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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!