We are thrilled to report that there was an overwhelming response to the call for nominations for the inaugural Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2019. We thank all the designers, retailers and influencers who took the time to submit work and write motivations. We’re delighted by the large number of designers who are implementing sustainable practices in their work. Our congratulations go out not just to the finalists, but to all the nominees who have inspired us to move towards a sustainable future.

The judges are Kelly Fung (head of content Superbalist), Cyril Naicker (national coordinator of Fashion Revolution), Aaniyah Omardien (founder and director of The Beach Co-op), Desiree Smal (senior lecturer of fashion design at University of Johannesburg) and Fezile Mdletshe (founder and director of Fezile Fashion Academy). The winners will be announced on 19 September in Cape Town.

In general, we have chosen three finalists in each category, but the results in the category of Trans-seasonal Fashion were so close we decided to announce four finalists. In one category – Fashion Influencer – the judges made a decision not to make an award this year.

After months of collecting entries, days of discussion and considered scoring, here are our finalists.

Sustainable Accessory Award

Roche.Recycle.Relove
Sealand Gear
Stonehill Originals

Sustainable Retail Award

Vintage with Love
The Ethical Market
Sealand Gear

Student Award

Dorcas Mutombo
Katekani Moreku
Kirsten Goosen

Trans-seasonal Fashion Award

Asha Eleven
Erre
Sindiso Khumalo
Amanda Laird Cherry

Innovative Design and Materials Award

Lukhanyo Mdingi
Amanda Laird Cherry
Marianne Fassler

Nicholas Coutts Award

Frances Van Hasselt X Leandi Mulder
Clive Rundle
Erre

Changemaker Award

Clive Rundle
Sealand Gear
Amanda Laird Cherry

We’d like to thank our sponsor, PETCO, for the support. PETCO is the PET plastic recycling company, which fullfils the PET industry’s role of extended producer responsibility, a voluntary industry-driven and financed environmental solution for post-consumer PET plastic. By imposing accountability over the entire life cycle of PET products and packaging, companies that manufacture, import and/or sell PET products and packaging are financially and physically responsible for such products after their useful life.

  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 19 September in Cape Town.