EcoSessions: Crafting Connections (NYC)

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Fashion Institute of Technology

HAFT Theater

227 W 27th St

New York, NY 10001

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FIT's Textile and Surface Design Department and New York Textile Month Present:

EcoSessions : Crafting Connections

September 27, 2017

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (EST)

Supporting creative communities requires consumers to recognize and covet the unique characteristics of craft. This panel conversation between Jennifer Gootman (West Elm), Abrima Erwyah (Studio One Eighty Nine) and Luna Lee (EILEEN FISHER) will address the role of brands in developing an appreciation for textiles and communicating the craft story to their customers so commerce can support artisan communities. Part of New York Textile Month.


6:30 pm - Doors Open

7:00-8:00 - Panel discussion

8:00-8:30 - Wrap-up and networking


Jennifer Gootman is the Vice President of Social Consciousness and Innovation at West Elm, where she oversees the brand’s commitments around supply chain transparency, artisan sourcing and sustainability. Jennifer also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for West Elm’s parent company, Williams Sonoma, Inc., leading social labor compliance and programming across the company’s eight brands. Prior to West Elm, Jennifer spent more than a decade working with non-profits and social enterprises in New York, Nicaragua and India, connecting artisan businesses with larger markets and identifying innovative ways to link economic development and the arts. Jennifer holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, is a recent fellow in the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program, and makes jewelry in her spare time. She has been invited to present her work at the Aspen Institute, United Nations, Fast Company Innovation Festival, Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference and Fair Trade Federation Conference and sits on the board of Chicago-based ethical fashion company Mata Traders.

Abrima Erwayah is the Co-founder and President of Studio One Eighty Nine, a social enterprise launched in February 2013 with actress and activist, Rosario Dawson. Studio One Eighty Nine aims to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of a private artisan-produced collection, as well as through their support of other brands. They focus on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training. Their hope is to see fashion in Ghana and Africa grow and be recognized as a multi-billion-dollar industry as it is in the UK, the US. Abrima has been named a top ethical fashion and Ghanaian designer to know by Teen Vogue, and currently operates two directly owned stores based in New York City and Accra. In addition, Studio One Eighty Nine is sold in stores such as Opening Ceremony, Yoox, Biffi, Atrium, Donna Karen’s Urban Zen and The Surf Lodge. Studio One Eighty Nine partners with brands including Edun and Fendi

Luna Lee, as Human Rights Leader and a member of the Social Consciousness Team for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Luna facilitates the company’s human rights work for its supply chain. In her role, Luna helps expand the company’s human rights program by engaging internal teams, and going deeper and wider into the supply chain. She has launched innovative programs such as a cellphone survey of workers in India and Peru, brought trainings on human trafficking and ethical trade to company employees and held a worker video contest in China factories. Luna is also a member of the Sustainability Design Team; a cross functional team that leads the company’s sustainability work. She came to EILEEN FISHER with extensive volunteer background with the YWCA. Originally from Malaysia, Luna can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and English.


Kate Black, Founder of Magnifeco (and EcoSessions). Recognized as an expert in ethical fashion and sustainable living, Kate is the founder of (launched ’09) and author of ‘Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty’ (published '15), and the producer and host of Magnifeco Radio, a weekly podcast on iTunes. She launched EcoSessions in 2013 to connect industry, designers and citizens through conversations in sustainability. EcoSessions are regularly held in Toronto, Montreal, London, Berlin, LA and New York. Kate is also a part-time professor of Ethical Fashion and Corporate Respsonsibility in the Apparel Industry at FIT.


Is there a charge for tickets?

No. EcoSessions has partnered with West Elm and FIT to offer this event for free.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. You just need to give your name at the door.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. Just gve their name at the door.

What can I bring into the event?

Business cards, and other promotional material to share about your brand/project/upcoming event during the networking portion.

Can I volunteer?

Yes - email for more info.

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