Published 27 July 2015
Rethinking the link between fashion and the environment.
An exciting new series of conversations in association with Sydney Ideas that share the latest research on how our modern lifestyles are affecting the environment around us, and the small changes we can all make.
Hosted by Dr Frances Flanagan, research affiliate with the Sydney Environment Institute.
Thanks to the mass production of clothes we’ve been able to enjoy some of the cheapest prices around. But for too long those discounts have not reflected a sustainable and ethical supply chain according to environmentalists. Three of the industry’s leading thinkers including Aussie designer Kit Willow, David Jones’ Jaana Quaintance and author Lisa Heinze will unravel the importance of sustainable fashion and how we can change our thinking when hitting the shops.
Frances Flanagan, research affiliate with the Sydney Environment Institute is the author of Remembering the Revolution: dissent, culture and nationalism in the Irish Free State (Oxford University Press, 2015). She holds a DPhil and MSt in historical research from the University of Oxford, and bachelors degrees in arts and law from the University of Western Australia. She has been a senior scholar at Hertford College Oxford, a Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellow at the London Institute of Historical Research, and a postdoctoral researcher at Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently working on a project concerning the commemoration of ecological loss.
Lisa Heinze is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, and her research focus is fashion and sustainability, with particular emphasis on the consumer experience of fashion. She is the author of Sustainability with Style, an eco-memoir designed to help others live their most sustainable lives without giving up their own sense of style. She is also a co-founder of Clean Cut, Australia’s sustainable fashion advocacy group, and presents and consults on issues of sustainable living and environmental communications.
Lisa has a background in marketing and consumer behaviour, having worked across a range of iconic global consumer brands, and her Masters research focused on sustainable consumption and barriers to climate change action. Some of her experience with environmental organisations includes leading the marketing team for the Green Building Council of Australia and sitting on the organising committee for Australia’s annual Green Cities conference.
Jaana Quaintance-James is the Ethical Sourcing Manager at David Jones and is responsible for the development and delivery of the business’ five year ethical sourcing strategy. She has a Master of Arts in Organisations and Social Change from the City University of London specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility and the capacity of commercial organisations to affect social change. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Social Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Jaana has 10 years experience developing and implementing change programs which identify and remediate labour standards risks in international supply chains and has conducted fieldwork in over 15 countries delivering social audits, leading training sessions for workers, supervisors and managers, and implementing remediation programs.
Kit Willow launched WILLOW lingerie at Australian Fashion Week in 2003 with a collection of luxury embellished silk underwear, receiving orders immediately from David Jones, Belinda and UK department store Browns.
In the following years Kit went on to show at London, Melbourne and New York Fashion Week. 2008 saw WILLOW opened its first flagship store in Sydney, with two Melbourne stores opening in the following year.
Collaborations in 2011 with Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and former Vogue Paris fashion editor Melanie Huynh on the brand’s spring/summer ‘12 look book continued to boost the label’s profile at home and internationally. In the same year Sydney-based Apparel Group, owners of Sportscraft and Saba, invested in the company, with Kit continuing as creative director, shareholder and Director.
In 2013 Kit relinquished her title as creative director, leaving WILLOW
Kit Willow continues to pursue her love of creation in harmony with her passion for nature with the birth of KITX. Launched in store August 2015.