REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

ELIZABETH CLINE

Journalist, Public Speaker, and the Author of Overdressed and her current book, The Conscious Closet.

MORNING SESSION

The Current Fashion Economy Model

    1. DESIGN
      The use of cheap materials, designs for short life span with no plan for after use.
    2. PRODUCTION/SUPPLY CHAIN
      Textile production with overuse of materials and resources, use of non-renewable resources, the negative human impact, and environmental waste.
    3. USE
      Designs for short-term use which leads to over-consumption.
    4. AFTER-USE
      The low rate of utilization with low levels of recycling/reuse.

Moderator: Lindsey Casella, Remake
Kimberly Guthrie, Associate Chair/Associate Professor, VCUArts
Hilary Jochmans, Founder, Jochmans Consulting, LLC
Carolyn Becker, Digital Communications Manager, Goodwill of Greater Washington
Bibiana Obler, Professor of Art History, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design

BREAK

PRESENTATION #1

THE HUMAN COST OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Allie Gardner, Business Development Manager, GoodWeave

LUNCH (Provided) [at the Textile Museum]

Tour of Textile Museum

or

View the current exhibition, Fast Fashion, Slow Art at the Brady Gallery, Corcoran

AFTERNOON SESSION

Designing A New Textile Economy Model in Fashion

    1. DESIGN
      Employing zero waste techniques, using of durable materials, designing for recycling/reuse, and using new technological developments.
    2. PRODUCTION/SUPPLY CHAIN
      Using processes which bring no harm to humans, implementing renewable processes that restore rather than destroy, and reducing water consumption and CO2 emissions.
    3. USE
      Developing retail strategies that encourages multi-use/long-term use, lowering consumption rates, utilizing renting/secondhand as consumption alternatives.
    4. AFTER-USE
      Sustainable after-use options including recycling, clothing collection, rewear, and reuse.

Moderator: Rebecca Ballard, Founder/Designer, Maven Women
Rosalie Ferris, Founder, Pattern Sample Sew
Ilana Preuss, Founder, Recast City LLC
Jennefer Silberman, VP of Corporate Responsibility, Target
Deborah Drew, Social Impact Lead, Business Center at World Resources Institute
Adam Siegel, Fashion Tech Entrepreneur

PRESENTATION #2

EXAMINATION OF FASHION’S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Dimitri Deheyn, Marine Biologist, Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

BREAK

Circular Economy in Action

Local Industry Leaders working in textiles, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and packaging speaking about how they’ve implemented circular economy practices at their companies.

Moderator: Meghan Chapple, Director – Office of Sustainability, George Washington University
Rebecca Margao, Founder, The Shed DC
Meagan Knowlton, Sustainability Manager, Optoro
Zsameria Rayford, Founder, Swap DC
Ariane Valle & Emily Wan, Founders/Chefs, Vegetable and Butcher
Ira Baseman, Founder, Community Recycling

CLOSING REMARKS

HAPPY HOUR/BOOK SIGNING EVENT

Join us for a Happy Hour Networking and Book Signing Event

Location: TBD
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We will be welcoming all attendees, speakers, and our support team for nibbles and drinks at our networking party. Mingle and get to know your fellow attendees and some of the speakers from the conference.

Elizabeth Cline, Journalist and Author, will be signing copies of her new book, THE CONSCIOUS CLOSET: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good. The book will help readers build a wardrobe they love with greater intention and awareness of our clothes, where they come from, what they’re made out of, and why they matter.

NOTE: This event is included in the price of your conference ticket.