“You are as much what you eat as what you wear.” – Amber Valletta

Photo: Telegraph Magazine

Super model and activist, Amber Valletta is one of fashion’s few celebrity faces who dedicates her power to conscious fashion. This year, she co-hosted the fifth annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the premier event where models, fashionistas, designers and sustainability geeks alike unite to make fashion a force for good.

We were honored to be there, as C&A Foundation’s chosen non-profit for the Dance Deal, where world leaders including Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, fashion leaders Maxwell Osborne and David Chow of PUBLIC SCHOOL and entrepreneurs such as Miroslava Duma grooved in support of our movement.

We were encouraged to see such inspiring designers as Prabal Gurung, graduate of Parsons School of Fashion, who famously dressed First Lady Michelle Obama embrace activism as a designer:

‘Empowering women is my fashion cause. I don’t want it be a trending topic. We do have a responsibility to speak up.’ – Prabal Gurung

Leading fashion designer and graduate of Parsons School of Fashion, Prabal Gurung, speaking on women’s empowerment in the fashion industry. Photo: Fashionista

Here are our top 3 takeaways:

1. Transparency empowers you

The fashion industry is now reconciling with years of a largely unregulated race to the bottom. Fashion Brands pushing to sell more clothes at lower prices has resulted in deep human rights and environmental abuses. Climbing out of the broken business model will require a fundamental shift to put people and planet before profits. Getting there, notes CEO and chairman of Tiffany & Co., Michael Kowalski, will be a process of transparency and humility along the way, “you have to pull back the veil and expose your flaws. Only then can you move forward with confidence.”

We can wear our values with brands that are disrupting the status quo and leading with style x ethics.

2. It’s time to slow down

Every year the fashion industry produces approximately 62 million tons of clothes. By 2030, this number will increase to 102 million per year—an equivalent of more than 500 billion T-shirts per year. This means countries will need to decide between growing food or cotton, for water to drink or to use in the fashion production process. In short, our planet cannot sustain our buying habits.

Future generations will thank us for embracing fewer better things.

3. Do more good, not less bad

From design, farms, factories to our closets, the fashion supply chain is complex and fragmented. Reversing the profits-first business model is slogging work that pop-up sustainability campaigns won’t fix. We will need more leadership brands like Eileen Fisher that do more good. As consumers, we will need to slowly breakaway our bad shopping habits. As John Moore, co-founder of Outerknown said: “Doing good feels good. It’s addictive. So do one thing better and keep going.”

Let’s put an end to fast fashion and embrace the slow fashion movement.

Want to Get Involved?

The Remake movement unites style x ethics by uncovering stories of the women who bring our fashion to life and curating conscious fashion that supports her. We’re grateful for the 1000 Copenhagen Fashion Summit participants and C&A Foundation for supporting our storytelling power. Join our movement today to #remakeourworld.

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