Redress Raleigh hosts Region’s First Eco-Fashion & Textiles Conference

 

Designs from a recent Redress show.

Redress Raleigh has been active in the creative scene in the Triangle for five years and is best known for its fashion shows for eco-fashion designers.  Redress’s vision is to “reorient mainstream fashion to be socially and environmentally aware, becoming a catalyst for major change in the retail industry. We question the status quo of retail – both the mainstream consumption of fast fashion and the unattainable high-fashion of eco-couture.”  Through their shows, as well as other events, such as workshops, clothing swaps and markets, they have been building and supporting the eco-fashion community, focused on becoming the resource for the eco-fashion industry in the Southeast.

March 22-24, Redress is celebrating the growing field by hosting the Redress Eco Fashion & Textiles Conference  at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.  The Conference to “expand the dialogue among boutique owners, designers, suppliers, and customers interested in transforming the current fashion and textile industry into an ecologically conscious and ethical one. Scheduled throughout the weekend are a number of activities including lectures, panel discussions, workshops, a marketplace, and a fashion show. Attendees of the conference will have an opportunity to learn more about the Southeastern USA’s eco-fashion industry, network with its active players, and become part of the growing movement.”

Overall, we hope that this conference gets people thinking about how their garment purchasing choices impact the environmental, economic and social status of our local, regional, national and global community. We hope the conference will keep the current eco-fashion & textiles conversation going and expand the reach to all key players of the industry. From boutique owners to designers to manufacturers to supplier to students to individuals, we want everyone to be aware of the real influence they, individually and collectively, have in transforming the fashion & textile industry -ultimately creating a paradigm shift in mainstream fashion.   – Mor Aframian, Redress Director of Community Relations

The Conference will be the first of its kind for the industry and, therefore, offers something for all facets of the industry – for those just starting out and those already in the industry, and for both makers and consumers.  It is designed to be a place where both people already supporting the industry and people considering joining the industry,can come together to learn, talk, network, and get the tools and support they need.

“A conference with this specific focus has not been held in the Southeastern US yet there is plenty of interest and research being done in this area of the country. The time is now to bring all of this knowledge into one event and have a collective discussion about the future. The Southeast – and North Carolina in particular – have a strong textiles history and this is a great way to put ourselves back on the map.

The conference is also just the beginning. Redress Raleigh wants everyone who attends to soak up the knowledge and ideas shared and become inspired to put these thoughts into action. Our intention is to continue growing the network surrounding eco-fashion and textiles – creating a web of resources for all players in this industry.” – Beth Stewart, Redress Strategic Director

To atten, or simply find out more about the Conference, click here.

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