Feature Designer, Shamini Dhana, Dhana Inc., USA
Shamini Dhana is founder and CEO of Dhana, Inc., a Certified B Corporation and ethical fashion brand committed to using fashion to better connect people and our planet. Shamini is a leader in sustainable apparel, and Dhana, Inc. adopts fair trade, ethical, and sustainable principles throughout its supply chain. A former banker, Shamini brings to the fashion world over 20 years of corporate executive experience, and is a Climate Ride Ambassador and an Associate Producer of The True Cost movie.
Shamini Dhana website: www.ShaminiDhana.com
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Educational Fashion, Haute Trash, Nevada City
Haute Trash Artists Collaborative is a non-profit 501c3, which has been engaging eco-conscious fashion designers for three decades. We present runway fashion shows with all the designs being made from trash or recycled materials. The mission of Haute Trash is to create and produce performance art of the highest professional quality and to perform it before the broadest possible audience. We create fashion out of trash in order to entertain, educate and empower others to rethink, reuse and recycle. Our show seeks to break down the boundaries of stereotypical beauty and fashion by celebrating bodies of all sizes, shapes and ages through humor and satire. Haute Trash is a troupe of resourceful artists who produce runway fashion shows featuring haute couture made from society’s trash. Through our art we seek to transform the way you see the world.
International Designer, Pauline Stangl, Nkoumazap Designs, Africa
Pauline Evina Stangl was born in Yaounde Cameroon , Africa . I am the second child of seven. I moved in the USA 1994. I am married and I am passionate about my work and the African prints that are at the core of my collections. I have a degree in nursing. My first love has always been fashion!
In 2001, I continue my studies at the fashion school, Art Institute San Francisco. Shortly after, I went to City College, San Francisco in 2013. Actually, I work as a school nurse.
Angela Chou, Utterly
Angela Chou is a social entrepreneur and professional filmmaker. She is the founder of utterly, a sustainable children’s fashion company whose mission is to reduce fashion industry waste.
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Cailin Womack, Lavandula Hattress
My name is Cailin Womack and I am a full time student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising currently working on my merchandise marketing degree. I grew up in a small town in Placer County where I spent my time helping my dad in the garden and raising hens and turkey. From a young age my heart was set on being a designer and running my own business. As I grew older the emergence of fast fashion became more prevalent and by my sophomore year of high school I turned to thrift stores and handmade as the entirety of my wardrobe. By the time I enrolled at the fashion institute I was firm in my ideals to reject the world so dominated by stores like Forever 21 and H&M. I had also been wearing a hat every day for the better part of a year and it seemed almost natural to focus my creative abilities on a trade that spoke so dearly to my personal style. Focusing my energy on becoming a milliner has proven to be a beneficial move. I have honed in on my appreciation for handmade and feel gratitude in knowing that I am apart of a movement for a better world. A movement where people are conscious and aware. One that promotes quality over quantity and the betterment of the global forces that allow us to thrive. After graduation in December I will head out for my family’s property in Oregon and begin my ultimate plan. There I will raise sheep and alpaca; learning to hand dye and process their wool and officially turning my business over to 100% sustainability. Thank you for taking the time to read and for being an industry leader for a matter so desperately needing representation.
Christophe Schuhmann, SKINTIE :: Green Glam Industry
Born in France but raised in Africa, Christophe has seen many of the conditions that people have to suffer in this world. His parents started a charity in the Congo for vulnerable children. Continuing his support of their charity, 3% of each sale will go to support “Les Amis de l’Ecole Spéciale de Brazzaville”.
SkinTie’s business model builds on its successful fundraising, fashion event sponsorship and membership options, SkinTie cultivates lifelong relationships. Scope for personalization is built in to the long term plan.
Ironically, Schuhmann’s motto “Untie your life” is paradoxical. The very creation and meaning of this accessory ties the various threads of his life story together. As the venture capitalists of Silicon Valley will attest, for a start up to be successful, it must be necessary to his creator. This product is the product of Schuhmann’s love of fashion, art, business and philanthropy. It is most definitely the product of the union of San Francisco and France.
Randy Brewer, Convert
A s a buyer for the last 23 years, I have always enjoyed finding great clothing, shoes and accessories for my customers, but when I decided to open my own store, it had to be about more than just buying the coolest new denim line.
Enter my passion for environmental issues and all things “green”. With the opening of Convert, I saw an opportunity to bring my eco-passion to my customers – as well as great looking clothes.
The thought process behind Convert is all about giving men and women great fashion options from brands that are already sustainably produced, brands which have eco-options within their collections, or companies willing to make a change in the way they do business.
There are many environmentally friendly apparel lines available, and some of them turn out some great fashion. Many, unfortunately, do not. I have a certain aesthetic when it comes to buying, and no matter how minimal the eco-impact, if it doesn’t look stylish, it’s out. I want my customers to discover great fashion at Convert they want to show off, and know they are helping the planet as an added bonus.
Since the inception of Convert, I have been working directly with a number of non-eco-conscious vendors, asking them to think about how their products effect the environment and what they can do to reduce their impact. If I find a line that has great style, and will promise me they will make an effort to be sustainable in the future (i.e., in the next season or two), I will carry the line. And that may mean a number of things, be it switching to domestic organic cotton or bringing some manufacturing back to the USA. Change sometimes comes in small, but dedicated steps in the right direction.
Noting that sustainable footwear is hard to come by and comes at a price, we recently opened Convert Shoes. The footwear industry is particularly tough on the environment, so we’re really excited about supporting shoe companies that are going against the curve and producing shoes that leave less of a footprint, so to speak. We have also noticed a huge demand for vegan shoes, which are very earth-friendly, so we’re working on building a great selection of chic vegan footwear, along with domestic product and lines with recycled components.
Bottom line, the more you shop here, the more clout I have to get more apparel and accessories companies to do the right thing. You care about what you put into your body, now care about what you put on it.
Thanks for giving Convert a look.
INDIGENOUS – Founded in 1994. We believe in the simple idea that when people go to work, they should not have to leave their hearts at home. We believe in that idea for ourselves, our artisans, our retail partners and everyone else who walks with us on our chosen path.
For us, that path was clear decades ago.
Today, we employ over 1500 artisans, providing them with living wage, opportunities to learn new skills and real economic growth opportunity for them and their families. Also, we support them in the preservation of their cultural traditions, the protection of their land and the development of their communities.
We work with many organic cotton farmers, underwriting and supporting farming techniques that conserve water and eliminate the use of harmful pesticides and other toxins. And, we work with alpaca herders, helping to ensure a sustainable supply of natural fiber and a sustainable habitat.
We’ve traveled our path slowly, mindfully and intentionally. Our hearts have been with us every step of the way.
We are catalyzing extraordinary change in the fashion industry. And with that, positive impact for all of us, especially those who make our clothing, their families and communities.
Scatha Allison, miss velvet cream
miss velvet cream Neocouture is a California made sustainable slow fashion clothing line made by artist Scatha G. Allison. Craftsmanship, attention to detail and a punk rock sensibility in design and construction, combined with a love of luxury and an eye for silhouette and feminine power characterize the style and design of miss velvet cream pieces.
As part of MVC ongoing commitment to sustainability in the line, find unique upcycled and vintage reconstructions along with exquisite contemporary ready to wear, neocouture items that reflect a luxurious future fashion aesthetic.
Scatha G. Allison trained as a fine artist and in 2003 began making one of a kind pieces of wearable art. She is author of DIY reconstruction book “Jean Therapy” and has shown her Neocouture collections in shows and exhibitions throughout California, including The Exploratorium, The Crucible, Crocker Art Museum, Yerba Buena Art Center, The Luggage Store Gallery, and has exhibited and presented at Makerfaire Bay Area since 2006. Scatha lives in Sacramento, California and travels with MVC pieces for trunk shows, exhibitions and presentations.
Tuan Tran, Haute Couture
He says: “Life is colorful. I am colorful. Art and Fashion reflect life. My Fashion design and art reflect me. The color’s of thread, cloth, wire, ribbon, are my pallet. Recycled Materials are the Ethos of my Fashion Design & Art.” The colors and textures of material, thread and wire, appear in much of his work. The elements or materials he uses to compose his Fashion and Art are as varied as the resulting end design. Born in Vietnam, Tuan calls San Francisco home, where he also has a successful real estate career. His garments have drawn national and international attention. He has been a featured designer in many fashion and art shows, and is the subject many articles written about him and his craft. Life cannot be taken too seriously. Tuan says: “Fun, enjoyment and thought are what I hope to bring in each.