“Fashion Evolution: Consumer Power”
Innovation and Transformation of Conscious Consumption
Fashion has been gradually increasing its power as a catalyst for socio-environmental change; one that incorporates social values and environmental impact into core elements of apparel design.
Today, consumerism is playing an increased role in how corporations make decisions, hire workers, invest in factories, oversee management and other impactful processes. For instance, the recent fatal factory incident in Bangladesh was a shock to many who didn’t realize the connection between the clothes on their backs and the shoes on their feet and a distant factory in Bangladesh.
At this event, consumers like you who possess enormous buying power, will be empowered and informed – by top executives and the subject matter experts in the field – about the business practices, the latest technologies and innovations in the retail and fashion industries and how fashion is embracing sustainability and corporate responsibility.
After attending this seminar, you will feel globally connected and discover that a paradigm shift has occurred – because now the power belongs to you allowing you to make smarter choices as you become a more conscious consumer.
At the networking reception, you will connect with like-minded professionals as you exchange diverse opinions and new ideas over delicious, locally sourced wine and small bites.
We hope that you will leave this seminar and networking party with a new set of reference points and an amplified global perspective. Thank you for joining us!
Date: Thursday, November 7th
Venue: Scandinavia House
Address: 58 Park Ave. New York, NY 10016
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Registration
6:30pm – 7:15pm: Key Note Speech
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Break
7:30pm – 8:15pm: Panel “Fashion Evolution: Consumer Power”
8:15pm – 9:00pm: Networking Reception (Refreshment & small bites)
Key Note Speaker
As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy supports the company’s efforts to practice business responsibly. In her role, Amy guides the company’s human rights work in its supply chain, supports women and girls through strategic partnerships, and ensures a growing commitment to environmental sustainability in product and practice. Amy also co-leads the company’s People and Culture area, together with leaders of the Human Resources, Leadership Learning & Development and Internal Communications teams. Amy came to EILEEN FISHER 20 years ago following a fundraising career with various Asian-American cultural, educational and social service organizations in New York City.
Named as a Woman To Watch by the Tory Burch Foundation, Faizun Kamal is a global icon for women’s empowerment and social entrepreneurship. Founder of SouceFK, Faizun addresses poverty by partnering directly with Asian women artisans, primarily Bangladeshi, and connecting them to global markets and training. SouceFK uses hand crafted techniques and fabrics that have been used in Asia for centuries, which epitomizes true South Artisan artisanship and timeless style. The collection is for the discerning customer who recognizes quality and is inspired by the soul behind the work.
Gia is the President and CEO of EcoPlum, Where it Pays to Buy Green. EcoPlum is an online boutique and digital magazine that makes it fun, easy and rewarding to go green. Buying green at EcoPlum earns EcoChipz rewards, good for coupons in its shop or donations to environmental causes. EcoPlum aims to foster environmental stewardship by informing and empowering consumers to make responsible choices.
Manuela is the founding partner and creative director at MBF Trend Consulting, Inc. — a New York-based boutique-consulting firm established in 2001 and specialized in the U.S. and the EMEA markets. With fifteen-plus years in the fashion industry, Manuela provides Clients with a POV and insight into global industry trends, delivering “… unique trends for unique markets.” With the launch of sustainability consulting, Manuela and her team work with Clients to identify transparent tactics and strategies that guide Clients through implementing the “shift” in an effective, consequential manner that is both sustainable and profitable.
Naomi is the Full Professor and Assistant Chiarperson at Fashion Institute of Technology/ State University of New York. Former retail executive leveraging real-world experience with research on current and emerging industry practices to create an interactive and engaging classroom experience. Advise online AAS degree students living locally and globally. Developed and coordinate courses in retail technology and sustainability; certificate in Retail Management.
Telicia Bunch has 15 years of experience in the fashion industry as a Technical Designer working with mass market and contemporary designers such as Diane von Furtenberg, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren and J Crew. She is currently the Director of Technical Design of Kenneth Cole Productions. Ms. Bunch holds BS in Apparel Merchandise, Design, Production from Iowa State University.
Sasha is a business development professional with particular interest in sustainable business operations, distribution and policy. Her work includes Operations and Outreach Director for an award and scholarship granting non-profit focused on socially responsible and sustainable sourcing, projects embedding CSR goals at a law firm in Ireland, grant funding for a renewable energy partnership between Europe and the United States (biomass), membership on the host committee for the NY Green Festival.