Sustainability in fashion, a discourse


Over the past few years, I've moved into exploring the heart of sustainability and food, and am currently writing a book on helping people cleanse themselves from sugar based on a website I launched in 2014 called However, for the better part of 12 years, I've been helping, in my own small way, push the edges of sustainability in the clothes that we wear. It hasn't been something that has been a daily act as of late, but something that is still close to heart. For those interested in learning more, here are a number of upcoming events that may be of interest:

EcoSessions: Innovations in Textiles | RSVP

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Wix Lounge
235 West 23rd Street, 8th Fl
New York, NY  

This panel will gather leaders in the latest in 'smart textiles' (innovative, sustainable and socially responsible) to discuss how innovation can foster a more sustainable future with natural fibers and bio-fabrication. Panel Discussion between Rebeccah Pailes-Freidman (Interwoven), Giusy Bettoni (CLASS - the latest in smart textiles includes recyled wool, organic silk, etc.) and Suzanne Lee (Modern Meadow). Moderator: Summer Rayne Oakes


Forum for the Future: Future of Fast Fashion Salon | PRIVATE INDUSTRY Invite Only

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 3:30PM - 6:30PM

1411 Broadway
New York, NY  

The Futures Salon will focus on sustainable fashion futures and the role of the fashion industry in fostering responsible consumption, radical transparency, and best practices in manufacturing. In the past few years there has been a greater understanding of the true costs of fast fashion and the impact on the environment. The Salon will provide an opportunity to engage with different scenarios for the future of fashion as well as hear from experts and entrepreneurs who are creating change. The Salon will give us the opportunity to discuss uncertainties facing the fashion industry and think creatively about the future. Panelists include Summer Rayne Oakes, Model, Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Source4Style (now Le Souk);  Maxine Bedat from Zady; and Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition..  


Field to Frock: Fashion Lessons from the Slow Food Movement | RSVP

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 6:00PM - 8:30PM

F.I.T. Katie Murphy Amphitheater, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
7th Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 

Learn how practices developed by the Slow Food Movement may also benefit the fashion industry. Panel moderator, Summer Rayne Oakes, speaks with chef Daphne Cheng, a pioneer in plant-based cuisine; fashion designer Jussara Lee; and Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA.