This New York Fashion Week, join Remake and the Human Rights Foundation for a series of panels taking place on Friday, Sept 7th by industry experts to discuss the intersection of fashion, human rights and technology at Athleta’s flagship location in NYC. The event will also include a pop-up by sustainable designers featuring Article 22, Indigo Handloom, Dear Leader, Art of Hope, and Fashion for Freedom which will remain open until Saturday afternoon. Come meet with leaders from models, activists, designers, technologists to brand founders who are all working to make fashion a force for good.
As space is limited, we ask that you reserve your spot for Friday’s panels in advance. We’re collecting a suggested donation of $20 to help us in turning fashion into a force for good. Donate here.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: WEAR YOUR VALUES WORKSHOP
Facilitated by Remake Ambassador, Ruby Veridiano, this workshop serves as an introduction to sustainable fashion. What does the term actually mean and why should you care? Using a rich mix of multimedia and hands on exercises, participants will walk away armed with facts and stories of how the industry is affecting both people (especially women) and the planet and understand the connection between the women’s empowerment movement and sustainable fashion. After highlighting the issues within the fashion industry, the workshop will end by proposing concrete ways in which participants can be a part of the solution and transform fashion into a force for good.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: PROMOTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN FASHION
80% of the people who make our clothes around the world are women between the ages of 18 to 34. Most work in countries where their fundamental rights are constantly violated. Researchers have found that promoting women’s rights lowers household poverty and results in higher productivity, yet women’s rights are rarely on companies’ corporate agenda. This panel will discuss ways of promoting women’s rights in the fashion industry and empowering them to create greater social impact.
Panelists: (Athleta), Aditi Mohapatra (HERproject), Smita Paul (Indigo Handloom), Aissata Camara (There Is No Limit Foundation). Moderated by Tara Kangarlou, Art of Hope
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: THE POWER OF FASHION AS A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE CHANGE
The power of fashion is undeniable with its staggering impact on our planet and the lives of millions of people worldwide that work within the industry. This panel invites you to explore the diverse ways in which fashion can be a force for good, bringing about positive social and economic change.
Panelists: Gwen Floyd (Soko), Camille Hautefort (Article 22), Joyce Lannigan (Raw Spirit Fragrances), and Johan Stahl (Dear Leader). Moderated by Ayesha Barenblat, Remake
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: THE POWER OF INFORMED CONSUMPTION
For sustainable fashion to really take hold, we need to reshape our consumption habits. As long as we support throwaway culture, the fashion industry will continue to crank out cheap disposable clothes, regardless of the associated human or environmental costs. This panel will teach participants how to shop responsibly, highlighting sustainable brands and providing actionable advice and tools for shoppers to be a part of the solution.
Panelists: Ayesha Barenblat (Remake), Renee Peters (Model4GreenLiving), and Carmen Gama (Eileen Fisher). Moderated by Patrick Duffy, GFX
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRANSPARENCY IN SUPPLY CHAINS
With the explosion of “Fast Fashion”, the industry has been facing increased scrutiny. Our clothing is often made in an unethical manner, rife with human rights abuses throughout the supply chain, ranging from forced labor to inhumane work conditions. Emerging technology is increasingly seen as a way to create transparency in this supply chain, and secure the rights of fashion workers. This panel will discuss the way that technology, ranging from AI to Blockchain, might be leveraged to create a more sustainable fashion industry.
Panelists: Martine Jarlgaard, Leonardo Bonanni (SourceMap), LanVy Nguyen (Fashion 4 Freedom), and Mounir Ibrahim (True Pic). Moderated by Ben Siegel, ConsenSys