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  • Headlands Center for the Arts

    Full disclosure, this is a shameless plug for my organization's workshop program! BUT it's so relevant to this discussion I had to share. This Winter Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA is hosting a series of workshops on the concept of "slow" with one section in particular on slow fashion. It's a three-day long workshop where participants will learn both the nuts 'n bolts of how to run your own sustainable, artisan-scale fashion enterprise while also learning about the larger concept of "slow" in our contemporary society. Hands-on workshop session are led my some seriously rad Bay Area designers, including Matt Dick of Small Trade Co. and Kelly Lynn Jones of Little Paper Planes. Check it out! http://www.headlands.org/program/workshops/slow-by-design-fashion/

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      This is great! Do you ever host workshops in LA? Would love to know more about what you teach regarding how slow fashion plays into contemporary society.

  • Stephen Bernasconi

    Yes, I think its so true that many consumers see brands thru the lens of lifestyle and not substance. Many iconic brands, whether they be in food or fashion, originally established their reputations based on quality, but lost their way over time. My thesis research currently involves looking for ways to introduce consumers and small scale clothing makers in a way that reveals value in locally made and designed pieces. The designer will play a major role in this since style and trend are creative engines that drive many of our clothing purchases.

  • Yasha Wallin

    This is really interesting. What I think has to happen in order for the fashion industry to become more like the food industry is for people to alter their loyalty/lust for particular clothing brands. As a whole we're pretty brand obsessed, so to get people to primarily buy from local designers will likely require a collective shift in how we view brands. And I welcome that shift!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I find it fascinating that Walmart is even joining the ranks in trying to be sustainable. I hear they're not showcasing products that are wrapped in a certain amount of plastic. If more companies like theirs do that, imagine the impact we could make?