Andrea Cooper – Territory Manager for Junk Kouture France

In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen welcomed Andrea Cooper who comes from Ireland. She’s a school teacher, a horse riding instructor and since August 2021 has been Territory Manager for Junk Kouture ( in France.

Extremely passionate about fashion, education
and sustainability, her work for Junk Kouture marries all these interests together.  
Junk Kouture is the largest sustainable fashion competition in the world. It challenges
the world’s talented emerging designers (aged 13-18), artists and performers to
create and model high-end couture made from everyday junk! It is a youth-led project
inspiring climate action by turning waste into something amazing.
After spreading the competition to hundreds of schools across France, Andrea is
organising Junk Kouture’s first ever Paris City Final at the L’Imprimerie, in the 9th
arrondisement, date to be confirmed on:
L’Imprimerie will welcome to the stage a total of 40 haute-couture designs made from
100% recycled materials created and modelled by talented young designers as they
aim to make the Top 10 to represent France at the Junk Kouture World Final later
this year, competing with young designers from Milan, London, the UAE, Dublin and
New York in Abu Dhabi.

You can also check out a video about Junk Kouture which explains what it’s about – watch it here:

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