Fashion Group International, a non-profit professional organization for members of the fashion industry, threw its annual Rising Star Awards luncheon this week. And the sustainable fashion community crashed the party.
Well, we didn't crash, so much as buy three tables to get an in. The CEO of The Green Shows, Harvey Russack, gathered together a select group of sustainable tastemakers for the event. There was schmoozing. There was networking. And there was a lot of dishes being sent back to the kitchen for not being vegan.
- Tara St. James // Sustainable Fashion Designer, Study NY
- Bianca Alexander // Emmy Award-Winning Creative Director, Conscious Living TV
- Michael Alexander // Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Conscious Living TV
- Titania Inglis // Sustainable Fashion Designer
- Jill Heller // Sustainable Style Consultant
- Suzanne Rae // Sustainable Fashion Designer
- Kate McGregor // Sustainable Fashion Retailer, Kaight
- Daniel Silverstein // Sustainable Fashion Designer
- Leanne Mail-Ly Hilgart // Sustainable Fashion Designer, Vaute Couture
- Emma Grady // Sustainable Fashion Blogger, Past Fashion Future
- David Dietz // Founder, Modavanti
- Bob Bland // CEO and Founder, Manufacture NY
- Marci Zaroff // Producer of upcoming documentary, Thread
Why the Appearance?
As FGI's website puts it, their mission statement, "is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person ... access to business professionals and [a] gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace." Admirable goals. But some suggestions for FGI:
- To become more effective in their careers, designers should have access to information and resources on sustainable textiles and manufacturing techniques, plus have support for manufacturing in the US and especially in NYC.
- A major trend in fashion is to give thought to how your textiles, dyes, and factories affect people and the environment--which includes both people involved in fashion and your customers.
- More business professionals (a.k.a. investors) should be aware of the benefits of investing in a designers who is looking toward the future with conscious fabrics and design.
While we were disappointed that we didn't recognize any of the nominees as people who use any sustainable processes, we were excited to see the guys from Warby Parker win in the accessories category--it is a one-for-one business that provides eyeglasses to those who need them. Plus their stuff is pretty darn attractive.
Photo credits: Steve Eichner