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New York Designers Share Their Sustainability Goals at the CFDA + Lexus Panel

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.

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The 10 Commandments of New Consumerism LONDON, United Kingdom — For decades, a brand’s only priority was to create the best possible product at the most competitive price to ensure sales. But as consumers develop a more comprehensive understanding of issues like sustainability, authenticity and transparency, brands and retailers are being forced to change the way they sell in order to survive. This change in consumers’ attitudes has a term — “new consumerism” — coined by research firm Euromonitor. 7 Challenges Facing Emerging Designers Who Don't Want to Sacrifice Sustainability for Growth In October, 10 brands were chosen for the inaugural CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative based on their focus on socially and environmentally responsible practices. The new business development program and competition evolved from the annual "Eco Fashion Challenge" on which the two companies partnered previously; and the three brands that see the most evolution over the 17-month program stand to win monetary prizes: $150,000 for the grand winner and $50,000 each for two runners up. On Monday, halfway through the program, the participants gathered in New York City for a series of short presentations and Q&A sessions with their fellow participants, mentors and advisory board members.

Five designers revolutionising sustainable fashion The boundless information made available by the internet has resulted in a new generation of inquisitive consumers, no longer content to buy into brands without first doing their research. As discussions surrounding sustainability continue, the fashion industry has begun to consider its own eco footprint and source sustainable alternatives to man-made fabrics. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood have been vocal activists in the past – in the last two months alone Westwood released a fashion film detailing corporate exploitation of natural resources as well as attending and speaking at the recent Parley for the Oceans summit. As our friends at have pointed out – green is the new black.

Zara Is the Latest Fast Fashion Retailer to Launch an Eco-Friendly Line Zara’s owner Amancio Ortega is the second richest man in the world, according to Forbes, with a $67 billion dollar net worth. And someone who’s made such a killing off a fast fashion clothing brand certainly knows that his wealth doesn’t come without a cost to the environment. Next to oil, the fast fashion industry has been noted as the second most polluting industry in the world, and with this information, it’s up to leaders in the business to do something about it.

ASOS Releases Statement Addressing Working Condition Allegations FOLLOWING a spate of allegations regarding the working conditions in its Barnsley warehouse, ASOS has issued a six-page statement refuting the recurring accusations in detail. “I’m disappointed that inaccurate and misleading things have been said about how we manage our warehouse at Barnsley in Yorkshire," CEO Nick Beighton wrote in the document published on the brand's website. "I take huge exception to the idea that we are secretive and exploit our people. Meet the future stars of sustainable fashion A new breed of fashion designer is putting ethics at the heart of everything they do. No longer is sustainability and social responsibility a token extra or cynical marketing ploy. The smartest brands are the ones taking full responsibility for every step of the process, from the supplier to the maker – and in some cases the aftercare of the product, too.

Sustainable Growth in the Fashion Industry Sustainability encompasses three main areas: environmental, social and economic. Over the last decade sustainability and sustainable growth has become one of the most prominent and important topics in our society. Even calling it a topic, would somewhat marginalise something that many would refer to as a global issue which is often overlooked usually due to monetary reasons. Sustainability across all avenues, from the fashion industry to the boardroom has been at the forefront of our endeavours to create a more ethical and environmentally advanced society. One would surely think sustainable growth which is holistic in all its principles would be something that is used across the board, almost acting as a golden rule which was trusted and used on consistent bases in order to maintain an economical and ethically adequate business. If we are to focus on the fashion industry -There is a growing movement towards responsible and sustainable disciplines.

What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide According to Goldman Sachs, there are around 92 million millennials in the US currently, making them the largest demographic in American history so far. Critically, they are also set to be the most important consumer group yet, with estimates of annual spending projected at around $200 billion by 2017, and $10 trillion over their lifetimes as consumers. With these figures comes the all-important question of how business can best cater to this multi-faceted millennial marketplace—the real questions being what do they value? And therefore, what do they want to spend their money on? 5 New Solutions For The Fashion Industry's Sustainability Problem It's the holy grail for the fashion industry: Can manufacturers seamlessly close the loop on fabric, so an old T-shirt or dress headed for the landfill can be turned into something new? The world now buys more clothing than ever before in history; the average American throws out 68 garments in a single year. A new €1 million competition asked for new ideas to help the industry become more circular.

Zara Join Life Sustainable Collection It seems like Zara, the reigning champion of all things fast fashion, is taking notice of many shoppers' slowly but steadily developing buying habits. On Tuesday, the trend powerhouse debuted its first sustainable collection entitled #JoinLife, which, according to its website, "embraces a woman who looks into a more sustainable future." And while we wish we could give Zara a huge pat on the back for its eco-minded initiative, it's hard to take it seriously when it comes from a retailer that's built its empire by churning out new pieces every week. Regardless, the #JoinLife lineup includes a lot of the trends of the season you'd expect from Zara (stylish denim, ruffled tops, expensive-looking outerwear, and sleeve details galore) at a similar price point to the usual offering.

Learn more about inspiring people in fashion WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE 'SUSTAINABILITY IN EVERYDAY LIFE' THING? ”I recycle, I conserve water by limiting how often I wash my jeans, as well as limit how much water I waste while bathing, I'm thoughtful about our household’s consumption of meat, I read the paper on my iPad, I buy vintage goods when possible. I suppose my favourite tip for everyday sustainability is to walk to your destination when possible, which is a helpful choice for both the atmosphere and your heart.” WHAT IS YOUR DRIVING FORCE? ”The clear necessity for change.” Those Cheap H&M Shirts Are Worse Than You Thought