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!
In addition, a volunteer orientation will take place right before the event, starting at 6 PM. If you’re interested in joining GreenHomeNYC as a volunteer, please sign up at http://greenhomenyc.org/get-involved/
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Fujitsu Airstage | 1450 Broadway | 42nd Floor | New York, NY 10018
Speakers for the event will include:
[Moderator] Nataliya Makulova // Founder, Balanced Fashion
Deanna Ansara // Owner/Designer, Vincetta
Daniela Blanco // PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering & Co-Founder, Sunthetics
Nataliya Makulova is a conscious fashion business expert and futurist. She specializes in responsible fashion & tech, consults and writes on these topics at the intersection of fashion, tech and consciousness. Her background is in fashion buying, merchandising, brand management, sales, public relations, event production and technology. She worked in companies like Moda Operandi, Vince, Kirna Zabete, Marc Jacobs, Tinker Tailor and Spring. Nataliya believes that advancements in technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence and consumers embracing more organic and ethical lifestyle choices, are changing the way the fashion industry operates, and she is passionate about being at the forefront of this meaningful shift.
My story starts in Detroit. I come from a multi-cultural family and my mother took her life when I was four years old. She is my muse and the essence of what Vincetta has become. In a way, this brand is a love letter to her. Vincetta’s prioritization of community stemmed from never feeling safe my whole life. The mission for Vincetta is to address mental illness, true inclusivity, and expecting more from the brands you purchase from. I have always been angry towards the fashion industry for its lack of size inclusivity and transparency along with the incredible amounts of waste created. With Vincetta I have spent years perfecting our signature fit that makes people of all sizes and shapes feel like their truest self. I am always finding new ways to communicate, express through imagery, touch on provocative subjects, and connect with people on a human level. Vincetta’s community is ever growing and continues to feel like home.
Andrea Reyes is a fair trade advocate, educator and small business owner. She is the Chair of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition: a network of small ethical business owners and advocates. She is the founder of A. Bernadette: a fair trade fashion brand in Uganda which hosts educational study abroad programs. Lastly, she teaches fashion marketing, international trade, and business development classes at Baruch College, LIM College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as fees increase at the door. If registering at the door, credit/debit card is strongly preferred.
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