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STAIY PARTNERS WITH REDRESS; THE WORLDS LARGEST SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COMPETITION

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STAIY IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR RECENT PARTNERSHIP WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITY, REDRESS. SPONSORING THE PRIZE FOR THE ALL STAR ALUMNI 2020 CATEGORY, WE WELCOME WINNERS PATRYCJA GUZIK AND ANNAISS YUCRA, AND THEIR INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS TO THE STAIY COMMUNITY.

Words By Liam Davis

Breaking barriers in circular fashion advocacy, education and awareness for a decade, the Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition organised by environmental NGO, Redress, bringing designers from across the globe together in a series of sustainable design and business challenges, over several months.

Annaiss Yucra, Matriarcado

With consistent growth in applicants every year and around 50,000 designers in their existing community, Redress is leading the charge to authentically advocate for meaningful change in the fashion industry. The Redress Design Award offers two main prize categories for menswear and womenswear designers, with collaborations with VF Corporation and the R Collective respectively being the career-changing rewards.

Redress are boldly committed to eliminating waste in the textile industry, by facilitating the transition to an entirely circular fashion economy, reducing all water, chemical and carbon footprints. Moreover, Redress understands that radical and urgent reform is necessary to combat the world’s second most polluting industry.

To put this into context, an estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually from the fashion industry and contributes to around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, due to the industries long supply chains and energy intensive production. The industry therefore consumes more energy than the aviation and shipping industry combined (Global Fashion Agenda, The Boston Consulting Group & UNFCCC).

Redress’ actions speak louder than words, as they have worked tirelessly to build educational systems and partnerships to raise awareness and provide actionable solutions to textile waste, all while raising a new generation of incredibly talented changemakers.


“Globally, we must galvanise designers to act urgently to redesign the future of fashion.” Christina Dean, Redress Founder.

Patrycja Guzik, There Were Never Flowers, There Was Fire

Patrycja Guzik, There Were Never Flowers, There Was Fire

By applying for the Redress Design Competition, all applicants have the opportunity to delve into the new Circular Fashion Design Pathway Course, providing a platform for all the designers to learn, inspire and build on their applications with support. Exploring the negative impacts of the fashion industry and supply chain on the environment, they are then taught sustainable design techniques revolving around zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction using genuine waste (not simply off cuttings).

Speaking with Hannah Lane, Redress’ Strategic Director of Partnerships and Communications, she stressed that the Redress Design Award is more than just a design competition, rather, an educational and supportive mentorship, whereby world experts guide young designers to think deeply about circular design practices and theory, reaching further than simply overt solutions. The cruciality of this is highlighted by WRAP’s statement that almost 80% of a product’s environmental impact is locked in at the design stage. Following this process, the candidates then showcase their creative ingenuity by producing commercial, yet game-changing collections from textile waste to ‘inspire and redress the world’.

 With our shared mission and values, Staiy is therefore extremely proud to sponsor the prize for the additional Redress 2020 All Star Alumni Award.Marking a decade of innovation and vocalisation, Redress celebrates the greatest achievers within their community. Judged by a panel of industry professionals, including our very own Founder Chiara Latini, they searched for impressive sustainability credentials, a commercial mindedness and a creative acumen. With over 200 designers eligible, the two winners, Patrycja Guzik and Annaiss Yucra, are awarded a retail partnership to join the Staiy marketplace, with all launch marketing included.

Patrycja Guzik, There Were Never Flowers There Was Fire,

Taking home the Redress Design Award 2015/16 1st Prize, as well as the Special Prize 2015/16 and Redress Design Alumni Prize Award 2019, Pat Guzik has impressive credentials within the Redress community. Her designs widely feature up-cycled and zero-waste pieces, created by hand-weaving used and damaged textiles sourced from fabric wholesalers and secondhand stores.

“To me sustainable fashion means living in balance. We need to slow down consumption and stop creating new, new, new. We need to change our thinking around clothes and more designers need to show consumers that we are able to make beautiful clothes using old clothes and damaged textiles”
-Pat Guzik

A 2020 semi-finalist for the Redress Design Award, Isabel Annaiss Yucra Mancilla is a Nottingham Trent alumni, now working as a designer at Yusutex Retail S.A.C. in Peru. Isabel tackles vital social issues in her competition collection highlighting the mistreatment of girls and women in Peru, using up-cycled textiles woven from textile waste originating from her family-owned factory.

Annaiss Yucra, Matriarcado 

“I believe it is important for my generation to create a positive impact on our planet and that a key driver behind sustainability is the empowerment of women. As a designer, I feel a great sense of satisfaction in creating in a sustainable way from step one, and exploring ways to make a better use of waste”
-Isabel Annaiss Yucra Mancilla

Patrycja and Annaiss will also feature in a showcase at Galeries Lafayette in Shanghai as part of the ‘Fashioning Change, Today and Tomorrow’ campaign. You will also be able to check them out on CENTRESTAGE’s online directory, where they will showcase among 16 Redress alumni to showcase their designs for global buyers, placing these revolutionary designers at the forefront of a global movement.

We are incredibly excited to welcome two innovative designers into our wider community, showcase their work and build a stronger network fighting for global change in the fashion industry. Staiy tuned to explore their collections with us and be part of the revolution by following Staiy, Redress and all the latest news on the Redress 2020 competition candidates here.