Sustainable Fashion at the Launch of Victoria Fashion Week

BY EMMA NEWTON @EMM.BELLISH

Here in Victoria, we're lucky to have a brilliant and flourishing community of designers and artisans. And as if that wasn't enough, we're even luckier to have designers who care about sustainability, and use their creativity to come up with new ways to create garments that are eco-friendly, without sacrificing style.

Trista Smith's Reclamation Collection | Photographer: Vince Hemmingson | Model: Tyna Kottova | MUA: Cinthia Torres

Trista Smith's Reclamation Collection | Photographer: Vince Hemmingson | Model: Tyna Kottova | MUA: Cinthia Torres

One such designer is Trista Smith. Though she had always had a love of fashion, being the self described “weird kid with the patches and strategic rips in her jeans in the early 90's before it was cool”, it wasn't until 2010 that Trista decided to leave her job as a nurse to focus on spending time at home. And, with that time at home, Trista's love of fashion was renewed by her sewing machine and an article on sustainable fashion and textile waste in the garment industry. Armed with that knowledge and her existing passion for clothing, she set out to create Reclamation, her own line of upcycled children's wear. After receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, she has since branched out to include pieces for adults as well. Her line is sure to deliver the quintessential Vancouver Island style, with easy and effortless fashion that won't leave behind a negative impact on our precious environment.

Fabric selection at the Makehouse

Fabric selection at the Makehouse

Or maybe you love the idea of eco-friendly fashion, but you're more of the do-it-yourself type. If so, The Makehouse has got you covered. Jenny Ambrose and her team are here to inspire you with a collection of pieces that look great on the runway, and can also be created through one of The Makehouse's own garment construction courses, bringing the runway to you in the most interactive way possible. Their goal is to encourage Victorians to rethink their wardrobes, by repurposing old garments and handmaking new ones, thereby reducing garment waste. The line they'll be showing features modern prints with vintage silhouettes, all made with bamboo, one of the most sustainable clothing fibers currently available. As well as their courses, The Makehouse also boasts a retail space, open studio for garment construction, and other services for the DIY fashionista. Everything you need, in one space.

Along with these two contributors, we'll also be featuring many others in the weeks to come. Make sure to check back, and get the insider scoop on all our talented designers!