Vivienne Westwood AW16 Collection


The team that worked on this order was made up of 52% Women

82% of artisans paid for school fees with their income from the AW16 Collection 

33 artisans worked on this order , who when surveyed, reported 100% worker satisfaction 

With the income from the Vivienne Westwood AW16 Collection, 45% of artisans saved their earnings, and 15% reported investments in education, health, housing and small businesses 

Materials used

Brass metals extracted from broken taps and padlocks

East African cotton

Cow Horn 

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“I am a single mother with one child, and I stitched bags for the Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016-17 order. The work was interesting and gave me an opportunity to train and improve my skills. During this period, we also received training on how to balance family and work life, as well as counselling on HIV and AIDS, which was very helpful for me as a single mother that intends to get married in the future. I used the income to meet most of my needs like rent, meals and clothing.”

Martha Mwongeli, 31

“I am a married father of three and I worked on the Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016/17 order crafting zip pullers from cow horn. Without the Vivienne Westwood order, this year would have been really bad year for us since we have not been working. Because of this, I was so happy to receive the Vivienne Westwood order. So even though it was small, I received good money which I used to pay school fees and provide other needs such as food and clothes for my family.”

Peter Njagi, 32

“I am married and a father of two, and the Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016-17 order provided good income which helped me meet my needs. I learnt many new work skills and now I feel that I am on a path of professional development. From this order I saved a good amount of the income to buy materials I need so that I can start my own brass casting workshop.”

Richard Ochien’g, 23

People first. Fair supply chain. Living wages. Dignified working conditions.

We carry out a Social Impact Report for every collection made in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative. 

Social workers are embedded in the communities in which we work, and closely monitor the implementation of our code of conduct. 

Extensive data is collected to carefully measure the impact of each order, to ensure that the work is positively impacting the lives of the artisans and that our projects are working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.