Hong Kong-based Redress, a charity dedicated to fighting fashion waste, has just established its new headquarters in Sham Shui Po, the heart of the city’s historical textile manufacturing hub. The new space will feature a Retrospective Exhibition to celebrate pieces from previous cycles of the Redress Design Award, the organisation’s flagship program promoting sustainable fashion design.
Environmental charity Redress has recently moved into its new headquarters located in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po district in Kowloon, the city’s oldest garment destination that historically attracted craftsmen and designers. The new space is revamped from a traditional textiles and fabrics shop, and is now going to be the home of Redress’ projects, from workshops to exhibitions and sustainable pop-ups.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Redress Design Award, the charity’s annual competition seeking the next-generation of sustainable fashion designers, Redress will be installing a Retrospective Exhibition in its new space until July 31. The exhibition will display designs from previous cycle winners, whose fashion creations were crafted out of upcycled, recycled and repurposed materials.
The Retrospective Exhibition was previously showcased at The Mills, Hong Kong’s heritage destination and incubator. 10 finalists of this year’s Redress Design Award were recently announced, coming from 9 different regions in the world.
Redress, founded in 2007 by Christina Dean, hopes to be able to use its Sham Shui Po headquarters as a force for good – to contribute to the ongoing revitalisation of the historical textile district and embracing its culture whilst advocating for much-needed change in the fashion industry.
Fashion currently generates 10% of global greenhouse gases, contributes to 20% of wastewater and is responsible for a truckload of textile waste ending up in landfills every single second.
“Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong’s iconic garment district, is a source of inspiration for local and international designers and so our new home here resonates with our purpose, to drive positive change within the heart of fashion,” said Dean.
“As fashion faces unprecedented changes and challenges, our new roots in this dynamic historical Hong Kong neighbourhood give us a solid and vibrant base from which to positively influence the world.”
Speaking to Green Queen exclusively in a separate interview, Dean said that the current coronavirus pandemic has propelled the fashion industry into an entirely different world – making sustainability even more key to brands’ long-term strategies.
“Consumers are changing their spots when it comes to what they want to buy and why, and many designers and start-up brands will and are disappearing, meaning only the toughest and most resilient businesses will survive as a smaller offering to more loyal customers,” said Dean, adding that sustainability is now a crucial part of any company’s risk management.
Redress Headquarters: 78 Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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All images courtesy of Redress.