Conscious Fashion&Tech Update | Nov 2019 | Panel on 20th, Landfills & Your Support

My speaking opp during the Fashion Tour in NYC this September, organized by Irina Chernyak, founder of La Botanica magazine.

Dear Friend,

Hi, while I’m brewing the new life for Balanced Fashion events on the background, I’m invited to speak at and moderate panels on conscious fashion & tech, which I really enjoy doing. If you’d like to book me or speak about your next event, simply reply to this email.

On Nov. 20th I’ll be moderating a GreenHomeNYC x NYCFTC — Sustainable Fashion Panel and would love you to join! RSVP here. The speakers are magical and deep experience in conscious fashion: Deanna Ansara, Owner/Designer, Vincetta, Andrea Reyes, Chair, NYC Fair Trade Coalition & Founder, A. Bernadette, Daniela Blanco, PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering & Co-Founder, Sunthetics and Ozgem Ornektekin, Founder, KO2 Consulting & Petit Pas.

Another thing that is very present — the reality of modern landfills. An incredible initiative “Landfills as Museums” by Slow Factory’s sustainability advocate Céline Semaan. “It’s about gaining information and knowledge through an empirical gathering of data, and you have to experience it,” Semaan said on a recent visit to Fairless landfill in Morrisville, Pennsylvania along with a group of students from Parsons and FIT. Read Could visiting a landfill transform fashion students into more sustainable designers? article in Fashionista to dive deep into this uneasy to talk about topic.

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OLD INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Is Your Greta Thunberg T-Shirt Contributing To Climate Change? — Fashionista
  • Even ‘Project Runway’ Couldn’t Save Zac Posen — New York Times
  • Barneys Is Sold for Scrap, Ending an Era — New York TImes
  • Fashion’s Latest Trend: Eco Bragging Rights — New York Times
  • Slave labor camps are supplying American fashion brands — Fast Company
  • Billionaire clothing dynasty heiress launches Everybody & Everyone to make fashion sustainable — TechCrunch
  • H&M’s CEO is worried that eco-conscious consumers could be bad for fast fashion — Fast Company
  • Coca-Cola, Nestle, and PepsiCo are the world’s biggest plastic polluters-again — Fast Company

NEW INDUSTRY NEWS

  • A Cheat Sheet to Understanding the Most-Used Terms in Sustainable Fashion Highsnobiety
  • Could Visiting a Landfill Transform Fashion Students Into More Sustainable Designers? — Fashionista
  • How cult brands like SoulCycle and Airbnb are actually kinda cult-like — Fast Company
  • The greater need for transparency: 7 brands regaining consumer trust — The Current Daily
  • Prada Just Inked the Fashion Industry’s First Loan that Links Interest Rates to Sustainability Efforts — The Fashion Law
  • Dominique Drakeford On Why ‘Sustainability’ Needs A New Definition — Mind Body Green
  • Browns Dives Head-First Into Creating A ‘Conscious’ Future — Complex
  • Wear Clothes? Then You’re Part of the Problem — New York Times
  • 10 Ethical Activewear and Sportswear Brands for Men — Eco Warrior Princess
  • Does fast fashion have to die for the environment to live? — Los Angeles Times
  • How fashion shapes politics, according to whistleblower Chris Wylie — Dazed

FASHION AS ART

  • Meet Roma Uvarov, The ‘Crazy’ Designer At The Forefront Of Russian Fashion — Fashionista
  • The Berlin-based magazine delving into the futuristic world of Iris Van Herpen — Friends of Friends
  • Vintage, faux and real: navigating fur in fashion in an age of sustainability — Harpers Bazaar

FASHION AS SERVICE

  • The Fashion Industry Has A Huge Waste Problem. Meet The Entrepreneur Who’s Fixing It. — Forbes
  • H&M to trial clothing rental for the first time — H&M
  • Selfridges becomes latest luxury player to endorse resale — Vogue Business
  • Consumers: The missing link in sustainable apparel — The Daily Star
  • Waste Management on- and offline: What can retail do? — Sportswear International
  • A Twist On Recycling: Retailers Rebuying Their Merchandise For Resale — Forbes
  • Depop: Can pre-loved clothes make fast fashion sustainable? — BBC
  • When Avery Dennison’s Manufacturing Technology Met Unmade’s Supply Chain Platform — Fashnerd
  • How Sustainable Is Renting Your Clothes, Really? — Elle

FASHION AS EXPERIENCE

  • The creative director of the world’s first digital fashion house selects five era-defining moments from science fiction — Friends of Friends
  • Digital Clothing Stands Out as the Most Sustainable Option for Fashion Influencers — WWD
  • Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1billion — Business of Fashion
  • 9 Inspirational and Creative Fashion Tech Designers — Interesting Engineering
  • Do fashion brands need TikTok? — Vogue Business

Follow my twitter account for the rest of the news.

TOP EVENTS in NYC:

CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF NEW YOUR FAIR TRADE COALITION EVENTS HERE.

Monday, November 4th

6:30–8:30pm How to… Work a Pop-Up

The struggle is real! Ever do a pop-up and wasn’t sure what to bring? Bring too much? Forgot to get change? Ah so much to organize. Then there is how to set up, display, and breakdown. Let us share our best tips for finding the best pop-up for you, how to select products for the pop-ups customer, and show off your products. Price: $30 Location: WeWork 1460 Broadway

Thursday, November 7th

6:00–8:00pm #SUSTAINTHIS A Discussion of The Global Impact of Fashion on Workers and the Environment

We are committed to make this an engaging interactive discussion. From the time you drop off your unwanted clothes until the very end. We know there are many sustainable fashion panels out there with tons of information. However, we want you to walk away with keys actions that will empower you as you transition into your fall wardrobe and prepare for your holiday shopping. Price: $15 Location: 6 River Terrace

Friday, November 8th

5:30pm ZAFUL Sustainable Fashion Panel

While fashion has its own pace, a more sustainable and greener fashion is always a timeless trend. ZAFUL will hold a Sustainable Fashion Panel and Charity Sale in New York. The hand-picked products for Charity Sale start at $1. For the panel, there will be 5 experts from the industry who come to share their valued sustainable fashion insight story. See you soon and let’s shop for the future! Price: Free Location: Studio Arte. Floor 17, 265 West 37th Street

Saturday, November 9th

1:00–3:00pm Free Luxury Fashion Design with Sustainable Materials

Come join us to our Luxury Fashion Design with Sustainable Materials workshop. Price: Free Location: 1032 6th Avenue 3rd Floor

Tuesday, November 12th

Climate Change and Human Trafficking in the Fashion Industry

As leaders in the fashion industry, what can we do to prevent human trafficking in our supply chains? This class uses systems thinking to examine the nexus between climate change and modern slavery; explore risk mitigation tools and initiatives; and discuss how to reduce the potential for forced labor by changing the way fashion items are designed and purchased. Price: $50 — $75 Location: Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) 64 Wooster St

Wednesday, November 13th

6:00–8:00pm The Business and Sustainability of the Fashion Industry

The fashion industry is second only to the petroleum industry in its impact to the environment. Spend an evening with us as we explore the impact of fashion, the changing perspectives of end consumers, the people looking for sustainable solutions in an industry with the same manufacturing practices in place since the early 1900s, and the undiscovered opportunities for investors, manufacturers, retailers, and the end consumer. This event will feature Jane Philbrick (founder of TILL bioFASHIONtech, committed to promoting biomaterials for manufacturing), Julie Tong (commerce editor at Vogue), and Sharon Lungrin (operations manager at OakNorth). The event will be moderated by Randy Ramirez. Price: Donation-based Location: 250 Park Ave

8:30am — 10:30am LMHQ Women’s Breakfast: Pathways to Sustainability in Fashion

Join us at LMHQ’s November Women’s Breakfast to hear from the women leading the charge to bring sustainability to the fashion industry and learn how to incorporate the principles of sustainable consumption into your everyday life. Price: $5 Location: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor

Wednesday, November 20th

November Monthly Forum: GreenHomeNYC x NYCFTC — Sustainable Fashion Panel (I’m moderating this panel!)

GreenHomeNYC and the NYC Fair Trade Coalition bring you a curated panel discussion on sustainable fashion. While the fashion industry and its practices have been shifting more into public awareness, the challenges to better the industry are great. Through the lens of design, community organizing, and science, our panelists will touch on their own work, progress made within the industry and the issues they are working to tackle. This panel will be moderated by Nataliya Makulova, Founder of Conscious Fashion Tech. Come along to November’s forum with your questions ready! Price: $4 — $10 Location: Fujitsu Airstage 1450 Broadway 42nd Floor

1:00pm The Loop For Good — The Sustainable Fashion Pop Up @ FIT

Come out to our event to test your knowledge on sustainability and have a chance to win some our raffle prizes such as naturally made lip balm from FIT’s beehives, essential oils, hand sewn tote bags as well as gift certificates. The event will also feature four industry designers dedicated to sustainable fashion design their fabulous garments will be showcased in The Loop for Good’s upcycled design exhibition Price: Free Location: Fashion Institute of Technology 227 West 27th Street The Pomerantz building lobby

Thursday, November 21

4:30–9:00pm Impact Track: Sustainable Fashion Forum

On November 21, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York (SACCNY) invites you to hear directly from the bold players who canceled Stockholm Fashion Week and be among the first to hear what their strategy for influencing the global fashion industry toward a more sustainable system is. You will also be able to hear, meet and get inspired by Swedish trailblazers in fashion who are weaving sustainability into, not only the fabric of their designs and clothes but into society at large. Price: $20 — $30 Location: 900 Third Ave

LATEST INDUSTRY REPORTS, LISTS & FACTS

  • C&A’s Global Sustainability Report 2019
  • Values That Create Value Report from WGSN

ECO GLITTER COMPANIES (that are still open!)

(Was researching this for my Burlesquarade look prep — you should be at this party if you’re into all things consciousness and fun)

Stay Inspired,

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

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