• THE ESPRIT/ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LIMITED EDITION ECO COLLECTION

    To launch this year’s Esprit/RCA Limited Edition Eco Collection, I began my presentation to the students with the story of Apollo 8 because it captured the prevailing atmosphere of the time.
    The story of Esprit’s journey is exciting: from where it started, how it lost its way, how it is now returning to and rediscovering its origins, and to where it is now. Everything has its time - and it is Esprit’s time again. With Susie, Colin, his team, and the RCA students, they now have a cross generational, interactive relationship which brings a unique perspective to the brand.

    For the students, it is a rare opportunity to explore an idea that was concei-ved from a passion, rather than a “look.“ The students are coming up with original and innovative concepts, their vision for the future.

    Big companies often drive top-down strategies. Esprit, through its involvement with the students, can tap into the zeitgeist and create clothes that have a relevance for this generation.

    Sheilagh Brown
    Senior Fellow
    Royal College of Art

  • THE ESPRIT/ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LIMITED EDITION ECO COLLECTION

    It is a brilliant opportunity for the students to work with Esprit on this capsule collection, to become more aware and rise to the challenges of the brief: ecological, modern, forward looking. To collaborate with a brand on this level and  see their designs retail in the stores in this context is particularly exciting. 

    Also, Colin has been working with us for many years in different ways. It is great  to see his support and being able to create such a valuable exchange.

    Professor Wendy Dagworthy
    Dean of the School of Material
    Head of Fashion
    Royal College of Art

  • THE ESPRIT/ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LIMITED EDITION ECO COLLECTION


    ‘80% of the ecological impact of a garment is determined on the drawing board.’ 

    — Zero waste, sustainable fabrics, colouring, embellishment water less dyeing, digital printing, eco-friendly inks, ‘Cradle to Cradle’; renewable, recycled, recyclable, biotech, considered purchase, wear & care, ‘end-of-life’...

    ... there is so many and forever more stories to tell and positive options to develop.


    Anne Prahl
    Sustainable Design Consultant


    Esprit RCA Limited Edition