At the forefront of sustainable-fashion advocacy, Twyg’s annual Sustainable Fashion Awards strive to celebrate and support designers, creators, thought leaders and innovators who use best practices to help change fashion.
After thoughtful consideration by our panel of esteemed judges – Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of Lagos Fashion Week Omoyemi Akerele, Swiss creative consultant, writer and editor Mimma Viglezio, CEO of textile startup Rewoven Esethu Cenga, head of the department for design studies at Tshwane University of Technology Dr Sipho Mbatha, fashion magazine stylist, director and editor Sharon Armstrong, and Tanzanian-born curator and founder of Industrie Africa Nisha Kanabar – 31 finalists have been selected from the pool of outstanding candidates.
The 2023 category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 23 November 2023 in Cape Town.
Meet the finalists of the 2023 Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards.
Emerging Designer Award, presented by SKYY Vodka and Pantone Sundays
This award is given to a current student or young emerging designer who is challenging fashion’s status quo, and engaging with environmental and social responsibilities in a playful and creative way.
- Bash Studios
In recognition of the craftsmanship of sustainable accessories, this award is given to a brand or designer who implements ethical labour practices, limits the use of toxic chemicals and utilises sustainable materials.
- Orange Juice Spaces
A new category for 2023, this award recognises a brand, cobbler or designer who makes quality, durable footwear using sustainable materials, implements ethical labour practices and limits the use of toxic chemicals.
Innovative Design and Materials Award presented by Polo South Africa
Celebrating innovation in fashion, this award seeks to recognise a designer who uses innovative techniques to reduce textile waste and the negative environmental impact of the industry.
- SIXX6 (Pty) Ltd
Trans-seasonal Design Award presented by COUNTRY ROAD
This award rewards quality design that aspires to be timeless and made to last; through versatility and multi-functionality, the winning brand/designer is invested in the life of their garments and supports slower production cycles.
- Sipho Mbuto
- THABO MAKHETHA
This category celebrates brands or designers committed to cultivating transparent and traceable supply chains and advocating for regenerative textile practices, making garments from 100% natural fabric, and using no fossil-fuel-based synthetics and as few toxins and chemicals as possible.
- Botanical Nomad
Nicholas Coutts Artisanal Fashion Award presented by V&A Waterfront
In honour of the late designer Nicolas Coutts, who beautifully used and explored traditional crafts and techniques in his designs, this award recognises a designer who uses artisanal craft techniques to create fashion that foregrounds, celebrates and values the skills of garment workers and local communities.
- UNI FORM by Luke Radloff
- Fred Rich
Social Impact Award
Open to organisations working in the fashion and textile system, this category honours those who have a direct positive impact on people, such as raising awareness about social concerns, creating employment opportunities, and encouraging good and fair working conditions.
- Patch & Stitch
- Taking Care of Business
- Mo-hey by Chommies
This award recognises a retailer or retailing initiative that prioritises sustainability by including pre-loved and gently worn clothes, swap shops, garment rental and similar activities, as well as supporting local producers, vertical and regional supply chains, and sustainable design and manufacturing.
- 99 Design
- Style Rotate
- Wisi-Oi Marketplace
Recognising those who decide or influence what is, or will, become fashionable, this award goes to a photographer, stylist, influencer or content creator who has actively promoted slow sustainable fashion and/or slow living over the last 12 months, and who has sparked relevant conversations.
- Felipe Mazibuko
- Odwa Zamane
- Ulindelwe Ratsibe
Changemaker Award presented by Foschini
This overall prize, whose winner is selected by the judges from the highest scorers in the various design categories, recognises a designer whose career has embraced sustainable and circular design practices.
We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their support – without them this annual project would not be possible. Thank you to the following brands and organisations:
- V&A Waterfront
- COUNTRY ROAD
- SKYY Vodka
- Polo South Africa
- Cape Wools SA
- British Council
- Electric South
The feature image is of Jacques Bam (Trans-seasonal Award winner 2022) by Tash Singh.