By Lisa Liberatore, Administrative & Customer Service Director, 31 Bits
Editor's note: Our industry is at a turning point in standards and practices. Some days it may even feel like a solid identity crisis. How do we continue to create products while being sustainable? Or compete in a discount-driven market while remaining ethical? The growing workforce is full of ambition to create change in fashion but are finding few positions available to do so. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity they either give up and go to the non-profit sector and we lose the passionate people we need to create this change, or start their own brand, further splintering an already noisy market. But a groundswell of impact-driven companies are gaining traction. Here's one woman's story of discovering this world and navigating her career and calling towards it, full speed ahead.
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.
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.
We are going west for the first time. Come visit us at SOURCING at Magic Sunday August 12th - Wednesday, August 15th. Plus, our Founder is leading a seminar, so save the date today! Details below.
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.