Born in Spain but based in London since 1992, Elena Garcia originally trained as a linguist. Following her passion for textiles, in 2001 she decided to re-train as a designer and went back to education, she graduated in Surface Textiles for Fashion at the London College of Fashion in 2006.
Elena's work blends daring design, traditional techniques, and luxurious, eco-friendly textiles to create beautiful, timeless pieces for women of all ages.
Elena started working on her first collection with friend and textile artist Ilya Fisher as soon as she finished her degree. Elena and Ilya still collaborate together although they went their separate ways in 2008. Follow Ilya's designs at www.ilyafisher.com.
Elena offers eco-design consultancy services, as well as public speaking on sustainable fashion. She is also the designer behind "upcycling" label Sew Last Season.
In 2010 she co-founded a promotional platform for sustainable luxury with couture London designer Stamo. The Ecoluxe London showroom is now an established fixture in the London Fashion Week calendar. Each season they showcase the work of 20 to 35 brands for 2 days and collaborate with cosmetics brands, charities, celebrities and institutions. For more information visit www.ecoluxelondon.org.
Elena's work has been featured in publications like VOGUE, Marie Claire, Paris Match, International Herald Tribune, El País, The New York Times, The Times, FT How To Spend It, CocoEco, In-Habitat amongst many.
Elena has shown her collections in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, Milan, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Singapore, Barcelona, Geneva, Seville, Dubai and Ibiza. Her pieces are worn by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Eva Herzigova, Rufus Wainwright, Angela Lindvall, Erin O'Connor, Adrian Grenier and Donna Air.
The designer has been hailed as one of the top 10 eco designers to watch and her work features prominently in Sass Brown's seminal book Eco Fashion www.ecofashiontalk.com/book/.
Elena is a member of "The New Luxury Experts", please click here for more information.
Our Ecocredo. Organic, Pesticide free, Fair trade, Local, Ethical, Sustainable.
Like you, we are concerned about the welfare of our planet. We often think about our children and wonder what problems they will be faced with for generations to come. As creators - as designers - as business owners - we have a responsibility to do what we can to preserve our world, so we source locally whenever possible, and we only use fabrics that are rapidly renewable and pesticide-free.
Our collections feature silks farmed from silk worms and mulberry trees that are pesticide-free and silk yarn processed without chemicals. Most of our wool comes from British Blue Faced Leicester sheep that are reared organically. The garments are handcrafted in our studio or by small local manufacturers and social enterprise units, giving something back to the community. The dyes we use are free of metal, amine, and azo compounds, and specialised dyeing is done in our studio. Batch dyeing is sent to a local dyeing company. All promotional materials are printed on FSC certified paper using vegetable inks.