Posts tagged: Sustainability

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things

By , January 22, 2012 7:56 am


City Source Expo: Fashion Manufacturing in New York

By , January 16, 2012 12:41 pm

FIT’s City Source Expo: Fashion Manufacturing in New York, held on January 10 and coordinated by The Enterprise Center, was announced on StartUpFashion (January 9), The Emerging Designer, and Ecouterre (January 9), and featured on (January 10).

Here are some of our photos!!

Sustainable Color

By , January 8, 2012 7:38 am

What did you do on the weekend??

On December 17 & 18, SUS 014: Sustainable Textiles: Sourcing & Direct Application students learned all about sustainable fabrics and fibers, how to dye them, and how to source them with Instructor Rachel Miller. Everyone walked away with beautiful colorful swatches and lots of notes.

It looked like educational fun, so I might see you in class this Spring!



Go Green this Holiday Season

By , December 18, 2011 8:23 am

This Season Give Back to our Planet by Going Green and Buying Vintage!

Wishing you a peaceful and loving Holiday Season.
Hope to see you soon, Emma

Emma Sosa teaches SXT 500: Star-Quality Vintage Shopping, SXT 510: The Out-of-Towner’s Online Guide to Vintage Shopping, and SXT 810: “Going Green” and Staying Fashion Right- Earth Friendly Fashion Stores.

Color Recycling In Art and Life…

By , November 30, 2011 8:00 am


As I now believe that I am moving to Santa Fe on Dec. 14, after a whole life and career in NYC, I think of one of my favorite exhibits taking place at the privately run, not-for profit Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe.

What do you do when your traditional raw materials are no longer available and you are a skilled and talented craftsperson with years of experience and surrounded by continuing traditions? You reinvent your materials by recycling “junk” and possessions surrounding you.

This is what the jewelry designers at Santa Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) created between 1920’s to the 1950’s in New Mexico. They reinvented their craft and made it more “contemporary”. The Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, NM explores their jewelry in their current exhibit curated by J. Roderick Moore called – Thunderbird Jewelry of Santa Domingo Pueblo.

The scarcity of materials was caused by turquoise mines taken over by American companies, the turquoise was replaced by mosaics of inlaid and appliquéd inexpensive plastics (multicolored), bones of animals (off-white), LP’s (browns), celluloid (monotone) combs and battery casings (black). The pieces were sold as cheap trinkets for tourists visiting the Southwest. Today, they are collector’s items and worth hundreds of dollars.

The SMARTER* Clothing Project: BYOF Workshop

By , November 13, 2011 12:00 pm

SMARTER clothing project

(Bring Your Old Fabric or
Old Favorites)

Perhaps you are a person who collects ill-fitting garments that you never get around to altering or you have a closet full of “I’m sure I will wear it agains”. Maybe you are a designer looking to join the “green” brigade but not quite sure how. Or possibly you just want to know exactly what sustainable is and how you go about starting the journey.

Come join us for the SMARTER workshop where fun meets facts. This workshop will show you just what to do with that sweater you don’t want to get rid of but will never wear, or show you what you can make from that scrap of fabric that you just can’t bear to throw out all the while learning what makes sustainable design sustainable.

On Sunday, December 11, 2011
from 12 – 3pm
learn how to fashionably reduce waste with the SMARTER* Clothing Project team; Bridgett Artise, Iliana Quander and Trudy Miller. Bring your choice of Old Fabric or Old Favorites for the first of many BYO Workshops —  come with something old and leave with something new!

Materials needed: Old fabric or Old Favorites (sweaters, hand me downs, vintage finds, can’t throw outs, etc)

Location: FIT’s Seminar Room 9 (SR9)


Talking Trade @FIT

By , October 11, 2011 8:48 am

California Law on International Supply Chain
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, “D” Bldg., Ground Floor

David Uricoli, Senior Director Global Human Rights Compliance, Polo Ralph Lauren

Doug Cahn, Principal, The Cahn Group, LLC, Corporate Responsibility Solutions
Rachelle Jackson, Director, Research and Development, STR Responsible Sourcing
Nathan Fleisig, CSR Sourcing Manager, Outerstuff LTD

Will speak about the changes in California law effective 1 January, 2012 requiring retail sellers and manufacturers to disclose their efforts to ensure that their product supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

For more event information: or call 212-217-4280

Nathan Fleisig teaches SUS 011: Responsible Manufacturing and Product Lifecycle (Fashion) and SXF 210: How You Can Build Your Fashion Business in Today’s Market Climate.

Sustainability – the Future of Fashion?

By , September 1, 2011 7:16 am

Carmen Artigas Talks Fashion Sustainability,
The Future Of The Industry & Alexander McQueen

Carmen Artigas teaches SUS 012: Ethical Fashion I & SUS 013: Ethical Fashion II.
More info on the Sustainable Design Entrepreneur Certificate Program.

An Inspiring Art project comes to the planet’s rescue! by Neville Bean

By , August 21, 2011 10:21 am



Green Design starts with an awareness of ecological issues. As we search for creative problem solving approaches, it’s great to remember the power of Art in the process of envisioning the future. Check out this inspiring project and look at creative ways to design our way to sustainability!

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has created Museo Subaquatico de Arte to focus on the problem of the planet’s dwindling reef system. This Incredible underwater sculpture museum is a hauntingly beautiful artificial reef in Cancun, Mexico. The installation is filled with 400 life cast figures made of marine grade cement that is designed to attract coral which are slowly and amazingly transforming the figures into encrusted creatures of the deep. The reef has attracted a huge diversity of fish and other sea life as well as human divers… a VERY novel museum experience!

This is an extraordinary project — moving and poetic. Do not miss the wonderful films the artist has made showing the process both of the making as well as the remarkable evolution of the work. The figures reference our modern technological world, a commentary made most poignant in this surreal environment. There is a strong eco message with this project calling attention to the decline in natural coral reefs. BRAVO!

Neville Bean teaches SXC 100 Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110 Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, and SXF 700 Demystifying Fashion Forecasting.


By , August 7, 2011 10:01 am




Moderator, Karla Magruder presided over a fascinating Green raw materials panel discussion on July 19th at Texworld. With a focus on fiber innovations, the topics ranged from accountability to an interesting demonstration by Martex of how recycled fabric is reprocessed into new fibers.

Lensing, the makers of Tencel and Model, has developed an amazing new fiber they call TencelC. It is made from crab shells, of all things, and apparently has wonderful healing and soothing properties. The medical and Beauty markets use the fiber because it is beneficial to the skin. Now fabric textiles are being developed, for now, primarily in the intimate apparel area where the fabrics come into direct contact with the skin. Should be interesting to follow and see how this innovative fiber makes it’s way into other markets!

For the huge global Polyester market, Unify creates REPREVE a 100% recycled Polyester yarn.  Unify is serious about accountability. They place a tracer in the raw material, for instance, so their fibers can be tracked along the manufacturing and recycling process.

Independent certification organizations such as SCS have become an important part of the accountability and transparency policies of any company taking a Green road… and that goes a long way to both educating the customers and building real trust in the marketplace.

It’s great to see these large vertical industries taking big steps and investing in a green process.  One takeaway for me was that these companies see sustainability is a great business opportunity as well — one that can only be sustained with transparency, accountability and innovation.

Neville Bean teaches SXC 100 Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110 Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, and SXF 700 Demystifying Fashion Forecasting.

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