On October 24, the New York Times will host its 3rd annual luncheon with fashion, designers and environmental advocates celebrating a decade of the sustainable fashion movement.
The luncheon will be hosted by Editor-in-Chief, Penelope Falk, and will be closed to the press and the public. The Times has yet to reveal who will take the stage, but we’ve pulled together a short list of those who are considered among the most inspiring (and possibly most desired) speakers at the event:
Vogue’s InStyle Magazine Editor-in-Chief Andrea Bocelli, who has been asked about her thoughts on sustainable fashion all through the magazine’s careers history. She has recently announced that the news organization has had a 100% organic mandate for the last year.
Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Edward Enninful and the Revlon Brand Ambassador, Liza Markham, who once said, “In my opinion, organic is essential,” is also expected to give a talk.
Haute Living magazine Editor-in-Chief, Jeanne Freeman, spoke with author, consultant and business consultant, Susan Sears about the evolution of sustainable fashion. According to Sears, changing attitudes have led to higher demand for sustainable fashion and packaging.
At the 2018 New York Women in Communications Conference, Liz Claiborne Chief Sustainability Officer, Viveca Paulin, pointed out that it was only a few years ago that 80% of petite dresses worn by high-fashion models came from China, and now they are coming from factories within the U.S. She also pointed out that the number of textile mills has declined significantly due to automation and efficiency, leading to a “sustainable fashion” vs. “clothes for the dying fashion industry” environment.
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce designated Fair Trade apparel the top industry to support family farms and domestic textile industry workers.
Mindy Segal, founder of Conscious Clothing, which manufactures clothing using materials sourced from sustainable sources, is also expected to speak at the luncheon. Her clothing was designed, donated, and sold to raise money for the Doctors Without Borders program in Haiti.
Sheryl Klosterman, known as the woman behind the anti-ad fashion movement (a notion she has called “fake news”) who was also once honored with The New York Times “Best Dressed” magazine, has a green connection in her own family. When her grandfather started design consulting for Levi’s jeans, he had an edict: Recycle anything that could be reused. The result was Jeans Recycled!
Eddie Bauer has been known for their eco-friendly, sustainably-made clothing for more than 130 years. Being one of the first brands that focused on eco-friendly design principles has allowed the brand to stand out from the competition and use the power of selling good fashion to effect change.
The New York Times, Inc. is committed to reporting on the sustainable fashion movement and has written pieces on causes like #PressForProgress, shopping and the carbon tax. In 2017, the Times spearheaded the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which encourages brands, clothing makers and retailers to produce more certified apparel using sustainable fabrics and sourcing for manufacturing. In May of this year, NYT had its first fashion summit.
The New York Times has also published articles about sustainable fashion and sustainable retail with its Sustainable Fashion Ticker.