Tuesday, 23 November 2021

KIPLING® X Redress: limited-edition sustainable capsule collection by Beatrice Bocconi

Written by Helaina Chow
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Redress x KIPLING®

Redress and VF Corporation, parent house of Kipling®, collaborated again after the success of the Redress Design Award 2019 Made For Change Challenge in Hong Kong. The first competition amongst Redress Alumni aimed to find the designer for a sustainable collection based on circular design principles and using VF Corporation deadstock, end-of-roll fabrics, or innovative recycled fabrics. The winning design had the privilege to become a limited-edition capsule collection retail exclusively in Kipling stores from November 15th, 2021 across APAC. 

7 Redress alumni joined a virtual competition this November with the VF Corp and Kipling’s leadership team having the hard job of selecting one winner. Beatrice Bocconi, a finalist of the Redress Design Award 2020, won the contest inspired by punk culture and Vivienne Westwood.

Of the seven shortlisted designers - finalists and semi-finalists of previous Redress competitions - the judges looked at uniqueness, creativity in storytelling, functionality, bag silhouette, and usage of deadstock fabrics. The winner, Beatrice Bocconi, a finalist of the Redress Design Award 2020 cycle, gave new life to recycled materials and took inspiration in the punk visual and Vivienne Westwood.

Meet The Winner: Beatrice Bocconi

The 23-year-old designer from Milan is currently studying Fashion Design at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. She loves creating new fabrics with denim, textile scraps and natural dyes. Beatrice shared: 'I believe in the importance of textile design and manipulations to re-use forgotten fabrics, and small pieces of fabric, that’s why each bag I designed and produced is unique. The Redress x Kipling collection is a small step towards a better and more conscious fashion industry, and I really enjoyed the fact that Kipling® doesn’t just care about this issue, but acts behind the scenes to make it really happen.'

Every year, Redress hosts the Redress Design Award, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition for emerging designers with lead sponsorship from Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The competition creates a unique platform for passionate and talented fashion game-changers to transform the global fashion industry, working to educate designers from around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques to drive growth towards a circular fashion system.

About Redress And VF Corporation

VF Corporation was the first prize sponsor of both the Redress Design Award 2020 and 2021 cycles and partner of Redress since 2019. Kipling® and Redress aim to foster the next generation of global sustainable design talent pushing the boundaries to create new solutions that minimise textile waste and inspire a sustainable fashion-forward movement. Redress and Kipling® are committed to the future development of the industry’s next generation of sustainable fashion designers to embrace the move towards a circular economy and through this partnership, Kipling® shines a light on emerging designer’s visions by giving them a platform to showcase their skills while making a positive impact on the environment.

'This collaboration with Kipling® was a natural fit for us - we are buoyed by their ongoing commitment to shift the needle in their materials supply chain, and inviting in one of our pool of talented emerging sustainable designers to bring life to their deadstock has been a great experience for all. We hope to see this partnership continue to grow.' said Redress’ Director of Partnerships, Hannah Lane.

Redress works to change mindsets to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste through working with designers, textile manufacturers, schools and universities, and retail collaborations. The Redress Design Award supports Kipling’s commitment to rethinking materials, reimagining bag designs, repurposing energy, and reconnecting to people and the planet merged with Redress’ mission to minimise textile waste.

Explore Beatrice Bocconi x Kipling® capsule collection online.