By Arwa Lodhi
Recently we reported that ten talented emerging designers originating from Asia and Europe battled it out to win The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15. We highlighted the finalists in an article in Eluxe, and now we can reveal who has won the competition.
Kevin Germanier from the UK won the prestigious award this year, and will now design the first upcycled fashion collection for China’s leading luxury brand, Shanghai Tang, for their global retail stores.
“We are delighted to welcome Kevin Germanier to our design team in Hong Kong to create their up-cycled collection for Shanghai Tang’s global customers and in doing so provide a reflection that mirrors the sustainable innovation in China’s fashion industry,” said Raphael le Masne, Executive Chairman, Shanghai Tang.
Germanier couldn’t be more delighted: “Making it to the final of The EcoChic Design Award has been an exceptional experience. Winning this prize is an unprecedented opportunity for me as an emerging designer to create a collection that represents the future of fashion design, production and consumption,” he stated.
Second prize went to Victor Chu from Hong Kong, who will now design textile waste-reducing uniforms for Hong Kong’s legendary five star hotel, The Langham, and Hong Kong’s T’ang Court restaurant.
Laurensia Salim from Singapore won the Special Prize: The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 with John
Hardy and will now enjoy an educational trip to their design and production workshop in gorgeous Bali, Indonesia to learn from their sustainability leadership.
“Sustainable design can’t survive without a holistic sustainable business philosophy and this award helps
emerging designers to integrate sustainability in business into the heart of their careers,” said Damien
Dernoncourt, Non-Executive Chairman, John Hardy.
Off the runway, the ten finalists also benefited from other activities during their intensive trip to Asia’s
burgeoning sustainable deign hub in Hong Kong.
We can’t wait to see what 2015/16 will bring!