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Hand of Fashion: A Speaker Series on Fashion and Ethics Week 1

Last Monday kicked off the Ethical Fashion Initiative and the Fashion Institute of Technology speaker series on ethical fashion. The first week was all about sustainability and founder of EFI Simone Cipriani, who is spearheading this series, excited the attendees with his wit, charm and passion. We were able to attend Monday's night discussion with Marie - Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, from Kering about Sustainability and Fashion. Kering is one of the leaders when it comes to corporate social responsibility in the luxury sector.  Daveu shared what sustainability means to Kering which is smart business, everyone's business, a necessity and inherent to quality; all great points that make an impact in the fashion industry.  Four themes...

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Liberty & Justice bring Fair Trade and Ethical Industrialism to West Africa

I read an amazing article earlier this week from the Fashion Business Africa website about an organization called Liberty & Justice Development. It is an organization founded by Chid Liberty and Adam Butlein; to help the African apparel industry meet the challenge of global competition by achieving higher output and lower costs, to build the industrial skills of the African work force, and to establish models for social and environmental justice in apparel manufacturing that are transferable to other industries (an excerpt from their website).

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