Conscious Fashion

Host: The Shops at Columbus Circle
Dates: September 4th-September 30th
Location: 2nd Floor

Travel around the globe with The Canvas for a curated tour of seven international fashion brands. Each brand uniquely addresses 1 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to promote sustainability and ethical practices in the apparel industry.

 

Querencia Studio

Querencia Studio believes that as the climate of our planet changes, so will our clothes. As a Querencia Studio initiative, Lead Designer Kate Walz explores future fashion systems through a collection of technical and speculative wearables based on fundamental human needs. The Earth Suit Project consists of multiple elements directly linked to and inspired by spacesuit construction, as it serves as a model for surviving in climate conditions that are conceivably harsher than our own.

 

Clandestina

Clandestina is Cuba's first independent fashion brand made up of a collective of Cuban designers and artists, entrepreneurs and creators, who believe in a more sustainable fair and ethical fashion industry. The brand's philosophy reflects the Cuban "resolver" concept --the process of making something from nothing-- organically generating a circular economy and continuing the global effort to make fashion more ethical.

 

Osier

Osier is a vegan fashion brand creating luxurious, faux leather bags. OSIER cares about people, animals, and the planet. All of the products are handmade in Europe using sustainable materials and harming no animals during the manufacturing process.

 

Zellerfeld

Zellerfeld believes that footwear designers should always be reaching for their full creative potential and footwear consumers for design specific to them. Their goal is to enable them to do so through 3D printing technology that allows for the democratization of the design process.

 

Pixie

PIXIE Won't Play preserves its ethical values by emphasizing sustainability. Women who wear PIXIE are aware, not only of themselves, but of their surroundings, as well. That is why recycled materials, eco-friendly dye, and sticking to "deadstock" is of fundamental importance. The brand takes a stance against third-country workforce exploitation: each piece of clothing is a result of a cooperation with the most skilled local artisans, and all manufacturing work is done in PIXIE's homeland - Latvia.

 

Kmana

KMANA is a family-run design company that produces timeless, made-to-last, genderless leather travel bags and accessories, handcrafted by skilled artisans from Bali and Jogjakarta. KMANA partners with several social initiatives to which they offer 5% of revenue. Since the launch of KMANA in 2018, money has
been raised to help victims of earthquakes and promote women's empowerment.

 

Lalela

Lalela is a non-profit that "provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit." The Lalela Scarf is essential to funding the program with 100% of the proceeds from each sale going towards helping young innovators find their voice and overcome the narrative of poverty.

 

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