The Circular Economy: Sustainable Fashion: A Brand New Bag

BF+DA Executive Director Deb Johnson and BF+DA Production Director Tara St James were recently on a panel called “Sustainable Fashion: A Brand New Bag,” at Baruch College’s Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.

Baruch College writes: “Sustainable fashion — the alternative to fast fashion — compels us to rethink the way we buy and sell our clothes. Falling under the umbrella, or may we say parasol of sustainable design, this design ethos emphasizes the environmental and social impact of how we choose to dress and furthermore, how these choices are inextricably linked to the present and future well-being of our planet and civil society. The current global clothing supply chain touches all aspects of sourcing, producing and manufacturing, often resulting in multi-national corporations which employ methods that drive prices down but fail to reflect the true costs on society. Now eco-conscious players like Eileen Fisher, Stella McCartney, and Patagonia, are disrupting the fashion market to provide sustainable alternatives — garments with a longer lifespan and a smaller carbon footprint that minimize environmental impact. Our panel of experts explore how we can support the emergence of sustainable fashion as a stronger sub-sector within the industry”

Watch the video of the talk below.

Kate Daly– Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners
Meghan Ryan-Manager, Advisory Services, BSR, Founder of Sourcemap
Megan Meiklejohn, Sustainable Materials & Transparency Manager, Eileen Fisher
Tara St. James, Founder, Study New York

Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator