Orla Kiely, People Tree, Safia Minney, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Spring/Summer 2012, fair trade, fair-trade clothing, fair-trade fashion

CHARM OFFENSIVE

Kiely keeps her silhouettes simple, allowing her prints speak for themselves. “I have always loved the 60’s and 70’s where the pattern was intrinsic to the look,” Kiely told Safia Minney, People Tree’s founder and CEO, in February. “The styles and silhouettes were simple allowing the color and print to shine. I work hard on making sure our silhouette is both feminine and flattering while being practical.”

Kiely was able to marshall the 4,000 farmers and artisans that People Tree actively supports.

Kiely was able to marshall the 4,000 farmers and artisans that People Tree actively supports in the developing world. “The natural look and hand-feel always appeals to me—nothing slippy,” she said. “Working with People Tree does give an opportunity to use wonderful hand skills such as hand knitting and embroidery and it’s so rewarding to see the craftsmen and women working on our designs.”

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