Conscious Fashion Tech News & Events in NYC | 10.1.18–10.27.18 | Conscious Shopping Panel Event Recap

Dear Friend,

Last week we had a full house at the panel discussion focused on conscious consumption Balanced Fashion hosted last week. Our panelists were Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange, Tara St James, Founder of Study NY, Taryn Hipwell is the founder of Beyond the Label, the author of How to Shop for Shi(f)t, Lauren Engelke, Sustainable Fashion Stylist and Anabel Maldonado, Founder of The Psychology of Fashion. Thanks so much for the amazing panelists for the insightful discussion and for the audience for actively listening! You can find the recap and photos from the event here, and watch the full video from the panel here. In addition, we hosted our first clothing swapping event, which was a success thanks to the support from Global Fashion Exchange. During the 3 hours of the swap, we helped eliminate the total of 21 pounds of clothing waste!

Read this comprehensive article I published on Medium today, featuring some of the main takeaways from the panel + additional tips on how to be a conscious fashion consumer.

News Digest:

Sustainability & Ethics

  • Science Alone Won’t Save the Earth. People Have to Do That — New York Times
  • This clothing company is making its factory wages public. — Fast Company
  • ‘Sustainability means nothing’: How atelier Repairs’ Maurizio Donadi approaches responsible fashion — Glossy
  • Levi’s is really gunning to cut its carbon footprint. — Fast Company
  • More and more retailers are buying back their clothing for resale and recycling. — Forbes
  • The RealReal debuts consignment Sustainability Calculator — EcoTextile

Business & Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Apparel Industry — Asia Central
  • Hong Kong shirtmaker Esquel turns to robots to beat US tariffs — SCMP
  • Is Farfetch founder Neves the Jeff Bezos of fashion? — Forbes
  • Can Paris grow its fashion-tech game? — Business of Fashion


Tuesday, October 2nd

6:00pm The Dolphin Tank: Fashion Tech in NYC

Come join Springboard Entreprise for an interactive discussion led by an expert panel that focuses on one thing: “How can we help?” The objective is to provide connections and advice to enable entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities. With Veronika Harbick (Founder/CEO, Thursday Finest), Sapna Shah (Principal, Red Giraffe), Claire Fauquier (Principal, Corigin Ventures), Roxanne Elings (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine). Price: Free Location: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 1251 6th Ave

Wednesday, October 3rd

6:30pm Advertising and Marketing Strategies for Startups

What are the best ways to get the word out about your startup? Marketing technology gets more sophisticated by the month and opportunities for online and offline advertising always present themselves. The latter especially in NYC, where we’ve seen startups like Justworks, Away, and Oscar use offline techniques like subway ads to increase awareness for their brand. Price: $20 Location: Alley Chelsea, 119 West 24th Street, 2nd fl.

Thursday, October 4th

8:30–10:00 Breakfast w/ An Investor

With Lindsay Avigliano, a Senior Associate at Prolog Ventures, where she invests in early-stage consumer products companies in the health and wellness space. . Price: $20 Location: KettleSpace @ Baar Baar, 13 E 1st St

7:00–8:30pm Crypto & Blockchain — The Biggest Scam Of Our Time Or Our Last Best Hope?

When millions of people started to re-direct their lives, careers and money toward cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and began to announce new, ambitious blockchain start-ups almost every day, there are two possibilities: Either we’re witnessing one of history’s periodic examples of “herd mentality” around a new technology way before it’s ready for prime time… OR… Cryptocurrencies and blockchain are going to fundamentally change how money, information and transactions are organized in our The economy and do so in a way that dramatically improves the world. Price: $40 Location: The Assemblage John Street, 17 John Street

Monday, October 8th

6:00pm How Brands Can Engage Consumers In 2018 & Beyond

With Linda Boff (CMO, GE), Pam El (CMO, NBA), Joanna Lord (CMO, Classpass), Christina Carbonell (Founder,, Emily Culp (ex-CMO, Keds), Rich Greenfield (Analyst, BTIG). Price: Free Location: Betaworks Studios, 29 Little W 12th St

Thursday, October 11th (and October 13 and 14)

Sustaining Sustainable Budget Boot Camp

SewEthico presents: Sustaining Sustainable, How designers can face their toughest challenges to grow their brand. Ethical Fashion has exploded in the last couple of years. Between ethical brands expanding at rapid rates, and sustainable bloggers and influencers popping up every few days, It’s officially in fashion; Ethical is the new Black. With ethical in high demand, why do so many independent and ethical fashion designers close up shop? Succeeding in this market is tough, and designers need to know the essentials to go from survive to thrive. Join us for our panel talk and budget boot camp to target your toughest challenges and grow your brand. Price: $20 — $149 (Use discount code for Balanced Fashion newsletter subscribers, BF35 for 25% off. Location: Arlo hotel // The Canvas NYC

Friday, October 12th

2:00pm — 5:00pm Open House New York 2018 Open Studios at the BF+DA

The annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. OHNY is partnering with Made in NYC to open more than a dozen factories, giving you a glimpse of how New York City’s makers produce everything from silk flowers to structural steel to distilled spirits. Price: Free Location: Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor

Monday, October 15th

6:30pm — 8:30pm NYC FTC Sustainable Fashion Committee Meeting

Join the NYC Fair Trade Coalition every 3rd Monday of the month for an evening of planning, organizing, and collaboration. Learn how to get involved and push the sustainable fashion movement forward! Price: $8 (free for NYC FTC members) Location: LIM College, 216 E 45th Street

Thursday, October 18th

6:30pm — 8pm Disrupting Fashion: Technology and Artificial Intelligence

Technology and artificial intelligence are having an enormous impact on all aspects of the fashion industry, from design to production to consumption. How can technology help bring customized fit to the masses? How can it help create garments in a more sustainable manner, to lessen the impact on the environment and climate change? What are the next innovations in sales, retail, and design? A panel of fashion and technology experts will discuss the disruption and re-creation of the fashion industry. Price: Free Location: Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue

6:00pm — 9:00pm ShareMyBag NYC Event

We will talk about fashion, sharing and sustainability. Nyc influencers will join us and will share their experience. The event will be the best chance to know more about ShareMyBag and to try it! Our team will show you how it works and remember to bring with you at least one fashion item. Price: Free Location: Rent 24, 25 West 39th Street, 14 Floor

Saturday, October 27th

3pm — 6pm Book Launch and Sustainable Fashion Panel: Mending Matters

In addition to the launch and book signing, BLUE will be hosting a sustainable fashion panel, comprised of Elizabeth Cline, Amy DuFault, and Katrina Rodabaugh, which will discuss how mindful fashion practices can impact communities and the greater eco system as a whole. Price: Free Location: BLUE: Tatter Textile Library, 505 Carroll Street, Suite 2B

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