Conscious Fashion&Tech Update | Oct 2019 | Climate What? Keep Building the NEW.

Dear Friend,

It took me 2x times longer to prepare this newsletter than usual due to amount of news I needed to catch up with and curate. There's a lot is happening in our industry and beyond. Powerful times guys, we’re in powerful times in Fashion Industry. 2019 may become one of the most centering years for the industry’s history. There are so many of us working on the new industry, so many of us are brewing magical potions and creating portals for our industry to ascend through.

Excuse my new age language, I’m back and back at it. We’re completely up-leveling here and I’m TIRED of playing in the climate conversation game, I’m tired of seeing videos like this one and wonder how deep can deep state go. And articles like Whitney Bauck's Fashion Brands Are Claiming to Be ‘Carbon Neutral’ — But Is It Greenwashing? have to go detail by detail explaining that this is NOT what authentic sustainability is about, yet of course, has a place to be in building the new fashion industry. But all these murky waters of the climate talk and lack of CLARITY and SIMPLE solutions that adjust customer behaviour effortlessly, something like this.

This is the beginning of the article I wrote called "3 Zen Principles of the Fashion Industry", inspired by a TedX talk by Preston Chaunsumlit, the most interesting casting director the industry had seen. 

Read the whole piece here, you'll love it.

Also, I've revived my Twitter after a few months of rest - follow me there for even more industry news flow.


  • The Fashion Press Release Has Become the Manifesto - GQ
  • Sheep Inc. Intends to Be the World's First 'Carbon Negative Brand" - Fashionista
  • “Women want to see other women that look like themselves”: Rebecca Minkoff on the business of representation - Glossy
  • France to introduce anti-waste law to promote circular economy - Fashion United
  • Fashion Brands Are Claiming to Be 'Carbon Neutral' — But Is It Greenwashing? - Fashionista
  • Stella McCartney on why the fashion industry should be rewarded for being greener - Vogue Australia


  • The Collaboration to End All Collaborations - NY Times


  • Forever 21 files for Bankruptcy - Bloomberg
  • When Avery Dennison’s Manufacturing Technology Met Unmade’s Supply Chain Platform - Fashnerd
  • Why The Fashion Industry Needs To Turn On To Hemp - The Guardian
  • The Rise of the Resale Market - CO
  • Biogarmentry are clothes that can photosynthesise like plants - Dezeen
  • The rise of hemp as a sustainable alternative to cotton - Vogue Business
  • Evrnu raises $9million to close the textile lifecycle loop - Sourcing Journal
  • Sustainability in Retail: What Sustainable Initiatives Do You Think Consumers Value? - Fashnerd
  • Sustainable Clout: Timberland, Public School to Collab — But Wait, There's More - WWD


  • With Drest, digital clothing is one step closer to mainstream - Vogue Business
  • Data Is Like Uranium and We All Live in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ -  Highsnobiety
  • Levi’s and Google’s smart jacket upgrade -Wired

Follow my twitter account for the rest of the the news.


Thursday, October 10

 6:00pm – 8:00pm RENEW 10 Year Anniversary: Sustainable Design Panel

We at Eileen Fisher use design thinking to prototype new ideas and think through innovative sustainable solutions. Join us to celebrate our Renew 10 Year Anniversary by in a conversation with four inspiring women who are each crafting innovative pathways in the industry. Price: Free Location: EILEEN FISHER 47 Bergen Street Brooklyn

6:00pm - 8:00pm Sustainable Design Panel - Renew 10 Year Anniversary

Briget Read from New York Magazine's The Cut moderates a conversation on circular design, featring leaders in sustainable fashion. Price: Free Location: EIleen Fisher, 47 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

6:30pm – 9:00pm Night School: Deep Dive into Sustainable Textiles w/ Tara St. James

Join Tara St James, Founder of STUDY NY and Re:Source Library, for a Masterclass to learn more about circular design strategies, setting sustainability goals, understanding how to produce locally and internationally, sourcing responsible fabrics and mills through the Re:Source textile library and new innovations in materials. Price: $30 Location: WeWork 1460 Broadway

Thursday, October 14

4:00pm – 5:00pm  Steps and Solutions to Sustainability

 LIM College sustainability students present research on sourcing, transportation, packaging, social rights, costing, and marketing. Price: Free Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street

Friday, October 18 - Saturday 19

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale 

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show features New York City's greatest collection of vintage clothing, accessories and antique textiles from the last century and more. Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends! The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is the ultimate vintage showcase, which brings together over 80 of the country’s top vintage clothing, accessories and antique textile dealers under one roof. So, come join the hunt where top designers get their inspiration! You’re sure to find timeless and beautifully constructed clothing & antique textiles. The collection that 100 years of design built. Price: $15 Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th st

Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, 20

12:00 - 4:00pm Business Workshop: Sustainable Fashion Edition

Join A. Bernadette and NYC Fair Trade Coalition for a four-part business plan writing workshop. Price: $150 Location: WeWork 1460 Broadway

Thursday, October 24

6:30 - 8:00pm Fashion, Anxiety, and Society: Labor

Fashion, Anxiety, and Society is a conversation series curated by Kristen Owens. Organized in conjunction with Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s fall exhibition, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War, these monthly conversations explore contemporary questions of gender, labor, justice, and subversion as they relate to fashion. This conversation is curated and moderated by Sara Ziff Price: $5 – $8 Location: Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall


Stay Inspired,

Nataliya Makulova 
Founder of Balanced Fashion, Conscious Fashion Tech Consulting Agency
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