Sustainable Fashion Summit

FEBRUARY 1, 2019


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Complimentary admission on invitation

Study Hall NY — Open NYFW with a Sustainability Focus

Welcoming Remarks by Her Excellency Inga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council (Invited)

Opening Remarks by Riefqah Jappie, International Trade Center Representative to the UN, New York

What is the Future of the Fashion Industry?

  • Céline Semaan, Founder & Creative Director, Slow Factory and Study Hall
  • Dio Kurazawa, Founding Partner, The Bear Scouts 

The Power of Collaboration in Accelerating the Achievement of the SDGs
The UN, and Adidas discuss the power of collaboration, rapid prototyping, and material revolution 

Moderated by Burak Cakmak, Dean at Parsons School of Design

  • Nora Vasconcellos, Adidas, Athlete
  • Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow
  • Meral Guzel, Women’s Empowerment Principles Specialist, UN Women
  • Christopher Bevans, MIT Media Lab, Director’s Fellow, Winner of Woolmark Prize for Innovation and Founder and Creative Director of Dyne
  • Dapper Dan, Dapper Dan of Harlem Studio


Ignite Talks; Good for the Earth & Good for the People
Focused presentations on key issues at the intersection between the fashion industry and Sustainable Development Goals

Good for the Earth: Environmental-Centered Solutions

Good for the People : Human-Centered Solutions

  • Aysylu Yanturina Darles, Associate Social Affairs Officer, Ethical Fashion Initiative - International Trade Centre
  • Amanda Nguyen, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, CEO Rise
  • Nonabah Lane, First Nation Scientist, The School of Energy
  • Fernanda Daudt, Founder, Volta Atelier


Closing Panel — Sustainable Design: Fiction or Reality?
Key takeaways in improving current supply chain opacities, introducing new materials, and closing the loop on material waste.

Moderated by Michelle Millar-Fisher, Co-Curator at MoMA “Is Fashion Modern?”


Closing Remarks

  • Céline Semaan, Founder & Creative Director, Slow Factory and Study Hall
  • Lucie Brigham, United Nations Office for Partnerships representative






About THE LIBRARY™: The Library is a sustainable literacy fashion label running an education initiative: Study Hall in collaboration with MIT Media Lab. Its mission is to foster meaningful collaborations within the Fashion industry to gear its efforts towards a sustainable future. #TheLibraryStudyHall

About the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals: In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

Governments, businesses and civil society together with the United Nations are mobilizing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. Universal, inclusive and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere.


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