Our SS19 collection No Address Needed to Join, follows in the environmental and socially enterprising foundation laid with Bethany’s debut collection Women for Change. For this collection, we worked in collaboration with The Quaker Mobile Library and British publishing house, Hachette UK. The collection celebrates the innovative Mobile Library in the use of waste materials from the publishing industry.
The Quaker Mobile Library is an organization that makes literature available to borrow for people in marginalised parts of society, those who have no fixed abode required for registration to public library services. As with every Bethany Williams collection, 20% of the proceeds from the collection will go to the charity it was made in collaboration with.
No Address Needed to Join is made from recycled and organic materials – which link closely to the theme of books and libraries. We took waste products from Clay’s book manufacturing in Suffolk, one of Hachette UK’s printing partners, to San Patrignano in Italy. Bethany worked alongside the community to weave fabrics mixed from book waste, waste from San Patrignano and other donated pre-production waste, from mills in Italy. San Patrignano is an education and rehabilitation programme for people with drug dependency that teaches traditional Italian craft and a sense of community.
Bethany continued to work with London College of Fashion's Making for Change programme – which supports the training of female prisoners from Downview Prison. The Making for Change programme will be constructing the jersey pieces for the production of this collection. Our production focuses on working closely with innovative rehabilitation programmes such as San Patrignano, Making For Change at HMP Downview and Manx Workshop for the Disabled who create our buttons. All who provide skills and meaningful employment.
SS19’s knitwear has been created in collaboration with Wool and Gang’s Heal the Wool yarn – which comes from 100% recycled Peruvian wool fibre, in addition 30% of the yarn price is donated to Friends of the Earth. Taking recycled wool from Kent for use in hand embroidery. All sampling is hand knitted by Bethany’s mother on the Isle of Man where she grew up. Raw materials are sourced from Chris Carney Collections, a recycling and sorting facility where it goes on to be washed, unravelled before the hand knitting process. The denim elements within the collection are sourced alongside this and unpicked before being reconstituted and hand printed on to create new garments.
Hachette UK kindly donated books to the mobile library, and have also donated the use of their logo and book covers on printed textiles seen throughout No Address Needed to Join, inspired by Hachette UK’s book cover artwork.
Creative Direction: Bethany Williams
Art Direction: Aaron Skipper
Syling: Lee Trigg
Photography: Amber Grace Dixon
Hair & Make-up: Charli Avery
TIH Models: Hakim Dable, Dominic Smith, Alexander Morton, Kristopher McAllister, Sophie Vautour, Elliot Campbell, Abdiwale Jama, Saffiyah Khan at Elite Models and Francisco Zhan.
Special thanks to – Hachette UK, Wool and the Gang, The Quaker Mobile Library, San Patrignano, Making For Change, Clays, Molly Evans, Victor Pao, Lautaro Amadeo Tambutto, Karen Kewley and Chia-Yung Hu