Friday, 14 September 2012

At Estethica SS13: Makepiece

“We’ve chosen a tonal palette in hues of mauve this year. You can’t help but be influenced by the liquidity and turbulence that has been all around us. We’re using the colour to enhance the fluidity of our knits.”
- Makepiece designer, Nicola Sherlock-Windle.

Estethica, the ethical fashion exhibition now in it's sixth year at London Fashion Week, will be showcasing 15 cutting-edge designers this season, all of whom adhere to fair trade and sustainable principles. One of the chosen is Makepiece, a label established in 2004 in the Pennine town of Todmorden.

Makepiece designs draw inspiration from the Pennine landscape, and the label produces two seasonal collections a year; a classic range of accessories including unique knitted shrugs and a collection of knitted wedding dresses, shrugs and capes.

The latest collection almost didnt make it to LFW having been lost in the recent flooding. Luckily, Makepiece dyer Keith Newland at Paint Box Textiles, stepped forward to sponsor the collection and supply beautiful British Bluefaced Leicester wool dyed precisely at their mill in Liversedge near Dewsbury. The resulting collection was entitled 'Between the Floods'.

Makepiece is a label designed to be ethical and sustainable, using 100% British wool, mohair and alpaca - wool is naturally renewable and biodegradable. Yarns come from their own flock of low impact Shetland sheep with dying done only 20 miles from where they’re knitted in Yorkshire, UK to EU Standards with no azo dyes, no heavy metals, and effluent cleansing. Paint Box is accredited to dye to the Global Organic Textile Standard.

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