Our heartiest congratulations to John Patrick of Organic, who beat out 25 semi-finalists to emerge the winner of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation’s 2010 Sustainable Design Award. Sponsored by Ecco Domani Wines of Italy and now in its ninth season, the EDFF awards also crowned Altuzarra, The Blonds, Prabal Gurung, and Salvor Projects in the women’s design category; Siki Im in the men’s design category; and Prova in the accessories category. The designers each received a $25,000 grant to help stage their collections at New York Fashion Week in February.
Launched in 2007, Organic has emerged to be one of the forerunners in sustainable fashion, with collections for both men and women. Patrick was one of the first designers to develop a direct relationship with organic farm collectives in Peru, where he traveled to early in his career to learn more about the production of cotton and handspun alpaca wool.
Patrick was one of the first designers to develop a direct relationship with organic farm collectives in Peru.
Since then, Patrick has helped increase the use of botanical dyes, recycled fabrics, and organic wool yarns, while revitalizing traditional techniques such as hand-weaving and whole-animal leather production.
This year’s EFF recipients were selected by a distinguished panel of judges, including Sally Singer, fashion news/features director for Vogue; Kim Hastreiter, editor-in-chief and publisher of Paper; Julie Gilhart, vice president of fashion merchandising at Barneys; Nicole Fischelis, women’s fashion director at Macy’s; and Ken Downing, fashion director at Neiman Marcus.