Phoebe English

The Company

Phoebe English is a sustainability-focused womenswear and menswear fashion designer.

R&D Focus:

We will work to develop and prototype a physical manifestation of regenerative design and understand its relevance and potentials to our product, practice, and development to the wider fashion and textile sector – by incorporating considerations of place, waste, soil, longevity, destination and manufacture systems and localised supply chains.

This project is run as part of BFTT’s Challenge 3 Re-Modelling fashion: design practices and business models for sustainability.

Partners

  • UAL: University of the Arts London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Team

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Dr Laetitia Forst

R&D Project Lead

UAL

Laetitia Forst is a textile designer and researcher, her practice explores the tension between technical challenges and creativity in sustainable design for textiles. Her PhD research project at the Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London aims to explore design driven solutions for incorporating ease of recyclability into textiles. The project takes a pro-active approach to developing alternatives to the unsustainable status-quo in the creation of blends through the use of design for disassembly. Laetitia also teaches on the MA Textile Design and short courses at UAL. Core competencies:

  • Design for disassembly
  • Practice research methodologies
  • Circular and sustainable textile design
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Dr Doroteya Vladimirova

R&D Project Lead

University of Cambridge

Doroteya is a sustainability innovation theorist and Director of the Regenerative Business Models Programme at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Doroteya investigates how business is taking on the most pressing global challenges to turn them into market driving opportunities. She has developed an evidence-based method to help startups and large established companies create new business models. Prior to academia, her career spanned over a decade across the fields of international affairs and trade. Doroteya holds a PhD from Cranfield University. Core competencies

  • Sustainable business models
  • Value innovation
  • Purpose-driven entrepreneurship
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Phoebe English

R&D Company Lead

Phoebe English

The PHOEBE ENGLISH label, founded in 2011, creates pieces with close attention to detail and quality, rejecting mass-made or ‘fast’ fashion. All production is made in London, meaning the footprint from sketch to garment is minimised and the entire business operates from one studio in South London. Phoebe English trained at Central Saint Martins where she completed both BA and MA in Fashion. On graduation, she was awarded the L’Oreal Professional Prize, Ungaro Bursary and Chloe Award. She has been nominated for both emerging Menswear and Womenswear categories several times and has worked across a wide variety of disciplines and organisations, regularly guest lecturing in leading Universities.

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Prof Dilys Williams

R&D Academic Mentor

UAL

Founder and director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the University of the Arts London, the internationally renowned research, policy and education centre focusing on sustainability issues as these intersect with the fashion industry. A regular contributor to national and international press, central to my philosophy is the applicability of research findings to industry stakeholders in practice settings. Testament to this approach are my positions on the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel and as Co-secretariat to the House of Lords All Party Parliamentary Group on Fashion, Sustainability and Ethics. Core skills and competences include:

  • Fashion Design for Sustainability methods and practices for designers
  • Fashion Design for Sustainability teaching and learning frameworks
  • Sustainability thought leadership
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Prof Steve Evans

R&D Academic Mentor

University of Cambridge

Following a career in the aerospace industry, and as Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering – the world’s leading manufacturer of ejection seats, Steve transitioned to researching and developing sustainable solutions for industrial manufacturing. Since joining the University of Cambridge as Director of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, he has led over £15m-worth of academic-industry collaborative projects with partners including Unilever, Toyota, Dyson, Airbus, M&S, JLR, ASICS, Hugo Boss, Brandix and ASDA. Core skills and competences include:

  • Sustainable business consultancy for manufacturing
  • Toolkit development
  • Industrial collaboration
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