Watch highlights from the Sustainable NYFW event above!
“Creating a better lifestyle industry…but still being chic.”
Over 1000 attendees packed the gorgeous Current Room overlooking the Hudson River, watching the designer shows and panel talks, browsing the pop-up shops and sampling the various food and drinks provided by the event sponsors. The 7-hour event was produced and emceed by Celia Evans of the Miami-based media production company Planet Fashion TV.
The exhibition featured eight trailblazing fashion designers whose missions are to conserve the earth’s resources by using sustainable, eco-friendly materials and/or use sustainable processes in creating their fashion wear and accessories. Each designer spoke about their fashions and how they were made in engaging panel discussions moderated by Evans, held before each show. The designers who presented were:
- New Zealand-born designer Debra Lee Cheyne of Butterscotch Castle who deconstructs and redesigns vintage and discarded apparel and fabrics to create chic women’s fashion wear;
- Australian jewelry designer Angela Clarke of Angela Clarke Jewelry who creates sustainable and ethical jewelry pieces through recycled and reclaimed materials;
- Australian brand Bamboozld who manufacture socks and undergarments out of sustainable Oeko-Tex and Reach Certified bamboo material. Bamboozld goes beyond typical bamboo apparel processing. They do not use harmful chemicals in processing and they practice water conservation.
- Pennsylvanian designer Nick Unis of UnisBrands developed a machine to make plastic bottles into fabric that he then crafts in to hip sneakers;
- German shoe brand Wildling Shoes has shoes that protect healthy feet from injury. The shoes mimic being barefoot to strengthen feet muscles. The shoes help protect the environment by using environmentally-friendly materials and resource-saving production techniques;
- New York based sustainable designer, published author and Sustainable fashion professor at FIT, Bridgett Artise of Born Again Vintage gives vintage garments that have lost their luster another chance at being fashionable, recycling fabrics and textiles into timeless pieces;
- KINDOM is a sustainable and ethical apparel and accessories brand based in Los Angeles uses fabrics from global craftsman and tribes, reclaimed fabrics, and follows the UN Sustainability guidelines.
Brazilian designer Silvia Vassão of Leafy Natural Couture was not present at the event, but 10 of her designs were shown as the grand finale for the event. Silvia creates luxury women’s couture hand-woven with hand-spun silk from Brazilian silkworms.
The evening included a keynote speech by the United Nations Sustainable Development Specialist Francesca Zoppi. In her talk, Zoppi discussed the United Nations’ sustainability goals, including reducing global emissions, ocean cleanup and ethical wages.
Attendees explored and engage with onsite activations of best-in-class technology that re-define Sustainability as well as popup-shops with the best sustainable products and apparel.
Live Music Performers
There will also be two live music performances among the day’s events by artists from Italy who are both now based in NYC: Edo Ferragamo and Kendra Black.
Edo Ferragamo is the grandson of the pioneering fashion designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, born in Florence, Italy. He performed a brand new original song, entitled “Your Favorite Song”, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
Kendra Black is an electro-pop/dance artist who is a classically trained ballerina, also originally from Italy. She performed her original electro-dance song, titled “This Love” from her latest album, The Edge.
The following brands provided refreshments throughout the day-long event:
Juneshine creates hard Kombucha uniquely brewed with honey and green tea flavored with organic, real ingredients. Jun Kombucha has a smoother taste than traditional Kombucha with similar health benefits.
Tower Beverages, based right in NYC, have a social mission to support families of fallen heroes, including first responders at 9/11 and military veterans. Their Sparkling Waters & Craft Sodas come in six refreshing fruit flavors, including blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, orange and pear.
Shinju Whisky, (Shinju means “Pearl”), is distilled on the southeastern flank of Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture, which makes the sacred mountain its sole water source. Their “White Pearl” whisky is a proprietary blend of this pristine alpine water source and four distinct whisky expressions. All carefully crafted by our Master Distiller, each of which has been aged 2-4 years in new and mature white oak barrels to give Shinju its rich caramel color and distinct flavor profile.
Lamborghini Wine – created originally by Ferruccio Lamborghini, maker of the famous sport cars. The wines are made by the Lamborghini estate, on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, Cortona and the Chiana valley in Italy.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards Wine – a 40-year-old family winery based in the Willamette Valley, Oregon
coopermountainwine.com by Barbara Gross, was the main wine sponsor. Their collection of organic and vegan wines were another one the the big highlights of the event. Contact them they can ship directly to your house!
Babe Wine – the official wine of the NFL; Supermodel EMILY RATAJKOWSKI endorses the brand as “Chief of Taste”
Sustainable New York Fashion Week was produced and financed by Celia Evans
For press inquiries: Beatrice Kimmel | EMPKT PR | firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlight photos of the whole event…
Planet Fashion TV Executive Producer Celia Evans moderated the panel discussions with the 8 sustainable designers, discussing ways their fashions help reduce waste and conserve the environment.
Keynote speaker Francesca Zoppi – Sustainable Development Specialist for the UN
The audience enjoyed live performances by EMPKT artists,
Kendra Black and Edo Ferragamo
Attendees enjoyed delicious vegan food and beverages provided by various sponsors…