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The week will
include a screening of the movie True Cost, expert panel discussions, student
conversations, and a green trunk show.The event will culminate in a “reFABRICate” fashion show highlighting
sustainable local brand’s collections as well as launch F.A.B.R.I.C.’s
reFABRICate initiative, coordinated by local designer Ellen Dayan in which she
works with a team of local designers to breathe new life into AZ Fashion
Source’s manufacturing scraps. Right after the fashion show, reFABRICate
apparel will be available to purchase at the Eco Pop-Up Shop.
“Arizona ECO Fashion Week is a
collaborative effort” says AZ Eco Fashion Week Conference Director, Neha Kusum
Purohit. “We hope to engage Arizona designers, businesses, academics, youth,
students, experts, and leaders in the community to explore a new frontier in
the business of fashion: ECO Fashion.”
AZ ECO Fashion Week invites
community members to engage, envision, and execute events centered around
sustainability and fashion throughout the valley during Earth and Fashion
Revolution Week. With the support of Fashion Revolution, AZ Eco Fashion Week
encourages Arizonans to join in on the conversation at #azecofw and ask
#WhoMadeMyClothes on social media during the event. This international effort
raises awareness to pressing issues in sustainable fashion and brings
international attention to the solution that F.A.B.R.I.C. offers with local,
small batch manufacturing and design resources.
Angela Johnson and Sherri
Barry, co-founders of Arizona Apparel Foundation and F.A.B.R.I.C. Tempe,
visionaries behind AZ Eco Fashion Week, want to build an opportunity for local
community to participate in this zero waste project, based on the principles of
circular economy, while creating economic value and reducing environmental
impact through fashion design and local manufacturing.
F.A.B.R.I.C.is a fashion incubator where
emerging designers can grow their abilities and their businesses. Featuring
co-working and event spaces, workshops and classes as well as mentorship,
micro-manufacturing and marketing opportunities, F.A.B.R.I.C. allows designers
to take their idea from concept to sewn to sold. The facility is a unique
partnership of the City of Tempe, the 501c-3 Arizona Apparel Foundation,
LabelHorde and Arizona Fashion Source and is located in downtown Tempe just off
of Mill Avenue and on the Arizona State University footprint as well as online
ARIZONA APPAREL FOUNDATIONis
an Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that is located inside of AZ’s
fashion incubator, F.A.B.R.I.C. and can be found online at www.azapparelfoundation.org.
mission is to provide Arizona’s emerging designers
and brands with innovative, small batch manufacturing and strategic business
resources, so they can build sustainable fashion businesses locally. Its
vision is to support cutting edge research and innovation in wearable tech and
to build a sustainable and exciting new industry in Arizona.
category-driven, online directory of fashion businesses enabling users to
easily locate local emerging and established designers, boutiques,
manufacturers, photographers, models, stylists, industry supplies, fashion
schools and all things fashion related in Arizona.LabelHorde.comalso
features a Fashion Classifieds page for local fashion jobs, a Fashion Calendar
that lists all local and important national fashion events. LabelHorde is
located inside of AZ’s fashion incubator F.A.B.R.I.C. where it offers
lessons/classes, tech pack services, consulting, and design studio resources
that designers need to start and run their businesses.
ARIZONA FASHION SOURCEis
a small batch apparel manufacturer located inside AZ’s fashion incubator
F.A.B.R.I.C., that uses sustainable and state-of-the-art manufacturing
processes to create samples and production runs with no minimums. AFS
manufactures heavy- and light-weight knits and wovens on industrial sewing
equipment and the latest CAD programs and can be found online at www.azfashionsource.com.