Our Fashion program director Katherine Soucie founder of Sans Soucie Textile + Design was invited to present her INHERITED collection 2019/20 at Toronto Fashion Incubator’s (TFI) London Fashion Week showcase at Canada House in Trafalgar Square.
TFI’s first London event took place in February 2018 and attracted notable attendees such as renowned fashion journalist and influencer Hilary Alexander, buyers from Net-a-Porter, Wolf and Badger, Debenhems and several smaller UK and US boutiques.
Each season, a curated collective of Canadians are featured at Canada House in London, UK, during London Fashion Week. This exceptional showcase provides international exposure for Canada’s talented designers and an opportunity to meet and network with UK industry, retail buyers, sales agents, media and industry VIP.
Katherine Soucie is an award-winning Vancouver, Canada based artist + designer + entrepreneur specializing in the transformation of textile industry waste. She studied Fashion Design in London and Toronto before furthering her studies in Textiles and Visual Art in Vancouver.
In 2003, Soucie established a zero-waste textile design company, Sans Soucie, which translates from French to “worry free” or “without a care”. This studio focuses on the development of a proprietary textile process she incubated while she was a student. Her process involves the recycling of pre-consumer hosiery mill waste (aka. pantyhose) using environmentally friendly artisanal processes. This waste is reconstructed into new cloth and made into clothing, accessories, home decor and 3D forms. This unique textile has only been made available for use under the house label and not produced anywhere else in the world.
“I am a designer who transforms waste, utilizes obsolete clothing and textile machinery and incorporates traditional artisanal techniques to produce a Canadian cultural product that not only represents my story, but that of where we live and the society, we live in.”- Katherine Soucie
This collection tells the story of empowerment through movement. It speaks to the valuable role that materials serve us emotionally, physically, spiritually and culturally. It has the ability to establish community and share knowledge in ways that connects us each and every day – past, present and the future.