Kate is a vegan knitwear designer who is driven by the desire to change attitudes within the fashion industry. She became aware of the critical problems within the fashion industry when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed. This horrific event brought to light the cruel conditions workers in the factory lived on a daily basis, the pitiful wages, grim work conditions and unsafe health and safety measures. Driven by her passion she completed a Master’s degree in Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University, where she specialised in sustainable design within digital knitwear production. She immediately gained accomplishments and rewards, winning the Ecochic design award 2017, an achievement that gave her the possibility to show her collection at the Hong Kong fashion week. This led to the launch of a capsule knitwear collection in collaboration with a local brand “BYT” made from the waste material of luxury brands. All this marked a significant first step into the sustainable design sector.
The collection was born from the combination of discarded yarn mills combined with the latest digital knit machinery, and hand craft. The message behind the collection is : clothes can be reusable. She also includes traditional darning as a design feature with the purpose of encouraging people to mend their existing wardrobe instead of throwing it to landfill.
We were attracted not only by the geniality of the idea behind this project, but also by the bright colours, and the very comfortable appearance of her knitwear. We also recommend you check out Kate’s sustainability chart on her website, it really is a useful and revealing source of information for those who want to know more about sustainable materials. Furthermore, she included in the website a chart which shows the “crop’s yarn ranking”, from the most to the less sustainable.
Now she is in Hong Kong working on the collection in partnership with the luxury brand BYT, but she can’t wait to come back in London to launch CROP 2018. We hope her the best!
Coming from a fine art background, Kate’s creative shift into knitwear design was led by her desire to contribute to changing attitudes within fast fashion, which was heightened by the awakening events of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. After successfully turning her hobby of hand-knitting into a career, Kate has just completed a Master’s degree in Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University.