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It’s Our First Birthday!!

This year, to celebrate the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s first year in operation, we want to acknowledge some of the individuals who have been alongside us, have inspired us and are part of the journey forward. To that end we are launching the first annual Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards. Our focus is on innovators in design, technology and manufacturing. The BF+DA venture fellows will be hosting open studios, the production LAB knitting machines and music will be cranking and we’ll be serving BF+DA “positive impact” cocktails and locally produced treats.

Join us as we honor 14 amazing individuals who have taken the challenge to advance the future of the fashion industry around the environment and society in 2015 and celebrate the BF+DA’s success! Wear your dancing shoes and help support the BF+DA events in the coming year. RSVP below.

Here are our awardees:


Corporate Leadership in Advancing Sustainability

Vision 2020 – No Excuses campaign

Eileen Fisher: Founder, EILEEN FISHER

Collaboration to Advance Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Fashion Positive

Lewis Perkins: Interim President, Cradle to Cradle Products

Industry Leadership in Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain

National Resources Defense Council Clean By Design initiative

Linda Greer: Director Environment and Health, NRDC


Sustainability in Film

Andrew Morgan: Director, The True Cost

News Reporting on Sustainability – Feature

Adam Matthews: Investigative Reporter, Toxic Fashion, Newsweek

News Reporting on Sustainability – Daily Coverage

Jasmin Malik Chua, Managing Editor, Ecouterre 


t.LAB Award for Technology and Apparel

BF+DA Research Fellow Madison Maxey: Co-Founder, The Crated

s. LAB Award for Sustainable Strategies

BF+DA Venture Fellow Teel Lidow: Founder, Boerum Apparel

p.LAB Award for Design Innovation

BF+DA Venture Fellow Amanda Phelan: Founder, Phelan

BF+DA Mentors Award for Entrepreneurship

BF+DA Venture Fellow Charlie Morris: Founder, Fanmail

Pratt Young Entrepreneurs Award

BF+DA Junior Venture Fellow Aza Ziegler: Founder, Calle del Mar

BF+DA Junior Venture Fellow Caroline Kaufman: Founder, Caroline Kaufman

Pratt Design Educators for Technology and Sustainability

Professor Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman: Wearable Technology and IMARI Lab, Pratt Institute

Professor Carl Zimring: Sustainability Minor program, Pratt Institute

RSVP below!



Monday, November 16, 2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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