Vivienne Westwood AW17 Collection


72% Women

55% of artisans paid for school fees with their income

6 Community groups, 67 artisans

45% of the artisans saved their earnings, and  22% invested in education, health, housing and small businesses

Materials used

Brass metals extracted from broken taps and padlocks

Upcycled dhow sail from the Kenyan coast

East African cotton canvas

Fact File

33% of Vivienne Westwood autumn-winter 2017/2018 order was produced using recycled materials

Click here to download the full impact assessment report. 


I am a mother of one. I worked on Vivienne Westwood’s AW 17/18 order as a beader. Beading the clutch panel was really difficult at the beginning but after training my beading skills improved thus enabling me to increase my income. I used the income to buy new household utensils.

Lenny Achieng, 27 years old


I worked on the Vivienne Westwood AW 17/18 order as a preparer. Besides providing me with income the order also provided a training opportunity. I used the income to pay my rent and to support my mother.

Nickson Akhwale, 22 years old


I am a single mother of one. The Vivienne Westwood AW 17/18 order gave me enough income which allowed me to buy food for my family.

Eunice Nashipai, 32 years old

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.