THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015
Join us on Thursday, November 5th, for the chance to hear three speakers from diverse backgrounds deliver insightful commentary on their experiences in the ever-evolving industry of sustainable fashion, followed by a pop-up with vendors who are leading the way in ethical design. Trail-blazing, innovative, and revolutionary -- this is sure to inspire. Come early, stay late, and learn how the future of ethical design is not just good business, it's fundamental.
Elana Reinholtz: Elana is the founder and CEO of Bird + Stone, a made-in-NYC socially conscious jewelry start-up. Bird + Stone uses 15% of their profits to fund micro-loans and financial training for widowed female entrepreneurs in Kenya to start businesses, lift their families out of poverty, and follow their dreams. Elana has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Mashable, Fortune, and more.
Sugandh Agrawal: Sugandh entered grad school at Pratt Institute with the intention of earning her master's in design management to further her career in industrial design -- but, like so many New York transplants before her, she was lured into a world of dreamy fashion. Just as her interest in the New York fashion scene was ramping up, Sugandh befriended a handbag designer who gave her an insider's perspective on the industry. Seeing their stock room of leathers was her “aha!” moment and Sugandh decided to change it. "She founded GUNAS in 2008, and the label -- dedicated to making bags that respect animals, people, and the environment -- has garnered a celebrity following as well industry praise.
David Dietz: A strong believer in ability of business to create a positive social impact, David is the founder and CEO of Modavanti.com an online retailer committed to sustainable style. By working with fashion forward brands committed to the triple bottom line of people, planet, profit, Modavanti has become the authority in the space and the leader in the sustainable fashion revolution. Launched in early 2013, Modavanti.com is the premiere online destination for the socially-conscious consumers looking for fashion forward eco-friendly and ethically sourced clothing that fits their values without compromising on style. Shoppers will have the chance to shop, share and learn about the latest trends and advances in sustainable fashion.