Conscious Fashion Tech News & Events in NYC | 9.17.18–10.27.18 | Balanced Fashion Clothing Swap + Panel

Illustration by Agata Wierzbicka

Dear Friend,

The ultimate goal of the Balanced Fashion Agency is to create a more conscious fashion industry. This month, while NY fashion week coverage takes over Instagram feeds and industry conversations, I reflect on the nature of these cycles. If we want the change to happen, the action needs to come within — so I am now consciously less and less actively involved in the fashion events and activities during the fashion week season. I also haven’t bought anything new since May 2018 and reused + repurposed my old clothes for last month’s Burning Man experience (you can follow my reflections from the Burn on my Instagram page). According to True Cost movie from 2015, the average American generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. We as customers and industry professionals can slow this rhythm of over production / consumption more than we think. if we make conscious choices together, with the same vision in mind — we will see the changes in the industry faster than we may imagine. There’s a power in the synergy and conversations of Balanced Fashion is set to foster.

On September 27th we are kicking off our first Clothing Swapping event and partnering with swap events experts at Global Fashion Exchange to make it a seamless experience for everyone. Clothing swaps are intended to provide our community with a chance to reduce the amount of underutilized items in their life and replace with those with a chance higher use and utilization.

On the evening of 27th, we will host a panel discussion with influencers in the sustainable space in NYC focused on conscious consumption. Panelists will include Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange, Lan Vy Wynn, Founder of Fashion 4 Freedom and Tara St James, Founder of Study NY.

For those who would like to participate in the clothing swap, bring 3–5 of your gently worn, clean items to the panel on Thursday night, Sept. 27th and return for the swapping day, Saturday, Sept. 29h between 2pm and 5pm. If you can’t contribute your garments on Thursday, please arrive a half an hour before the swap is open so that we can merchandise your items.

RSVP for the event and swap here and use balancedfashionswap5off code for $5 off discount for our newsletter subscribers.

News Digest:

Sustainability & Ethics

  • Forget leather, the future of fashion is all about fish skin — WIRED
  • The designers fashioning the future — i-D
  • What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion — The Cut
  • Fashion to Die For — Business of Fashion
  • Why Instagram’s ‘outfit of the day’ hashtag is bad for fashion — and bad for the soul — TheGuardian
  • Yara Shahidi: ‘Brown Faces Are Bankable’ — Business of Fashion
  • Fashion’s Dirty Little Secret And How It’s Coming Clean — Forbes
  • The future of fashion: Complex, diverse, and more vocal than ever — CNN

Business & Technology

  • Twilight Tech: The Illusory LFW Project Revealing An Iceberg Of Virtual Fashion Innovation — Forbes
  • All you need to know about Farfetch’s US IPO — Fashion United
  • A Home Away From The Home Page — The New York Times
  • The numerous questions around the rise of CGI models and influencers — Vogue
  • Do robots dream of Prada? How artificial intelligence is reprogramming fashion — The Guardian
  • How Analytics and Digital Will Drive Next-Generation Retail Merchandising — McKinsey & Company
  • AR Tops List of Future Shopping Experiences — Retail Dive
  • Instagram Is Building a Standalone App for Shopping — The Verge


September is a Textile Month in NYC! Check out more events not listed in this newsletter here.

Ongoing till Sept.20th:

BF+DA Designers Join The Shops at Columbus Circle

Pratt/BF+DA will curate a showcase on the 2nd floor to tell the stories of the apparel brands at the BF+DA, each of whom has a unique story and business model that promotes sustainability and ethical practices in the apparel industry. Price: FreeLocation: The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Cir, 2nd Floor

Monday, September 17th

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

7:00pm — 9:00pm The Future of Funding

Join Lisa Wang, Founder of SheWorx, Rodrigo Nino, Founder of The Assemblage, Arthur Bavelas, CEO of Bavelas Family Office Group, and Catherine Ulrich, Managing Director of Firstmark Capital to discuss how new sources of capital and structures of funding can level the playing field. Price: $40 (free the Assembladge members) Location: The Assemblage NoMad, 114 East 25th

7:00pm Blockchain & Supply Chain — What’s Working & What Isn’t

Join us for a deeply educational talk on the intersection between blockchain & supply chain. We’ll have two speakers speak back to back on what is working and what isn’t working in the blockchain / supply chain world and then transition to an informative panel with immediate QA from the audience. Price: Free Location: Rise NYC, 43 W 23rd St, 2nd Fl

Tuesday, September 18th

5:45pm Design Driven

With Matthew Strom (Design Dir., Wall Street Journal), Andrew Crow (VP Design, Strava), Laura Hahn (Head of Design, Priceline), Jake Appel (Sr Advisor, Behavioral Insights) Price: Free Location: BuzzFeed, 111 E 18th

6:00pm — 6:30pm The Rise of Sustainability

Sustainability is now woven into the fabric of how the most innovative and successful companies operate, and the fashion and jewelry industries are no exceptions. Join our experts to learn about innovations in sustainable fashion and jewelry, the companies that are driving the movement and the circular economy, plus how you can contribute as a conscious consumer. Price: Free Location: The RealReal, 80 Wooster Street

5pm — 7pm Textile Tutorial Night at Purl Soho

Instructors will be offering two hours of fun and informative hands-on tutorials and demonstrations in weaving, knitting, and crochet. Bring your questions and curiosity as we explore all things textile! All craft levels encouraged! Price: Free Location: Purl Soho, 459 Broome Street

Wednesday, September 19th

6:30pm Women In Tech Leadership

Join us and learn tools for change from two women who have defeated the odds and have risen to leadership positions in the field. Flatiron School COO, Kristi Riordan in conversation with Citi FinTech CEO, Yolande Piazza discuss their paths, leadership styles, and creating space for diverse voices to be heard. Price: Free Location: Flatiron School, 11 Broadway, #260

7:00pm Conscious Commerce — Aligning Business & Social Impact

This intimate workshop will show you how to bring your business, your strengths and desire to make the world a better place into greater alignment. You will learn how to make the greatest social impact possible through the work you’re already doing. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of how to create more impact, build better relationships with customers, attract impact-focused investors, create a purpose-driven workplace and grow your business in the process. Price: Free Location: The Assemblage John Street, 17 John Street

Thursday, September 20th

8:30am1:00pm CLOSED: The BF+DA and APG on Connecting Finance and Sustainability

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and APG invite you to a small group discussion at the BF+DA between long-term investors and apparel companies. We are pairing professionals from the apparel industry with the investment sector to participate in a dialogue on the how and why of tracking ethical labor practices in the apparel supply chain. Price: Free Location: Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor

6:30pm — 8pm ECOrenaissance: Cocreating a Stylish, Sexy and Sustainable World

Marci Zaroff, award-winning ECOlifestyle pioneer, ladyboss and serial ECOpreneur alongside Emma Loewe, Sustainability Editor at Mindbodygreen will cocreate a fun, inspiring and life-changing conversation about the power of redesign to change the world. Marci will address the impacts of our choices on personal and planetary health — that we’re not just what we eat, but also what we think, use, and wear every day. Price: Free Location: The Assemblage John Street, 17 John Street

6:30pm Building A Platform — An Inside Look At Marketplace Startups

Join us for a deep dive on how to create a marketplace startup as we discuss: Finding your first users and building both sides of your marketplace, Understanding network effects and how they apply to marketplaces, Ensuring good user experience, Keeping your vendors and customers engaged with your product. Price: Free Location: Alley Chelsea, 119 West 24th, Street 2nd fl.

Friday, September 21st

11am — 1pm Repair and Re-dye: Breathe new life into old textiles

Bring your tattered and worn favorite garments and try mending techniques from traditional Japanese sashiko, felting, or improvisational stitching. Indigo vats will be available for on-site dipping. Learn about the economic benefits and the shift in consumer behavior from disposable fashion to one of personally embedded value. Price: Free Location: Parsons Making Center, 2 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

6pm — 8pm Zero Waste Fashion Show Malaika New York

Malaika is having a NYFW presentation showcase for their new collection. The brand is committed to creating zero waste designs that are ethically produced and made with sustainable materials. Price: Free Location: Dreams on Air, 120 Wooster Street

Sunday, September 23

11:30am Brunchwork w/ Instagram

You’re invited to an unforgettable sweetgreen brunch with Eric Solomon, Global Head of Business Marketing at Instagram, and Brian Rashid, one of the world’s top branding and messaging experts. Enjoy a fireside chat with Eric & Brian, curated connections, a business challenge and pitch off…over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. Price: $40 Location: Galvanize, 303 Spring St

Wednesday, September 26th

9am — 5pm Sixth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development

The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ICSD provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies. Price: Free for full-time students or $260-$310 Location: Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway

7:00pm Will AI Change Everything?

Since the beginning of time, humanity has been the most intelligent, insightful, innovative force on the planet. A.I. and its various incarnations and related technologies have already surpassed us in some areas and may well be on the way to surpass us in almost all. And, some argue, A.I. may eventually achieve self-awareness. What are the dangers and opportunities ahead for what may be the most powerful, most widely disruptive technology ever developed? Can we control and direct (and develop and enforce rules for) what we’ve begun to create? Price: $40 Location: The Assemblage John Street, 17 John St

Thursday, September 27th

8:30am — 12pm XRC Labs Cohort 6 Demo Day

For 14 weeks, XRC’s Cohort 6 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. You are invited to see the impressive progress our Cohort 6 companies have made in this short time, as they disrupt the retail and consumer goods sectors. Price: Free Location: Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

4:00pm — 6:00pm Tour the BF+DA

Take a tour of our space and learn more about what we do and the services we have to offer. See our Production Lab, Sustainable Strategies Lab, Technology Lab, and sneak a peek at our talented Fellows working at the BF+DA. Price: Free Location: Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor

6:30pm — 9:30pm Balanced Fashion Conscious Shopping Talk & Panel + Leave your items for the swap

Join us for the conversation on Conscious Shopping presented by Nataliya Makulova, a conscious business consultant and Balanced Fashion Founder. The Panel discussion will feature Patrick Duffy, Founder, Global Fashion Exchange, Lan Vy Wynn, Founder, Fashion 4 Freedom, Tara St James, Founder, Study NY. More speakers will be confirmed soon. Attendees may also drop off items for the clothing swap on Saturday. Price: $15 Location: The Canvas by Querencia Studio, 904 Lexington Avenue

Saturday, September 29th

2pm — 5pm Balanced Fashion Clothing Swap

Balanced Fashion is kicking off our first Clothing Swapping event and partnering with swap events experts at Global Fashion Exchange. Bring 3–5 of your gently worn, clean items to the panel on Thursday night or arrive half an hour before the swap opens on Saturday so that we can merchandise your items. Please see the event link for additional swap instructions. Price: $5 Location: The Canvas by Querencia Studio, 904 Lexington Avenue

Tuesday, October 2nd

The Dolphin Tank: Fashion Tech in NYC

Come join Springboard Entreprise for 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. Price: Free Location: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 1251 6th Ave

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

Saturday, October 27th

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

In addition to the launch and booksigning, 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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