Sourcing for a fashion brand can have so many options it feels like a nightmare to navigate. Each collection demands countless fabric appointments to sift through unending swatches to find the perfect match. Well if you can get yourself to New York City July 23rd - 25th, Texworld USA is a show you do not want to miss. With over 500 exhibitors from 12 different countries, you can come to discover upcoming fabric trends, new sustainability options, and get all your appointments done in one day (or three). But if you really want to get the most out of your time at the Javits Center, mark your calendar for some of the incredible seminars Texworld USA has organized to educate and equip you to run a stronger, better business. Here are the 10 must-see seminars for the Texworld USA July 2018 show.
By Jessica Kelly, Founder & CEO, THR3EFOLD
Summer is my favorite season. It has my birthday. It has the best weather. It's prime travel season. Every year I like to go on one big adventurous vacation, and from the avenues of Paris to the beaches of Bondi, I've loved them all. But none have impacted my life the way Zimbabwe and India have. Here's my story of impact travel and why everyone should skip Europe just once to travel somewhere that changes their life forever.
By Amna Bajwa, Writer & Researcher, THR3EFOLD
The fashion industry needs a makeover. But with upwards of 60 million workers worldwide and as one of the top polluting industries, the reality of this makeover can seem overwhelming. We all know strength comes in numbers, but can brands actually work with factories and government to make ethical and sustainable fashion simply...fashion? We say yes! Here’s how.
By Jessica Kelly, Founder & CEO, THR3EFOLD
One of the great things about the invention of the internet has been the democratization of information. I remember when I was in high school, and the internet was still in it's infancy, I wanted so badly to learn about the fashion industry and how I could work in it, but the best I could do was a fashion illustration book from the early 90's at my local library - great.
Now information is everywhere, so much so, that we need help finding it and digesting it. In fact, we assume that if we don't know something, even if it's someone's personal contact information, that we can find it (I know I have). So when we come across something that no manner of online research can help us resolve, it is highly frustrating and seems impossible.
Enter the manufacturing industry. Many factories have managed to stay in business with crappy websites, confusing communication, and questionable if not egregious ethical and environmental practices. Yikes. So why is finding a factory so time consuming and confusing? Let's dive in.
We don't often repost content on this blog, but when we do, it's because it's a conversation that isn't happening and more people need to know. Megan O'Malley is half of the duo who WALKED across Asia in Walk Sew Good detailing the lives of garment workers. Her article on Eco Warrior Princess got a standing ovation from our team. We can't tell you how many times we here, I saw The True Cost, and I knew I had to start an ethical fashion brand to solve the problem. Did you research the market? Do you know how many thousands ethical fashion brands already exist? Do you have experience in fashion to know how expensive and impossible it is to grow into a profitable brand? These all seem to be fleeting thoughts that will work themselves out "one day". Please read this article and let us know what you think. We personal think we'd be besties with Megan. Just a hunch.
You've gotta have a little respect for companies that put their money where their mouth is. Since 2015, H&M has been dolling out 1 million euros to 5 lucky recipients who they've deemed innovators in pushing forward sustainable fashion. The leaders emerging as winners never fail to blow your mind with untapped possibilities. Here are the winners for 2018's Global Change Award.
At THR3EFOLD we are dedicated to connecting the fashion community to be more ethical and sustainable, and we want to equip passionate individuals (like you) to be leaders in building this movement. Do you wish fashion was more conscious? Do you want your job to matter beyond your paycheck? Look no further.
Last year's Fashion Revolution Day event was a huge success and we were so overwhelmed by the passion and sheer number of you that came out to support this movement. So, one year later and we are gathering again! Kicking off the week on April 23rd in NYC, we've got a killer group of experts lined up to give you the best strategy and ideas you can handle to enact change no matter where you are in the industry. Here's 3 reasons why you simply cannot miss our next event.
Big brands get the brunt of the blame when it comes to environmental problems in the fashion industry. And if you’ve ever worked in one, you know why. Creating endless products, wasting resources for last minute design changes, and only a few with the power to change strategy. It’s no wonder smart people leave to go make a difference elsewhere. We’re here to tell you, there’s hope where you are! Here’s how big brands can be more sustainable this week.
We are in the worst part of winter, the last part that never seems to end (at least if you live in the Northeast like our team does). Before the weather turns you may find yourself stalling on goals, missing your motivation and general dragging through your daily routine. Do not let March get you down! Here's 5 ways to jumpstart your day and boost your career.