Category: Sustainable Sunday

Namaste NYC

By , June 13, 2014 8:24 am

I would like to congratulate Ritu Jadwani, one of our ESL/Fashion Business certificate students from 2008, on starting her own business! I’ve seen these in person and my personal favorites are the bracelets, they are beautiful. Congrats Ritu! 

 

Namaste NYC is a fair trade brand that creates beautifully hand-crafted products in India for a global audience. We incorporate crafts like hand embroideries, block prints, hand tie-dye, metal work and punch work to design interesting textures. With an aim to revive the dying craft industry of India, we support khadi and mashru hand woven fabrics that are going into extinction due to lack of skilled weavers and industrialization. We collaborate with globally renowned non-profit organizations in India, which focus towards women empowerment and sustainable rural development through crafts and embroideries. All our products are made in sweat free women operated ethical workshops. Fairly traded, crafted with love.

(Founder and designer Ritu Jadwani) I am inspired by Indian craftsmanship and age-old embroidery techniques with a modern touch.

 I grew up in India and came to FIT to learn about the international fashion scene. With an undergrad fashion degree and Master of global innovation business degree I combine my skills and love towards hand crafted products.

Coming to FIT for the ESL Fashion Business Certificate Program was the best decisions I made in July 2008. It gave me immense exposure by attending a world-renowned institute and living in a fashion capital city, New York. The knowledgeable faculty mentors, resourceful library, world-class museum and its tours, extra seminars, graduation fashion shows, fashion and museum tours in the city, and my diverse fashionista classmates have been of great influence in starting my business. Fortunately, I got a chance to return to FIT in Summer 2013 for more courses and I hope I return again and again!

After finishing my studies at FIT and gaining some industry experience, I returned back to my country, India. Inspired by the local artisan’s hand crafting skills, I decided to launch my accessory and apparel brand to promote fair trade items and support the dying cottage industries of my town. We launched as a wholesale company at the NY NOW fair in New York, in February 2014. Soon we started supplying to stores that appreciated hand crafted colorful items. We hope to reach out to museums, hotels and more hand made stores by the end of this year. Recently we launched our online retail store on Etsy with worldwide shipping at nominal/free costs. Check out our new collection at NY NOW in the Global Handmade section in New York City from Aug 16th – 21st 2014.

We hope you enjoy our colorful products as much as we enjoy hand crafting them for you.
Namaste
www.namaste-nyc.com
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NamasteNycIndia
Thank you FIT!

ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT FASHION DESIGN IN THE SUSTAINABLE ERA?

By , May 25, 2014 8:42 am

My ethical fashion summer course will get you started, and we will have amazing guest speakers!!

Introduction to ETHICAL FASHION
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
May 28, June 4, 11, 18 from 6pm-9pm

My guest speakers this semester include:

- Geraldine Mae Cueva, fashion e-commerce expert at Bonobos.com.

- Anh-Thu Nguyen, a human rights lawyer by training and head of the We See Beauty Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to incubate and accelerate women-led, worker-owned cooperatives to drive large scale change.

- Gabriel Gripo, Slow Fashion designer and owner GGrippo art+design store in Brooklyn. A hub for emerging sustainable brands.

- Annie Millican, founder of Awamaki Lab, an ethical fashion brand which aims to address social and economic community empowerment through culturally sensitive and entrepreneurial programs in Peru.

This course gives designers, product developers, buyers, and others the tools to creatively develop products that are beautiful, commercial, and sustainable. The focus is on bringing sustainability and ethics into the design process and making responsible decisions about sourcing and manufacturing. The course also provides an introduction to fair trade, the support of endangered crafts, the impact of textiles on the environment, and a summary of the ethical and sustainable practices of some current fashion designers and developers.

Instructor: Carmen Artigas, designer and sustainable fashion consultant

Register Now:
https://epay.fitnyc.edu/C20737_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=4093&SINGLESTORE=true

Oleg Oprisco fashion

Photo Oleg Oprisco

 

Carmen Artigas teaches in the Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs certificate program.
You can follow her on facebook.com/ethicalfashionNY and twitter.com/artigascarmen.

Setlog in the news

By , October 27, 2013 10:01 am

Just how integrated the industry is now was underscored at our 9/27 program. Fashion generalists function better. Read more here: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=153762

Fibre2Fashion (October 11) reported that FIT’s Center for Professional Studies, in association with Setlog Corporation, presented Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain, a seminar held at FIT on September 27. The event addressed the issues facing global fashion brands and retailers who are under increased pressure to know more about every element in the supply chain.

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Are you curious about ethical fashion and sustainable sourcing and manufacturing?

By , October 13, 2013 10:02 am

This course will get you started and there will be AMAZING guest speakers!!

Materials and Eco Labels Photo by David Goldman/AP

Photo by David Goldman/AP

MATERIALS AND ECO LABELS – FASHION

2013 Dates: October 21, 28, November 4, 11
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
http://www.fitnyc.edu/7390.asp

Course description:
The journey from raw material through processing, dyeing and finishing is complex. Sourcing raw materials, chemicals used in processing, energy and water use, finishing products and processes are just some of the considerations in developing sustainable textiles. This course will cover all the components and considerations of sustainable materials for fashion. It will cover the eco labels that pertain to materials in the United States and as applicable, worldwide markets and teach you how to evaluate these labels’ pros and cons. We will also touch on eco labels that apply to the packaging and labeling necessary for the retail environment.

Guest speakers include:

• Founder and Publisher of The Sourcing Journal, Edward Hertzman along with Editorial Assistant Tara Donaldson.

• Danielle Azoulay, Supervisor Product Compliance: PVH Corp.

• Rhett Godfrey, Coordinator- Sustainability Initiatives: Loomstate

• Prof. Nathan Fleisig, Expert in global supply chain, product safety, social responsibility & compliance issues. Brands include: Reebok/Adidas, Nike, Gap, AE, Justice, CLC, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and the US Olympic Committee.

 

Carmen Artigas teaches in the Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs certificate program.
You can follow her on facebook.com/ethicalfashionNY and twitter.com/artigascarmen.

Ibirori Celebration

By , December 12, 2012 8:02 am

A great networking opportunity for students interested in international development, African fashion and social enterprise.

Indego Africa IBIRORI 1212

Born Again Vintage

By , September 16, 2012 11:46 am

Check out this article and video of Instructor Bridgett Artise talking about vintage fashion and doing a sample reconstruction! Her classes are CEO 031: Building a Vintage Business and  SUS 016: Clothing Reconstruction.

Born Again Vintage article link image

 

Winds of Change

By , March 26, 2012 5:00 pm

FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference
“Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability”
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The John Reeves Great Hall
8:30am – 5:30pm

Bring your students to one session or attend for the whole day.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Register: http://www3.fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityatfit/conf_regist_form.htm
Schedule: http://fitnyc.edu/12190.asp

A Fashionista Shows How You can GO GREEN Just in time for EARTH DAY, April 22

By , March 25, 2012 6:53 pm


Discover Tips on Becoming More Earth Friendly While still Staying on Trend.

Shop til you Drop but lower your Carbon Footprint by Buying Vintage and Gently Worn Designer Pieces.
We will start with a Talk and then Head for a Walk to some of Emma’s Favorite Hot Spots.

 Join me on one of my upcoming tours.

1. Saturday, March 30, SXT 810 Fashion Market Update for Sustainable Products 55A 11 – 4 p.m.

2. Saturday April 28, May 5 SXT500 55B Star Quality Vintage Shop Talk and Tour 11 to 3 p.m.

3. SXT510 OL1 How to Really Shop Vintage: Local to Online Resources April 9 – April 27 Online

Go Green This Spring with FIT and Emma and help save your Planet.

Happy Earth Day!

Emma Sosa   www.EmmasVintageShop.etsy.com   www.VintageFitforStyle.artfire.com

Classroom Sustainability

By , February 12, 2012 9:12 am

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things

By , January 22, 2012 7:56 am

http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/all-that-glitters-the-history-of-shiny-things/

 

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