EcoChic Design Award

Judges

Judges

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International judging panel

Michelle Bang

CEO of BYT and Board Member of Redress

Michelle Bang is a fashion and business expert who is CEO of BYT, the exciting new up-cycled fashion brand that the winner will join so as to continue the Redress mission to reduce waste in the fashion and textile industry. Michelle has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Economics from Wellesley College. Her early career was in corporate development and investment banking for global firms. Following her shift to fashion, Michelle worked on advisory work at Theory and multiple fashion startups, and she held successful positions as a fashion merchandiser for the likes of Lane Crawford, Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols HK. Previously Michelle was the Chief Operating Officer of Redress and she now serves as Board Member of Redress, as well as sitting on the Harvard Business School Nonprofit Scholarship Committee of Hong Kong.

 

Orsola de Castro

Fashion Designer,  Co-founder of Estethica and Co-founder of Fashion Revolution

Orsola de Castro is a fashion designer and campaigner. She founded the luxury up-cycling label, From Somewhere in 1997 and has since created up-cycled collections for the niche and mass markets, including Speedo, Tesco and Topshop. She co-founded Estethica, the international showcasing platform for sustainable brands, at London Fashion Week in 2006. In 2013, she co-founded Fashion Revolution, the global coalition of academics, designers, organisations and key opinion formers who are demanding increased transparency in the fashion value chain. Orsola is a regular speaker at many universities and a provides keynote speeches at various fashion summits around the world.

Joanna Gunn

Chief Brand Officer, Lane Crawford

Joanna Gunn is the Chief Brand Officer for Lane Crawford. With 20 years of experience in the multi-brand retail industry, Joanna has played a key role in leading brand campaigns and marketing initiatives to support high profile store launches and exciting programmes across Hong Kong and China. She orchestrated “The Next New”, a creative call-out to scout emerging design talents and feature their innovative skills and products to a wider audience. Through new creative collaborations and long-term partnerships, Joanna has successfully pioneered talk of the town events that showcased innovative and engaging experiences for Lane Crawford’s customer.  

 

 

Johanna Ho

Fashion Designer

Johanna Ho is a fashion designer with a strong sustainable fashion philosophy running through her JOHANNA HO brand. Her inaugural collection, following her studies at Central Saint Martins, showed in London Fashion Week in 1998 and was immediately purchased by Barneys New York. Subsequent collections are sold in 40 retailers internationally, including Browns, Selfridges, Harrods in London and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, as well as in her flagship store in Hong Kong and various stores in Japan. Johanna has collaborated with various brands, from Vans, Birkenstock to Lane Crawford, and her international celebrity following includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Lana Del Rey and Eason Chen among others. Johanna divides her time between London and Hong Kong.

 

Anderson Lee

Chairman, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC)

Anderson Lee is a highly respected apparel technical expert and a leader in promoting sustainable business practices, particularly through his position as Chairman of The Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium. Amongst his many accolades, he is also a Convenor in the Fashion Industry Development Committee of the HKSAR; board member for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition; a steering member of the Global Recycle Standard; and a distinguished speaker at many global events. He is also the Business Director of the Hong Kong Non-Woven Group, which is renowned for innovation and sustainable production practices.  

Roger Lee

Chief Executive Officer, TAL Group

Roger Lee is the CEO of TAL Group, one of Asia’s largest, leading integrated textile and garment companies offering manufacturing, innovative products and services across stages of the apparel supply chain. Founded in 1947, the company now boasts a workforce of 26,000 staff worldwide, with 11 factories spanning Thailand, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Ethiopia with an annual production capacity of 60 million pieces. Roger is a keen proponent of sustainability and explicitly acknowledges the important relationship between his company’s business performance and its social and environmental elements. TAL Group continuously strives to minimise its environmental impacts while positively contributing to the communities in which they operate. Roger sits on the board of Brooks Brothers, the first ready-to-wear fashion emporium in America; J. Hilburn, a U.S. apparel company focused on custom made garments; and Zachary Prell, a U.S. contemporary men's sportswear brand based in New York.  Roger’s relationship with The EcoChic Design Award competition extends beyond the judging panel as TAL Group will manufacture the up-cycled capsule collection that The EcoChic Design Award 2017 winner will help to design for BYT. 


Regional Judging Panel - Asia

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MICHELLE BANG

CEO of BYT and Board Member of Redress

Michelle Bang is a fashion and business expert who is CEO of BYT, the exciting new up-cycled fashion brand that the winner will join so as to continue the Redress mission to reduce waste in the fashion and textile industry. Michelle has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Economics from Wellesley College. Her early career was in corporate development and investment banking for global firms. Following her shift to fashion, Michelle worked on advisory work at Theory and multiple fashion startups, and she held successful positions as a fashion merchandiser for the likes of Lane Crawford, Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols HK. Previously Michelle was the Chief Operating Officer of Redress and she now serves as Board Member of Redress, as well as sitting on the Harvard Business School Nonprofit Scholarship Committee of Hong Kong.

Catherine chiu

General Manager, Corporate Quality and Sustainability Department of Crystal Group

Catherine Chiu is a textile and garment manufacturing expert, and sustainability and environmental issues are at the forefront of her strategic development at the Crystal Group. Through her initiatives, the Crystal Group has set global environmental targets which have led to the implementation of multiple sustainable factory projects across Asia focusing on low carbon manufacturing systems and the measurement of carbon and water efficiency.  Catherine is a graduate from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and completed her Master Degree at Sterling University, where she has been a visiting lecturer for over 13 years. Catherine sits on the Board of Directors for the Sustainability Apparel Collation (SAC), is Vice Chairman of Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC), and is Chair of the Environment and Social Compliance Working Committee, under the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee chaired by the CEO, Crystal Group.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Fashion Designer

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of India’s most lauded fashion designers and a force for good through his work to preserve culture and support artisans.  A graduate of The National Institute of Fashion Technologies, Sabyasachi launched his eponymous line in 2001 and his collections have been featured at Milan, New York, Tokyo and Singapore Fashion Weeks, earning him an international following. His work features exquisite designs combining an innovative and edgy aesthetic with traditional methods of printing, hand dyeing and embroidery. He designs his own stores which are a combination of old world charm, romantic opulence with a sense of mystery. He retails through five flagship stores across India, spreading his message of socio-cultural arts and craft development and contributing to the cause of re-instilling pride in the kaleidoscopic artisanal history of India. He founded the Sabyasachi Art Foundation along with his sister to give indigenous artists and craftsmen due recognition and a means of livelihood. In 2016, the designer presented a holiday line for San Francisco headquartered Pottery Barn, which is the designer's first foray into home furnishings.

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Vega wang

Fashion Designer

Vega Wang is one of China´s leading independent fashion designers. Vega left China aged just 16 to move to London to study fashion design at London College of Fashion and at Central Saint Martins. During her time in London, she interned for renowned brands, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, which both greatly influenced her style. In 2008, Vega returned to Beijing to establish her eponymous brand, VEGA ZAISHI WANG. Today her brand is retailed in numerous shops around China, including the prestigious Galeries Lafayette Beijing. Her designs have been featured in Vogue China, ELLE China, Harper’s Bazaar China and Cosmopolitan China among others.

 

Queennie Yang

Managing Editor, of The Business of Fashion China

Queennie Yang is a founding member and managing editor of BoF China.  She also contributes to many other top-tier publications including VOGUE, NUMERO, GQ, ELLE and Modern Weekly as a columnist and fashion critic.  She is sought after by many global luxury brands and retailers as their consultant.  Queennie has also been running a successful blog for the last 9 years.


Regional Judging Panel - Europe & USA

 

Reet Aus

PhD, Designer and Researcher

Reet Aus is an award-winning fashion designer and researcher. She started her fashion design career in 1997 and has since enjoyed successful appearances at various international fashion shows. Since 2002, Reet has created up-cycled collections that won her numerous awards for her innovation, including being recognised as one of the Top 20 Women in Business by the Nordic Business Report in 2015.  Her PhD doctoral thesis in up-cycling in the fashion industry and in mass production led her to create Trash to Trend, the community platform for up-cycling designers. Additionally, Reet and her team have developed the UPMADE® system. This system provides a profitable solution to the problem of textile leftovers by making the most of all materials, creating additional environmentally responsible products, reducing waste handling costs, and saving water and energy. Reet is a Senior Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts and an active costume designer for theatre and film.

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Michelle Bang

CEO of BYT and Board Member of Redress

Michelle Bang is a fashion and business expert who is CEO of BYT, the exciting new up-cycled fashion brand that the winner will join so as to continue the Redress mission to reduce waste in the fashion and textile industry. Michelle has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Economics from Wellesley College. Her early career was in corporate development and investment banking for global firms. Following her shift to fashion, Michelle worked on advisory work at Theory and multiple fashion startups, and she held successful positions as a fashion merchandiser for the likes of Lane Crawford, Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols HK. Previously Michelle was the Chief Operating Officer of Redress and she now serves as Board Member of Redress, as well as sitting on the Harvard Business School Nonprofit Scholarship Committee of Hong Kong.

 

Christopher Ræburn

Fashion Designer

Christopher Ræburn is a British fashion designer with a unique and innovative approach to creating menswear, womenswear and accessories collections. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Christopher became known for his re-appropriation of military fabrics and in particular for iconic outerwear created from de-commissioned parachutes. Christopher’s pioneering work has brought sustainable design to a mainstream fashion audience and presents a new definition of luxury with integrity. He is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the 2011 British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent Menswear, the 2014 Menswear Brand of the Year at the UK Fashion and Textiles Awards and the 2015 Best Emerging Designer at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. 

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Magdalena Schaffrin

Co-author, Fashion Designer and Co-founder of the Greenshowroom

Magdalena Schaffrin is a fashion designer, a pioneer in advancing sustainable fashion and co-author of Fashion Made Fair. In 2009, she co-founded the Greenshowroom, a high-end sustainable fashion trade fair in Berlin. In 2012, she conceived and developed The Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, which focuses on more casual sustainable fashion. In 2011, the German government recognised her as one of the ‘100 Women of Tomorrow’ for her various contributions in sustainable fashion.

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Stefan Siegel

Founder and CEO of Not Just a Label

Stefan Siegel is the Founder and CEO of Not Just A Label (NJAL), the world's leading designer platform for showcasing and nurturing today's pioneers in contemporary fashion. The entrepreneur and former model kick-started his colourful career during his economics studies in Vienna, where he also gained experience in the fashion and media industries by working for prestigious design houses and advertising agencies. He achieved his MA in International Business Administration in 2004 at the Vienna University of Economics and after graduation he joined the world of finance, working for global financial players, specialising in the consumer and retail sector.