The awards recognise the pioneers across the full spectrum of fashion business from brands, to suppliers, communities and organisations. The CO Leadership Awards are designed to celebrate leaders and disruptors in the space of sustainable fashion in three dimensions: driving an immense amount of value for the people and for the planet.
The brands have been chosen by judges hailed from Vogue Australia, GQ, Farfetch, Vivienne Westwood, Roland Mouret, UN Conscious Fashion Campaign, Kering and more. Caroline Rush, Chief Executive at the British Fashion Council and judge of the awards, said that seeing “British designers at the forefront of innovation is inspiring, and champions the kind of creativity and artistry that will drive the industry forward.”
In addition to the CO10, 140 other businesses were also selected as the 2019 CO Leaders, including Aquafil creators of ECONYL® regenerated nylon and behno and Bav Tailor who were finalists in last year’s Green Carpet Talent Competition.
Of the awards, Tamsin Lejeune, CEO of Common Objective says their “goal is to reward the businesses that are taking a leadership role – and encourage others to follow suit.”
The final 10 businesses that were awarded a CO10 award are:
Osklen – A Brazilian luxury brand, experimental and innovative in its approach, with a vision to make Brazil a sustainable development innovation hub.
Bottletop – Accessories brand founded through a design collaboration with Mulberry. Supports artisan makers in Brazil, and educates young people through their foundation.
Raeburn – A British luxury brand synonymous with design-led upcycling of unconventional materials. Ethos of Remake, Reduce, Recycle.
Stella McCartney – A British luxury brand, data-driven in their sustainability and innovation.
Indigenous – A US lifestyle brand that invests in 1,000+ Peruvian artisan workers by providing microfinance.
Mayamiko – Made in Malawi urban youth brand, Mayamiko takes ‘made in Africa’ to the masses. Provides training to local garment workers.
Sonica Sarna Design – High-end artisan producer, including clients such as Mara Hoffman.
Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) – A network of production facilities throughout Africa that is developing communities and enabling market access for African production.
The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills – A vertically-integrated Fairtrade organic cotton supplier – from yarn to finished product.