GUEST POST - Couture Designer, Lee Klabin, Introduces Her New Eco Ethical Bridal Collection

21st June 2019


The Lee Klabin couture fashion house recently re-launched with an exquisite sustainable and ethical couture wedding dress collection for the modern eco-conscious bride.

Lee Klabin Couture Sustainable Wedding DressesFashion designer Lee Klabin, heralded by Vogue as the ‘couture corset queen’ with an A-list clientele including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lily Cole and Kylie Jenner, re-opened the doors to her fashion house on 2nd March 2019, with the launch of her new couture Bridal Collection. The collection is inspired by her belief that “the intensity, romance and beauty of a wedding day need not end when the clock strikes midnight. It can be refashioned into the sublime and eternal, creating an instant - and versatile - family heirloom to remind you of the best celebration of your life and the growing memories it helped launch.

Lee Klabin Bridal Couture - eco ethical wedding dressAs part of her creative journey Lee delved deep into the roots of couture craftsmanship and the defining characteristics of an heirloom. Immersing herself into the arts of tailoring, knitting, crochet and embroidery, she emerged with a capsule collection of seven bridal pieces. Using silks, jerseys, cotton and cashmere yarns, she created styles that are the epitome of timeless beauty. The collection is centred on signature cuts that are genuinely versatile, and the pieces come in a selection of alluring colours with custom colours available upon request. Lee Klabin bridal pieces are all made-to-measure to ensure a perfect fit; and to suit the individuality of every bride, each piece is customisable.

Lee Klabin Bridal Couture - eco ethical wedding dressThe seed for Lee Klabin Bridal Couture was sown in the run up to the designer’s own wedding day in 2012. Lee experienced first-hand how needlessly ephemeral a conventional wedding dress was. The traditional design practically excluded the future it was designed to celebrate. Lee began searching for ways to ensure that wedding ensembles last far beyond the wedding party and accompany brides throughout the beautiful life journey their weddings are set to unveil.

“For too long the traditional wedding dress was designed to be a single-use garment predestined to be packed away, only to serve as a nostalgic memento. Almost instantly, this beautiful dress became a part of your past and quietly retired as soon as it touched your future. But it need not be that way. It should not be that way. Why shouldn’t your exquisite train be reborn into a sumptuous blanket or throw for your marital bed? Or your wedding jacket pair casually with jeans for the school run, or a work meeting, or be snatched up by your teenage daughter for her nights out?”

Lee Klabin Bridal Couture - eco ethical wedding dressLee Klabin's bridal designs are hand-made by those who approach dress-making as an art. Every artisan who works on the pieces is honoured, respected and empowered. The brand takes an ethical and sustainable approach to everything it does. It works with women all over the world who love the craft, and encourages them to teach & empower the next generation. Wherever possible, all the materials are natural and locally sourced. 

Here are some of the statistics that have fuelled Lee Klabin to change her approach to bridalwear.

  • A YouGov poll conducted in February 2019, and commissioned by Lee Klabin, found that over 90% of women never wear their wedding dress after their big day. (Copy of poll results available on request). In an industry worth £380 million per year (IBIS world report published in October 2018), this means £342 million pounds worth of wedding dresses are never worn again, contributing to the garment industry’s already huge waste.

  • A report by the London Sustainability Exchange (LSX) found that in 2016, Britons bought 1.13 million tonnes of clothing, which generated a total amount of 26.2 million tonnes of CO2. The UK sent 235 million items of clothing to landfill. This negative environmental impact is avoidable.

  • According to an article in the Telegraph’s Lifestyle / Fashion section in 2017, the average spend on a wedding dress alone in the UK was just under £1,400. This may certainly be considered excessive for a piece that is to be worn once.

The brand will be empowering struggling communities by specifically working with talented young women around the world to help afford them a better chance of earning an independent income. In addition, Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe. It is fuelled by gender inequality, poverty, traditions, and insecurity. Marrying your daughter at a young age can be viewed as a way to ease economic hardship by transferring this ‘burden’ to her husband’s family. Each year 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. To help counter this, a contribution from each bridal ensemble sold will be made to www.girlsnotbrides.org.

Lee Klabin Bridal Couture - eco ethical wedding dress


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