In the middle of New York’s SoHo shopping district, flanked by fast fashion heavyweights like Vince and Brandy Melville, is The Black Lodge, an underground speakeasy complete with an unmarked door and rebellious vibe. Speakeasies were a defining feature of the not-so-secret counterculture of the 1920s, and in a similar fashion, Remake and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) took over this modern day rendition for a cause worth rebelling against: fast fashion. Friday evening’s event was as much a celebration as it was an uprising, a group of ethical fashion enthusiasts who collectively want to push the industry in a better direction and raise awareness during one of the biggest fashion moments of the year, New York Fashion Week.
Aptly named “Wear Your Values,” the purpose of the event was to engage industry heavyweights and newcomers alike in an effort to raise awareness, fundraise, and acknowledge our recent achievements. Some of these milestones include our NYFW stunt where the Remake team dropped sustainability guides and garment maker stories throughout fashion week venues and fast fashion stores, our first live coverage of sustainability at Madrid and Paris fashion weeks, our partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, and, perhaps most importantly, our continually (and exponentially!) growing slow fashion community.
The night featured live music from Venezuelan DJ Patafunk, signature cocktails courtesy of Voga Vodka, and an array of guests including fashion bloggers, industry veterans, up-and-coming designers, models, and plenty of curious people who simply wanted to be a part of the movement. Together, we pledged to reduce our consumption of fast fashion, invest in our closets by buying fewer, better things, donate or recycle old clothing, remember that fashion is about women’s rights, and collectively grow the movement.
The event was another small step in providing an opportunity and platform to discuss poignant issues in the industry and learn how to get involved. We spoke with Julia Fischer, an up-and-coming designer, who believes that “a brand should be built responsibly from the ground up. By investing in sustainable practices in the beginning, I can learn to scale my brand ethically as it grows.” Members from the Eileen Fisher team believe that these events are essential for “finding a space to connect with other slow fashion experts and start a dialogue to both educate newcomers and discover solutions.”
A big thank you to our partners and attendees. And if you missed this event, subscribe to our newsletter, download our wallet guide for a peek into slow fashion, and stay on the lookout for our immersive NYFW experience next season. Until next time, Wear Your Values New York City!