Conscious Fashion Tech News & Events in NYC | 3.18.19–2.26.19 | Data on the Issue of Overproduction in Fashion Industry

Dear Friend,

Some of you already know that I am working on a 360° article series on the topic of Circular Economy in Fashion that is planned to come out this Spring. I’m a firm believer in fashion’s necessary and natural transition towards circular economy so I have been speaking, organizing events, and consulting my clients on the concept of circularity in fashion for a couple of years now. Companies like The Renewal Workshopare essential for “closing the loop”, they turn discarded clothing and textiles into Renewed Apparel. At The Renewal Workshop, data is collected on everything that flows through the system and is given back to their brand partners to help them improve the production and design of future products. It is a zero waste system that recovers the full value out of what has already been created as a way of serving customers, partners and planet. Listen to my interview with Nicole Bassett, Co-founder and CEO of The Renewal Workshop for the Fashion Is Your Business podcast to learn more about this company’s direct contribution to circular economy in fashion.

Directly connected to the topic of circularity, like many issues in a sustainable fashion — my friends from ShareCloth (an integrated cloud-based solution that empowers on-demand production for fashion) pulled together a comprehensive report on the issue of the overproduction in Fashion Industry. I’ve reposted their report on my blog to support their product and have more people really see where our industry’s Achilles heel is. In this article, you’ll learn about the scale, causes, and consequences of overproduction. Read it here. Also, here’s the insightful infographic created by ShareCloth team:

TOP NEWS:

Latest Industry Reports

High Consciousness: Where is our industry heading?

  • UN launches Alliance for Sustainable Fashion — Fashion United
  • Fashion Revolution Week: seven ways to get involved — Guardian
  • Landfill to Luxury: Will Fashion Cash in on $160 Billion Yearly Upcycle? — OZY
  • Building a Sustainable Brand: How to Get Started — The Business of Fashion
  • Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year — iD
  • The Sustainable Fashion Forum Provides a Tech Focus for a Green Apparel Manufacturing — Apparel News
  • Are direct-to-consumer brands the future for sustainable fashion? — Vogue India
  • Playing for keeps: Is designing emotional durability the key to a circular economy? — GreenBiz
  • Retail Trends To Watch In 2019 — CBInsights
  • The influence of ‘woke’ consumers on fashion — McKinsey
  • Seriously, stop throwing away your old clothes — Fast Company
  • How to Get Your Customers to Pay Full Price — The Business of Fashion

What do we need to know to prepare for the shift?

  • The Achilles heel of fashion: Overstock — Thrive Global
  • Does Your Feminist T-Shirt Empower The Women Who Made It? — Fashion Revolution
  • Imitation in Fashion Is a Huge Problem, But It’s Probably Not Going Anywhere — Teen Vogue
  • Behind the new and improved “Project Runway” — The New York Times
  • Buying new is not sustainable, no matter how you sew it — Huck
  • Calvin Klein to close luxury collections business — The Guardian

TOP EVENTS:

Modnay, March 18th

5:45pm Design Driven NYC: Instagram, Discovery, New York Times & Squarespace

The best design event in the city! Ted-talk style presentations by Nill Nussbaum, Product Design Manager, Instagram, Barbara deWilde Executive Creative Director, New Products and Ventures, NY Times, Liesel Kipp, SVP, Product and Design, Discovery, Satu Pelkonen, Visual Design Manager, Squarespace Price: Free Location: Squarespace, 8 Clarkson S

Tuesday, March 19th

6:00pm The Future of Consumption // February Futurists Forum

Our actions become the vote to determine how our economy is structured. In February’s Futurist Forum, we focus on the Future of Consumption and on envisioning a future of access over ownership. In changing paradigms from ownership and accumulation to access and participation, we can each contribute to a more sustainable and efficient world where resources are regenerated rather than depleted. Price: Free Location: 132 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Smart Cities New York Town Hall at New Lab

Monday, March 25th

7:00pm Designing an Intentional+Intelligent Future

Join us to discuss how we design a local, global network at the intersection of technology, science, ethics, wellness, and art to design a more human-centered future. Price: Free Location: The Assemblage NoMad 114 East 25th Street

Thursday, March 28th

6:00pm The Future of Consumption // March Futurists Forum

In February’s Futurist Forum, we focus on the Future of Consumption and on envisioning a future of access over ownership. In changing paradigms from ownership and accumulation to access and participation, we can each contribute to a more sustainable and efficient world where resources are regenerated rather than depleted. Price: Free Location: 132 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 31

12:00–6:00pm NYC Feminist Zinefest 2019

NYC’s biggest & most-feminist-themed zinefest is BACK! Come join us for a jumble of magic, creativity, witchy energy, and zines zines zines. Our big list of tablers and a full day of workshops and programming will be announced very soon! Price: Free Location: 3009 Broadway @ 116th Street — Barnard College

Thursday, April 4th

8:30am — 12:00pm XRC Labs Cohort 7 Demo Day

For 14 weeks, XRC’s Cohort 7 companies have attended workshops, classes, 1-on-1 consultations, meetings with mentors and have received introductions to retailers and brands. We have challenged their assumptions, identified new business opportunities, and worked to maximize their potential partnerships. Price: Free Location: John L. Tishman Auditorium, 63 5th Avenue

Friday, April 12th

Whole day Fashion Tech Forum

The New Leadership: Defining Purpose and Driving Change in an Age of Uncertainty. This year, FTF goes to the next level. We attack the hard conversations with candor, humor and humanity. We recognize that companies and business leaders have the ability to make a difference now, more than ever before, and we celebrate the leaders that are rising to the occasion. Price: $850 Location: NYC, TBD

Tuesday, April 26th

6:00pm Global Fest — a fundraiser to support fair trade

With the help of our wonderful community and partners, we’ll have live music, fashion presentations, light hors d’oeuvres, open bar (with signature fair trade cocktail), awards, and much much more. Don’t miss out on this culminating event to Fashion Revolution Week! Price: $50 Location: LIM College 216 East 45th Street

COOL FINDS:

Stay Inspired,

Nataliya Makulova
Founder of Balanced Fashion, Conscious Fashion Tech Consulting Agency

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