Kipling, an accessory label, has revealed a collection featuring a finalist in the yearly sustainable fashion design contest, Redress Design Award. The capsule is made from deadstock materials from the parent company, VF Corporation.
Beatrice Bocconi was a finalist in the 2020 edition of the competition. She used recycled fabrics, deadstock, and end-of–roll materials to create a capsule that is exclusive to Kipling. Bocconi’s designs were inspired by Vivienne Westwood and punk culture, resulting in a unique collection of bags.
In a statement, the 23-year-old Italian designer stated that she believes in textile design and manipulations for reusing forgotten fabrics and small pieces of fabric: “Each bag I created and produced was unique. Redress x Kipling is a small step toward a better and more conscious fashion sector. I enjoyed the fact that Kipling not only cares about the issue but works behind the scenes to make it happen.”
The virtual competition was held in November 2020. VF Corp and Kipling selected the winner from a shortlist that included seven designers. It was based on storytelling, functionality, and bag design.
VF Corp formed a partnership with the competition platform in 2019 through a ‘Made for Change Challenge,’ which was run with Redress alumni. In support of the initiative’s mission to foster the next generation of sustainable designers, the conglomerate became the first prize sponsor for the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Hong Kong-based design awards.