Can fashion be a catalyst for social change?
Are the concepts of sustainability, environmental awareness and conscious decisions supported by an industry known for fluctuating trends and over-consumption? How can our collective decisions about style help to make the world a better place?
Come learn from our panel how the fashion industry is tackling these challenges by designing consciously, sourcing sustainably and manufacturing locally. Discover how fashion and social innovation are merging to create value-added practices and transforming relationships between suppliers, retailers and consumers. Find out fashion’s role within the sustainability movement and how people in the industry are developing innovative ways to create long-term impact.
Thanks to Green Spaces for hosting this event!
Our Panel Includes:
Carmen Artigas, Panel Moderator
Professor at FIT and Parsons The New School for Design
A sustainable design consultant, Carmen currently teaches Ethical Fashion at FIT and Parsons, in order to reevaluate the human and environmental cost of a product and to advocate for craftsmanship, endangered crafts and to redefine “made-in and made-by”.
Eileen Moran, NOW Showcase
The latest on sustainable fashion trade shows and showrooms
The Now Showcase highlights the newest in progressive, independent, environmentally conscious, locally- produced, fashion, accessory and lifestyle design. Their cooperative community approach has fostered incredible support and collaborations between buyers, press and designers.
Summer Rayne Oakes, Source4Style
Sustainable sourcing and the supply-chain traceability
Source4Style is an online destination for designers to search and source the world’s leading sustainable materials from suppliers around the globe. Their sourcing portal allows you to search a curated selection of material and connect directly with suppliers around the globe at the click of a button.
Deirdre McGuigan, INDEGO AFRICA
Working with cooperatives and artisans
INDEGO AFRICA is an innovative social enterprise that partners with women artisans in Rwanda on a fair trade basis to drive forward a sustainable, long-term solution to systemic poverty in Africa. INDEGO AFRICA sells its partners' contemporary accessories and home décor products at high-end retailers and on its online store, returning 100% of its profits to the women for ground-breaking long-term skills training programs.
David Radparvar, Holstee
Producing designer products and sustainability standards
Holstee is now a vibrant marketplace for meaningful products from around the world. From a wallet made from plastic bags collected on the streets of Delhi to belts crafted from retired firefighting hoses, Holstee produces and curates highly innovative, beautiful and sustainable products. They donate 10% of all sales to help entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Erica Wolf, Save the Garment Center
Made in the USA: How to make it work for your business
Save the Garment Center’s (STGC) mission is to preserve, promote, and strengthen fashion companies, brands, factories, and suppliers in New York City who design and produce quality clothing in the Garment District. There are 24,000 apparel manufacturing jobs in New York City that make this domestic clothing production possible, and STGC creates transparent access to all of these resources for the future designers of America. These resources enable new fashion entrepreneurs to start a business and a fashion line leading to the creation of American jobs.
Join us and learn about fashion and social change. Free beer, organic soda, and juice will be provided!
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