Globe Hope, an innovative Finnish eco-design brand that makes clothing and accessories using discarded materials, is proof that passion for fashion and environmental sustainability can coexist harmoniously. The Fabric Re:Defined exhibition introduces Globe Hope’s design philosophy and takes you on a journey through Recyclandia, its versatile materials and products along with their unique stories.
Globe Hope re-defines used and leftover materials, such as hospital and army textiles, sails, tablecloths, uniforms and seatbelts, turning them into unique design clothes and accessories. The company’s main goal is to design goods that are innovative and functional, and its ideology can be summarized in three keywords: ecology, ethics and aesthetics.
The idea for Globe Hope was born in 2001, when Finnish designer Seija Lukkala got fed up with the fast-paced textile industry and its disposable trends. She had been involved with the textile industry for 13 years, making fake fur coats. She started to think about how she could use her expertise to create clothing in a more ecological and sustainable way. Slowly the idea of Globe Hope grew into actions.
Since then Globe Hope has been awarded many times for its work in the field of ecological fashion and design. The company has been the recipient of many prizes along the years: Amnesty International’s Designer Of The Year (2005) and the prestigious Suomi Palkinto for outstanding performance in the field of Art and Culture, awarded by the Finnish Ministry Of Culture (2006). Since the beginning of 2008 Globe Hope products have had the privilege to bear the Avainlippu symbol for outstanding Finnish production and skill.
The Fabric Re:Defined exhibition showcases Globe Hope's vision of chic and sustainable fashion by taking you on a journey through Recyclandia, its versatile materials and products along with their unique stories. The exhibition illustrates how, with a little ingenuity, a designer can take materials from garbage to the catwalk.
The exhibition is open at the Embassy of Finland from Friday to Sunday April 8-24 from 11 am to 4 pm. Free admission.
Embassy of Finland is located at 3301 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC. Street parking is available on 34th Street. For more information, call (202) 298 5800.