Sarah Ratty is not just a name; she is a movement, a force, a catalyst for change. As a conscious global fashion pioneer and Sustainable Fashion Creative Mentor at the Creative Mentor Network, Sarah’s journey in the realm of sustainable fashion is nothing short of inspiring. Over the years, she has successfully carved out a niche for herself by championing the integration of sustainability into design, thereby laying down a new template for an industry often criticised for its environmental footprint.
In the 1990s, a time when sustainable fashion was still an emerging concept, Sarah took a leap of faith by launching her own label, “Conscious Earthwear.” This bold move made her a trailblazer, setting her apart as one of the earliest proponents of eco-friendly fashion. With her foundation in Fashion and Textiles from the University of the West of England and the knowledge amassed from various part-time courses across prestigious institutions, she was well-prepared to challenge the status quo. As the Founder and CEO of Conscious Earthwear, Sarah’s innovative vision led her to work with an array of eco-friendly materials. From repurposing military waste to recycling plastic soda bottles and adopting Oekotex-certified fabrics, she showcased that sustainability and style can coexist harmoniously.
Her continuous quest for sustainable innovation found another outlet in 2003 when she founded Ciel. This award-winning eco-fashion and lifestyle womenswear brand is testimony to Sarah’s indefatigable spirit and commitment. Garnering accolades such as the UK Fashion Exports Award for Ethical Fashion and the Observer Style Awards 2007 British Chamber Awards for Sustainability, Ciel quickly became a brand synonymous with eco-conscious luxury. Sarah’s brilliance extends beyond the realm of her own brands. The fashion industry’s crème de la crème, including icons like Cate Blanchett, Livia Firth, and Kate Moss, have proudly adorned her designs. Collaborations with high-end brands such as Whistles, Anthropologie, and Dr. Martins have further solidified her stature in the industry.
Her work has been recognised on global platforms, with exhibits at the United Nations, Victoria & Albert Museum, and even international venues like Raffles in Singapore and British Hotwave in Tokyo. Beyond her accolades and creations, Sarah’s voice resonates powerfully in the industry. As a former assessor of the European Sustainable Business Awards and judge of the Ethical Fashion Awards, she possesses profound insights into the nuances of sustainable fashion. Today, Sarah Ratty stands tall as a coveted keynote speaker, sharing her vision and passion for a more sustainable fashion industry. For those eager to witness a blend of creativity, sustainability, and unmatched passion, Sarah Ratty is the speaker to book.
Sarah Ratty is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Thank you Sarah for delivering a tremendous visual and sound presentation for our One planet, One Chance event at Tate Modern this summer. Your knowledge of sustainability in fashion is second to none and was extremely informative. You came across loud, clear and passionate about the subject which captivated our audience. I would thoroughly recommend your services as a presenter and look forward to working with you again sometime soon.”