Donation for Panel: Sustainable Fashion in the Wake of a Global Pandemic
Thank you to everyone who joined the panel discussion. It was a great conversation.
Although the event is over, we'd still love to continue to raise money. So that you in advance for your donation.
All funds raised will go toward the Loom Art's Employee Fund for garment workers in India.
Artisans and garment workers across India have been left in precarious situations as many of their employers are facing extreme financial difficulties due to the ongoing lockdown in India, caused by the spread of COVID-19. As some manufacturers are unable to pay their staff, many artisans and garment workers are left vulnerable (unable to pay for food, rent, bills etc) and are without the basic necessities that they need to survive. The Loom Art has started an Employee Fund to help look after its workers and others in the area who have appealed for help.
The panel featured Bronwyn Lowenthal, Esha Ahmed, Kalkidan Legesse, and Kate Auguste and will be moderated by Kate Richards, all of whom have dedicated their professional lives to advocate for more sustainable and ethical practices within the fashion industry especially in regards to small businesses and independent brands.
Hosted through Zoom, the panel opened up conversations regarding the effect of the pandemic on garment workers, designers, small business owners, and consumers. We will bring into question the efficacy of the current linear economic structure and the benefits of a more circular model, especially in times of uncertainty. There will also be discussions of the potential for future legislation and regulations regarding fashion production, consumption, and waste in response to our current global situation.
This panel aims to serve as a gateway for you to have discussions with the people who design, make, and sell your clothes as well as other members of the fashion industry and those who advocate for sustainability. It will give you an opportunity to learn and think critically about and hopefully advocate for a fashion industry that is better for everyone involved as well as the planet. You will get a glimpse into an industry that many of us participate in, consciously or not, and the future of what it takes and means to be sustainable in fashion in an ever-changing world