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Changing the Game of Fast Fashion


A Candid Conversation on the True Costs and Inspiring Opportunities in Serving Profit, Planet and People Through Global Value Chains


On November 14, 2016, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, The Cordes Foundation, SPARK and Liberty & Justice convened senior decision makers from global apparel retailers, brands, designers and corporate responsibility leaders for a candid conversation on how to integrate consumer demands for fashion with a conscience, with the realities of challenging supply chains, a volatile marketplace, and the bottom line. The half-day session, part II of a convening NYU Social Entrepreneurship began in 2015, started with a panel discussion featuring Eileen Fisher of EILEEN FISHER, INC., Carlos Alberini of Lucky Brand, Maxine Bedat of Zady, and Gwen Floyd of Soko, and moderated by Sean Ansett of Liberty & Justice. Panelists shared their hard-won lessons of success and failure, which was followed by deep-dive breakout sessions on issues related to the field, including what retailers want, empowering women through ethical clothing, transparency and development for artisans, the role of natural cosmetic sourcing, and evolving initiatives for globalized trade and workers’ welfare. One representative from each session reported back to share their group’s discussion, progress, and ideas. The day concluded with a networking cocktail hour, allowing guests to connect and move their ideas forward together.

We would like to extended a very special thank you to our wonderful panel members, breakout session leaders, and moderator, to the Cordes Foundation and SPARK for their generous financial support, to L2O for their participation and resources provided, to all of the organizations who contributed to the SWAG bag, and to Stephanie Cordes and the entire Liberty & Justice/UNIFORM team for their thought partnership and hard work in making the event happen.

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Click to view the event programs with organization information and speaker bios.

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NYU Social Entrepreneurhsip Program Executive Director Gabriel Brodbar welcomes attendees to the event.

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Eileen Fisher, Founder and Chairwoman of EILEEN FISHER, INC., chats with Carlos Alberini.

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Gwen Floyd, Founder, Soko

Carlos Alberini, Chief Executive Officer & Chariman of the Board, Lucky Brand

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Maxine Bédat, Co-Founder & CEO, Zady

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Breakout Leader Alissa Moore, Co-Founder & VP, Nomi Network asks a question during the panel

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Sean Ansett, Board Chair, Liberty & Justice, served as the moderator for the day

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Jennifer Gootman, Vice President, Social Consciousness & Innovation, West Elm, co-leading a breatkout session

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Abu Shonchoy, Visiting Scholar, NYU Wagner and Sujatha Sebastian, Director of Membership & Advisory Services, Conveners.org leading a breakout session

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Rebecca van Bergen, Founder & Executive Director, Nest co-leading a breatkout session

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Andy Lower, Co-Founder & Managing Director - USA, The Visible Clothing Company

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Elizabeth Dran, Creative Director, Good Omen NYC kicks off the breakout report-backs

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Chloe Swopshire, UNIFORM by Liberty & Justice

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Lauren Servin, Co-Founder, Di Loren shares insights from the breakout session she led

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Stephanie Cordes, Vice Chair, Cordes Foundation, thanks guests for joining us

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Guests enjoyed a networking cocktail hour after the day's sessions concluded

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SWAG bags included material from several of the ethical fashion and other brands participating in the event

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The team from UNIFORM by Liberty & Justice, who co-sponored the event: Jenny Lin, Greg Walker & Chloe Swopshire

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With special thanks to our supporters and thought partners: