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  1. Fig3PanjraEmbrod

    The Swat Valley Guild (SVG) is engaging local artisans in the Swat Valley region of Northern Pakistan with the global fashion community. The local artisan heritage is centuries old and is under threat from conflict, climate change and industrialization. The SVG is organizing a demand-centric approach, which allows the artisans to engage with the global community and ensures it solves some of the key challenges of the fashion industry as well, focusing on waste, sustainability and people development.

    UK based co-founders, Zulfiqar Deo and Wali Khan established the Guild as a peace-building initiative. The region of Northern Pakistan has suffered from severe forms of social and economic chaos over the last 30 years. The local communities still use raw wool, process it into yarn, weave it into fabrics and then embroider it by hand using techniques evolved over centuries. The project incorporates the UN sustainable development goals and has also supported a local emerald mining project in the region creating 500 jobs.

    Debbie Moorhouse, the co-founder of the International Society For Sustainable Fashion is collaborating with the SVG to create a small capsule collection of luxury handbag designs, incorporating sustainable textiles with the artisan embroidery and local emeralds. The aim of the project is to create new products and access to markets by showcasing the craftsmanship of the artisans in an accessible way for the fashion industry, and promote the intricate handwork being produced in the region. Anyone interested to feature the handbags collection can contact us through the International Society For Sustainable Fashion website. For enquiries about embroidery or emeralds, please contact SVG


  2. Sustainable Fashion Awards

    The International Society For Sustainable Fashion is a partner for the Sustainable Fashion Awards 2018. The deadline for entries to this global design competition is 31st october, with the winner receiving a cash prize of $3000 and another $3000 donated to an NGO of their choice. Stylish and charitable- we love this competition!

    Call 4 Entries

    The Sustainable Fashion Awards 2018 is open to designers and brands from every country, being either emerging talents or professionals who are leading the way to a sustainable future, and have at least one completed project on this matter. The enrolled project can range from one garment to a full collection, and must fit into at least one of these socially-conscious and environmentally-friendly actions detailed below.

    Eligible Sustainable Features

    Handmade pieces; Local manufacturing; Develop fair trade; Smart design; Zero fabric waste; Animal welfare; Use of recycled, upcycled or organic materials; Consider the full lifecycle of a product.

    If you strongly believe that your brand is making fashionable products as well as carrying a responsible attitude when it comes to the environment and the people in it, please subscribe!

    Don't miss your chance of winning $3000 dollars and still donating the same amount to a NGO partner of this movement. For more information about the Sustainable Fashion Awards 2018 and to submit your entry to this competition, check out terms and conditions or FAQ at

    Are you a sustainable fashion designer? Tell us which country you will be applying from- and good luck!