GCNYC Speaker Series
A visiting lecture series where members of our Advisory Council speak to students enrolled in Glasgow Caledonian New York College’s International Fashion Marketing graduate program. GCNYC is home to the Fair Fashion Center, which uses integrated fashion marketing and strategy as a force for good.
As a result of COVID-19, TNFI has transitioned to an online workshop structure to continue its mission of promoting interdisciplinary solutions and leadership training to address the environmental and social issues facing the fashion industry. Speakers including Dana Davis, Vice President of Sustainability, Product, and Business Strategy at Mara Hoffman, and Ed Kavishe, founder and owner of Fashion Wire Press.
Supporting Garment Workers
The New Fashion Initiative helped create www.supportgarmentworkers.org to advance the #PayUp campaign and to point people to non-profits giving directly to garment workers. #PayUp has resulted in dozens of brands agreeing to pay for completed and contracted orders that were impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about these efforts via Vogue Business, JeJune Magazine, and Sourcing Journal.
COVID-19 Mask Projects
TNFI led early conversations about rallying the resources of the garment industry to support front line workers during COVID-19. We are proud of our collaboration with Masks4Humanity and the #MaskUpProject to help organizations and businesses get the masks that they need.
For this collaboration with Fashion of Tomorrow, we share facts about the legislative landscape that impacts the fashion industry. Throughout this series, we will be discussing international recommendations, national laws, local regulations, and the groups working to change these policies. As an educational, 501c3 non-profit, we can’t lobby for these laws to be changed, but we hope that we can educate folks about what is currently in place and where there are gaps!
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“Should We Ban Unsold Fashion Waste?” Panel @ FIT Sustainability Awareness Week
Oct. 15, 2019 • Fashion Institute of Technology • New York, NY
The New Fashion Initiative (TNFI) is part of a newly formed working group, the Fashion Waste Policy Alliance, which aims to develop policy solutions to address the fashion industry’s environmental impact. In light of growing concerns about fashion’s textile waste crisis, the group debated a ban on the destruction of unsold apparel during a panel discussion, Should We Ban Unsold Fashion Waste? on October 15, 2019, during Sustainability Awareness Week at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The group is comprised of policy and textile waste experts, including TNFI founder Lauren B. Fay, TNFI Board Member and The Conscious Closet author Elizabeth L. Cline, policy consultant and TNFI Advisory Council member Hilary Jochmans, academic researcher and TNFI Advisory Council member Ariele Elia, FABSCRAP founder Jessica Schreiber, and Model Alliance founding director Sara Ziff.
The US Fashion Policy Roundtable
Sept. 5, 2019 • Fashion Institute of Technology • New York, NY
The New Fashion Initiative (TNFI) is part of a new policy coalition, called the Fashion Waste Policy Alliance, which met for the first time on September 5, 2019 at FIT to discuss their goals. The group is comprised of TNFI founder Lauren B. Fay, TNFI Board Member and The Conscious Closet author Elizabeth L. Cline, policy consultant and TNFI Advisory Council member Hilary Jochmans, academic researcher and TNFI Advisory Council member Ariele Elia, FABSCRAP founder Jessica Schreiber, and Model Alliance founding director Sara Ziff.
TNFI X Eileen Fisher Academic Consortium
Sept. 26, 2019 • Eileen Fisher Headquarters • Irvington, NY
The New Fashion Initiative (TNFI) teamed up with Eileen Fisher for their first Academic Consortium/Workshop at Eileen Fisher in Irvington, NY. The event brought together leading regional business, labor, and design school academics came together with successful sustainability entrepreneurs to share their work and discuss ways to better empower and prepare new leaders for the dynamic challenges of climate change, living wages, circularity, and overall accountability in fashion . The schools included NYU, Brown, Parsons, and Bard. The companies that discussed their stories were Renew by Eileen Fisher (Cynthia Powers and Carmen Gama), Fabscrap (Jessica Schreiber) and Studio One Eighty Nine (Abrima Erwiah). Gama and Powers took the group on a tour of the Eileen Fisher Renew take-back program and Resewn factory. This is the first of a series of Academic Consortiums that TNFI and Eileen Fisher are planning.
May 31- June 28, 2019 • South Street Seaport • NY, NY
The New Fashion Initiative co-produced Good Stuff, a three-week-long curated series of panels, workshops, and hands-on experiences that demonstrated living well in the circular economy! The Good Stuff pop-up “home” installation showcased brand leaders building circular systems and products. Good Stuff also included a repair shop and drop-box for used clothing; featured a series of panels on social & environmental health and justice; and brought hands-on workshops to the public, from bike repair to darning.
“The Future of Fashion” x Coterie x Conscious Fashion Campaign
Feb. 25, 2019 • Jacob Javits Center • New York, NY
NY Women’s February Market showcase held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City including a panel series hosted by Coterie and presented by the Conscious Fashion Campaign. Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office at the United Nations Office for Partnerships moderated, “The Future of Fashion,” a panel highlighting sustainability and its impact on the industry’s future. The panel, presented by the Conscious Fashion Campaign, welcomed The New Fashion Initiative founder Lauren B. Fay; Céline Semaan, Founder & CEO of Slow Factory; and Sarah Tam, CMO of Rent the Runway.
TexWorld Panel: “Modern Textiles”
January 23, 2019 • Javits Center • NY, NY
As part of the 2019 TexworldUSA trade show, Lauren Fay, founder of The New Fashion Initiative, brought together thought leaders and moderated a discussion of Modern Textiles and sustainable materials innovation. The panelists included Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil, makers of recycled nylon product, EcoNYL; Joshua Katcher, vegan menswear designer and founder of Brave Gentleman; Pearl Gillespie-Malikul, a representative from waterproofing startup Dropel, and TNFI board member and The Conscious Closet author Elizabeth L. Cline. The panel shared to a large audience their expertise on a wide range of topics, from the growth in the recycled nylon market, the evolution of animal-free leather alternatives, innovations in nontoxic waterproofing finishes, and the importance of consumer use-phase in developing circular economy strategies.