Incorporating Sustainable Production into Your Apparel Business
12:00 PM12:00

Incorporating Sustainable Production into Your Apparel Business

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Would you like to make your clothing line more sustainable but don’t know where to start?  

In this 90 minute workshop, we will learn about sustainable alternatives for every aspect of the production/manufacturing process from start to finish.  We will look at incorporating sustainability into product design and manufacturing as well as consider some of the ways that other designers incorporate sustainability into their business models. *What role do sustainable apparel companies even have in the fashion industry?  Learn about the entire supply chain of a product and circular product design.

*We will also consider creative ways to improve a product’s ecological footprint through a fun group exercise. This inspiring class will give you a starting point from which to take your clothing business to the next level in sustainability and help make the fashion industry better. Join us!

Whether you're just starting out or have an established brand you’ll leave this workshop with a plethora of knowledge and tons of new ideas to help you develop and build your brand with sustainability and mindfulness at its core.


Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Tara St James moved to New York City in 2004. She now calls Brooklyn home. St James graduated in 1997 from LaSalle College School of Fashion Design in Montreal, one of Canada’s top design programs, with a degree in menswear tailoring. Prior to graduation she spent a year studying French art & literature in Toulouse, France. 

After 10 years designing men and womenswear in both Canada and the US, Tara launched the New York-based label Study NY. Conceptual design & sustainability define this women's RTW brand. Study cuts & sews collections in NYC’s garment district using both ethical fabrics and production methods. Many elements from the collections collaborate with artisans around the world; for example, locally sourced Peruvian alpaca is used in much of the knitwear.

Shortly after starting Study NY, Tara focused on educating the next generation of designers on the importance of sustainability in design. She has extensive lecturing and teaching experience in NYC.  Some of the courses Tara has taught as a part of FIT‘s Sustainability Certificate include: Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply Chain, and Sustainable Materials & Eco Labels. She has also critiqued and lectured at Parsons, Pratt and FIT. Currently Tara is working as Production Coordinator and Research Fellow in the Sustainable Strategies Lab for Pratt’s new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

In 2011 Study NY was awarded the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Grant for sustainable design. In 2013 St James's Anti-[fashion]-Calendar was named one of Sustainia100 Solutions for Sustainability--a global initiative spearheaded by Arnold Schwarznegger to promote innovative global solutions across all industries. In 2014 Study was awarded runner up in the CFDA / Lexus Eco Fashion Challenge

Tara St James thrives on challenging her own preconceptions about design. Though vocal about her choice to use sustainable and ethical design principles for her label, Tara wants to be judged the same way all designers are judged, ostensibly for her design.

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 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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