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CRAFTSMANSHIP AND HERITAGE

Working towards a way of creating fashion that is better for people and the environment is not only about looking forward to technological advancements and new ideas. It is also about looking back to a traditional, smaller scale means of garment manufacture that has always had a much lower impact than the hyper-globalised, mass production and consumption model of today.

At Vivienne Westwood, we have long championed craftsmanship and heritage. Traditional British textiles and Savile Row tailoring traditions have informed and influenced our collections since the 1980s. We have always partnered with local industries and artisans in the UK, as well as Europe, India and Africa.
 


How we support artisans and small heritage brands


Today, we are proud to say that we still work with many small, highly skilled independent businesses. Together, over the last 30 years, we have created some of our best-known products that are recognised globally as a sign of durable quality and style, and that support the preservation of traditional skills.

Through our work with artisans and small heritage brands we aim to both utilise more environmentally sustainable forms of production, and to help support and sustain traditional skilled jobs and the communities around them.
worlds end collection

WORLDS END COLLECTION

Established in 1971, 430 Kings Road is where Vivienne and Malcolm McLaren first showcased their ideas and designs. Using fashion as a platform to make political statements, and constructing garments using unconventional techniques, the pair were at the forefront of London youth culture and famously created the template for punk style. Their shop was renamed and redecorated regularly to reflect the designs sold inside, ending up as Worlds End in 1980 to showcase the “Pirate” collection, the name it holds to this day.

Harris Tweed

HARRIS TWEED

For well over a century, islanders of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven the beautiful and intricate cloth known as Harris Tweed. It is the only fabric in the world that is protected by its own Act of Parliament, meaning that by law, the cloth must be made from pure virgin wool which has been dyed and spun on the islands and handwoven at the home of the weaver. From start to finish, the cloth is in the hands of skilled and experienced artisans who oversee every stage of production, utilising generations of knowledge to produce a product that is defined by quality and style. Harris Tweed is crafted by hand without the aid of automation or electricity, using natural materials.

Lochcarron of Scotland

LOCHCARRON OF SCOTLAND

Scottish tartan is another fabric which is central to our collections. From the punk look of the 70s onwards, Vivienne has always used this traditional cloth, which has been sourced from Lochcarron of Scotland for over three decades.

ethical fasion initiative

ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE

Since 2010, we have been producing an accessories line in Kenya thanks to a collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) of the International Trade Centre – a joint body of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation – which currently supports the work of thousands of artisan micro-producers from marginalised African communities.