When we say People Tree has a proud history of creative collaborations, we’re not exaggerating. Such things have become more widely popular over the years – how many Love Island alumni walk straight into a collab with some fast fashion brand or other on exiting the villa, for example? – and are sometimes little more than a name being lent or licensed. Here, though, we’ve always loved the creative process of working directly with our collaborators, and the challenge and joy of something that becomes so much more than the sum of its parts.

Why are creative collabs important to us?

Here are just a few reasons why we love collaborating:

  • It shakes things up: widening the creative circle means things new ideas can spark on both sides, and even beyond the limits of the partnership, both parties have gained valuable experience that will influence their future work.
  • Learning and sharing are a core part of who we are, since the very start.
  • The results are beautiful: from Emma Watson’s daisy tops to the stunning Zandra Rhodes dresses, via some beautiful print pieces with Orla Kiely and Peter Jensen, we have some stunning archive shots (see below) and we’re still creating stunning fashion in collaboration with the V&A Museum, with more exciting projects in the pipeline.
  • It spreads the message that Fair Trade and ethical don’t need to be frumpy or worthy or boring. As journalist Liz Jones said of a Zandra Rhodes collection, “It’s Fair Trade but it doesn’t look like Fair Trade”. The broader the reach of the message, especially to audiences who may not traditionally have thought about sustainability or ethics in fashion, the better for garment workers and the planet. And that’s what People Tree is all about.

A celebration of our collaborations

Between the UK and Japan, we’ve enjoyed many successful collaborations, and are grateful to all those who have worked with us to create such beautiful collections. We’d like to take this occasion to thank them all. We’ve included below a few archive pictures of collabs past and present, but we’d like to know: as a customer, what is your dream People Tree collab? Get in touch on our socials and let us – and them! – know!

V&A Millefleur maxi dress, a long dress with a blue historical print

People Tree x V&A

People Tree x Zandra Rhodes purple skirt

People Tree x Zandra Rhodes

Navy Peter Jensen x People Tree Rabbit Dress

People Tree x Peter Jensen

Red and blue checked dress from the Emma Watson for People Tree collection

People Tree x Emma Watson