Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week – informs and inspires

By Melissa | News
Posted Apr 21, 2013

VANCOUVER- With shows, seminars and panels to inform and inspire, Eco Fashion Week (EFW) is sure to prove you don’t have to sacrifice style to stay sustainable. The EFW mission is to “present the industry with sustainable innovations in fashion and build the capacity within our audience to ensure that consumer values, intentions, and actions are always aligned.”

Now in it’s 6th season EFW runs from April 21-24th (a wonderful way to spend Earth Day- April 22nd) at Robson Square. The festivities begin with seminars at noon on Sunday and end on Wednesday night with the “RAP” UP party. Following a morning of seminars ranging from rethinking second-hand to issues and solutions, the first show can be seen at the Portside Pub at 7 pm where Nicole Bridger is showcasing her latest for spring/summer titled Be. When asked why Eco Fashion Week she said:

“Eco Fashion week is the only show I do. The people who run it are great and it’s something we can be known for. I don’t think we can compete with Toronto let alone London or Paris’ fashion weeks but we can create our own unique one. I look forward to when it doesn’t need to be called ‘eco’ any more, when it’s just the norm.”

Other shows to watch out for are: Tuesday- War Paint (6:30) as it should have be a fun, energetic show and Evan Ducharme (8) for his overall vision and aesthetic.

Wednesday- the Hey Jude (curated vintage) and My Sister’s Closet presentation at 6:30. My Sister’s closet not only mixes “new, thrift, vintage, upcycled artisan and ecofashion”- the current way to dress- but it has also found a way to do good by way of fashion in their community. Elroy is also on Wednesday at 9:30 following Merely Me and Rise. Leanne McElroy, Creative Director of Elroy told us why #EFW06 is the right fit.

“This is the first time we will be showing with EFW, as the timing has never worked out (they have always coincided with my sampling/sourcing trips to Indonesia). We are beyond excited to be able to take part this season. To showcase and brand ourselves in our hometown is very special and important to us. We are thrilled with our Fall 13 collection and this show will be the launch of our first mens knitwear collection. The timing for everything could not be better.”

We love us a good man sweater and can’t wait to see the collection. Another brand we look forward to seeing is Fiveleft- “rugged yet refined” leather accessories made by hand in Vancouver using classic tools and techniques- who is part of the closing show (9:30 Wednesday) by Circle Craft Collective featuring the work of adhesif, Vanessa T. Cunningham, and Sans Soucie. Katherine Soucie of zero waste designed Sans Soucie explained:

“Since I established my company in 2003, I have been fortunate to witness an evolution in how industry responds to designers and like-minded professionals working from a sustainable design practice. For myself, its all about systems and values… I view my work as a form of education, it offers the viewer/consumer an experience where they can transform along with the methods, hand-applications and old forms I explore. By showcasing my work at eco-related events, my work has a platform to speak and educate and contribute to progress already underway.“

Much to see and hear in the upcoming days, hopefully it will encourage a continued evolution in the industry. To see the full schedule visit: and if you can’t make it out there is always the Livestream.


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