Sustainable fashion will be up for discussion at the world’s largest tech innovation conference “South By South West” (SXSW); an event attended by roughly 400,000 people each year. The panel Sustainability and Ethics in Fashion Technology will be presented by The Candid Entrepreneur and virtue + vice, an ethical clothing brand founded in 2016 by fashion veteran Melanie DiSalvo which offers 100% full supply chain transparency, one of the world’s first fashion labels to do so.
The event to be held on March 10th 2018 at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas will explore the realities of offshore manufacturing and the fashion supply chain and technologies that are transforming the industry for the better. The aim is to go ‘behind the seams’ and provide a clearer picture of the global fast fashion industry, highlight barriers to change and celebrate the entrepreneurs and brands bringing ethics and sustainability to the fashion table.
One of the most important missions of virtue + vice is consumer education. Through provocative articles that expose insider secrets, consumers can learn about what it is they are really buying.” Melanie DiSalvo, founder of virtue + vice.
During the event, DiSalvo will share stories from her vast professional experience to expose the harsh realities of the industry and give voice to workers. Having spent a large portion of her career in fabric mills and overseas clothing factories and managing the fashion supply chains of large scale businesses including Walmart, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs. Target, Tommy Hilfiger and Abercrombie & Fitch DiSalvo gained many insights during her time living in Asia. After witnessing the negative impacts of fast fashion firsthand, DiSalvo is now committed to raising industry standards and educating shoppers on the true cost of their fashion purchases.
The panel will be moderated by Mia Merrill of the Candid Entrepreneur. Other speakers include Dr. Carmen Hijosa, founder of Piñatex ® an acclaimed vegan leather alternative made from the skin of pineapples, and Amanda Parkes of the New York Fashion Tech Lab.
To learn more about this sustainable fashion event or to register to attend SXSW 2018, visit the website here.