Fashion Tech and Sustainability News & Events in NYC | 7.16.18–8.13.18 | Applications of Blockchain Technology in Fashion Industry, Part 2


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In my first article of the series on Application of Blockchain Technology in Fashion Industry, I wrote about how blockchain can be applied to the pre-consumer aspects of a fashion product lifecycle. The fact that this technologically advanced, decentralized and secure data storage system brings a lot of benefits to the supply chain tracking, creates transparency and makes it easier to authenticate products is pretty clear. But how can blockchain technology benefit the retail and consumer experience, securely track wearer’s data and, even more importantly, contribute to the circularity of fashion industry? This is what I’ve touched upon in this 2nd article of this series. Read the full article here, along with an interview with CEO of LOOMIA, Janett Liriano, where she is speaking about their new technology, LOOMIA TILE, a digital tag that transforms garments into data-collecting devices.

On another note, please join us this week, on Wednesday, July 18th for our next Balanced Fashion event, focusing on the topic of inclusion in sustainable fashion. We are collaborating with Priscilla Debar, the founder of sustainable fashion e-commerce FAUBOURG, who will moderate a panel conversation with industry insiders around the opportunity for ethical brands to disrupt the status quo and how sustainable fashion can be progressive and culturally relevant to effect durable change on a larger scale. Our amazing panelists are Celine Semaan, CEO & Founder of Slow Factory, Co-founder of The Library, Dominique Drakeford, Founder of MelaninASS, Daniella Samper, Founder/Creative Director, Ajaie Alaie and Jessica Couch, Founder of Luxor and Finch Consultancy. Get tickets here before they are sold out!

News Digest:


  • Factory Tour: Eileen Fisher helps make the eco-fashion dream of circularity come true — Fashionista
  • Sustainable Fashion Only Works When It’s Inclusive — Elle
  • This app tells you how ethical fashion brands really are — Dazed
  • Destination Zero — Seven Years of Detoxing the Clothing Industry — Greanpeace
  • How Two Young Ukrainian Revolutionaries Launched A Successful Fashion Brand — Forbes
  • Sustainable-Fashion Pop-Up Shop Coming to Hunter College — Commercial Observer
  • These new textile dyeing methods could make fashion more sustainable — C&En
  • Is Sustainable Fashion the New Normal? — Footwear News


  • WeWork Opens a Retail Operation, Highlighting Products Made by Its Members — Entrepreneur
  • Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion — Business of Fashion
  • How Revolve has built a billion-dollar fashion company for millennial women — Inc
  • Stella & Dot is using AI to guide its 30,000 global sellers into apparel business — Glossy
  • How DesignerShare is monetizing peer-to-peer luxury rental — Glossy
  • Are influencers really worth the money? — Business of Fashion
  • Reporter’s notebook: A quest for experiential retail — RetailDive
  • How Aday’s ‘wear-tester’ program informs product redesigns — Glossy
  • How Algorithms Are Threatening Fashion’s White-Collar Jobs — Business of Fashion
  • Top Japan fashion site bets big on custom-fit fast fashion — Business of Fashion


Monday, July 16th

6:30–8:30pm Sustainable Fashion Committee Meeting at LIM College

Learn how to get involved and push the sustainable fashion movement forward! Price: $5 Location: LIM College, 216 E 45th st

6:30–8:30pm Marketing To The Millennial Mom

With founder/CEOs Rachel Blumenthal (Rockets of Awesome), Michelle Kennedy (Peanut), Marissa Alden (Sawyer), Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund). Price: $20 Location: Neuehouse, 110 E 25th St

6:30–8:30pm 6 Ways Instagram Has Redefined Influencer Marketing

It’s been eight years since the launch of Instagram. A lot has changed since then — from new interactive features to latest and greatest influencer campaigns, Instagram has a lot to offer to content creators, shoppers, and marketers. Join us for a conversation around the six ways Instagram has redefined Influencer Marketing to understand just how game-changing IG really is. Price: Free Location: General Assembly HQ, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

Tuesday, July 17th

6:30–8:30pm Jerry Media Presents: Creating Engaging Content For Instagram

The Instagram algorithm rewards engaging content with additional reach, and penalizes posts that get little interaction. Creating great content starts with understanding your audience, then providing value in exchange for their attention. One of the best ways to do so is through memes. During this interactive session, you’ll hear from industry leaders at Jerry Media (aka F*ck Jerry) who will share how they’ve consistently been able to crank out engaging content. Price: Free Location: General Assembly HQ, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

6:30pm Product Mgmt & Design Advice For Startups

Startups have disrupted & innovated several industries in the past few years by building & designing products that engage & delight their users. But what goes into developing these delightful products? A good product needs good UX, & good UX comes from aligning product management & design. But first, there So as an early-stage company, how should you be thinking about your product & how can you continue to make it better? What goes into product management & design? Price: Free Location: Alley Chelsea, 119 W 24th St, 2nd Fl

Wednesday, July 18th

6:00pm — 8:30pm Balanced Fashion x FAUBOURG: Diversity in Sustainable Fashion

The sustainable fashion movement is reshaping the industry around more ethics, transparency and responsibility. But are brands missing this opportunity to address inclusion and diversity? For our next Balanced Fashion event we’re collaborating with Priscilla Debar, the founder of sustainable fashion e-commerce FAUBOURG to address the lack of representation of minorities in sustainable fashion and come up with ways ethical brands can be more inclusive. Panelists: Celine Semaan, CEO & Founder of Slow Factory, Dominique Drakeford, Sustainable Fashion Consultant, Jessica Couch, Founder of Luxor and Fitch Consultancy. Price: $15 Location: eBay HQ 625 6th Ave

Thursday, July 19th

7:00pm — 10:00pm Humanity Unbound — When Technology & Consciousness Converge

Explore humanity’s indiscernibly dependent relationship with technology, addressing why & how society is physically & cognitively changing, & how artificial intelligence might impact our future. A thoughtful dialogue will be lead by top leaders across the technology industry. With Natasha Vita-More (Exec Dir., Humanity+), Max More (CEO, Alcor Life Extension Foundation), Seth Blaustein (Founder, Voice & Exit Festival), Tim Urban (Blogger, Wait But Why). Price: $40 Location: The Assemblage Nomad, 114 E 25th St

Digital DUMBO — Sphere Of Influence(r)

With Danny Palestine (Head of Customer Success, Julius), Edgar Hernandez (CRO, Complex Networks), Melanie Watts (Brand Mktg Dir., PepsiCo), Brandon Jenkins (Editorial Producer & Broadcast Anchor, Complex), Tara Brannigan (Head of Mktg & Member Services, Book by Cadillac), Isata Yansaneh (Strategy Dir., 23 Stories x Cond Nast), Rana Batyske (Creative + Strategy Dir., MICK & Mothergood). Price: $25 Location: Prolific Interactive, 77 Sands Street, 10th Floor

6:30pm — 8:00pm After Hours w/ ClassPass & The Newsette

You’re invited to an unforgettable dinner with ClassPass’ General Manager of Digital Product Jenny Wu and The Newsette’s Founder and CEO Daniella Pierson. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Jenny and Daniella…and curated connections over a seasonal meal. Price: $55 Location: Convene 101 Greenwich Street 2nd Floor

Saturday, July 21st

11:00am — 7:00pm Bedstuy Flea — Boutique Summer Pop Up Celebrates Inclusion and Sustainability

Bedstuy Flea is a newly curated boutique inter generational shopping experience celebrating our diverse communities. We embody stylish rebels, sustainable lifestyles, fashion, food, music, culture, art, and supporting businesses and organizations in an inclusive spirit. Price: Free Location: 380 Tompkins Avenue Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, July 24th

6:00–8:00pm Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: NYC Environmental Movement

Focusing on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, both broadly in the environmental movement and for the Climate Reality NYC Metro Chapter, Climate Reality Leader & Mentor Donna Hope will guide conversations with attendees and a panel of invited guests. Join us, add your voice, learn, listen and be heard. Price: Free Location: 2 W 64th St, Ethical Culture Society

Thursday, July 26th

6:30pm Brunchwork w/ Facebook & Rent The Runway

With Angie Gentile Hellman (SVP Brand, Customer Strategy & Product Mktg @ Rent the Runway) & Soumith Chintala (AI Leader @ Facebook). Price: $40 Location: WeWork Grand Central 450 Lexington Ave

6:30pm — 8:30pm Using Influencer Marketing To Grow Your Business

Join us for an evening of engaging and informative conversations around how to effectively implement influencer marketing and viral marketing campaigns. PANEL 1: The Impact of Influencer Marketing on Media Relationships — moderated by Thomas Ma. PANEL 2: Tips for Personal Branding and Positioning — moderated by Sandra Garcia Lowery Price: Free Location: General Assembly HQ, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

6:00–8:00pm Better Business: A Roundtable Discussion on The B Corp Movement

Inspiring Capital and Arc Benders, two very active B Corps champions, are joining forces to lead a conversation around improving the better business space. How can the c-suite and upper management play a more active role in shaping the B Corp community? What are areas of support still needed in the social enterprise world? What’s next for the B Corp movement? Join us for an interactive discussion lead by B Corp influencers, networking, and drinks! Price: $12 Location: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, FL 20

Saturday, July 28th

6:00–10:00pm Fashion for Freedom Event

Fashion for Freedom brings together the worlds of fashion and human rights, aiming to create a space where fashion lovers and activists can celebrate the efforts of ethical brands and bring awareness to atrocities such a slavery in the fashion industry. The 2018 Fashion for Freedom Campaign will run online from June through August, but we invite you to join us for its exclusive event on July 28th in New York City! The event will feature complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, some amazing ethical giveaways, and a chance to be part of the Fashion for Freedom movement. Price: $55 Location: The Mezzanine 55 Broadway

Monday, August 13th

Sustainability Discussion and Networking Event at Deloitte

We invite you to join us for a mixer & discussion with industry peers around the companies we represent and the sustainability issues they face. This multi-faceted networking event will touch on a number of industries, areas of sustainability, and will serve as the topic blueprint for future SILC events. Come down and join us to start a conversation and bring attention to a sustainability issue that interests you! Price: Free Location: Deloitte, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

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