Slavery is a $150 billion industry impacting around 21 million people worldwide. It’s existed for thousands of years but in the past few decades a revival has occurred facilitated by economic and social forces which have been increasing people’s vulnerability. Slavery is entirely illegal, but still occurs almost everywhere, including in the US and Europe. We are actually all connected to it – but this means we have the power to stop it. Non-profit organization Free the Slaves and ethical boutique Bead & Reel are combating slavery by hosting the 3rd Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show.
Date: 29th July 2017
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Place: CTRL Collective, Downtown Los Angeles, 833 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90014
Launched in 2015, the Fair Trade Fashion Show Fundraiser brings together industry leaders, artisan fashion and the Los Angeles community to create solutions to global issues.
Although the show largely focuses on the human rights component of fashion, other issues and forms of exploitation are not left ignored. Animals and the environment are also impacted by the negative ethical costs of fast fashion. The event recognizes this and is therefore not only fairtrade, but vegan and sustainable too.
Described as ‘the only fundraiser of its kind’, the event uses fashion as a platform for education and awareness surrounding the problem of modern day slavery whilst at the same time celebrating the influence of ordinary purchases to support dignity and freedom.
The Fair Trade Fashion Show will include an artisanal cocktail reception and an interactive panel discussion with international fair trade and anti-trafficking leaders. Vegan and fair trade designs from around the world will be featured in the fashion show and attendees will be able to shop the runway afterwards.
About the Hosts
Bead & Reel:
Sica Schmitz, costume designer and humanitarian, is the founder of Bead & Reel. The company began in 2014 in Los Angeles and carries over 60 brands focused on 15 different ‘ethics’ which meet the principles of being thoughtful to animals, people and the world. Sica believes that fashion and ethics can coincide and her business only stocks brands that are eco-friendly, cruelty free, sweatshop free styles for mindful women.
Free the Slaves:
Free the Slaves, a leader in the modern-day abolitionist movement, was founded in 2000. The organization supports vulnerable communities by increasing access to education, vocational training and essential services. Free the slave is currently working in India, Nepal, Ghana, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti.
All profits from ticket sales are given directly to Free the Slaves. Prices start at $75 + fee for a general admission ticket. To purchase a ticket, click here. If you can’t attend, you can still make a donation to the cause here.