The PEA Awards in association with The Co-operative celebrated the best in the world of ‘Green’ and honoured those who have demonstrated the importance of sustainability.
There were also winners and finalists that have come from the world of fashion!
This is testament to the fact that although seen by others as a shallow and wasteful industry there is a counter culture of change on the horizons slowly seeping its way into the mainstream consciousness!
The awards were held in a venue with real ‘underground’ charm, the exposed brickwork on the walls gave it a rustic feel and the huge dramatic, black velvet curtains all added to the general coolness of it all.
Not only were we treated to amazing entertainment, we also had some delicious ethical treats and got our hands on some juniper green organic gin! Delicious! .
A real highlight from the night was meeting with Jo Wood. Jo Wood is founder of Jo Woods organics, and a pioneer in this world. She was one of the judges at the awards and I was lucky enough to be introduced.
Glamour, rock n roll, fashion and ethics are all to be found on Jo Woods CV! She is right up our street at Clothes Show!
Jo was a model throughout the 70’s and then went onto become a stylist for her then husband Ronnie Woods, whilst on tour with the Rolling Stones. She also designed for fashion label No Scruples.
Jo is a big supporter of ethical fashion and when I asked her why she felt it was important she highlighted something that I think any true fashionista would agree with
‘There’s so many beautiful clothes in the world, why not re-use them? It’s important for us to have a sense of individualism…’
Ethical fashion finalists include Orsola De Castro, Co-Founder, From Somewhere who was nominated under the ‘arts, fashion and music category’ From Somewhere has been in the game of re-cycling high-end textile waste since 1997 and is run by Orsolo De Castro and Filippo Ricci. www.fromsomewhere.co.uk/
Rebecca Gray, Founder, Fresh Cargo was nominated for the Business Person of They Year. Fresh Cargo are fair trade retailers. They stock women’s fashion, men’s fashion and jewellery. Guilt free shopping at an affordable price.
Ethical fashion winners include Gary Lawson founder of THTC who won under the Arts, fashion and music’ category. THTC retail organic, fair trade and sustainable t-shirts with a street edge.
Sven Segal, CEO and Founder, Po-Zu won the Entrepreneur of the year award. Po Zu are ethical footwear manufacturers.
To all the winners and finalists ‘We salute you!’