Benita Singh & Summer Rayne Oakes

Laureate 2011

Benita Singh & Summer Rayne Oakes

UNITED STATES
Source4Style
ENVIRONMENT
LUXURY & FASHION
Source4Style connects brands and fashion designers to a network of global suppliers through an online community and platform that sources sustainable, ecological materials.

What do fashion designers do when they’re looking for fabrics? They visit trade shows, wade through hundreds of sample folders, surf vast online directories… activities which research from Cornell University finds takes up to 85% of their time. ‘That leaves just 15% actually designing, which strikes us as a terrible waste of resources,’ says Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder with Benita Singh of Source4Style, an online platform and community for materials with a difference: they come exclusively from sustainable and ethical sources.

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