The Hand of Fashion
Friday, February 26 | 6 pm (additional dates through May) @ FIT, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, FIT, Seventh Ave. and 27 St.
Running until May 2016, this lecture series will address themes around the issue of sustainability in the fashion industry. Friday’s lecture is: Making in NYC versus Africa. Simone Cipriani and Bob Bland, Founder and CEO of Manufacture New York will discuss how artisanal production and new technologies such as 3D printing are making domestic reshoring of productions possible, and are changing the geography of labour. Both the Ethical Fashion Initiative and Manufacture New York collaborate with new brands in the U.S. while looking for artisanal capacities for product development domestically.
The lectures take place at the FIT in New York, and are free and open to the public. To attend, please register online.
New York City Beer Week
This annual affair is stacked with events celebrating consciously created, craft ales. One event, Brewpiphany Revelations, will feature creations from 50 home brewers using the same wort. SMaSH Brewers Brunch features beers made with New York State malts and hops. Knock Three Times will preview three new craft breweries that work out of Industry City in Brooklyn. There’s also a LIRR beer tour, a party at Brooklyn Brewery previewing their summer beers, and special New York beer flights.
A Day of Natural Beauty
Saturday, February 27 | 1 to 6 pm @ Kaight,
Natural beauty and grooming brand Alder New York is hosting a Day of Natural Beauty at sustainability focused Brooklyn boutique Kaight. They will be debuting their brand new face masks, which customers can try out while enjoying complimentary green tea from Steaz. They’ll also have their full line of products for customers to try, including moisturizing hand salves and lip balms and their award winning dry shampoo. Co-founders Nina and David will be there all day to talk about what goes into clean beauty products and how to shower less and still look good.
NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise
Every Sunday from January 10th – March 13th | Boards: 11:45AM, Sails: 12:00-2:00PM @ Pier 16 in historic South Street Seaport, Downtown Manhattan
Step aboard for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Look for harbor seals and learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including long-tailed ducks, geese, common loons, and sandpipers on this environment themed New York harbor cruise.
Conscious x Drift Studio NYC Release Party
Thursday, March 3 | 6:30 PM to 9 pm @ Drift, 508 W 26th St, 4th Floor, Manhattan
Conscious Magazine Issue 04’s #PowerfulVoices Edition is out now, and they’re having a party! If I know anything about Conscious Magazine (which I do, I know a lot), it will be a party packed with the consciouserati, including designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, bloggers, and maybe a model or two. I will most certainly be there! Enjoy sips and bites provided by Inward Point, experience live music by David You, and take home your complimentary copy of Conscious Issue 04.
Tickets are $25, but free if you’re a member. RSVP here.
Monday, March 7 | 7 pm @ Madison Square Garden
Join ethical and sustainable e-tailer Modavanti for a night of shopping from 15 leading artisan brands, drinks, food and basketball shot competitions in the world famous Madison Square Garden. Shop next to celebrities and industry influencers to help support the sustainability movement in fashion! A yoga ticket gets you a one hour yoga class led by Supermodel Angela Lindvall on the Knicks’ Court, a pretty yoga mat by Yoga Design Lab, Happy Socks, as well as participation in the rest of the evening’s activities, plus a chance to win great prizes! Can’t do yoga? RSVP for a general admissions ticket and come to shop, eat + drink and shoot hoops on the court and participate in Global Fashion Exchange.
$125 for yoga class. Tickets, more info here. If you can’t attend yoga, email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the afterparty.
Fashion + Tech: Female Founders Forum
Tuesday, March 8 | 6 to 9 pm @ Projective Space, Floor 3, 72 Allen Street
In honor of International Women’s Day, the ethical fashion information platform JUST and Projective Space are hosting a celebration of pioneering female founders in fashion tech and sustainability. The event will feature a panel discussion on the evolution of fashion and technology, and the challenges and keys to success for women entrepreneurs in the space. The event will begin with a cocktail hour followed by the panel discussion and then further opportunity for networking and conversation.
Savor NYC: The 3 R’s of Relationship Building
Tuesday, March 8 | 6 pm to 9 pm @ Punto Space, 325 West 38th St., Manhattan
Research shows that in the age of social media and constant communication, we are more connected than ever… and still feel disconnected. How can you develop your relationships for more meaningful fulfillment? This evening of self care and discussion at the organic and natural spa includes beauty foods and craft cocktails by Made Real, pampering mini spa treatments from Savor Spa + Om Aroma & Co, and a talk by Shasta Nelson about relationships to deepen with clients and colleagues.
Introduction to Handloom Weaving
Saturday, March 12 | 11 am t0 2 pm @ 141 S. 5th Street, Brooklyn
Students will learn how to hand weave their own tapestry wall hanging on a lap loom. All materials for weaving and learning techniques are included, but students are encouraged to bring fibers (yarns or string) and objects they would like to incorporate in their tapestries. (Note weaving is a slow process and you won’t be able to finish a complete wall hanging but each student will take home their 12″x12″ loom & enough yarns to continue the exploration.)
Just Food Conference
Sunday, March 13th @ the Teachers College, Columbia University
The annual Just Food Conference will bring together over 700 organizers, community leaders, CSA members, local food advocates, urban and rural farmers, food professionals, entrepreneurs, and members of the press to participate in a full day of trainings, panels, policy discussions, and good food. Just Food’s Conference programming covers national farm and food policy issues, approaches to urban agriculture, culinary and food preservation techniques, and strategies to mobilize communities in order to increase access to fresh, locally grown food. This year the six farmers of Rise & Root Farm will deliver the Keynote Address.
The Value of Food
Thru April 3 @ The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet is an art exhibition hosted by the Cathedral, in keeping with its long history of engagement with issues of social justice, the environment, support for the arts, and community involvement. Guest curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, the exhibition focuses on food security, accessibility, and sustainability by bringing together artists who not only grapple with these issues, but also actively engage the audience. Installed in the bays and chapels inside the Cathedral, as well as throughout the gardens, the exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections: Water, Soil, Seed, Farm, Market, Meal, and Waste—a reflection of the cycle of food production. Additionally, the Cathedral will host a number of presentations and workshops by speakers who make community outreach and participation a central part of their practice. These programs will include—but are not limited to—panels on urban farming, labor rights, the history of the dishes that many of us know and love, and the relationships between food and faith.
CSDS Sustainability Crash Course 2016
Saturday, April 2, 9 am – 5 pm @ Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Engineering Building, Brooklyn
Imagine being able to spend one amazing day immersed in learning about sustainable design—and meeting the people who have pioneered new thinking and practices. Pratt’s CSDS will present the sixth annual Sustainability Crash Course, a day-long series of workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s sustainable design faculty and elsewhere. With over 20 speakers, it represents an excellent intro for those fresh to the sustainable fashion world.
Free, but registration required. Space is limited.
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