Fashion Institute of Technology’s Summer Institute; Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles, is a small intimate conference by design (only 35 participants), as we found it lent to a level of intimacy, familiarity, and comfort, simply not possible in a large conference.
The participants are a mix of educators from around the world and industry professionals including Eileen Fisher and Harley Davidson, many of whom have shared concrete, measurable outcomes from last year’s conference, such as building a natural dye garden and moving the company over to sustainable packaging and hang tags.
This year’s line up of speakers, round tables and hands-on labs is exceptional. The opening speaker is Paul Dillinger – the Head of Global Product Innovation – Levi Strauss, followed by a panel from Eileen Fisher, led by Amy Hall, with representatives from across their entire supply chain from sourcing and design to PR and marketing, talking about their Vision2020.
Bob Bland and Makers Row are part of a panel on Re-shoring. We have a natural dye workshop with FIT dye expert Ajoy Sakar in collaboration with Liz Spencer of the Dogwood Dyer. We are pleased to have Dara Brewster of Dara Artisans to speak on a Soulful Economy. We will also feature Becky Earley, the Director of Textile Futures and the MISTRA Textile toolbox, and TED “10 Sustainability Measures.” As an added bonus, for the first time in the US, we will be exhibiting the Textile Toolbox exhibit which will be on for 2 weeks and open to the public!
Also featured is Lewis Perkins and Loomstate on the Cradle to Cradle Fashion Positive program. The program closes on day 4 with Bolt thread and Suzanne Lee, the founder of Biocouture and now the Creative Director of Modern Meadow.
Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles is a four-day series of lectures, discussions, site visits, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles. For more information and registration visit this link: http://www.fitnyc.edu/21994.asp