We foster a community of creatives who want their work to contribute to a better future.
Whether you are a design student, seasoned designer, press, fashion industry veteran, or social-entrepreneur-in-training, the BF+DA creates an inspirational community for you. Your membership supports our work while we provide a solid platform for your innovations, as well as connections and support so you can manifest your best ideas and reach your full potential as a designer and entrepreneur. Becoming a part of the BF+DA is to participate in the movement towards ethical, sustainable and innovative design. You can also give the gift of a BF+DA membership.
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Pioneering – $350/year
You’ve put in years of hard work to figure out the do’s and don’ts of your ethical design business, and now you’re ready for more. The PIONEERING membership program gives you access to valuable connections, a nurturing community, and an ever-expanding knowledge base to help grow and support your company. An extensive list of industry resources, exclusive events, discounts on consulting and rentals, group discussions, and access to excellent tools and networks will allow you to inspire as well as be inspired among your fellow responsible entrepreneurs.
Emerging – $150/year
Are you passionate about ethical design and looking to learn more about this growing industry? The EMERGING membership program helps you expand your knowledge of responsible and sustainable business while simultaneously providing you with a community of supportive designers who are in the same boat as you. Resources like our Sustainable Fashion Roadmap tool, group discussions, discounted events and workspace, and tailored networking will be essential to growing your business with confidence.
Studying – $40/year
School can’t teach you everything, so if you’re looking for a leg up and some guidance when it comes to your post-graduation career, you’re in the right place! The STUDYING membership program helps you build your community outside of the classroom, with opportunities to network and learn from like-minded designers and entrepreneurs who want to become part of creating responsible models of industry for the future. Access to educational events, our comprehensive Sustainable Fashion Roadmap tool, and a crash course in sustainability will help you build a solid platform for your future in responsible business and design. For current college or university students with a valid ID only. Must register with a .edu email address.
Discounts on Events
Events at the BF+DA are a diverse gathering of designers, academics, writers, and our industry heroes. We’ll waive a portion or all of your ticket cost so you can join in the lively discussions and network with some of the most influential folks in the social entrepreneurship and design scene.
Sustainable Fashion Roadmap Tool
The BF+DA’s Sustainable Fashion Roadmap (SFR) tool is designed to help you navigate the waters of sustainable choices with ease. Learn about materials, strategies, and pioneers of sustainable product design, gather resources, and collaborate on project ideas. This unique tool will be your best guide when it comes to designing responsible products!
A quarterly sustainability orientation is your crash course in ethical and environmentally friendly design. Director of Pratt Institute’s Center for Sustainable Design Strategies, Carolyn Shafer, will guide members through core strategies and tools for lifecycle thinking. In addition, you will learn to use our exclusive Sustainable Fashion Roadmap tool to continuously inform sustainable product planning and design.
Connect with your fellow members, aka entrepreneurial peers, at monthly happy hours, quarterly potlucks, and other surprise gatherings. These events are your opportunity to meet and learn from this prestigious group of designers, to fully utilize the knowledge and experience of your community.
Members-Only Online Platforms
Take advantage of your diverse community by connecting professionally on LinkedIn in our invite-only BF+DA Community group (and suddenly you’re only one degree of separation from your dream CEO!). On the BF+DA Slack channel, you are invited to share & learn by participating in an ongoing conversation about anything and everything related to social entrepreneurship and design.
Discount on Hot Desk
More than just a co-working space, the BF+DA is a hotbed for inspiration and connection. Grab a discounted hot desk seat in our spacious Plaza, where we will provide you with wifi, a fully-equipped kitchen, and an inspiring community of entrepreneurs and makers. 10%-off for Emerging members and 15%-off for Pioneering members.
Discount on s.LAB Consulting
Take 15% off your first s.LAB session with our experienced team of sustainability consultants who are a wellspring of advice on sourcing and producing with sustainable materials. Access for Pioneering Members to the BF+DA’s s.LAB means one-on-one, expert guidance for sourcing and strategy.
Discount on Space Rental
Pioneering Members can take 15% off rental fees of our 3,000 square feet of inspirational, versatile, beautifully lit space for your company’s event. Meetings, conferences, parties, pop-up shops, fashion shows, and more are all possible, with infrastructure in place and support from our staff available to you – all with Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines to boot!
Google Drive Resources Folder
Manufacturers, press contacts, textile mills, a pop-up shop calendar, and so much more information carefully curated and made available to Pioneering Members only. We’ve leveraged our networks and done the legwork to put these essential resources right at your fingertips.
Virtual Office Hours
Tune in to monthly Google Hangout conversations with BF+DA staff and industry professionals who are ready to share their knowledge and experience with you. Digital office hours will be an opportunity for Pioneering Members to ask questions and receive tailored advice on topics relevant to social entrepreneurship and more.
These events are offered to Pioneering Members only, and will be an exclusive opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals in an intimate setting, such as studio and museum tours.