Lynda Grose co-founded ESPRIT’s ecollection, which was the first ecologically responsible clothing line developed by a major corporation and set pioneering standards for the textile industry.
As a practicing designer, consultant, and educator, Lynda works with clients across all sectors of the economy; from private businesses to non-profit organizations and governments, and from designers to artisans and farmers. Her client list includes UNDP, The Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans, G.Hensler, Gap Inc, Turkish Government, US Department of Agriculture, Market Place India, Patagonia, Green Peace, 13-mile Farm, and Shayan Craft Center. She runs workshops on sustainability for design teams, and is a frequent speaker at corporate offices, trade conferences, and universities.
Lynda's work has been featured in scores of magazines, books and periodicals, including Fashion Today (Colin McDowell), Design + Environment (Helen Lewis and John Gertsakis), Eco Chic (Sandy Black), Beyond Green (Jan Brand et al); Elle Magazine, Metropolis, Textile View, and Business Ethics, to name a few. Lynda is a contributing author to Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact (Woodhouse Publishing, London) and Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles: Values, Design, Production and Consumption (Greenleaf Publishing). Her own articles have appeared in International Textiles Magazine, Ecotextiles Magazine and Pesticide Action Networks journal, Pesticides News. Most recently, Lynda co-authored the book: Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change (Lawrence King Publishers, London), which connects ecological theory and fashion practice and explores how a new aesthetic that emerges when sustainability values are embraced as a core design directive has the potential to transform the fashion system as well as the innovators working within it.
Identified in 2008 by London's Financial Times as one of the "green power brokers," Lynda currently serves as assistant professor in CCA’s Fashion Design Program. She developed curricula for and teaches CCA’s fashion for sustainability seminar and studio classes, and the machine knitting and design studios. She is also lead faculty of curricula for CCA's Fashion Sustainability Workshop Series for working professionals, and lead investigator for the international fashion research project, Local Wisdom.
Lynda sees design as a force that can help give form to a sustainable society and is passionate about emergent roles for designers working in this context.