Conscious Fashion Tech News & Events in NYC | 9.27.18–10.27.18 | THIS WEEK: Conscious Shopping Panel + Clothing Swap

Dear Friend,

Sending this email a week earlier than scheduled to remind you about the two Balanced Fashion events I’m hosting this week at The Canvas space:

On Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30pm: a panel discussion focused on conscious consumption. Our panelists are Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange, Lan Vy Wynn, Founder of Fashion 4 Freedom, 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)tand Lauren Engelke, Sustainable Fashion Stylist. I’ll be moderating this panel and before we start, I’ll lead a short meditation for us to feel more grounded and connected.

On Saturday, Sept.26th between 2pm and 5pm: Balanced Fashion’s first clothing swap, facilitated by Global Fashion Exchange. Rules and more information about the swap are available at the event page. For those who would like to participate in the clothing swap, please bring 3–5 of your gently worn, clean items to the panel on Thursday night and come back for the swapping day. 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 both events here and use balancedfashionswap5off code for $5 off discount for our newsletter subscribers. (which makes it a free code for the clothing swap event)

Look forward to seeing you there!

News Digest:

Sustainability & Ethics

  • Brands are using blockchain to promote sustainable products — Digiday
  • Zara and H&M leading the discussions about sustainability, says Launchmetrics study — Fashion United
  • London Fashion Week vows to be fur-free — The Guardian
  • Is renting designer fashion the future? — FT
  • Where Burberry waste goes now British fashion brand isn’t burning clothes any more — South China Morning Post
  • More than ever, our clothes are made of plastic. Just washing them can pollute the oceans — Vox
  • The environment’s new clothes: biodegradable textiles grown from live organisms — Scientific American
  • Is certification the answer to fashion’s ethical issues? — LS:N Global

Business & Technology

  • The RealReal Treats Your Wardrobe as a Portfolio of Investments to Buy and Sell — Quartzy
  • The menswear market is going all in on experiential retail — Fashionista
  • Glossier CEO Emily Weiss on why the company won’t sell on Amazon — TechCrunch
  • Do robots dream of Prada? How artificial intelligence is reprogramming fashion — The Guardian
  • Is Farfetch founder Neves the Jeff Bezos of fashion? — Forbes
  • RFID technology addresses consumer woes over out-of-stocks — WWD
  • More consumers than ever want retailers to personalize service — Retail Dive
  • Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy — FastCompany
  • How Facebook AI May Help to Change the Way We Shop Online in the Future — CNBC


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

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 29t

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 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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