Series 2. Eco Icon No.2

Makepiece s/s 10 unique sustainable knitwear collection

Makepiece are a UK based designer label making unique, beautiful, desirable designed sustainable knitwear, made in England from a Pennine landscape using their own sheep

Makepiece is not just a designer label – it’s part of a landscape, which has for hundreds of years been shaped by the wool industry, from the dry-stone walled pastures to the packhorse tracks across the moors which took wool from farm to market.

Makepiece take natural yarns, raised sustainably, and  spins  them as locally as possible so that they can be knitted in their community, using the minimum chemical processes possible to produce a finished product that can be treasured for years. It’s part of a story which knits a community with a landscape.

Makepiece’s mission is to produce beautiful clothes without a cost to the planet.

They know they can trust their farmers and the mills where they live to produce yarn to a very high standard – and to look after the people involved in production. and … have chosen to use wool and mohair from British farms using their own sheep because they  know how the land is farmed, and fibres such as hemp, bamboo and tencel because  can easily be grown sustainably.

Each of the collection contains undyed and naturally dyed clothes along with some azo-free dye colourways dyed to european environmental controls.

makepiece clothes are designed  last – and when they’ve finally been worn to shreds, they can be composted.


Series 2. Eco icon.No.1

Uncut chair by Michael warren

At first glance this chair looks like a slightly battered and weather worn discarded cafe chair. A closer inspection reveals a very considered piece of design melding found objects with pristine perspex inserts. The concept behind the UNCUT chair says designer  Michael Warren ” is to explore the juxtaposition of contrasting materials and question our preconception in relation to objects”.

This piece takes it’s name from rough gem stones and plays with the common notion that uncut rocks need to be cut, polished and refined in order to achieve their true perceived value. By inserting highly polished pieces into a found object Warren says that the perception and reaction to the chair and its inherent value has been changed and its beauty by way of using contrast has been highlighted.”

Eco Icon No.20

Henrietta Ludgate’s softly sculptural s/s 10  collection premiered at Esthetica London fashion week.

Taking eco fashion to another dimension is Henrietta Ludgate’s speciality. With a new eco collection worthy of the most glamorous fashion arenas… this collection has a diffused sculptural quality that is both avant garde  yet wearable and extremely covetable. With softly structured elemental forms that  reveal a flash of  neon coloured lining…demure fronts with plunging backlines….her S/S 10 collection successfully fuses wearbility with desirability with its collection of 100% wool, silk and jersey eco ‘must haves’ .

Henrietta Ludgate grew up in one of the only crofting villages, which is still fully operational in the Highlands of Scotland. By using the fleece and tweed produced by crofters from villages in locality, Henrietta Ludgate supports the crofters and the skills and traditions that they embody. Crofters were in many respects early pioneers of recycling. It is in this spirit which Henrietta uses the surplus fabrics from mills.

A rising Scottish talent,Henrietta Mackay – Ludgate, is now winning praise from industry insiders. A graduate from Central Saint Martins School of Art, she went on to work for leading British designer Osman Yousefzada before setting up her own label. Following her successful presentation during London Fashion Week at the media centre at Vauxhall Fashion Scout she was invited to show alongside Luella and Graeme Black at The St Andrews Fashion show FS:09 “ Scotlands most exclusive fashion show ” Sunday Times.

Her beautifully produced label has captured the hearts of respected  journalists and retailers alike with her private orders and commissions  book reads like the social calender for the season, with orders placed by celebrities, stylists and journalists for events from the Scottish Fashion Awards to the Selfridges Centenary.

Henrietta’s studio is situated in the wild and remote Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Central to her label is Henriettas ethos of preserving traditional British craftsmanship, here in the UK, all garments are made in Scotland from fabric sourced from British mills.  Drawing inspiration from Scottish traditions and cutting edge innovations in textiles, results in work that is executed with the precision of a Savile Row tailor. A champion of slow fashion, Henriettas minimalist silhouette remains hauntingly elegant and distinctive.“>

Eco icon No. 19

Kaelyn Garcias’s Organic ‘Circles dress

Made of organic cotton and undyed natural silk sateen, this dress seems to be chanelling a fusion of Courreges 60’s inspired circular disc dressed with the purest of white rose petals….

Designed by by Columbia College Chicago senior fashion design student Kaelyn Garcia; – the dress is made of 300 silk circles hand appliqued and individually sewn” .” I like to capture the quiet and the muted within my work , I always try to gain inspiration from my surroundings.” says Garcia.

Her work  has a wonderful freshness and lightness of touch and is the perfect example of ‘no compromise’ eco design at its best….looking forward to more eco-gems from Kaelyn….watch this space…

Eco Icon No.18

LED peg clip light by  Sungho Lee

Transforming an every day object into a directional and useful design object -in this case a light using an LED is the u.s.p of Sungho Lee, a   designer from Korea who also designed the LED clip launches his latest design the  LED pin. The light -in the shape of a clothes peg has been designed so it can be attached to the objects easily. It is  always the simplest and most obvious ideas that impress, and the elemental, ingenuity of this design does exactly that.

Eco Icon No.17

Ephemeral Bamboo sculptures by Laurent Lo


When Laurent Lo , an artist based in catalunya , nothern Spain, discovered bamboo as a creative material in 2000 it took him on a journey that has led him to become one of the world’s few artist who use this material.

Using a unique creative process that builds upon  the inherent qualities of bamboo:-sensuality, balance, flexibility, lightness and harmony, Lo uses these as his sources of inspiration in the creation of his unique works.

Forms like japanese brush strokes gently sway or circling  suspended in mid air…vibrating gently as if breathing….create hypnotic works of such delicacy that mask the   inherent strength and flexibility of the material.

Eco.Icon No.16

Kevin Murphy all natural hair products



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Created by uber hair guru Kevin Murphy in Australia, their products contain essential oils that are naturally superior to man-made substances. They act as bio-catalysts, performing natural regenerative, moisturising and strengthening functions. All KEVIN.MURPHY products are paraben free and sulphate free.

With a clear mission to reduce environmental harm ,as a company they consider the environment in all their business decisions and try as much as possible to find cleaner, more sustainable methods of doing business.

Their beautifully designed  bottles and tubs can be recycled so they don’t end up in land-fill. Whenever possible, they make our outer packaging from post consumer waste to avoid the need for trees to be chopped down.

Adressing the carbon footprint issue and by accepting Australia is such a long way from the USA and Europe, their two largest markets, in a pioneering move they have decided to move the manufacturing and distribution of KEVIN.MURPHY products to the USA. This will remove the need to ship full product to the USA and reduce the shipping distance to Europe by more than half. These decisions will substantially reduce the carbon dioxide emitted by the KEVIN.MURPHY business from shipping. KEVIN.MURPHY will remain a completely Australian owned and run business.

They do not test any of our products on animals.

The KEVIN.MURPHY range is based upon the “no worries” Australian philosophy. Australian culture is relaxed, natural and cool and this is reflected in our product range and packaging.

KEVIN.MURPHY products give life to hair through the use of high levels of natural ingredients and essential oils that treat the hair and spirit during use.

Hair styles are created with weightless hold, meaning that the hair looks natural, product free, is never crunchy and can be brushed or combed with ease. Styles can be re-dressed throughout the day without the need for washing.

The product range is  as innovative and directional as the recycled packaging….and to find both combined within one product range worthy of eco icon is the company itself for ‘walking the talk’…..

submitted to FInding Eco by Paula Moore from San Francisco