New York Designers Share Their Sustainability Goals at the CFDA + Lexus Panel
Yesterday, the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative hosted an afternoon of presentations and open discussions on sustainability and innovation within the fashion industry. On hand to share their goals (and take questions from a panel of consultants, activists, and eco-minded business owners) were Tome’s Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo, Dezso’s Sara Beltran, Prabal Gurung, and Brother Vellies’s Aurora James. Each designer addresses sustainability in a different way for their business, whether it’s socially—i.e., creating jobs in underdeveloped countries—or environmentally, as in cleaner production practices, the use of recycled and reclaimed goods, and the preservation of oceans and forests. But there were points of similarity, too, which other designers—and editors, buyers, entrepreneurs, and fashion fans—would be wise to consider. Below, see three major ways these designers are working toward a more thoughtful and balanced industry. 1. 2.