Stella Jean Fabric Production Burkina Faso. Photo: Courtesy of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative

The Fashion Institute of Technology's School of Art and Design and School of Graduate Studies present a series of conversations with leaders in sustainable practices for the fashion industry hosted by Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative. 

The Hand of Fashion series brings together industry leaders in sustainable fashion practices, as well as friends and collaborators of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI). The EFI is a United Nations program that connects and enables artisans in developing countries to work directly with top fashion brands on an ongoing basis. Having worked with some of the most innovative fashion designers around the world, the EFI has developed a set of pioneering sustainable practices for the fashion industry. The EFI also mentors new designers from Africa and collaborates with high-end retailers all over the world.

Simone Cipriani, the founder of EFI, presents the various aspects of sustainability in fashion through conversations with a number of key industry experts, managers, and designers. All the guests have collaborated with the EFI, and each bring different aspects of innovation in sustainable fashion to their work.

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 are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  All lectures are presented online afterward. 

April Lectures

Wednesday April 20th 6pm— Company Culture Matters with Miguel Fluxà the Chief Executive Officer, Camper

Friday April 22nd 6pm— Artisanship in the Supply Chain with Hirofumi Kurino, Co-Founder and Creative Advisor, United Arrows

May Lectures

Monday May 9th 6pm— Sustainability in Fashion with Aurora James, Founder of Brother Vellies

Wednesday May 11th 6pm—  The Future of Fashion Employment with Floriane de Saint Pierre, Founder, Floriane de Saint-Pierre et Associés

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