Sustainable fashion pioneer ABURY has launched the fourth edition of the ABURY Design Experience, a unique opportunity for all fashion accessories designers to win a travel and production grant and develop a capsule collection with local craftspeople in Chile. The contest is part of ABURY’s ground-breaking effort in creating a more positive sustainable fashion model.
A prestigious jury of international professionals of the luxury fashion, lifestyle and sustainability world, including German supermodel and designer Eva Padberg, will be looking at the entries and choose the winner. After Ecuador, Morocco and Ethiopia, this year’s edition will bring the winner to Chile.
In cooperation with and the support of the „Fundacion artisanias de Chile“, the winner will first spend a week in Berlin with the ABURY team to then move on to Chile and spend four to six weeks with the artisans of Wengan, an artisan community in the North of Chile. Here he or she will be working with the traditional Alpaka wool.
Applications are now open until the 11th of May and participants should be 23 years old or above. Up to 9 designers will be selected for the semi-finals and, through public voting, 3 finalists will be defined. The winner will then be chosen by the prestigious international jury panel, which includes international Supermodel and designer Eva Padberg, model and social entrepreneur Sara Nuru and her sister Sali, Bibi Russell, Fashion for Development and UNESCO Ambassador; Diana Opoti, CEO 100 Days of African Fashion, Diana Verde Nieto, CEO Positive Luxury; Waridi Schrobsdorff, Founder of fa254 and Karen Heumann, Founding Member of Fashion Council Germany, ART/C, designer and last years’ winner Ruth Hepburn.
Designers and artisans from different cultural background will come together and explore each other’s worlds in a contest that searches for emerging designers able to create accessory capsule collections using traditional crafts knowledge from different cultures.