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Sustainable Fashion Symposium

FIT’s Enterprise Center presents the 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Conference:

Sustainable Fashion, Health, and Beauty: Connecting the Dots
July 10-12, 2013 
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Fashion Institute of Technology

Join like-minded individuals to learn how the fashion, beauty, and health industries are striving to make a  positive impact on people's lifestyles, the environment, and the economy.

$75 per day, includes breakfast and refreshments
Students with ID are free.

Pre-conference Workshops
10:00 am-5:00 pm

Workshop #1: Natural Dyeing with Rachel Miller, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Workshop #2: Motivating Skin Care & Mineral Makeup with Jodi Usher, 10:00 am-3 pm
Workshop #3: Starting a Sustainable Beauty Brand with Kristen Arnett, 3:30-5 pm
Registration is limited


8:30 - 9:30
Breakfast (sponsored by Fashion BID)
Christine Helm, FIT Enterprise Center
Lisa Hendrickson, Mistress of Ceremonies

Keynote Address
Giusi Bettoni, founder of C.L.A.S.S.

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Color and Textile Trends
Fashion and textile industry experts discuss how designers and manufacturers are addressing sustainable solutions to color, fabric and design for commercial fashion use. We will start by showing a presentation of the color directions of the Fall 2014 season, a glimpse into the trend influences, and what motivates us creatively. The focus will be on the most important fashion messages to capture and how they can be achieved with innovative sustainable design processes with low impact  or natural dyes, eco-friendly fibers and fabrics.

Fran Yoshioka, independent color and trend forecasting consultant
Kathy Hattori, founder and president, Botanical Colors
Emily Spivack, writer, editor, artist, social entrepreneur

Holly Henderson, eco fashion/textile designer, consultant, assistant adjunct professor at FIT

Panel Discussion: Ethical Fashion and Fair Trade
Our panel of fashion industry professionals will discuss how and where fashion and ethics can coexist, why it doesn’t need to be an either/or question. We’ll discuss and debate design, sourcing, issues and concerns in manufacture of clothing which is both socially, health and environmentally conscious.  Francisca will talk about her experience as a designer and business owner sharing the challenges of being sustainable and traceable.

Sophie Faris, community developer, B-Lab
Ruth DeGolia, founder, Mercado Global
Francisca Pineda, designer and creative director, BHAVA
Tanya Menendez, co-founder, Maker's Row

Carmen Artigas, sustainable fashion designer, consultant, educator


Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Promoting Your Business Online
Creating Your Digital Brand
Sustainable Knit Technology
Mood Indigo

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Beauty: Are Your Beauty Products Hazardous To Your Health?
This panel will cover: sustainable beauty: ingredients, sourcing, regulation, labeling claims and health and safety. We'll cover what sustainable beauty means, hot-button ingredients, what to look for/avoid and why, why sourcing is so important, how the industry is regulated and why we should care.

Karim Orange, make-up artist and green beauty activist
Indie Lee, founder and CEO, Indie Lee & Co.
Ginger Potter, special education specialist, Environmental Protection Agency

Rona Berg, author and editor-in-chief, Organic Spa Magazine

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Business: Marketing, Packaging And Claims In Fashion and Beauty
Do you find yourself drawn to products that claim to be sustainable or eco-friendly? Are you interested in labeling your own products with a "green" claim like this?  Marketing claims are regulated by the government and cannot simply be used without a sound basis to back it up. Learn about business communication and everything from how the package gets constructed, what gets put on the package in terms of messaging and then how that's disseminated into the world through social media and beyond.

Deanna Clark, fashion compliance and international trade specialist
Kristen Arnett, founder and editor-in-chief, The Green Beauty Team
Naomi Pearson, sustainable graphic design consultant
Jasmin Malik Chua, managing editor, Ecouterre

Jane Tabachnick, online strategy, marketing, and public relations expert

Closing Remarks

Sustainable Fashion Mixer and Fashion Show
Sponsored by Fair Trade Coalition

Sustainable Fashion Tour of NYC
Networking Activity
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Join conscious fashion writer Amy DuFault as she takes you on a Sustainable Scavenger Hunt throughout the streets of Manhattan. Visit the Eileen Fisher sustainability team for breakfast, tour designer showrooms such as Nanette Lepore's studio in the Fashion District as well as visit manufacturing facilities for dyeing and textiles. Learn how designers and manufacturers are taking the idea of conscious design into account as they progress into sustainability and the challenges they all face on fashion's newest frontier. Space is limited.

Call 212 217.4623 or email for more information.   

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