Friday, 24 October 2008

Hand Spun and Hand Woven

The Eco- Fashion pioneer took a little time out from saving sheep and the UK woolen industry to discuss her collections, influence and her New Year project, Grand Knit with lily Cole.

Izzy Lane’s A/W Collection 08 is a set of beautiful garments, all with a bittersweet story to tell. Collective heritage, brought back from the brink.

Izzy Lane has been woven from a long love with both clothes and animals. “ I always wanted Izzy Lane to be an animal centric label. I have been witnessing the maltreatment of animals for 40 years and now I want to give those animals a voice”.

Having recently won the 2008 ethical business award, Isobel enthuses about her ethos and collections, “ I agree that we should be boycotting throwaway fashion, in the past 20 to 30 years we have been frivolous. We are witnessing a credit crunch, but also a crunch up of our values. We will witness soon a revolution in spending habits.”

Like predecessors Vivienne Westwood and her Harris Tweed, Katherine Hamnett and organic cotton, Isobel Davies is now following the wool pack in hoping to save the final strands of the UK wool industry. “ It is in its early stages but I am hoping to salvage and preserve the last Victorian weaver mill in Scotland. We have moved Izzy Lane’s production up to the mill with the intention of buying.”

Alongside this, the company is collaborating with Lily Cole on a range of British wool sweaters named Grand Knit. All hand woven by the nana of your choice, just choose the pattern and colour and Mavis will sow her name into the label. The personal touch.

And look out for the A/W beautiful cardigans, wraps and vegetarian knee length shoes.

“ I take ideas from nature, without exploiting nature”.

Fashion with ethics. Stitching up society.

1 comment:

Richard Partington said...

Brilliant blog Dannii.

The only problem, as you obviously know, is that most people can't afford such high-quality, ethical fashion items.

'Fast fashion' has seeped so far into the foundations of British consumer culture, and the credit crunch is only going to accentuate that. 90% of us are guilty of it.

Until we can all afford ethical fashion, it'll be Primark and Gap all round...