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The Future of Fashion Part 2: Reducing Waste in the Industry + stopTHINKshop

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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The Future of Fashion #2:

Reducing Waste in the Industry

With consumerism at an all time high and demand for cheap, fast fashion ever growing, how can consumers trace the origins of their clothing and the effect it has on a local, national and global scale? How can we make informed decisions about clothing purchases that lower our carbon footprint?

Join us for the second installment of our 3-part series on the Future of Fashion as we dive into how the fashion industry can reduce its carbon footprint.  We will explore eco-friendly alternatives and how these choices effect the environment as well as the consumer.  3.8 billion pounds of textile waste reaches america’s landfills annually and 95% of it is recyclable.

During the event we will be hosting a pop-up shop with our partner stopTHINKshop. The pop-up shop will feature designers pioneering methods for reducing waste in the industry, including products that are created from zero waste patterns, recyclable materials, and repurposing existing materials.  Attendees can browse and purchase from the shop from 6:30 until 9pm.


{Drinks and snacks will be provided!}

Join the conversation on Twitter #FutureofFashion 

@besocialchange // @studyny// @ABernadette11// //@tabiijust // @NYCrecycles // @Loomstate_org // @magnifeco // @wix


 **This is a continuation of our previous Future of Fashion event - You can read about it here.**

6:30-7:00 PM - Doors open + pop-up shop begins

7:00-8:30 PM - Panel Discussion + Q&A

8:30-9:00 PM - Networking

Our Panelists Include:

Tara St James, Founder - Study

Tara St James is the founder and head designer for the New York-based clothing label Study, an ethical contemporary womenswear brand produced in New York City using sustainable materials. As befits the founder of a line named Study, Tara St. James takes a reflective, directional approach to fashion design–eschewing the standard retail calendar in favor of monthly capsule collections and elevating no-waste patternmaking to new heights. Her break-the-mold designs, which are made in the U.S.A., are wearable brand of high-concept minimalism.

Andrea Reyes, Co-Founder - A.Bernadette

Andrea Reyes co-founded A.Bernadette after living and working in Uganda with female artisans. A. Bernadette employs 100 artisans who create accessories from recycled materials using traditional weaving techniques. In New York, A. Bernadette offers 'Trash to Treasure' an innovative recycling education program, provides internships for students pursuing careers in sustainable fashion, and connects Uganda to America by hosting voluntourism trips to Uganda. Andrea has degrees in Pattern Making, International Trade and Marketing, and Global Fashion Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She teaches Retail Planning and Consumer Products at Berkeley College as well as Production at the New York School of Design.

Tabitha St. Bernard, Co-Founder - Tabii Just

Tabitha St. Bernard is the co-founder and designer of Tabii Just, a womenswear clothing label designed and manufactured in New York City. Tabii Just encourages conscious consumerism specifically through a zero fabric waste approach. Drawing on Tabitha's rich Trinidadian heritage, the aesthetic of Tabii Just is a marriage of Caribbean flair and Brooklyn edge, resulting in vibrant prints done in stream-lined silhouettes.  Tabii Just has been featured on NY1, Style Blazer and Essence Magazine among others. After graduating from FIT, Tabitha honed her skills while interning at Vivienne Tam and designing at Tahari ASL. She also blogs for various outlets about fashion, travel and beauty with a focus on sustainability.

Jessica Schreiber, Program Manager - re-fashionNYC

Jessica Schreiber works for the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling in New York City’s Department of Sanitation. She manages the City’s residential recycling programs including re-fashionNYC for textiles, e-cycleNYC for electronics, and the Apartment Building Recycling Initiative. She has a Masters Degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University, which integrates climate/environmental science and communication to foster sustainable development. She co-authors a food blog and bowls in her spare time.

Rhett Godfrey, Director of Sustainability -Loomstate

Rhett Godfrey is Loomstate's Director of Sustainability. He is also a published author, celebrated children's science and nature educator, and an NYC wild edible plant expert. Rhett is one of the co-founders of an international coalition of brands in support of the world's most sustainable cotton farming communities. Most recently, Rhett has pioneered as effort to create 'the most traceable t-shirt in America', following Loomstate's US cottonseed from the gin to a milk glass. 

Our Moderator:

Kate Black, Founder, Magnifeco 

Kate is the founder and former editor-in-chief of, the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living. Having lived in some of the greenest cities in the world (Amsterdam, Basel, Tokyo, Vancouver and Zurich) before calling Brooklyn home, Kate has written over 1,000 articles about designers and ethical fashion with a decidedly global perspective. Most recently, Kate has launched EcoSessions, a global event platform that brings together designers, industry and consumers to discuss change.



"Presenting Future of Fashion’s 1st Pop-up Shop with stopTHINKshop

stopTHINKshop is partnering with Be Social Change to curate a mini pop up shop that complements the Future of Fashion panel discussion. The shop features designers pioneering methods for reducing waste in the industry, including products that are created from zero waste patterns, recyclable materials, and repurposing existing materials. Clothing and accessories included in the pop up will be available for purchase so come ready to invigorate your style and support social good shopping. Feel good buying when you buy good stuff! Pop-up will begin at 6:30 and go until 9pm.

A. Bernadette  //  Born Again Vintage  //  Heisel  //  Tabii Just //  Vanessa Chew






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When & Where

Wix Lounge
235 West 23rd Street | 8th floor
New York, NY 10012

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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