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Mending for Good

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  • Written byLondon College of Fashion
  • Published date 05 November 2021
wooden model sized boat covered in a crochet monochrome design, with crocheted sails, floating on a body of water
Crochet Boat
2021 | Photograph: Mending for Good

As part of our continued effort to support creative communities, London College of Fashion has partnered with Mending for Good, an agency proposing a holistic approach to address fashion waste problems.

Through this collaborative training programme built with our Social Responsibility team, we will be empowering women from marginalised communities by providing opportunities to develop practical artisan skills in hand embroidery, creative stitching and mending on knitwear.

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The partnership is part of LCF’s Making for Change Training and Manufacturing Unit at Poplar Works in East London, and will aim to deliver more sustainable, circular models of production by applying innovative craft solutions to waste in fashion. It will focus on material efficiency, zero waste practice, repair and reuse of garments and recycling of textile waste.

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Preparing packs in Italy
2021 | Photograph: Mending for Good
At London College of Fashion, we are pleased to collaborate with Mending for Good as we share the same vision and core values, combining environmental issues with social purpose, whilst also providing young designers with the space to explore upcycling and ethical production methods. We place great importance on partnerships like this, aiming to create change in the industry together.

— Claire Swift, Director of Social Responsibility at London College of Fashion
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Stitching samples for training
2021 | Photograph: Mending for Good
Mending for Good at Poplar Works aims to connect the worlds of fashion and socially fragile people through craft. It is an inclusive and innovative model that values both people and the planet through the creation of job opportunities and the implementation of creative solutions for excess materials and production. It is our approach to fashion that we call Honest Fashion.

— Barbara Guarducci, Artistic Director of Mending for Good

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