After a first successful edition in January VEPSI, the sustainable marketplace and influencer program, returns to NEONYT Trade Fair, the global hub for fashion, sustainability and innovation, July 2nd – 4thduring Berlin Fashion Week to deliver the “VEPSI Experience.” In collaboration with the Conscious Fashion Campaign, supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the VEPSI experience will deliver an interactive series of panel discussions and activities that bring together international influencers, brands, experts and changemakers.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign is a call to action for retail, media and influencers to commit to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative seeks engagement and collaboration among industry stakeholders to redefine fashion as we know it today and drive change to protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all;ensuring that no one is left behind as we accelerate change towards our sustainable future.

At 3pm on July 2nd “Supporting the Creative Economy of Tomorrow: Sustainable Fashion Made In Africa” moderated by Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign, will focus on the potentials and challenges of the emerging sustainable fashion industry. Panelists include Tamburai Chirume – ONEOFEACH, Eilean Von Lautz-Cauzanet – VEPSI, Isabelle Riedelbauch – Cotton Made in Africa and Lancine Koulibaly – Umòja Shoes.

Continuing on the discussions at 10am on July 3rdthe Conscious Fashion Campaign explores “Purchase with Purpose: The Role of Storytelling and Experience in Sustainable Retail”. Joining the panel is

Hannah Kussel – Das Gerber, Sabine Harnau – From Scratch Communications, Amanda Johnston – The Sustainable Angle and Jorge Richardson – Closca Water.

#VEPSIAmbassador influencers will also share and reflect on their role as ambassadors of conscious consumerism.

In parallel to these discussions, VEPSI will be organizing a series of “challenges” bringing together influencers curated from the #VEPSIambassador network. The first challenge “SDGs are the New Trend” gives influencers one hour to create an outfit composed of curated designers from NEONYT Fashion Show. The items picked must align with a minimum of four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, will be shot and compiled as “SDG Lookbook”. The styled outfits will be presented by the influencers during a cocktail organized at NEONYT.

The second challenge “The NEONYT crush Challenge” seeks to increase the visibility of brands whilst raising awareness on key issues pertaining to the fashion industry: waste and water management. Influencers will interview three select brands from NEONYT, focusing both on style and sustainability aspects. These interviews will be shared on social media where communities are encouraged to vote for their favorite brand.

About  VEPSI

Founded by former UN consultant Eilean von Lautz-Cauzanet and Art director Leslie Djaoual, VEPSI marketplace and influencer program seeks to increase the sales and visibility of sustainable brands from all over the world, in particular from developing countries. In addition to the marketplace, VEPSI is  proud to act as a change agent in the sustainable fashion industry through its influencer program #VEPSIambassador, a network of sustainable fashion and lifestyle influencers set up to convey, educate and act for better consumption habits and for the well-being of the planet. | @vepsi_official


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.
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.