Rawan Maki

Bahrain - Circular Economy

Fashion contributes to global pollution across its value chain. In designing fashion using more sustainable methods, waste is reduced, off-cuts are re-used, and sourcing is done using only low-impact materials. For each society, this may look different. For example, some communities import more fashion than they make. But ultimately, the industry as a whole must change across its value chain, including the way we care for and connect with our clothes as we wear them, and protecting the labourers that make our garments.

Rawan Maki founded Rawan Maki Design House, dubbed "the Arab world’s first sustainable fashion brand” by Vogue Magazine in 2017. The fashion line brings the world sustainably-made, high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces. In 2019, Forbes Middle East recognised her as one of the pioneering female designers behind brands. In 2021, Rawan displayed her designs in Selfridges London, as part of the Reture collective of designers. Rawan is also a PhD candidate in fashion sustainability at the London College of Fashion, and is currently Associate Director of Research and Analysis at the Business of Fashion, London.

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