The Showcase is for design talent concerned about fast throwaway fashion and unsustainable materials. According to NGO Greenpeace, synthetics – made using petrochemicals from the oil industry – now make up 60% of our clothing and are increasingly found in the environments around us, from cars to homes. Synthetics and plastics not only take hundreds of years to biodegrade but are often cheap to buy and poorly made. The result – nearly one billion items of clothing, each typically worn just five times – are thrown away every year.
In the meantime, leather, a natural by-product of dairy and meat production, can be used to make items that last a lifetime and, when disposed of, biodegrade quickly. Leather is a perfect solution to one of the planet’s biggest problems, our throw away culture. And yet, ironically, each year almost half of the world’s cattle hides are thrown away.
You are asked to use leather as the inspiration for a single item in one of three categories of your choice: clothing, shoes or accessories.
The design must be at least 50% cattle hide leather and any other materials used must be natural or organic materials where possible. We do not accept the use of fur or exotic skins such as but not limited to; crocodile, snake skin or any rare or endangered animal species. Plastics must only be used where no natural alternatives are available. The piece should capture one or more of the facets of leather, from beauty and versatility to strength and durability.
Entries should include the following elements:
– A brief description of the item and its development in English
– Storyboards and design inspiration explaining how it was conceived and why it was made
– Sketches, flats, technical specifications, and final design and/or photography if the item is already produced (the item does not need to be physically made at this stage).
– A short video to introduce you and your design. This is optional but encouraged.
Considerations: Please think about ease of recycling, reuse and disposal at the end of the product’s life, and also think about the practicalities of commercial production. We are looking for designers who will start new brands, fashion movements or style trends or who are looking to help their business grow through becoming part of this prestigious competition.
Production: All entrants shortlisted to join the showcase will be asked, if necessary, to supply or make their design for exhibiting. Where resources are limited, materials will be provided by the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute and can be made at one of its satellite design studios.
Showcase submissions open on 18 April 2023 and close on 4 August 2023. ALLPI will host an online webinar on 18 April to introduce the Real Leather. Stay Different. campaign and launch the African Talent Leather Design Showcase 2023. Any entries submitted after 4 August will not be accepted.
Entry is simple and can be done entirely online via the link below. Whilst having physical items to photograph may provide an advantage, detailed designs are also welcome.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SHOWCASE AND VIEW THE T&CS