Designers are problem solvers, and right now, we urgently need problems solved. There has been a noticeable shift in how fashion thinks of itself with a realisation that its responsibility is far wider than making clothes. For this reason, we’re more delighted than ever before to recognise and celebrate fashion designers who implement sustainable, circular, and regenerative approaches to design.
Is fashion fostering ethical practices? Do designers help with cultural and social sustainability? Do they challenge business-as-usual? We are looking for designers who are concerned with these issues. Twyg is more committed to supporting the growth of sustainable and circular designers and helping them reach consumers than ever before. In 2021, supporting local fashion is critical to job creation.
Read about the criteria and categories, and request a nomination form here.
At stake for winners
The total value of prizes is over R260,000.00.
- The overall winner of the Changemaker category, sponsored by Country Road, will receive R100,000.00. The Changemaker Award will not be open for nominations. This category is supported by Country Road and will be awarded to the overall winner who will be drawn from the winners of all the categories and based on the judges scoring results.
- SA Fashion Week will be giving the Changemaker Award winner a slot in a three-designer, shared show.
- The Influencer Award winner will receive a Reebok Package to the value of R40,000.00. This comprises of a R10,000.00 shopping voucher and the opportunity to partner with Reebok South Africa on Sustainability related campaigns in SS22, to the value of R30,000.00.
- The winner of the Nicholas Coutts Award will receive R10,000.00 from the Coutts family.
- The design, textile, CMT and manufacturer, and retail winners each receive an EcoStandard South Africa assessment of their brand.
- All winners will receive a towel from Mungo, a GOTS-certified homeware textile company based in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.
We have worked closely with EcoStandard South Africa to refine both the nomination and the judging process. A similar assessment process will be used to select brands for the Twyg directory.
Through Twyg’s work, we encourage sustainable design practices and sustainable consumer behaviour. Using the framework of the United Nations Sustainability Goal 12, Twyg supports fashion that cares about people and the planet. “We are very honoured to be in a position to celebrate the excellent work that has been achieved despite, and sometimes because of, the current circumstances,” says Twyg Founder and Director Jackie May.
Sponsors of the 2021 edition of the awards include headline sponsor Country Road and category sponsors BMW i, adidas, Levi’s® and Reebok. Long-standing partners PETCO South Africa (the PET recycling company NPC), Fashion Revolution South Africa and SA Fashion Week are on board again to support the awards.
Sunday Times Lifestyle is the media partner for 2021.
“We are delighted and very thankful to have these brands on board to ensure we do the work we so urgently need to do,” says May.
Nominations close on 11 October 2021. For information on the categories, criteria and how to apply see this story.
About EcoStandard South Africa
EcoStandard South Africa’s vision is to be an independent and trusted certification body which sets environmental standards of excellence that are used to measure and rate a product, manufacturer and or service provider
Lizmarie Richardson for SA Fashion Week of Changemaker Winner 2020 Lara-Klawikowski’s SS21 show