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3rd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum (Photo Recap)

This April not only marked the third annual Sustainable Fashion Forum but it was also the biggest year in SFF history to date! 350+ designers, brand reps, thought leaders, educators, makers and fashion enthusiasts came from near and far to join us for a fun and inspiring weekend celebrating ethical and sustainable fashion.

We kicked off the SFF weekend on Friday with our first ever IRL workshop about sustainable production lead by Tara St James Designer and Founder of Study NY hosted by Provenance Hotel’s Hotel Lucia. During the workshop we discussed ways to incorporate sustainability into the product design/manufacturing process as well as considered creative ways to improve a product’s ecological footprint.

Photography: Candace Molatore

Photography: Candace Molatore

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2019 sustainable fashion forum recap - Portland or
2019 sustainable fashion forum recap - Portland or

Later that evening, we headed back to Hotel Lucia for our invite-only dinner party bringing together key fashion industry leaders, summit speakers and VIP guests for a commemorative evening of festive mingling, elevated conversation, and premium dining. It was so rewarding to have the opportunity to connect and have fun with our community before the conference.

Delicious bites from Hotel Luica’s Imperial.

Delicious bites from Hotel Luica’s Imperial.

Tunes from our friends at Tender Loving Empire.

Tunes from our friends at Tender Loving Empire.


The following morning we gathered bright and early at Ecotrust’s Irving Street Studio for the Conference where we heard from designers and reps from ethical/sustainable brands like Mara Hoffman, Elizabeth Suzann, Ace & Jig, Sotela, Fair Trade Certified, Sseko Designs to media outlets like Elle.com, Fashionista, Gray Magazine, Portland Monthly Mag and more (!!) who shared their collective knowledge on how we can all do better about how we impact the world with our clothing/fashion/textile choices.

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In between the panel discussions and keynote presentations, attendees had the opportunity to shop a curated selection of vendors including Grayling Jewelry, Made Trade, Mara Hoffman x The Renewal Workshop and Altar.

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Spin Laundry Lounge created an amazing visual installation that detailed sustainable laundry care and Fair Trade Certified asked attendees to share their thoughts on what Fair Trade Certified apparel means to them.

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When it came to refreshments, we were definitely in good hands! Our friends at Brew Dr. Kombucha brought their kegerator, which we took FULL advantage of throughout the day and during happy hour, Public Provisions mixed up delicious cocktail using spirits from Townshend’s Distillery and Four Roses Burbon. Fun fact - did you know the alcohol in Brew Dr. Kombucha is gently removed and repurposed by Townshend’s Distillery? Talk about no waste!

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Lunch was provided by our friends at QuickFish and boy was it delicious! As we navigate our closets, and make conscious consumption and ethical fashion a priority, creating a sustainable lifestyle also includes the food we eat along with being mindful of where it comes from.

Our decision to buy certain foods or eat at specific restaurants is often based on convenience, taste, and price, but understanding how your food gets on your plate is a huge part of creating a well-rounded sustainable lifestyle that aligns with your values. We love the values QuickFish upholds and their poké bowls, which were a huge hit!

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What better way to end the SFF weekend than with a fashion show! In addition to all that we learned about pressing forward in sustainability regarding the way we produce clothing, we also wanted to remind ourselves to consume less and maximize what we already have in our closets. With that in mind, we were incredibly lucky to have Ellie Huges, of Selflessly Styled curate a sustainable capsule from some of the brands who spoke on the SFF main stage like Altar, Ace & Jig, Brass Clothing, Mara Hoffman and Sotela. With only 9 pieces Ellie created a super unique fashion show concept by styling the items 21 different ways on 21 amazing models to showcase the versatility of our wardrobes!

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This year’s photobooth fun was brought by Smirk Photobooth Co who brought all the feels and tons of memorable moments! Click here to see more photobooth moments with Smirk!

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 3nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum! So many incredible people came together to connect, learn and open up the conversation about sustainable fashion! Thank you to our panelists, moderators and speakers for paving the way in sustainable fashion and for inspiring us with your words and practices.

Missed this year’s SFF? No worries! Meet us here in Portland April 24th-25th, 2020 for the 4th annual Sustainable Fashion Forum! Can’t wait? Catch us on tour this summer during the #styledsustainabletour! Details announced soon!


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Meet Our 2019 Conference Speakers — Part 2

Have you picked up your tickets to The Sustainable Fashion Forum yet? This is by far our biggest year in SFF history and we couldn't be more excited to hang out with you this spring! We hand selected an exceptional group of change-makers, thought-leaders, industry professionals and ethical fashion enthusiasts for an inspired celebration of sustainable fashion! Scroll down to meet some of the amazing people you’ll hear from at The Sustainable Fashion Forum this year!

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Brent Boutwell is the Chief Operations Officer at  Sseko designs. Brent managed a manufacturing facility in Uganda overseeing the supply chain from material sourcing to order fulfillment. With a background in accounting, internal controls and process mapping Brent uses his skills to develop business models that make a positive impact.


Antonio Smith is the Co-Founder of Seattle Gents. Antonio has a background in content marketing, branding strategy, and destination marketing, which he applies to a platform looking to build and inspire men’s fashion community in the Seattle community.

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Erin Wallace is the Brand Director at threadUP. Leading the Brand and Creative teams, Erin has had more than 15 years of experience working in secondhand and traditional fashion retail.

Sarah Dahlquist Personal Style Coach Dahl Style. Sarah studied Merchandising Management before working for Nike for six years. She then decided to start her own business helping men and women to look and feel their best.

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Marielle Terhart is an Ethical Fashion Blogger who encourages slow fashion and body positivity. Marielle has five years of content creating, product styling and consulting under her belt which she uses to help her clients define their brand voice and inspires them to dress and feel their best no matter their body type.

Rachel Gallaher is the Senior Editor at Gray Magazine a digital and print magazine media company focusing on the best of architecture, fashion, art and design in the Pacific Northwest.

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Shannon Buckley is a notable Slow Fashion Blogger known for her authentic, tell it like it is honesty exploring ethical fashion as a ‘not-quite-plus-size’ woman.

Nicole Bassett is the Co-Founder of the Renewal Workshop, a system that helps provide circular manufacturing practices to companies. Nicole is passionate about sustainable practices and giving new life to damaged clothing and hopes to see a world where resources are used wisely.   

Watch this space for more speaker introductions—and grab your tickets for the 2019 Sustainable Fashion Forum here! See you soon!


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What to Expect at the 2019 Sustainable Fashion Forum  

It’s official! Spring is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s our biggest year in SFF history and we have so many amazing things planned for the 3rd annual Sustainable Fashion Forum! As we get closer to the big day, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what to expect. From a jam-packed speaker lineup to keynote presentations by Mara Hoffman and Fair Trade Certified and a never been done before fashion show, the SFF will be a full day of inspiration, IG-worthy moments and premium food and drink. From how to curate a sustainable wardrobe, to developing a business strategy with sustainability at the forefront, The Sustainable Fashion Forum is where hundreds of minds gather from all over the country to get inspired, network and connect with like-minded individuals under the belief that together, we can create change! So what can you expect at SFF this year?

(before the conference)

T H E W O R K S H O P

Want to learn how to put your best green foot forward when developing a clothing line? We’re offering an exclusive workshop at Hotel Lucia prior to the conference where you will learn about sustainable alternatives for every aspect of designing and producing an ethical apparel company. Whether you are just starting out or have an established brand, this workshop will give you the tools you need to spring your company forward and cultivate ethical practices. An online version of this workshop is now available! Get tickets here!

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C H E C K-I N

Check-in will begin at 8:15AM. Located on the first floor of the Ecotrust building, meet us at Irving Street Studio where we’ll be ready to check you in. At registration, you’ll need to present a government-issued form of ID to receive your badge and entry into the conference. After receiving your badge, you can enjoy a light breakfast with our friends at Brew Dr. Kombucha, and chat it up with other SFF attendees before the day begins!

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T H E P A N E L S

Feed your mind with our series of captivating panel discussions and enticing keynote speakers. Hear from entrepreneurs, industry professionals, editors and designers about the current impact of the fashion industry. Get to know how brands are working towards a circular fashion system and how to create a business rooted in sustainability. Learn how to discover your own personal sustainable style and what body inclusivity and diversity looks like in like in the sustainable fashion industry.

F U E L U P

After filling up on inspiration from our morning panels, our friends at QuickFish will be serving up a delicious lunch to recharge you for the rest of the day. Vegetarian or vegan? No problem, we’ll have options for everyone! Fuel up so you can make new connections, mingle with industry thought-leaders and sustainable brands with electric energy.

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T H E F A S H I O N S H O W

Get inspired by our eco-fashion show, an event with a unique twist that will showcase handpicked Designers to create unique looks and show off just how chic sustainability can truly be.

H A P P Y H O U R

Join us in celebrating an inspiring day with a happy hour, courtesy of Public Provisions x Townshend’s Distillery! Mingle with speakers, fellow SFF attendees, and fashion industry leaders as we toast to creating a better future, together! PRO TIP: Make sure to have business cards to hand out throughout the day but especially at happy hour!

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W H E R E T O S T A Y

Still looking for a place to stay in Portland? We’ve partnered with Provenance Hotels to bring our attendees an amazing rate during the SFF weekend! Check out this booking link to directly confirm your stay at Dossier! Or, this booking link to directly confirm your stay at Hotel Lucia! You can also use Promo Code: Provenance SFF on both sites!


P A R K I N G

There is a small parking lot in front of the venue however parking is limited and not guaranteed. We suggest taking an Uber/Lyft (pickup/drop-off address 21 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209). Should you decide to drive yourself, street parking is also available but not guaranteed.

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Imagine yourself in a room full of ethical fashion enthusiasts, designers, brands, fashion editors, bloggers, and thought-leaders all passionate about sustainable fashion. Imagine being a part of dynamic thought-provoking conversations about the future of sustainable fashion and new developments and advancements. Imagine being able, to be honest, and open about your experiences and share your opinions, to a room full of people who welcome your unique perspective. Imagine being inspired by seasoned leaders in the industry while encouraging those who are just beginning their journey.
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THAT’S what it feels like to be at The SFF! Meet us in Portland for the 3rd annual Sustainable Fashion Forum where hundreds of minds gather from all over the country to get inspired, network and connect with like-minded individuals under the belief that together, we can create change.⁣⁣⁣

Grab your tickets and we’ll see you soon!


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Meet Our 2019 Conference Speakers!

We hand selected an exceptional group of change-makers, thought-leaders, industry professionals and ethical fashion enthusiasts for an inspired celebration of sustainable fashion! Scroll down to meet some of the amazing people you’ll hear from at the forum this year!

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Up first we have Whitney Bauck, Assistant Editor at Fashionista. We were honored to have Whitney speak at our 2018 conference and are thrilled to welcome her back to Portland in the spring, this time to emcee the entire conference! Known throughout the industry for her unique perspective on fashion, sustainability, and ethics prior to working at Fashionista, Whitney contributed to the New York Times and the Washington Post in addition to working at Vogue.com and Billboard.

Nikki Ogunnaike is the Style Director of Elle.com. Nikki got her start at InStyle as an Assistant Editor and Vanity Fair as a Fashion Assistant before moving to Glamour.com as their Senior Fashion Editor. She joined the ELLE.com team in 2015 and is the go-to style expert for the 25 million+ users, fans, and followers of what is now the largest fashion and beauty magazine website.

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Dana Davis is the Vice President of Sustainability, Product and Business Strategy at Mara Hoffman. After Mara came to Dana directly with concerns about the negative impact the Mara Hoffman brand was making and the need to change their processes for the better, Dana helped the brand make changes that led them to become a become a leader in the sustainable fashion space.

Elizabeth Suzann Pape is the Founder and Designer of Elizabeth Suzann. After moving to Nashville, Elizabeth began making her own patterns and selling her original clothing on Etsy. Since then her popularity has skyrocketed leading the launch her namesake brand in 2013.

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Kestrel Jenkins is the Founder, Producer, and Host of the awe-inspiring podcast The Conscious Chatter. Kestrel is also Co-Founder of Left Edit, a direct-to-consumer sustainable fashion brand that is manufactured responsibly in LA.

Sarah Spellings is a Fashion Writer at The Cut. Passionate about sustainable fashion Sarah uses her voice make ethical fashion feel accessible to readers.

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Is it spring yet?! Watch this space for more speaker introductions—and grab your tickets for the 2019 Sustainable Fashion Forum here! See you soon!


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2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum (Photo Recap)

Photography by:  Candace Molatore

Photography by: Candace Molatore

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What a day! On Saturday, April 21st we gathered an amazing group of designers, creatives, makers, influencers and the community together at Yale Union to chat about ethical and sustainable fashion and how we can individually and collectively make the fashion industry less wasteful. 

From a series of intimate conversations to a live fashion show/presentation, pop-up market and more, we were thrilled to gather like-minded individuals with the belief that together, we can create change.

Pictured (left to right): Andrea of  Fashion Revolution  and  Ecologique Fashion , Chloé of  Concious by Chloé , Ellie of  Selflessly Styled , Allison of  The Thoughtful Closet  and Andrea of  Seasons + Salt

Pictured (left to right): Andrea of Fashion Revolution and Ecologique Fashion, Chloé of Concious by Chloé, Ellie of Selflessly Styled, Allison of The Thoughtful Closet and Andrea of Seasons + Salt

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Half-way through the event we paused for lunch where we invited out panelist, sponsors and friends to a private invite-only lunch curated by Tara Thomas of Her Garden Kitchen and sponsored by Cherry Sprout Produce, Amylk Milk, Roots and Crown and Hey Babe Vegan Cheese. 

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Panel two. Pictured (left to right): Whitney of  Fashionista , Davora of  Prairie Underground , Carly of  Keen Footwear , Dre and Len of  EcoVibe Apparel  and Angela of  FAAS/ Pensole

Panel two. Pictured (left to right): Whitney of Fashionista, Davora of Prairie Underground, Carly of Keen Footwear, Dre and Len of EcoVibe Apparel and Angela of FAAS/ Pensole

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Pictured (left and right): Kelly of Modified Style. Whitney of Fashionista.com

Pictured (left and right): Kelly of Modified Style. Whitney of Fashionista.com

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum! So many incredible people came together to connect, learn and open up the conversation about sustainable fashion! Thank you to our panelists, moderators and speakers for paving the way in sustainable fashion and for inspiring us with your words and practices. Thank you to Thank you to Yale Union for hosting us! We had an amazing time celebrating sustainable & ethical fashion with all of you! Let's do it again? 

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Did you attend this year's forum? Comment below and tell us your favorite part or something interesting that you learned! 


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