ao is a project based design consultancy, specialising in the development, research and implementation of sustainable textiles.

Karen, Penny and Emma founded ao textiles, in 2006, while collaborating on the Ecoture™ Collection. They discovered that their shared philosophy and diverse skills in embroidery, natural dyeing and hand-marbling made for a unique creative model.

All ao projects put sustainable choices at the heart of production methods, and demonstrate that innovative textiles and an environmentally responsible design are not mutually exclusive.

One of the core principles of ao is that the practices of upcycling, local sourcing and the extraction of plant dyes can be used to create high quality textiles in a vibrant, wide range of colours. The commitment to both quality and sustainability has been acknowledged, with ao’s work appearing on the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Oscars and gaining recognition from the EFF Source Awards, 2012. ao’s dyeing process received the stamp of approval from Greenpeace International’s Detox Fashion Campaign, 2013.

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