Here Today-Here Tomorrow is more than a name, it’s a statement. Punchy and powerful, this timely named boutique is defying the disposable, trend-driven nature of the fashion industry, instead, uniting values for quality, sustainability and fair trade clothing. Proudly conveying the brand’s ideologies, ‘Here Today-Here Tomorrow’ offers items made to last and to be cherished.
Nominated for Ethical Fashion Forum's SOURCE Award 2012 for the ‘Best Independent Boutique’ and voted as one of the best shops in the East End by the Evening Standard in the same year, HTHT have established themselves as a brand confident in creating and retailing beautiful, ethically produced, sustainable clothing and accessories. In addition to running the studio, HTHT have also found innovative ways of engaging their local community...
THE HTHT STORY
The founding four of HTHT are Anna-Maria Hesse, Emma Rigby, Julia Crew and Ines Vicente who met during the MA Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion. With a shared desire to continue their practices and each member offering expertise in different areas of fashion design, the group pooled together to become ‘change-makers’ and pioneer a unique model for sustainable fashion.
Ines is now based in Lisbon and Emma is currently finishing her PhD, however, designer Katelyn Toth-Fejel has since joined Anna and Julia. Together, the group are challenging the expectation to have something new all the time, the raised eyebrow when someone wears something twice to a social event and strive to be part of the solution to a consumer driven industry.
THE STUDIO SHOP
HTHT operate from a studio-shop in Dalston, North London. The ‘experimental and collaborative’ studio-shop stocks clothing, accessories and other products from innovative designers including Antiform, The Pattern Guild and Lucie Ellen as well a whole range of beautifully handcrafted items under their own fair trade label, established in 2011.
Transparency, in the widest sense, is achieved through the large glass windows which attract customers and passersby into the studio filled with machinery, materials and garments. The format allows the designers to be on show, informally introducing customers to their creative practices. "Showing people the materials, skills and time required to create products by hand is something not frequently communicated to the high street consumer and we find that it radically alters perceptions of products and understanding of sustainability."
In this creative, collaborative space the team are able to make bespoke adjustments and alternations to items. Opening up this dialogue with customers also allows the exchange of opinions, ideas and feedback with the team. Often they return with second hand goods for the group to refashion and breathe new life into.
THE HTHT LABEL AND ACP
With an entrepreneurial spirit and a flare for contemporary design, HTHT’s own label produces eye-catching clothing and accessories for women through harnessing artisan talent.
HTHT have revitalised authentic artisanship by working with the Association for Craft Producers (ACP) in Kathmandu, Nepal. ACP is a not-for-profit fair trade organisation, certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation, who provide opportunities for low income, primarily female artisans in Nepal.
When starting the label, the team actively sought out ACP as a fair trade producer to help create their 100% wool knitwear collection. Travelling to Kathmandu and working directly with the craftspeople, they have fostered a strong relationship over the years. The collection reflects both HTHT’s designs and the artisan’s native craft skills. "People, materials, traditions and crafts, nature, beauty, diversity and connection with cultures from around the world are all combined and significantly contribute towards our understanding and appreciation of fashion."
HTHT sent me one of their handmade skirts and matching fingerless mittens in a very seasonal red, both from the fourth ‘Made in Nepal’ knitwear collection for AW15. The close knit of the skirt and its luxurious weight creates warmth as it wraps around you- perfect for winter walks, late night shopping or as a gift this Christmas! Vibrant and uplifting in colour with a geometric pattern, the skirt works well with dark leather boots and a simple top. The mittens are crafted in a similar style and are an ideal accompaniment to the skirt.
The group have also revitalised the traditional method of Nepalese weaving known as Dhaka, by collaborating with ACP to incorporate the Dhaka textiles into their designs. This striking first ever Dhaka womanswear collection can be viewed here.
HTHT also hold a variety of fun and educational workshops throughout the year. These include; knitting and sewing classes, clothes swaps as well as a variety of seasonal and festive events. The one that caught my eye was the wonderfully quirky ‘Dinner to Dye For,’ whereby foods containing natural dyes, such as red cabbage, are prepared by participants to dye their own garments. These foods are then used to create a memorable three course meal. These sensory, DIY workshops reinforces the connection between consumption and material and aim to encourage people to replicate these practices in their own lives.
HTHT is an exciting brand, committed to delivering it's ethos by offering beautifully made, sustainable clothing as well as educating the wider community through innovative workshops and events.