Join us for Austin Fashion Initiative's (AFI) monthly meetup at Austin's newest co-working space: The Riveter where we'll be featuring a panel for an in-conversation discussion on sustainability and innovation.
Sustainability is no longer a unique selling proposition, and many brands are incorporating sustainable practices as the status quo in their business models. Efforts to create a more sustainable supply chain are not the central, differentiating element to a brand story, but simply an underlying core value. This panel discussion will feature an in-depth conversation on building a sustainable value chain, and an inside look at Austin-based brands making an effort to positively impact the production of apparel and fashion products. We're pleased to welcome Classic Childhood, Stitch Texas, SixChel and Miranda Bennett for an in-conversation discussion on building brands through sustainable practices.
AFI events have previously featured many notable Austin-based brands including PennyLuck, Amberleaf, Esby, Kendra Scott, SXSW, BigCommerce, Howler Brothers, Helm Boots among others. Austin Fashion Initiative events are open to any professional participating in the fashion and creative industries. Join us for engaged networking, great conversation and special treats with Austin’s most innovative fashion business professionals.
Reserve your spot, space is limited. Reservation fee: $5 advance reservation, $10 at the door (depending on availability). Free admission for current AFI Members who have purchased an annual membership. Learn more about AFI membership.
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Meet the Panelists:
MBA, Fashion Designer | Founder of Classic Childhood
Pamela spent more than 12 years in the finance and accounting world. When she became a mother her vision of life changed and decided to reinvent herself pursuing a career in the Fashion industry. Inspired by her son she founded Classic Childhood in 2018 with the vision of creating a fully sustainable company that cares about environment and community. Classic Childhood is a brand designed for children inspired by today’s European fashion trends in a sustainable way. At their site you can find up-cycled baby bubble rompers made from men’s shirts, decorative pillows filled out with remnant fabric. All made by women who need to make extra income working from home at a flexible schedules.
Kristopher Robin Stevens
Kristopher is the owner of Stitch Texas, a one-stop apparel development and production company in Austin, Texas, that specializes in developing and launching emerging designers through education, technical design and sample development, all the way through production.
Throughout his years of experience working in the apparel manufacturing industry, Kristopher has gained experience in a wide range services and skills including product development, materials sourcing, factory operations, industrial cutting and sewing, apparel CAD systems and technologies, and project management. Kristopher is passionate about the revival and growth of domestic apparel development and manufacturing and continuing to offer fair living wage jobs to his team while they continue to take their clients’ ideas and dreams and turn them into a reality.
Dina Chavez is a dedicated entrepreneur working to educate the consumer and to make the fashion industry sustainable for the masses.
As the owner of her own ethical fashion brand, SixChel, a regular panelist and guest speaker at fashion industry events, startup conferences and the classroom, Dina shares her experience and perspective of the industry, sustainability and social issues forming our world today.
Miranda Bennett Studio
Miranda Bennett is the founder of Miranda Bennett Studio, a brand known for its wearability, commitment to environmentally sustainable practices, ethical manufacturing partnerships and advances in the use of natural dyes in commercial scale. A native of Austin, Texas, Bennett’s pursuit of fashion brought her to New York at age 17 to study Fashion at Parsons School of Design and Art History at Eugene Lang College. Upon graduation, she launched her first clothing line with a sold-out trunk show that led to multiple wholesale orders and her first nationally syndicated press. Her work has since been sold globally and featured in publications such as the New York Times and Forbes, among others. After 12 years operating and manufacturing in NYC, Bennett relocated to her hometown of Austin in search of a more meaningful way to work within the confines of the fashion industry. The result is MBS, a mission oriented clothing line that strives to marry aesthetically compelling apparel with meaningful production practices focused around circularity and environmental stewardship.
About The Riveter | www.theriveter.co
The Riveter is a national network of community and coworking spaces built by women, for everyone. Through its best-in-class professional and personal development programming, robust membership, and collaborative workspaces, The Riveter is working to elevate the conversation and progress around gender equity in work and business. Launched in May 2017 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Riveter has grown to include six locations in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Austin with locations planned for Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN, Portland, OR, and Atlanta, GA by mid-2019 (with more to be announced). This expansion is spurred by The Riveter’s recent announcement of a $15 million Series A funding round in December 2018. The Riveter’s mission to redefine the future of work has been featured in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Quartz, Bloomberg Technology, and more.