Designing for Change: Sustainability in Fashion & Textiles
6:30 PM18:30

Designing for Change: Sustainability in Fashion & Textiles


October is Portland Textile Month and to celebrate The Sustainable Fashion Forum is hosting a panel discussion centered around ethical design and the use of sustainable textiles. 

It’s estimated that we consume 80 billion pieces of clothing per year. Consequently, millions of tons of textiles are discarded each year, placing an increased pressure on the Earth’s decreasing natural resources. As we look for ways to balance our love of fashion with conscious consumption it’s important that we are aware of the materials used in our clothing and soft goods.

Join us for an interactive panel discussion as we discuss the challenges and goals of sustainable textiles in the fashion industry and explore ways members of our community are minimizing their impact on the environment through waste reduction, new techniques, technologies, and trends. 

Shannon Welsh, Fibrevolution
Alyssa Woods, VAVA Lingerie
Ashley Metzger, Allmade
Kiriko, Kiriko 
Lori Caldwell, Minnie & George
Moderator: Carley Irwin, Xhiled Textiles 

6:00 pm Meet and Mingle
6:50 pm Introduction to The Sustainable Fashion Forum
7:00 pm Panel discussion
8:00 pm Audience Q&AA

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Fashion Horror Stories
6:00 PM18:00

Fashion Horror Stories


Oh, the DRAMA! 

In the spirit of Halloween we’re doing something a little... different.
From the outside looking in the fashion industry is pretty glamorous with gorgeous models, picturesque photo shoots, star-studded parties and fancy fashion shows but the reality is, the fashion industry can be, at times, anything but glam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣

We asked 3 longtime industry insiders to reveal their most horrific fashion experiences that they can now laugh about in hindsight. From missing orders and last minute disasters to he-said she-said battles owning a business/working in fashion is tough and sometimes it seems like things never go exactly according to plan. Join us for a fun night sharing stories about went wrong and how they were fixed so we can learn from the mistakes made. ⠀⠀⁣
Elizabeth Mollo 
Sarah Bibb
Adam Arnold ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣


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6:00 PM18:00

How to Build a Fashion Business & Focus on Sustainability

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Come grab a LaCroix, enjoy the summer weather and hear from our panelist what conscious responsibility means for brands and consumers today + how to create an ethical business model for your brand.

Seats are limited.

Andrea Moore Beaulieu, MOORE Custom Goods
Cassie Morgan, Altar PDX
Marisa Howard, Seaworthy
Jason Calderon, West Daily 
Moderated by Sarah Donofrio, One Imaginary Girl

6:00 pm Meet & Mingle
6:50 pm Introduction to The Sustainable Fashion Forum
7:00 pm Panel discussion
8:00 pm Audience Q&A

From Fashion Revolution and to Eileen Fisher Renew and Prairie Underground, we’ve had an amazing lineup of people & brands join us on stage at the Sustainable Fashion Forum. We’ve planned a stellar lineup for our 3rd annual event (hint...VOGUE) but we need your help to get them here. Proceeds from our summer party will go towards our phenomenal 2019 lineup and support the SFF as we continue to bring events and workshops focused on ethical and sustainable fashion to the Portland market.

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