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Schedule of Events

The series of discussions are intended to widen the understanding of sustainability in fashion design, and to enable and encourage sustainable thinking as part of fashion which will help establish a new normal in the industry. All events in the series are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP for these and future The Hand of Fashion events below.

Sustainability and Fashion: Two Complementary Perspectives
Marie Claire Daveu — Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering
Monday, October 26, 5:30 pm — John E. Reeves Great Hall
This session will look at two different perspectives on the implementation of sustainability in a fashion brand; Kering Group’s Environmental Profit and Loss accounting, and Stella McCartney’s (one of Kering’s brands) collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative, both highlighting the trial-and-error process that defines how each incorporates sustainable practices.

Sustainable Materials and Artisanship
Nina Almeida Braga — Director, Instituto-E
Thursday, October 29, 6 pm — John E. Reeves Great Hall
High-end fashion is traditionally characterized by its use of precious materials and highly skilled workmanship. New materials and new practices are changing this scenario to include evolved artisanal partnerships that challenge the traditional production supply chain. Instituto-E is a research body that is leading the change, from promoting innovation in materials to artisanal collaborations.

Sustainability as the New Luxury
Oskar Metsavaht —Founder and Creative Director, Osklen and OM.art
Monday, November 9, 6.30 pm — Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Oskar Metsavaht, the founder of Osklen, and a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO, talks about sustainability as the new luxury. A pioneer in the world of sustainable fashion, Oskar will focus on the development of his collections through sustainable practices, his contribution to the creation of a research institute, and his work with the EFI.

Couture from Africa
Omoyemi Akerele — Founder and Creative director at Lagos Fashion Design Week and Style House Files
Wednesday, February 24, 6 pm — John E. Reeves Great Hall
Africa has been identified as the new home of couture by such luminaries as Vogue Italia Editor in Chief, Franca Sozzani. Cipriani will discuss couture fashion with Omoyemi Akerele, the creator of the Lagos Fashion Week.

Making in NYC Versus Africa
Bob Bland — CEO and Founder, Manufacture New York
Friday, February 26, 6 pm — Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Artisanal production and new technologies such as 3D printing are making domestic reshoring of productions possible, and are changing the geography of labor. Both the EFI and Manufacture New York collaborate with new brands in the U.S. while looking for artisanal capacities for product development domestically.

Fair Labour and the Living Wage
Auret van Heerden — Labor Expert and Director, Equiception
Tuesday, March 15, 6 pm — Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The fair labor agenda is a set of implementable guidelines for basic conditions that provide dignity in the workplace. The Fair Labor Association has put fair labor and living wage standards into practice at a range of iconic brands, including Apple. Auret van Heerden has supported the EFI in applying the fair labor agenda to all its projects.

Can Impact Be Predicted?
Lisa Barratt — RISE Senior Project Manager, Ethical Fashion Initiative
Thursday, March 17, 6 pm — Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The EFI program to bring together traceability, fair labor standards, and impact assessment is called RISE. Sustainability is not simply about applying standards, it’s also about assessing the impact of the industry on people and planet. Standards define rules and are verified by audits, while impact assessment verifies the reality of impact on people and planet.

Company Culture Matters
Miguel Fluxá — Chief Executive Officer, Camper
Wednesday, April 20, 6 pm — Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Company culture helps shape the supply chain, as well as how a company adopts and implements sustainable measures. Miguel Fluxá, president of the iconic shoe brand Camper, discusses the brand's innovative project in collaboration with the EFI in Africa, that centers on sustainable practices, with a specific focus on people.

Artisanship in the Supply Chain
Hirofumi Kurino — Co-founder and Creative Advisor, United Arrows
Friday, April 22, 6 pm — The Helen Mills Theater; 137 West 26th Street on the North side (about a 3 minute walk from FIT. See map). Ground floor entrance.
Visionary Hirofumi Kurino has shaped Japan’s most iconic menswear brand through his belief in the value of artisanship and sustainable practices. His company United Arrows and its label TÉGÊ are both built around these beliefs, and benefit from their collaboration with the EFI.

Sustainability in Fashion
Aurora James
— Founder, Brother Vellies
Wednesday, May 11, 6 pm — Katie Murphy Amphitheatre 
Aurora James, the designer behind the brand Brother Vellies, will discuss sustainability in design and the future of fashion.