Antonia Li, Autopilot
Autopilot is a direct reflection of co-founder Antonia Li’s lifestyle. Sustainable, recycled and innovative materials work together as part of a 12-hour layering wardrobe to take busy women from the gym to work, dinner and beyond. The athletic enthusiast is the best ambassador for her brand who is passionate about saving the planet, and always looks immaculate.
Fiona Fang & Hoiki Liu, Allegory
Founders Fiona Fang & Hoiki Liu launched their environmentally-friendly brand Allegory on International Women’s Day last year. The duo uses solid black deadstock fabric and organic yarn sourced from all over Asia to create everyday staples built to last. The standout piece from the brand’s inaugural collection is a plain fitted black midi dress that’s perfect solo in the summer or layered under the brand’s ‘Zoe’ blazer.
Anabela Chan, Anabela Chan Joaillerie
Since launching her namesake brand in 2014, Anabela Chan has forged her own sustainable path in the world of fine jewellery. The champion of lab-grown gemstones with a background in architecture and fashion has been on a mission to offer a more ethical approach to jewellery design after a trip to a gemstone mine left her disenchanted. She has won many awards for her colourful creations, and her pieces are worn by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and royalty.
Charlotte Tsuei-Robinson, Caelum Greene
Mindful consumption is at the heart of Charlotte Tsuei-Robinson’s multibrand retail business Caelum Greene. The former Louboutin and PURE alumni fused her wellness and fashion experience to create a haven for ethically-minded athleisure staples for brands from around the world. Vendors and suppliers are carefully considered and vetted to ensure an overall positive impact socially and environmentally.
Sarah Garner, RETYKLE
Ask any stylish parent in Hong Kong where they shop for their child’s wardrobe and they’ll say Retykle. The genius and unique childrenswear resale platform is the brainchild of SarahGarner who wanted an efficient and effective way to recirculate fashion for little ones. The former LVMH, Richemont and Lane Crawford executive saw a gap in the market and has since grown the business into the leading kids’ resale platform in Asia.
Sarah Fung, HULA
There was huge anticipation when Sarah Fung launched luxury pre-loved marketplace HULA in 2016, and her boutique and website have been busy ever since. The highly curated, authenticated consignment platform has a unique edit of womenswear, bags, shoes and accessories in top condition. The Central Saint Martins’ graduate and former Lane Crawford executive has made it easy to shop locally, stylishly, and sustainably.
Fanny Moizant, Vestiaire Collective
Vestiaire Collective president and co-founder Fanny Moizant launched her unicorn-status resale fashion empire in 2009 and expanded to Hong Kong in 2017. The business has more than 800 employees, a presence in 80 countries, sells over 11,000 brands, and is set to save the planet an environmental cost of HK$298 billion by 2030 through resale retail. It is the first marketplace in the fashion industry to earn B Corp Certification, meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
Dr. Christina Dean, Redress
Dr. Christina Dean founded Redress in 2007, Asia’s first environmental NGO focused on minimising the negative impacts of the fashion industry. Since then, the sustainable fashion advocate has championed better practices in fashion, raised awareness about the industry, launched awards, and much more. Her luxury up-cycled fashion brand ‘The R Collective’ launched in 2017, and The Redress Design Awards went global in 2018.
Sonia Layla Savalani, ESSE
A lack of transparency in the traditional mined diamond industry led Sonia Layla Savalani to found ESSE, a lab grown diamond everyday jewellery brand. Lab grown diamonds have a reduced carbon footprint compared to mined diamonds, produce less waste and avoid the sulfur oxide and nitrous oxide emissions associated with mined diamonds. The new Hong Kong born brand’s baby tag necklace has become a bestselling sustainable classic in a short space of time.
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