are self-taught fashion designers. They started up Junky Styling after they received lots of compliments for their deconstructed […]

Joanna Cave: luxury ethical jewellery made in Greece from recycled silver

London educated Joanna Cave works in recycled silver to create beautiful jewellery. Here's an extract of her interview in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Joanna Cave S/S 2011 by Naomi Law. Jewellery designer Joanna Cave makes delicate pieces for the self confident and elegant woman. She met PARTIMI designer Eleanor Dorrien-Smith at London Fashion […]

Izzy Lane: an interview with ethical knitwear designer Isobel Davies

The incredible Isobel Davies was inspired to create ethical knitwear label Izzy Lane when she discovered how poorly we value British wool. Here's part of her tale, which appears in full in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Izzy Lane A/W 2008 by Yelena Bryksenkova. What was the path to setting up Izzy Lane?  I started an organic food company when I became aware of the hundreds of permitted […]

Ivana Basilotta: how vegetarianism inspired a luxury ethical fashion range

Inspired by her vegetarianism, fashion designer Ivana Basilotta's range of luxury ethical clothing is made from eco fabrics such as Peace Silk. Read a taster of her interview in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration here.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ivana Basilotta S/S 2011 by Bex Glover. Ivana Basilotta is Italian but has lived in Germany as well as the UK. She channels her observations of different cultures into her […]

Howies: Ethical active clothing pioneers in Wales

Howies was set up by former ad execs Claire and David Hieatt, with principles of good design and sustainability at its heart. Here's an extract from my profile about this active wear brand in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Howies by Bex Glover. Howies has since 1995 pioneered the creation of ethical active clothing with a strong design aesthetic. Based in Cardigan Bay, Wales, the company has built up […]

Hetty Rose: how to create beautiful shoes from old kimonos

Shoe designer Henrietta Samuels makes beautiful bespoke shoes from kimono remnants. Here's an excerpt of her interview in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Hetty Rose by Lesley Barnes. You make bespoke shoes… if I wanted a pair of shoes for myself how would the process work? I create a collection each season from […]

Henrietta Ludgate: ethical fashion design inspired by a Scottish childhood

Henrietta Ludgate has been making waves with her luxury womenswear label: an antidote to fast fashion made from beautiful British fabrics. Here's an extract of her interview in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Henrietta Ludgate S/S 2011 by Abi Daker Scottish designer Henrietta Ludgate grew up in the wilds. I grew up in the most idyllic environment for a child: my imagination ran […]

Gossypium: an interview with Abigail Petit, founder of the Lewes based ethical clothing company

Back in 2008 Amelia's Magazine worked with textile designer Brie Harrison and Gossypium to create a wonderful Kit Fashion dress and matching bag inspired by old Clothkits designs. Here's an extract with Gossypium founder Abigail Petit from ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Gossypium with Amelia’s Magazine Sewing Kit A/W 2008, featuring print design by Brie Harrison. Illustration by Faye West. Gossypium worked with Amelia’s Magazine and Brie Harrison to create a Clothkits-inspired […]

Goodone: eco fashion designer Nin Castle talks upcycling and collaborations

She's well known for her fabulous body-con knitted dresses, but designer Nin Castle has her sights set on changing mainstream fashion through collaborations with the likes of Topshop and ASOS. Here's an extract of her feature in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Goodone A/W 2009 by Natasha Thompson. Goodone is a tight-knit team who share a passion for sustainable design and fair business practice. At university, designer Nin Castle decided to recycle […]

From Somewhere: Upcycled Fashion from Orsola de Castro

A pioneer of ethical fashion design, Orsola de Castro has been recycling fabrics since 1997. Here's a taster of her interview with me in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration. Featuring images of her fabulous new Speedo collection for S/S 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

From Somewhere Speedo Collection S/S 2011 by Rachel de Ste. Croix. You were one of the first fashion designers to embrace sustainability, way back in 1997. What prompted you to […]

Fifi Bijoux: an interview with luxury ethical jewellery designer Vivien Johnston

Vivien Johnston is a pioneer of ethical luxury jewellery design - since she set up the British Ethical Jewellery Association so much has happened. Here's an extract of her interview in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Rutile quartz jewellery by Fifi Bijoux. Illustrated by Abby Wright. I first encountered Fifi Bijoux at London Fashion Week a few years ago, and we subsequently interviewed her for the […]

Emma Ware: the sustainable designer who makes jewellery from tyres

I discovered Emma Ware's fabulous jewellery last year at Secret Garden Party. Here's an extract from her pages in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration. Read on...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Emma Ware by Joana Faria. Jewellery from tyres. I have always been attracted to colourful, shiny, fun pieces of old broken jewellery, toys and bottle tops; stuff that others would […]

Emesha: the Hungarian born ethical fashion designer who now lives in Shoreditch

Emese Nagy creates a delightful Sporty-Luxe clothing range that she has shown as far away as Eco Fashion Week Vancouver. Here's a small taster of her appearance in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Emesha S/S 2010 by Lisa Stannard. Emesha is created by Emese Nagy, who was named after the lead lady in a myth about the creation of the Hungarian kingdom. She […]