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Recap: Sustainability- Making Fashion Without Making Waste

3s a crowdPhiladelphia Fashion Incubator and Fashion Group International Philadelphia hosted ‘Sustainability: Making Fashion without Making Waste on Thursday, May 4th at One Logan in Center City Philadelphia. Diane Phillips, Sustainability Expert, Professor of Marketing, St. Joseph’s University moderated the discussion with Tara St. James, Owner/Designer, Study NY, Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator; Joanne Litz, Owner/Designer, Steel Pony, located on 4th st/historic fabric row, Philadelphia; Christie Sommers, Owner/Designer, West Oak Design, 2017 Designer in Residence, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

It was an informative discussion with many questions from the audience of approx 60+ attendees. Guests enjoyed light refreshments, Ecco Domani wine, Sparkling Ice beverages and took home a Philadelphia Style Magazine.

The three womenswear experts committed to creating their eco-friendly fashion brands expounded on how they lessen environmental impact, source and manufacture locally using ethical fabrics, and more.

The 2017 Designers’ in Residence with the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator displayed some of their designs and guests enjoyed mixing and mingling.

The public program series is a collaboration between Fashion Group International and Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. The mission is to bring dynamic programming on the business of fashion to the greater Philadelphia fashion community.zach3Pamela and Lamar Nanton (2)IMG_1521IMG_1523panelIMG_1507IMG_1506IMG_1495IMG_1494IMG_1484powerpointIMG_1486Amy Voloshin and Emil and Rachael RobertsDanielle ShawRoman Anthony Barksdale and Sara Keel (2)Stephanie Ambuehl and Collen MoretzKimberly McGlonn, Ph.D. (2)

Photo Credits: Hope Jidenma


Launched in 2012, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is a one-year residency program on the business of fashion. Featuring six annually-selected Designers-in-Residence (DIR), who receive business resources such as access to an office/design/work space, curriculum, mentoring, and more all within Macy’s Center City in an effort to support them in further growing their companies in the City of Philadelphia.  More information available here, philadelphiafashionincubator.com

FGI Philadelphia is a membership organization for professionals in the fashion, beauty and interior design industries. For information on membership, please visit fgi.org/membership and visit our local page, fgiphiladelphia.org