2017 Fashion: Now & Then Fashion & Sustainability
October 19 - 21, 2017
LIM College, New York City, NY
October 19 - 21, 2017
LIM College, New York City, NY
EcoChic Design Award 2017: Only one month left until the EcoChic Design Award 2017 closes for applications on 3 April. Apply online here (www.ecochicdesignaward.com/apply)! We are on the search for the next group of designers who have what it takes to cut waste out of fashion and who will join us in Hong Kong in September for the grand final at Hong Kong CENTRESTAGE. This year we have again expanded the competition and will be accepting entries from Asia, Europe and the (newly added) USA.
International Fibre Recycling Symposium
June 7-8, 2017
Manchester Metropolitan University
ITAA 2016 Conference
Develop a Business Plan for a Socially Responsible Fashion Retailer
“Brick and mortar or non-store retail format”
The ESRAP 2017 Student Merchandising Competition is a juried poster competition where students will incorporate Triple Bottom Line practices in the development of a business plan for a socially responsible fashion retailer. The business plan may be for a traditional brick and mortar or a non-store retailer.
Overall goal of the competition is to empower students to become change agents through the application of socially responsible business practices to fashion retail development (or…to the fashion business). Students will develop a practical understanding of the challenges of running a “truly” socially responsible business.
Topics for the 2017 Symposium will include:
Call for Contributors
Greenleaf Publishing and The Textile Institute invite contributions to a forthcoming title, which will address the economic, social, and environmental unsustainability of the fast fashion industry, as well as potential consumer behavior patterns supportive of the emerging eco-fashion industry. The Textile Institute identifies textiles as the second largest industry in the world. The fast fashion segment is notorious for a supply chain that links low wage, often unsafe and environmentally degraded working conditions with cheap chic, fast fashion Western retailers.
In response to the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy that resulted in the deaths of over 1,100 garment workers, this collection will identify how consumer behavior approaches could shift garment demand toward more sustainable, responsible consumption patterns in the future. To this end, we seek contributions from academics, practitioners, policymakers, business leaders, journalists and entrepreneurs.
Description of the Book
The make-take-waste paradigm of fast fashion explains the producer/consumer behavior patterns toward fast fashion. Low cost, trendy styles, hyped by social media and fashion runways, are the result of a fashion apparel industry evolution from a two-season fashion calendar to fast fashion, characterized by rapid product cycles from retailers and impulse buying by consumers.
While the need for change in the fashion industry post-Rana Plaza could not be more obvious, research on alternative and more sustainable consumption models is under investigated (Heiskanen & Jalas, 2003) and remains at an initial stage (Gullstrand Edbring, Lehner, & Mont, 2016). The paucity of such research extends to highly consumptive consumer behaviors regarding fast fashion (i.e., impulse buying and throwaways) and the related impediments these behaviors pose for sustainable fashion.
The aim of this book, therefore, is to contribute new insights into consumer behavior mechanisms in order to shift consumer behaviors toward sustainable fashion and to minimize the negative impacts of fast fashion on the environment and society. We encourage submissions that present concepts and techniques that could overcome the formidable economic drivers of fast fashion and lead toward a future of sustainable fashion. In order to frame, but not constrain, the focus of contributions, we offer the following research questions:
· In evaluating past fashion trends, what factors have led to new trends and how do the factors supporting fast fashion differ from past trends that have led to new fashions?
· What are the economic drivers of fast fashion and what economic, social, environmental and political factors should be maintained in order for fast fashion to be a sustainable model?
· Globalization, technology, and the reduced costs of communication mandate using global supply chains for many industries as a competitive requirement. How can these factors support new approaches or extended global supply chains in support of sustainable fashion?
· What does a business model of sustainable fashion look like? What factors must be present in order for a business model to qualify as sustainable fashion?
· In particular, what consumer behavior concepts can be utilized at the retail level to support sustainable fashion? What would a closed end loop supply chain look like in relation to sustainable fashion?
Eco Friendly and Fair: Fast Fashion and Consumer Behavior
Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund
2016 Request for Proposals
For this cycle, the fund has prioritized textile manufacturing with an emphasis on sustainability.
See more here
Sourcing Journal Workshop at LIM
The Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016
Updates from the annual conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico