The concept for AFTER:WORK was born in 2016 out of a desire to reduce the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) sent to landfill, whilst at the same time producing a range of striking, functional and fashionable bags and other accessories.
In the United Kingdom alone, over 1600 tonnes of PPE (high visibility clothing and work wear) is disposed of each year, with over 90% of this being sent to landfill or incinerated. AFTER:WORK believes it can play an important part in reducing these figures by giving PPE a second life.
AFTER:WORK is based in East London and works alongside local production units including Heba Women’s Project, in Brick Lane and Making for Change - a fashion training and manufacturing unit in HMP Downview women's prison.
AFTER:WORK is lead by Founder and Director Johnson Wong. Johnson graduated with an MA in Fashion Futures from the London College of Fashion in 2017. The concept for AFTER:WORK developed out of his MA project.
Samples of articles / press
Awards / recognition
Featured in Sublime Magazine, July 2018: http://www.sublimemagazine.com/it-s-in-the-bag
Featured as a "Creative Talent" in Pitch Fanzine Magazine, June 2018 publication (https://www.thepitchfanzine.com/creative-talent/2018/6/11/after-work).
Awarded Sublime Magazine Good Brand Award 2018. This is awarded to businesses who products are delivered in an environmentally and socially friendly manner (http://www.sublimemagazine.com/good-brands-award).
Selected to exhibit at Sustainable Style: Fashion for the Future event at British Embassy, Paris, March 2018 (http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/fashion/2018/03/12/lcf-at-british-embassys-sustainable-fashion-paris/).
Recipient of UAL SEED “Try It” and “Do It” awards 2017.
Selected to exhibit in the ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR, FUTURES exhibition as part of London Design Festival 2017.