AZ Eco Fashion Week

On April 24th to 28th, 2018, Arizona Apparel Foundation, LabelHorde, AZ Fashion Source, ASU and sustainable Arizona fashion brands and experts united at F.A.B.R.I.C. for a week of education, engagement and entertainment exploring eco fashion, slow fashion and sustainability in the business of fashion.

The week included a screening of the movie True Cost, expert panel discussions, student conversations, and a green trunk show. The event culminated in a “reFABRICate” fashion show highlighting sustainable local brand’s collections and launched F.A.B.R.I.C.’s reFABRICate initiative, coordinated by local designer Ellen Dayan in which she worked with a team of local designers to breathe new life into AZ Fashion Source’s manufacturing scraps. The reFABRICate apparel was sold right off the runway and continues to be available to purchase at the reFABRICate Pop-Up Shop located at FABRIC.

Arizona ECO Fashion Weekis a collaborative effort spearheaded by AZ Eco Fashion Week Conference Director, Neha Kusum Purohit. The goal was to engage

Arizona designers, businesses, academics, youth, students, experts, and leaders in the community to explore a new frontier in the business of fashion: ECO Fashion.

AZ ECO Fashion Week invited community members to engage, envision, and execute events centered around sustainability and fashion throughout the valley during Earth and Fashion Revolution Week. With the support of Fashion Revolution, AZ Eco Fashion Week encouraged Arizonans to join in on the conversation at #azecofw and ask #WhoMadeMyClothes on social media during the event. This international effort raised awareness to pressing issues in sustainable fashion and brought international attention to the solution that F.A.B.R.I.C. offers with local, small batch manufacturing and design resources.

Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry, co-founders of Arizona Apparel Foundation and F.A.B.R.I.C. Tempe, visionaries behind AZ Eco Fashion Week, wanted to build an opportunity for local community to participate in this zero waste project, based on the principles of circular economy, while creating economic value and reducing environmental impact through fashion design and local manufacturing.

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