You Have 6 Chances to Join the Fashion Revolution Next Week
Almost five years ago, the Rana Plaza apparel manufacturing center in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring another 2,500. It was the fourth largest industrial disaster in history, and the tragedy shined a spotlight on poor clothing production work conditions and practices. Next week, the dark side of the fashion manufacturing will once again be front and center during Fashion Revolution Week.
Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for a fairer, safer, cleaner, more transparent fashion industry. It encourages consumers to ask questions about who makes their clothes and how their textiles are produced. Fashion Revolution Week is a slate of events across the world that both remembers the Rana Plaza disaster, and highlights what we can do to make fashion a socially and ecologically sustainable industry.
The week includes a full schedule in San Francisco, starting on Tuesday at the textile sustainability panel hosted by the Sustainable Fashion Alliance and Fashion Incubator SF. Annie Gullingsrud, (Director, Textiles and Apparel Sector of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute), Jamie Bainbridge, (VP of Product Development of Bolt Threads), and Juan Diego Gerscovich, (Founder of Industry of All Nations) are dishing on The Truth Behind Sustainable Textiles, and Joyce Hu, the Marketing Director of Wildlife Works and Co-Founder of Sustainable Fashion Alliance, will moderate. The discussion runs from 6–8:30pm at the Fashion Incubator, (50 O'Farrell Street). Tickets are $10-$20.
On Thursday, April 26, hang with local Bay Area companies, Globein, tonlé, and The Brightly Co for cocktails and to discuss strategies for how to make the fashion industry more fair for everyone impacted, from maker to wearer. The scheming starts at 6 pm and continues until 8 pm at 1475 24th Street in Noe Valley. Admission is free, but you can register on Eventbrite.
On Friday, April 27, hop over to Oakland for a free Fashion Revolution Pop-Up at Kosa Arts (386 19th Street) from 6–9 pm. Shop the open studio, and meet the female founders from Mohinders, Anna Monet Jewelry, Johanna Sprague and KOSA ARTS. While you're there, you can squeeze in the requisite "Who Made My Clothes?" selfie.
The week continues with two free events on Saturday, April 28. First, join Rockyt for a Fashion Revolution panel at Amour Vert in Berkeley (1840 4th Street). I'll be leading a discussion with Amour Vert Founder and Creative Director Linda Balti, along with folks from KAYU, Future Glory Co., and Indigo Handloom. There will be snacks and tea starting at 10 am, as well as shopportunities with these local, sustainable brands. The panel starts at 11, and we'll continue with the shopping, champagne, and conversation from 12-3pm.
Later that evening, back in San Francisco, you can Shop for a Cause at Alternative Apparel (424 Hayes Street) from 7:30-9:30pm. Stop by, shop, and learn more about Fashion Revolution and Alternative's commitment to social, global, and environmental responsibility. Ten percent of sales during the event will go to Fashion Revolution, and guests can enjoy 30 percent off all eco and organic items. Plus, there will be drinks and a secret comedy show.
Finally, on Sunday, April 29, learn how to upcycle your clothes at the Fibershed and Apparel Arts Re:Fashion Workshop in Oakland. From 11 am—2 pm, some of the best Bay Area artisans will show you how to save your used and damaged clothing. Walk away with three techniques in your tool kit: mending, embroidery and eco printing. Tickets are $15 on Eventbrite, but the ticket price basically pays for itself when you think about the clothes you can save.
San Francisco has a progressive reputation when it comes to environmental issues, but our residents collectively send 4,500 pounds of textiles to landfill every hour. Want to learn how to make better choices when it comes to the clothes you buy? Want to make your fashion statement a true fashion statement? Add one (or more) of these events to your calendar and join the fashion revolution.