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Katharine Hamnett

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Katharine Hamnett Talks Sustainable Fashion and Political Activism

REV On Air - Sustainable Stories

Today we talk to fashion designer and political advocate Katharine Hamnett about her opinions on some of the most controversial topics facing us today - politics, Brexit, sustainable fashion and individual responsibility and regulation. We discuss whether her famous slogan tees were ever effective, and after many years in the industry, whether she feels she has accomplished what she wants to with creating change.


19 Nov 2019

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Katharine Hamnett: Backing a Global Green New Deal


Introducing legislation along the lines of a Global Green New Deal is mandatory for the future of our planet and the existence of the fashion industry within it, says designer and activist Katharine Hamnett on this episode of the Innovators podcast. Join us as we dive into what such regulations need to include, what activism today should really look like both for businesses and for us as individuals, and why she doesn’t believe the answer is about reducing how many clothes we all actually buy.


28 Oct 2019

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Fashion Royalty - Katharine Hamnett is Queen of the Slogan Shirt

WARDROBE CRISIS with Clare Press

CHOOSE LIFE, EDUCATION NOT MISSILES, WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR BAN NOW, SAVE THE FUTURE, and more recently, CANCEL BREXIT...just a few of the iconic slogan T-shirts designed by this week's guest over the years.Designer Katharine Hamnett is one of the pioneers of modern British fashion. She invented the much copied slogan T-shirt, was the first winner of the British Fashion Council's 'Designer of the Year' award (in 1984), and championed organic cotton long before it was trendy. This year marks her 40th in the industry.In 1989, her research into fashion's environmental & social impact horrified her. She lobbied the industry to act for change, but with little success. She campaigned directly on issues such as the use of pesticides and the plight of cotton farmers, and badgered her licensees to reduce the environmental and social impact of her collections. But it was a war before its time. She took the decision to wind down her brand – ripping up licences – until production methods could meet her environmental criteria. Moving out of the mainstream industry, she concentrated on campaigning, political activism and collaborating with charities. Now the world has caught up with Katharine Hamnett - in 2017, she relaunched her business.In this frank, intimate discussion, you get to hear it all from her glitzy early years as a designer to what motivates her to be change agent today. We talk fast fashion, climate change, her work with organic cotton, saving the bees, but also growing up in France and being comfortable with being a minority of one. This Episode goes live on World Environment Day 2019, as Katharine Hamnett launches her latest tee. The Global Green New Deal Now T-shirt can be purchased at katharinehamnett.com and all proceeds go to support Greenpeace and their work on climate justice. Join the conversation - follow Clare in Instagram and TwitterDon't miss the show-notes each week on clarepress.com - they're packed with links and extra info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 Jun 2019

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Grazia Life Advice

Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer and queen of the slogan T-shirts (she coined the legendary 'Choose Life'), joins us on the podcast this week. An activist at heart, Katharine is passionate about politics, the environment and much more - she was the first designer to prioritise sustainability, way back in the 1980s. She's also a funny, sweary, self-deprecating guest with ingenious advice on keeping zen, being true to yourself and making a killer apple crumble.


29 Mar 2019

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Drew Ellis talks about designing for Pink Floyd and Katharine Hamnett

Sam Talks Technology

CEO of LikeMinds. The 'Creative Entrepreneur' who produced the artwork for numerous record covers including Pink Floyd, Genesis and Duran Duran and famously the original slogan t-shirts for Wham and Katharine Hamnett. - Remember 'Choose Life'Drew now runs the Like Minds breakfast briefings in London as well as a multi-day speaker event in Exeter every September.We talked about Drew's career as well as talked about this weeks business and tech news from CES.

1hr 42mins

10 Jan 2019

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What's going on? Cutting the bullsh*t with Katharine Hamnett

The Drop

“Slogans are fine, but they don’t achieve anything unless they’re followed up by political action” The Global Fashion Conference - What’s Going On? took place at the London College of Fashion last week. It was hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and featured powerful voices across industry and academia, discussing the future of the industry across nature, culture, power and society. In this episode, we feature one of the conference highlights, a discussion between legendary political designer, Katharine Hamnett, and fashion journalist, Dana Thomas. The pair cover Katharine's journey as a designer, and the need to get political by demanding radical change. We also hear the musical wonders of Heidi Vogel covering Marvin Gaye’s appropriately titled protest ballad, What’s Going On. This episode is produced by Bronwyn Seier, Claire Weiss, Amy Foster-Taylor and Pippa Smart. Our theme music is composed by Troy Hewson.


8 Nov 2018

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Katharine Hamnett on Protest, Slogan Tees and Cancelling Brexit | Inside Fashion

The Business of Fashion Podcast

This week on the Inside Fashion podcast, the British designer and original fashion activist discusses why the UK fashion industry needs a second referendum on Brexit. To sign up to the Daily Digest newsletter click the link here: http://bit.ly/BoFnews For a limited time only we are offering our podcast listeners an exclusive 25% discount on an annual BoF Professional Member. To get 25% off your first year of an annual membership click the link here: http://bit.ly/2KoRRBH, select the annual package and then enter the invitation code PODCASTPRO at checkout.  To contact The Business of Fashion with comments, questions, or speaker ideas please e-mail podcast@businessoffashion.com. For all sponsorship enquiries, please e-mail advertising@businessoffashion.com. 


2 Nov 2018

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S2 Ep.12: Katharine Hamnett

News Roast

Katharine Hamnett is the guest for the final episode of Season 2. She discusses activism and sustainable fashion amongst other topics.

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14 Dec 2017

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Desert Island Discs: Archive 1986-1991

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is one of Britain's most successful fashion designers - Katharine Hamnett.She started in the business 10 years ago with a £500 loan, and now runs a company with a £10 million turnover. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the connection between politics and fashion, and also about her famous baggy white t-shirts, which bear political and ecological slogans, and the memorable occasion when she wore one of them on a visit to 10 Downing Street.[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Big Head by Max BygravesBook: The I ChingLuxury: Aircraft carrier (to decorate)


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