MEET OUR PANEL

Our pre-show panel discussion is hosted by EcoSessions, the global event series that
connects industry, designers and citizens to discuss change. This inspiring 45 minute conversation with industry leaders will set the voice and tone for the fair trade runway show... and beyond.

 
"Fair Trade is about creating a new way of doing business, where local and global supply chains can positively influence people and the environment, through partnerships with artisans, farmers, and makers."

"Fair Trade is about creating a new way of doing business, where local and global supply chains can positively influence people and the environment, through partnerships with artisans, farmers, and makers."

Kestrel Jenkins

Moderator, Founder + Producer Conscious Chatter

Kestrel is a storyteller & conscious style maven who believes fashion + ethics can jive, and maybe even thrive together. For over a decade, she's been enthralled with asking questions about where our clothes are made, what they are made of and who made them.

She got her start interning with Fair Trade Pioneer People Tree in London, and from that point on, she knew the only world she wanted to live in was one where she could embrace her style without sacrificing her values.

She has created an inclusive audio space with her podcast Conscious Chatter, opening the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear.

75,000,000 people work to make our clothes, and 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Fair trade brings humans into the sustainability conversation.
— Kestrel Jenkins

"Can I call myself a feminist when my clothes are made through gender-based violence? Can I support a brand pretending to support me as a Muslim by draping a headscarf over their models yet their sweatshops abroad continue to exploit Muslim women? Ethical and fair-trade fashion is not just a trend. It’s the future and the much-needed present"

"Can I call myself a feminist when my clothes are made through gender-based violence? Can I support a brand pretending to support me as a Muslim by draping a headscarf over their models yet their sweatshops abroad continue to exploit Muslim women? Ethical and fair-trade fashion is not just a trend. It’s the future and the much-needed present"

Hoda Katebi

Panelist, Founder + Creator JooJoo Azad

Hoda is a Chicago-based Muslim-Iranian abolitionist, photographer, author, community organizer, and political fashion blogger at JooJoo Azad. Her site, which has been hailed from the Malala Foundation Blog to Mother Jones, renders fashion political and politics, radical.

In 2016 Hoda published the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print collection of underground streetstyle photography from Iran aimed to challenge both Western Orientalism and domestic Iranian mandatory dress codes. She is a member of the For the People Artist Collective and a co-founding member of Muslims Organize.

Her ethical clothing line is set to debut at the end of 2017.

 

For me, a focus on ethical fashion is not a choice; it is a moral obligation... We’re in a time of a fashion revolution and we need all hands-on deck.
— Hoda Katebi

"Over 14 million tons of textile waste goes to landfill each year.  That’s the equivalent of 96 pounds per American.  Almost 10% of all municipal waste is textiles.  There is no holistic infrastructure in the US to deal with the collection and recycling of textiles."

"Over 14 million tons of textile waste goes to landfill each year.  That’s the equivalent of 96 pounds per American.  Almost 10% of all municipal waste is textiles.  There is no holistic infrastructure in the US to deal with the collection and recycling of textiles."

Jeff Denby

Panelist, Co-Founder The Renewal Workshop and Pact Apparel

Jeff is the co-Founder of The Renewal Workshop, a company offering industry-wide solutions to optimize the value of resources invested in apparel.  The Renewal Workshop partners with apparel brands to refurbish their unsellable returns and excess inventory at its own state-of-the-art factory in Oregon, creating the category of Renewed Apparel.  

Previously as the co-Founder of PACT, an award-winning organic apparel basics brand, Denby built a brand that differentiated itself from other apparel brands by manufacturing its garments in a transparent supply chain, improving the lives of cotton farmers and garment workers around the world. Denby's passion is to transform apparel production by pioneering new models for social impact within global supply chains.

95% of textiles are eventually destined for landfill. We need a solution to create a circular system for the apparel industry.
— Jeff Denby

"Although most garment manufacturing has moved offshore, we have stayed committed to our cause of producing eco-friendly and socially responsible products, made right here in the U.S.A."

"Although most garment manufacturing has moved offshore, we have stayed committed to our cause of producing eco-friendly and socially responsible products, made right here in the U.S.A."

MIKE FARID

Panelist, Founder, Nature USA

Since 1997, Mike's company Nature USA has been committed to manufacturing apparel with a reduced impact on the environment. Located in Southern California, they use eco-friendly fibers, less water, less energy and local manufacturing for an overall smaller carbon footprint.

He's always believed quality products can only be produced by happy, engaged workers. While at the time apparel manufacturing wasn’t even included as an option to be Fair Trade Certified (FTC),  five years ago he approached Fair Trade USA requesting to be the first certified FTC factory in the United States. Since there were no Fair Trade standards in place for apparel manufacturing in the US, it took a year and a half to complete the process, however in March 2015 Nature USA became America’s first FTC Factory.

As citizens of the planet, we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to protect and preserve our natural resources for this generation and many more to come.
— Mike Farid