One of the biggest things we try to educate brands on, is that sustainability is a journey, your ethical sourcing is a journey. The place where you launch your brand on day 1 is just the first step to building a brand for people, planet, and profit. One of our favorite brands who exemplifies this journey most is Mara Hoffman, who has slowly grown her business to be a leader in sustainable fashion one decision at a time. Last week we had the privilege of attending the launch event of their latest sustainability initiative Mara Hoffman: Repaired and Renewed in partnership with The Renewal Workshop. Here's our conversation with the team and what you can takeaway for your own sustainability journey as well.
By Jessica Kelly, Founder & CEO, THR3EFOLD
I won't lie, one of my favorite things about living in New York City is the constant rubbing of elbows with creative go-getters looking to make their mark on the world. There's always a store or restaurant opening, brand launch, or interesting panel to attend. The hard part is making space in your calendar to attend them all. Last Friday, I got to meet our newest brand members, Finn and Tasha, the founders of the newly launched brand Requin at their SS19 presentation in the Financial District. Here's my interview with Co-Founder and Designer, Finn.
If you are starting a fashion brand it probably didn't take you long to figure out you will need a lot of money to do so. From tech packs to minimum order quantities that make you cringe, plus all the headaches of perfecting production you will need a lot of help. This is why many fashion entrepreneurs turn to crowdfunding to secure early sales in order to meet these demands without outside investment. As you may know, THR3EFOLD just went through our own crowdfunding campaign this summer and from it learned a TON about the benefits as well as hardships of crowdfunding and we'd like to pass that knowledge onto you. Here's 5 things you should know before crowdfunding for your fashion brand.
Well the holidays are here again and with as much as you have on your plate building a brand, you probably want your holiday shopping to be as easy and impact driven as possible. Fortunately, there's a great way for you to do both with Shop For Good Sunday.
We love a good fashion event. Mainly because the opportunity to connect in person with other fashion professionals interested in building a better industry for people and planet doesn't happen all the time. But also, because it's a great way to learn new possibilities for reaching these goals, and find great new brands to support who are employing people and accounting for the planet in the way they should. Here's what you can tap into in the month of November for ethical fashion events.
Do you love fashion? We are absolutely obsessed with it. Why? Because fashion is an exquisite wearable art that inspires the masses. Because it has the ability to hold a mirror up to society and influence cultural norms. But mostly, because it employs more people worldwide than any other industry and therefore has the ability to stimulate economic growth in developing countries like no one else. Want to help this world change? We are looking for our next set of interns! Here's what you can expect:
There's a lot of interest in ethical and sustainable fashion these days, but far fewer jobs to fill the demand. This problem comes more into view when you consider that many companies are losing great, passionate employees because the company is unwilling to meet their need for a more meaningful impact in their career. If you find yourself in this place, we implore you not to jump ship just yet. Here's some ideas for transitioning your career to sustainable fashion.
By Jessica Kelly, Founder & CEO, THR3EFOLD
One of my favorite mantras is the African proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." I love the beautiful truth in this statement. When you first start learning about ethical fashion and sustainable fashion it's very easy to be overwhelmed. To get our industry to a place that is collectively championing for people and planet while turning a profit can feel impossible, but the beauty is it will take a village, an industry to be exact, and that's what slowly is happening. THR3EFOLD is no different, and I am so grateful for my team who helps strategize, consult, and push this goal forward. Meet my team.
Our Quarterly Cocktails is back for a special New York Fashion Week edition! Grab your ticket now and come network.
Do you find yourself on the brink of starting a fashion apparel company? You know you the basics, maybe you have funding, but you aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of the complicated labyrinth that is sourcing and production? I’d love to de-mystify a couple of things for you. During my time as a Production Coordinator for sweaters at Tory Burch, I learned what to anticipate when starting a production run. Here's the 3 things to expect in fashion production.