Hanny-d Creations was launched to celebrate designer Hanny Dewar’s passion for one-off, hand-made clothing, accessories and handbags, as well as her burning desire to see changes in attitude in the fashion industry towards sustainability.
The label was launched in 2009. Since expanding her business, Hanny has presented collections at events including Frugal Fashions and the Australian National University’s Sustainable Careers Day. This is Hanny’s first appearance at FASHFEST.
The deliberate sourcing of new and repurposed materials sets Hanny-d Creations apart from many other emerging labels. Clothing and accessories are constructed using recycled remnants, rescued oddments and deconstructed garments. The result is wearable, one-off accessible pieces with a unique edge.
Hanny-d Creations targets working women aged 30 to 45 years who have a sense of the eclectic but also appreciate classic lines and quality finishes. These women seek out timeless pieces to suit their individuality. They share an interest in sustainable eco-friendly practices and value the time and work invested in the finished product.
Hanny has been an avid recycler all her life. She discovered the joys of op-shopping at an early age and loves trolling through charity stores to find treasures. She believes nothing should go to waste if it can be re-used, re-fashioned or re-worked into something new and unique.
Hanny’s garments are simple yet classic in design, with many retro or vintage-inspired styles. Taking the view that ‘less is more’ Hanny avoids overloading designs, garments and accessories with adornments. She leaves trend following to others, preferring to offer something that’s different and very often a little quirky. This makes some of her creations interesting conversation pieces to say the least.
Hanny has been sewing for most of her life, designing her first outfit at the age of 16. She made clothing for herself and family members before deciding to get some formal training.
In the early 80’s Hanny studied Pattern Design and Garment Construction at the Canberra TAFE (now known as Canberra Institute of Technology) achieving diplomas in both subjects.
After five years of promoting sustainable fashion, Hanny is expanding her label to a wider audience through FASHFEST.
Hanny sells her creations through local markets such as the Old Bus Depot Markets, the Canberra Environment Centre and eco-markets.