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Join the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Ethical Fashion Initiative as they launch “The Hand of Fashion,” a series of conversations about sustainability in fashion. Designed to “enable and encourage sustainable thinking as part of…a new normal in the industry,” the series will feature thought leaders such as Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative; Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer at Kering; and Nina Almeida Braga, director of Instituto E. All events are free and open to the public—simply register at www.fitnyc.edu.
Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
Sustainability and Fashion: Two Complementary Perspectives
Marie Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, Kering
Monday, October 26, 5:30 p.m. (John E. Reeves Great Hall)
This session will look at two different perspectives on the implementation of sustainability in a fashion brand; Kering Group’s Environmental Profit and Loss accounting, and Stella McCartney’s (one of Kering’s brands) collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative, both highlighting the trial-and-error process that defines how each incorporates sustainable practices.
Sustainable Materials and Artisanship
Nina Almeida Braga, director, Instituto-E
Thursday, October 29, 6 p.m. (John E. Reeves Great Hall)
High-end fashion is traditionally characterized by its use of precious materials and highly skilled workmanship. New materials and new practices are changing this scenario to include evolved artisanal partnerships that challenge the traditional production supply chain.
Sustainability as the New Luxury
Oskar Metsavaht, founder and creative director, Osklen and OM.art
Monday, November 9, 6.30 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Oskar Metsavaht, the founder of Osklen, and a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO, talks about sustainability as the new luxury. A pioneer in the world of sustainable fashion, Metsavaht will focus on the development of his collections through sustainable practices, his contribution to the creation of a research institute, and his work with the EFI.
Africa has been identified as the new home of couture by such luminaries as Vogue Italia editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani. Cipriani will discuss couture fashion with Omoyemi Akerele, the creator of the Lagos Fashion & Design Week.
Making in NYC versus Africa
Bob Bland, CEO and founder, Manufacture New York
Friday, February 26, 6 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Artisanal production and new technologies such as 3D-printing are making domestic re-shoring of productions possible while changing the geography of labor. Both the EFI and Manufacture New York collaborate with new brands in the United States while looking for artisanal capacities for product development domestically.
Fair Labor and the Living Wage
Auret van Heerden, labor expert and director, Equiception
Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
The fair-labor agenda is a set of implementable guidelines for basic conditions that provide dignity in the workplace. The Fair Labor Association has put fair labor and living wage standards into practice at a range of iconic brands, including Apple.
Can Impact Be Predicted?
Lisa Barratt, RISE senior project manager, Ethical Fashion Initiative
Timothy Schwartz, author and anthropologist
Thursday, March 17, 6 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
The EFI program to bring together traceability, fair labor standards, and impact assessment is called RISE. Sustainability isn’t simply about applying standards, it’s also about assessing the impact of the industry on people and planet. Standards define rules and are verified by audits, while impact assessment verifies the reality of impact on people and planet.
Company Culture Matters
Miguel Fluxá, CEO, Camper
Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Company culture helps shape the supply chain, as well as how a company adopts and implements sustainable measures. Miguel Fluxá, president of the iconic shoe brand Camper, discusses the brand’s innovative project, in collaboration with the EFI in Africa, that centers on sustainable practices, with a specific focus on people.
Artisanship in the Supply Chain
Hirofumi Kurino, co-founder and creative advisor, United Arrows
Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Visionary Hirofumi Kurino has shaped Japan’s most iconic menswear brand through his belief in the value of artisanship and sustainable practices. His company United Arrows and its label TÉGÊ are both built around these beliefs, and benefit from their collaboration with the EFI.
Recycling and Upcycling
Ilaria Venturini Fendi, founder and creative director, Carmina Campus
Pierfrancesco Brignola, expert artisan for Italian luxury brands since 1950s
Monday, May 9, 6.30 p.m. (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Carmina Campus was one of the first brands to structure its entire design aesthetic around recycled and upcycled materials; now upcycling is part of the vernacular of the fashion industry. Carmina Campus founder Ilaria Venturini Fendi discusses the practice with Cipriani, while artisan Pierfrancesco Brignola produces a luxury upcycled bag from materials donated by students.
The Future of Fashion Employment
Floriane de Saint Pierre, founder, Floriane de Saint-Pierre et Associés
Thursday, May 11, 6 p.m. (Haft Auditorium)
Floriane de Saint Pierre advises some of the biggest fashion brands world-wide on human resources. In collaboration with the EFI, she helps promotes new designers from Africa, through her innovative web platform, Eyes on Talents.