The successful young designer from Hamburg, Julia Starp, has designed an eight-piece spring / summer collection exclusively for OTTO. The collection is made of, amongst other things, the sustainably produced cotton from the Cotton made in Africa initiative, which makes it clear once again: Sustainable fashion is fashionable and stylish.
With the “ECOREPUBLIC by Julia Starp” collection, OTTO kicks off its spring/summer 2012 season with trendy outfits of lasting quality. The collection focuses on the use of sustainable materials that were produced by methods that took environmental and social aspects into account. In addition to organic cotton, cotton from the Cotton made in Africa initiative is used.
The initiative promotes the cultivation of cotton in sub-Saharan Africa by equipping the small farmers with knowledge of modern, efficient farming methods combined with a limited use of pesticides. Thereby it currently helps to improve the living conditions of around 230,000 African small farmers and their families.
Julia Starp has gained widespread recognition with her sustainable creations, which have been worn by German celebrities such as Barbara Meier and Sabine Kaack. In 2012 her collection will once again be on show at the Berlin Fashion Week.
“Exclusivity and sustainability are not opposites for me. To the contrary, my creations will only be complete with sustainable materials,” says the 29-year-old. With trend-conscious designs of tops, t-shirts or a jacket, Julia Starp shows that sustainability and fashion can be brought together, stressing: “It’s important that my fashion can be worn for more than one season – this is part of my philosophy of sustainable fashion.”