Our student ambassadors have carefully curated lists of professionals who have made a significant impact on sustainability in their industry.
From Finnish CEOs to entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, the professionals hand-picked on this list come from a variety of professions and countries.
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Sustainable Fashion Brand Entrepreneurs in South Asia
This list includes some of the top sustainable fashion professionals in South Asia.
They have been selected based on the following criteria:
- They have implemented the sustainability practices of their organizations – environmentally, socially and economically;
- They have contributed to the sustainable fashion movement through the way they conduct their business.
Founder of the Design Corp Group of companies, Linda Speldwinde is known for her collaborations in design-led innovation with many enterprises, and for having built a unique ecosystem of businesses.
Through the use of design, Linda has taken initiatives to create a significant impact in areas such as education, the creative sector, rural crafts and communities as well as on social and cultural sustainability.
The design academy – AOD, one of Lindas’ most noticeable organizations, partners up with renowned fashion shows, such as the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka or the Sri Lanka Design Festival.
As an entrepreneur, Linda Speldwinde is recognized as one of the most powerful women in South Asia – Sri Lanka that could give contribution for changing the global landscape.
Founder of Nicobar, a fashion brand which name was inspired by an archipelagic island chain in the Indian Ocean, Simran not only aims at creating fashion products but also a lasting brand name that communicates the philosophy of simple living.
Simran’s career in the fashion and lifestyle industry started when she was the CEO of Good Earth, a long-standing fashion brand in India that revives the authentic Indian crafts in luxury design.
The products of Nicobar are designed and crated with the use of natural handloom fabrics or handloom woven, and natural dye is used for the design of fabric prints.
Uma Prajapati is a fashion designer, activist, entrepreneur, and she is the founder of Upasana, a sustainable fashion brand in India.
Uma believes that clothing should never be created at the cost of the environment or the people who produce it.
For this reason, she founded Upasana, a sustainable fashion brand that produces clothing items by using organic cotton and by following methods and procedures that do not harm the environment.
Uma is currently the head of several social projects, including guiding young entrepreneurs, doing strategic planning for NGOs as well as teaching conscious fashion both nationally and internationally.
Katherine Neumann is an Australian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of House of Wandering Silk.
Initially, she worked as a disaster management expert and spent a considerable amount of time working for an NGO dealing with disaster management in countries such as the Middle East, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.
However, Katherine’s love for fabrics led her to found House of Silk, which works together with marginalized women producers and artisans in different countries such as Pakistan, Laos, Afghanistan, Cambodia.
They use handmade and upcycled materials to create their products.
Through her work at House of Silk, Katherine Neumann tries to have zero waste production processes.
Besides, House of Silk has partnered up with brands such as ‘Good Earth’, and they have launched a collection of naturally dyed clothing that is designed using leftover temple offerings.
Gargi Parmar is the founder and the designer of Ba No Batwo, a fashion brand following the philosophy of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.
Since she was young, she has been passionate about fashion.
It was when she discovered the large amount of waste produced by the fashion industry and the huge volume of hazardous chemical the industry releases in the environment that her interest in the fashion industry grew even more.
With that in mind Gargi, decided to join hands with other likeminded individuals working in the ethical fashion industry and founded Ba No Batwo, thus creating designs through the use of waste products, such as plastic bottles, discarded clothing items, or cosmetic containers and turning them into what she calls ‘treasures’.
Kriti Tula is the designer, founder, and co-owner of Doodlage retail, an organization that upcycles industrial waste fabric to create wearable fashion, accessories as well as furnishing.
Kriti realized the high volume of industrial wastage while she was working as a design student.
She was pursuing internships at export houses that use only 70-80% of the fabrics, and the rest go to waste.
These experiences inspired her to create Doodlage, a fashion company that uses waste materials to create clothing items.
Aside from left-over materials, Kriti took further steps in terms of using biodegradable materials such as corn and banana fibers to create unique and stylish materials where each piece is one of a kind.
Furthermore, Kriti promotes slow fashion, thus instead of discarding a clothing item after wearing it only a few times, the high quality of the Doodlage’s products allows consumers to wear them for a longer time.
Co-founders of Kantala, Vikum and Nadishan were inspired towards the world of ethical fashion when they were working at one of the largest apparel manufacturers in Sri Lanka.
As the fashion industry is one of the biggest waste producers, they noticed the growing demand for eco-friendly fashion brands and decided to bring the name of Sri Lanka to a global level in terms of ethical fashion, and thus they founded Kantala.
By using the re-growing ‘Hana plant’ and the handwoven technique, Kantala creates eco-friendly handbags and wallets as well as other products using vegan pineapple-based fiber, a sustainable leather alternative to animal-based leather products.
Founder of Ka-Sha – India, Karishma gives her own meaning to sustainable fashion.
She prefers the word ‘conscious’ over ‘sustainable’ as she believes that not only the materials employed to make clothes are essential but also the people who create them.
She believes that fashion means a lot more than what consumers wear, carry, or display. As a graduate of the London College of Fashion, Karishma has always had an interest in utilizing procure materials consciously.
Aside from being considerate of the people that create the textiles, Karishma works towards upcycling and managing waste through Ka-Sha.
She not only incorporates components that are repurposed or recycled but further encourages other designers to do the same.
Karishma continues to go the extra mile by trying to create a circular system where the production waste of one product is used to create another product.
Apurva Kothari is the founder of No Nasties, India’s first fashion brand that creates 100% organic and fair-trade garments.
Apurva states that he was inspired by witnessing the hardships endured by the Indian farmers.
Through No Nasties, Apurva aims at creating a positive impact not only on the planet but also on the people who help the fashion industry from the sidelines.
By focusing on concepts like “labor of love – love for the planet”, love for other human beings, and love for good designs, Apurva operates No Nasties by following vegan principles.
By using organic cotton for all the products, Apurva not only aims at helping the farmers but also at making an impact on nature by preventing toxic chemicals from entering the environment as well as by reducing the wastage of water and saving energy.
Sohaya Misra, the founder of Chola the Label, is one of today’s most well-recognized fashion designers and was awarded the Grazia Young Designer award in 2016.
Being a psychology graduate, Sohaya was new to the design world.
She drew her inspiration towards her designs from the simpler things in life, and she was not afraid to experiment with her creations.
Through her work in Chola, Sohaya aims at giving a substantial contribution to the sustainable fashion movement in India by creating high fashioned clothing with edgy and relaxed designs entirely created with post-consumer waste fabrics and recycled cotton.
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