Antiform was set up by Lizzie Harrison in 2007 and upcycles high quality materials that would otherwise become waste to make women’s wear. Lizzie has a wealth of experience in sustainable fashion design, textiles upcycling and local fashion systems. At Antiform they work with people from the community with the aim of recognising the diversity of local skills, creating local employment, adding value to local waste clothing and bringing people together through a shared passion.The collection is all hand made in Leeds with the help and support of 64 local people, including beaders, knitters, artists, seamstresses and volunteers.
Antiform’s partner organisation Remade in Leeds also runs workshops on upcyling, garment repair and alterations aswell as organising a monthly clothes exchange.
The AW11 collection is jam packed with bold patterns, handknitted accessories and classic styles with a twist. There are some of the seasons hottest trends including patterned leggings and some more unique and individual pieces like the floaty chiffon shirts finished with patterned collars.
You can buy Antiform from the Antiform online shop but if they don’t stock what you are looking for, the label is also stocked in Remade in Leeds or in online Ethical Boutiques Magic Number 3, Think Boutique and Ethics Girls.
I think that the prices are very reasonable especially considering the attention to detail that has gone into making these clothes. I also love that this is an ethical brand that can definitely hold its own amongst the conventional fashion labels in terms of design and innovation.
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With warmest wishes
P.s you can check out the rest of my 30 days of ethical fashion series here