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The Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Posted On : October 29, 2020

Oscar Alochi

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Twyg has announced the finalists of its Sustainable Fashion Awards for 2020. The annual awards celebrate South African designers leading sustainable, ethical, circular and regenerative practices in the fashion industry.

The designers recognised are intentionally improving fashion’s relationship with nature and people and reflect that fashion can be at the forefront of positive ethical, social and environmental change.
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 19 November 2020.

Judging process
The Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020 judging panel includes content creator Kelly Fung; Cyril Naicker, national co-ordinator of Fashion Revolution; Aaniyah Omardien, founder of The Beach Co-op; Desiree Smal, vice dean Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg; and Fezile Mdletshe-Mkhize, founder and director of Fezile Fashion Academy.

The judges selected three finalists in each of the Accessories, Trans-seasonal, Nicholas Coutts, Student, Retail and Influencer categories. A fourth finalist was included in the Innovative Design and Materials categories.

The Changemaker Award was not open for nominations. Instead, winners of the Accessory, Innovative Design and Materials, Nicholas Coutts, Trans-seasonal and Student categories will be judged against the criteria set for the Changemaker Award. This category is supported by Country Road which has sponsored R100,000 in prize money to the winner. Country Road’s head designer Maria Rinaldi-Cant will join the panel for the judging of this category.

Twyg consulted WWF South Africa on the criteria for the categories, and the rigorous two-day judging process was independently audited by attorney Elisabeth Makumbi.

2020 finalists
Innovative Design and Materials Award

• Anmari Honiball
• Lara Klawikowski
• Sealand Gear
• The Sewing Café

This award seeks to recognise a designer or brand who uses techniques that minimise textile waste through innovative pattern cutting, the use of pre- and post-consumer fabric waste, and / or reconstruction techniques. The award also seeks to recognise a commitment to using sustainable fabrics in a collection.

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Innovative Design and Materials Awards category. This award seeks to recognise a designer who has used techniques that minimise textile waste through innovative pattern cutting, the use of pre- and post-consumer fabric waste, and / or reconstruction techniques. The award also seeks to recognise a commitment to using sustainable fabrics in a collection. All submissions must demonstrate the extent to which materials have been sustainably sourced. For the complete list please see the link in bio ⭕️ #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty ⭕️ @countryroad @petco_sa @ctfc_za @rewoven_africa @future_of_fashion_sa @woolworths_sa @southernafricanarts ⭕️ @cyrilnaicker @fash_rev_southafrica @aani_crab @desireesmal @fezile_fashion @x_kellyfung_x

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Trans-seasonal Fashion Award

• African Renaissance Designs
• Fields
• Tshepo Jeans

This award recognises a designer, brand or collection that promotes trans-seasonal and versatile style. It rewards quality garments whose design aspires to be timeless and which are made to last. This category also recognises brands that remain invested in garments after their sale, for example, through the provision of lifetime guarantees or repair services.

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Trans-seasonal Awards category. This award recognises a collection, garment, brand or designer who promotes trans-seasonal and versatile style. It rewards quality design that aspires to be timeless and is made to last. This category also recognises brands that remain invested in garments after their sale, for example, through the provision of lifetime guarantees or repair services. ⭕️ #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty ⭕️ For the complete list please see the link in bio Thank you to the sponsors of the #TwygAwards2020: clothing retailer @countryroad and the PET plastic recycling company, @petco_sa and the @ctfc_za ⭕️ @tshepojeans @ginaraebennett @thefieldsstore @african_renaissance_designs @siphelele_ntombela

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Accessory Award

• Ivy Grace
• Matsidiso
• The Wren Designs

This award recognises an accessory or accessory brand which implements ethical labour practices, limits toxic chemicals and uses sustainable materials to create a quality item and considers end-of-life. Ideally it should be made of compostable materials, but, if not, it should be made using recyclable or recycled materials.

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. ⭕ Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Accessory Awards category. This award recognises an accessory or accessory brand which implements ethical labour practices, limits toxic chemicals and uses sustainable materials to create a quality item and considers end-of-life. Ideally it should be made of compostable materials, but, if not, it should be made using recyclable or recycled materials. ⭕ Thank you to the sponsors of the #TwygAwards2020: clothing retailer @countryroad and the PET plastic recycling company, @petco_sa and the @ctfc_za ⭕ For the complete list please see the link in bio @thewrendesign @ivy_grace_designs @matsidiso_sa #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty

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Retail Award

• Chic Mamas Can Do
• Convoy
• Mungo

This award recognises a retailer or a retailing initiative that enhances sustainability, including pre-loved/gently worn, “swop shops”, garment rental, and similar activities. The award is also open to retailers who support local producers, and sustainable design and manufacturing.

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Retail Awards category. This award will recognise a retailer or a retailing initiative that enhances sustainability, including pre-loved/gently worn, swap shops, garment rental, and similar activities. The award is also open to retailers who support local producers, and sustainable design and manufacturing. For the complete list please see the link in bio @mungodesign @convoyshop @chicmamasdocare ⭕️ Thank you to the sponsors of the #TwygAwards2020: clothing retailer @countryroad and the PET plastic recycling company, @petco_sa and the @ctfc_za ⭕ #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty

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Student Award

• KQ_Made
• Loskop
• Vanklan

This award goes to a student who has produced a garment or collection that addresses the challenges of sustainability in fashion in the most innovative, beautiful and practical way.

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Student Awards category. This award will go to a student who has produced a garment or collection that addresses the challenges of sustainability in fashion in the most innovative, beautiful and practical way. For the complete list please see the link in bio. ⭕️ Thank you to the sponsors of the #TwygAwards2020: clothing retailer @countryroad and the PET plastic recycling company, @petco_sa and the @ctfc_za ⭕ #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty ⭕️ @countryroad @petco_sa @ctfc_za @rewoven_africa @future_of_fashion_sa @woolworths_sa @southernafricanarts @cyrilnaicker @fash_rev_southafrica @aani_crab @desireesmal @fezile_fashion @x_kellyfung_x

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Nicholas Coutts Award

• Beagle & Basset
• The Seen Collective
• Viviers Studio

This award recognises a designer who uses artisanal craft techniques such as weaving, embroidering or botanical dyeing to make fashion that foregrounds, celebrates and values the skills of the person who makes the garment.

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Nicholas Coutts Awards category. To honour the talented young designer Nicolas Coutts, we named this award in his honour. Nicholas, who beautifully used and explored traditional crafts and techniques in his design, tragically lost his life at the beginning of 2019. This award recognises a designer who uses artisanal craft techniques such as weaving, embroidering or botanical dying to make fashion that foregrounds, celebrates and values the skills of the person who makes the garment. For the complete list please see the link in bio ⭕️ #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty ⭕️ @countryroad @petco_sa @ctfc_za @rewoven_africa @future_of_fashion_sa @woolworths_sa @southernafricanarts @cyrilnaicker @fash_rev_southafrica @aani_crab @desireesmal @fezile_fashion @x_kellyfung_x

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Influencer Award

• Nomfundo Liyanna Basini
• Yasmin Furmie
• Zolani Mahola

This award recognises a personality who has actively promoted sustainable fashion over the last 12 months and who has sparked relevant conversations. On social media and other platforms, the influencer has explained sustainable issues factually and has cautioned against unsustainable fashion habits. The influencer supports conscious brands while promoting the Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

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Twyg is honoured to announce the finalists of the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. The work submitted for the awards reflects a commitment to the changes that fashion is going through – from a singular focus on creating beautiful clothes and accessories, to fashion that responds to pressing social, environmental and economic needs. Today we’re introducing you to the finalists in the Influencer Awards category. This award recognises a personality who has actively promoted sustainable fashion over the last 12 months and who has sparked relevant conversations. On social media and other platforms, the influencer has explained sustainable issues factually and has cautioned against unsustainable fashion habits. The influencer supports conscious brands while promoting the Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle). ⭕ Thank you to the sponsors of the #TwygAwards2020: clothing retailer @countryroad and the PET plastic recycling company, @petco_sa and the @ctfc_za ⭕ For the complete list please see the link in bio @liyanna_b #TwygAwards2020 #sustainablefashion #SDG12 #circulardesign #awards #eco-conscious #SouthAfrica #design #capetown #change #local #upcycling #visiblemending #textiles #natural #twygstyle #consciousfashion #fashrev #slowfashion #zerowaste #ethicalfashion #fashionhub #supportlocal #culturalsustainability #activism #wasteleddesign #closedloop #circulareconomy #circulardesign #twentytwenty @zolanimahola @freshlygroundsa @yasminfurmie

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Positive design practices and social impact
“The judges’ decisions emphasise exciting directions in fashion such as the made-to-order manufacturing model, trans-seasonal clothing, the upcycling of plastic and textile waste, and increasing the use of handcraft and natural dyes. The attention to collaboration and the healing of our environment is inspiring,” commented Twyg founder and director Jackie May.

In addition to the design practices, the judges appreciated social impact through upskilling and working in collectives.

“We would like to thank the designers and the members of the public for the nominations. And finally from my team and I, congratulations to all the finalists!” said May.

The winners will be announced at a small event (which will be livestreamed) co-hosted with the textile recycling company, Rewoven on Thursday, 19 November 2020 in Cape Town.

Content courtesy of TWYG, Biz Community & Nairobi fashion hub 

Oscar Alochi

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