New York, NY, United States (CNS) – One of the leaders of sustainable fashion, Organic, has a designer who is receiving some new accolades for his green fashion efforts. Designer John Patrick has been awarded the Ecco Domani 2010 Sustainable Design Award sponsored by Ecco Domani Wines of Italy.
Patrick helped develop a direct relationship with organic farm collectives in Peru. Early in his career, the designer traveled to the country to learn more about the production of cotton and handspun alpaca wool. Patrick has since helped to increase the use of botanical dyes, recycled fabrics and organic wool yarns. He has also helped to revitalize traditional techniques like whole-animal leather production and hand-weaving.
Patrick beat out 25 other semi-finalists to be crowned the winner of the award. The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) helps support the careers of aspiring fashion designers. Each of the chosen designers received a $25,000 grants to present their collection at New York Fashion Week in February.
The recipients of the award were decided by a panel of judges that included Sally Singer, the fashion news/features director for Vogue, Kim Hastreiter, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Paper; Julie Gilhart, VP of fashion merchandising at Barneys; Nicole Fischelis, the women’s fashion director at Macy’s, and Ken Downing, the fashion director at Neiman Marcus.