Talks, free drinks, short films, fashion, sustainable brands, models, prizes, DJ....and more! This is going to be an event not to be missed...
It is one year since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Savar_building_collapse) where over 1100 people died. The disaster has sparked a long overdue conversation about fashion industry standards.
At this months Think Act change we’ll be raising awareness of the fashion industry's biggest challenges. But because we know that fashion can also be a force for good, we’ll be celebrating fashion and spreading excitement about the power it has to make big change happen fast.
For this event we're partnering up with the good folks at Fashion Revolution Day (http://www.fashionrevolution.org/). Their first campaign, being held on April 24th, the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, asks 'Who Made Your Clothes' with a simple call to action: turn an item of clothing inside out showing the label, take a selfie and post it on social media with the hashtag #INSIDEOUT.
It is time to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion and its impact at every link of the value chain. To show the world that change is possible by celebrating those involved in creating a more sustainable future. At this months event we will be encouraging you to ask WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES?
Join us for a night of flash talks where we'll be exploring the challenges in the fast fashion industry, celebrating transparent fashion brands and learning how you can be involved in creating a fashion revolution. A free drink on arrival thanks to our wonderful alcohol sponsors Bulliet Whiskey and Batlow Cider with $6 drinks afterwards....we'll also have giveaways and prizes on the night too. RSVP now to bag your spot!
Dane O'Shanassy - General Manager, Patagonia Australia
After more than a decade in the surf and fashion industry working from the ground up packing boxes and answering phones, Dane is now the GM for Patagonia Australia.
Dane has travelled the world working with factories and experiencing how commerce and globalization has impacted the lives of many. Dane seeks out challenging projects that satisfy both his passion for social and environmental change as well as delivering professional success.
As GM for Patagonia Australia Dane is aiming to share Patagonia’s mission and values with a mainstream audience.
Nerida Lennon - Fashion Model & Social Entrepreneur
Nerida is an international fashion model working with labels like Gucci and Dior, but it’s not just the glamour of the catwalk ignites her passion; it's raising the profile of environmental and social responsibility to make fashion more beautiful. Most recently Nerida has been recognised for her work by becoming a 2014 InStyle and Audi Women of Style award nominee. She is also a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a recipient of the Big Green Idea grant, awarded by the British Council globally to eco-visionaries. Nerida was a member of the Sustainability Cluster for the Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) before it ceased in 2012 and an Environmental Sociology teacher at Swinburne University.
Nerida is recognised by the Ethical Fashion Forum in London as a global Fellowship 500 sustainable fashion pioneer and was included in The Age Top 100 most influential people of Melbourne in 2011. She is an ambassador for the climate change organisation 1 Million Women. Nerida is well connected and informed with anything environmentally and socially responsible in the world of fashion.
Melinda Tually - Fashion Revolution Day
Melinda is the co-ordinator of Fashion Revolution Day in Australia and New Zealand. Melinda opened ethical and sustainable gift boutique, I RAN THE WRONG WAY in 2009 and has recently established NDLESS where she consults to brands and retailers to bring responsible design to the high street.
Melinda is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum, the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand and the NSW Fair Trade Network. In 2010 I Ran The Wrong Way: A Trader of Good Finds was a finalist in the City of Sydney Business Awards in the Fair Trade category as well as the Lord Mayor’s Sustainable Business Award.
Kelly Elkin - Founder, A.L.A.S & CLEAN CUT
Kelly is a designer, writer and ethical fashion advocate. Since 2006, Kelly has been actively involved in the sustainable fashion sector, working for designers and ethical fashion organisations across Australia and Europe. In 2011 Kelly launched her award winning organic sleepwear label A.L.A.S, with co-founder Betony Dircks which has received praise from ASOS, Shopbop and other major retailers.
Not one to be idle, her desire to promote the sustainable fashion led her to write for Peppermint, Ecouterre and Green Lifestyle mag. Her most recent venture, CLEAN CUT, was founded to support and raise awareness of sustainable fashion in Australia.
Jackie Ruddock - CEO, The Social Outfit
Jackie Ruddock is the CEO of The Social Outfit in Sydney, NSW. The Social Outfit provides education, training and employment opportunities for people from new migrant and refugee communities through clothing production and our retail store. We believe creativity and fashion can lead to learning and empowerment.
Jackie has worked professionally within the charity sector for over ten years, and in the social entrepreneurship sector for over five years. Her speciality is managing complex, multi-year projects that involve stakeholders from within communities, government, NFP's & corporates.
An avid fashion recycler and philanthropist, Jackie also continues to learn about social media through her fashion blogs, ‘ShowTellShare: doing good in a fashion’ and formerly, of ‘What Ken Be Done’.
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