On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Slow Factory will host “Sustainability as a Culture”, the fourth in its critically-acclaimed conference series Study Hall. Hot on the heels of a successful partnership with the United Nations in February, the first international edition will be held in London UK at Central Saint-Martins college of art and design, in collaboration with Fashion Revolution. The event takes place during Fashion Revolution Week, on the 6th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse.

As with previous Study Hall events, Study Hall x Central Saint Martins will gather leading industry experts in fashion and textile manufacturing, paired with cultural influencers, academics, activists and artists. Study Hall continues to be among the most culturally diverse events of its kind, this time exploring the central theme of “Sustainability as a Culture”, exploring themes of racial justice, responsible sourcing and manufacturing, circularity, and authenticity in design. Study Hall x Central Saint-Martins is powered by G-Star Rawadidas, and Calik DenimYoutube.

Conscious Fashion Campaign founder, Kerry Bannigan, will join a fireside chat with Céline Semaan looking at how brands inform people of their sustainable efforts and how to best communicate ethics and responsibility. Discussing how together we can advance the impact of conscious fashion to shift the needle of the $2.4 trillion industry to ensure that nobody is left behind as we accelerate change towards our sustainable future.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign champions fashion brands who put impact at the forefront of their business to support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative, supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, harnesses the power of retail, media and influence to drive the innovators in conscious fashion who are addressing the world’s most pressing issues to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

Slow Factory is a research center and design lab focused on circularity and sustainable design in the fashion industry and beyond. This means encouraging sustainably sourced materials and processes by creating product collaborations with brands and manufacturers, and creating tangible solutions to turning waste into new materials in a closed loop model. Slow Factory is co-founded by Céline Semaan, an MIT Media Lab Director’s fellow whose work in sustainability has been widely impactful, and her partner, entrepreneur Colin Vernon, who has built innovative digital and hardware products as a former CTO of Medium, and littleBits. Slow Factory has partnered with The Bear Scouts’ Dio Kurazawa in a new venture to create strategic partnerships leveraging new technologies to concretely achieve a circular industry.

The Library Study Hall is Slow Factory’s non-profit initiative that promotes practices that are “Good for the Earth, Good for the People”, by creating events and collaborations with the following goals: Provide a platform to highlight success stories related to fashion, racial justice, cultural appropriation, sustainability, innovation, and technology;
Share knowledge, tools and platforms related to U.N. Sustainable Development Goals; Map out opportunities for action and collaboration for civil society and industry leaders and mobilize new connections and partnerships related to sustainable fashion.

With special thanks to Earth 2 Face.

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See full program below:

Study Hall London x Fashion Revolution Central Saint-Martins

April 27, 2019: 1PM – 6PM

Theme: Sustainability as a Culture

13:00 – 13:10 — Welcome remarks, Hywel Davis, Céline Semaan & Orsola De Castro

13:15 – 13:30 PM — Intro: Wilson Oryema, Spoken words.

13:35 – 14:20 — Good for the People: The New Table: American politician Shirley Chisholm who first said: “If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own folding chair.” — when in reality, we want a bigger table, a new table. This panel explores the elephant in the room when it comes to Fashion: Diversity & The Current System designed around exploitation of both labor and resources. How can Sustainable Fashion as a Culture, effectively lead positive change across the industry?

Aja Barber, American living in London, Writer
Allen Salway, @lilnativeboy Native American, Activist and Writer
Sophia Li, Chinese-American Journalist, former entertainment media editor for Vogue

Moderated by: Céline Semaan, Founder Study Hall

14:25 – 14:35 — Cancel Culture: Yumna Al-Arashi

14:40 – 15:25 — “May Our Voices Be Heard”: Authenticity & Design: How can we design with aesthetics, sustainability and culture in mind. What is Design really for? Making beautiful products, or designing the world we want to live in? What is responsible design in today’s socio-political and environmental landscape?

Mara Hoffman — American Fashion Designer
Claire Bergkamp — Head of Sustainability, Stella McCartney Priya Ahluwalia — adidas
Korina Emmerich — First Nation Fashion Designer
Recho Omondi — Omndi, New York Fashion Designer

Moderated by: Marjon Carlos — Journalist, public speaker

15:30 – 15:45 — Designing Global Movements: Fashion Revolution: Beyond the Movement.

Orsola de Castro & Carry Somers Interview moderated by: Sarah Mower

15:50 – 16:00 — Circular Design: Dr. Kate Goldsworthy, Centre for Circular Design

16:05 – 16:50 — Good for the Earth: How can Circularity Lead the way at scale: How can we move passed the debate into action?

Tamara Zwart — Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Andrea Venier — Recycrom (Italy) Giusy Bettoni — Class Eco Hub Pinar Demirel — Calik Denim Adriana Galijasevic, G-Star Raw

Moderated by: Dio Kurasawa — The Bear Scouts

16:55 – 17:10 — Biodegradable Plastic & Micro-Fibers, Ciclo Textile

17:15 – 17:40 — How can a brand inform people of their sustainable efforts? How do we know it’s well made?

A fireside chat with Kerry Bannigan, Conscious Fashion Campaign and Céline Semaan looking at consumer facing certifications and how to best communicate ethics and responsibility.

17:40 – 18:00 — Closing Remarks

About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action. www.consciousfashioncampaign.com
About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry. https://www.un.org/partnerships/