Global Fashion Leaders Discuss SUSTAINABILITY in Fashion at FASHINNOVATION’s Second Dinner

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Fashinnovation, the global platform that promotes connection via Technology/Innovations & Sustainability for the Fashion & Lifestyle Industries, presents a “Dinner Series” with partner Spring Studios in NYC. Programmed to happen every other month, the dinners are for 25 selected guests, from the fashion, technology, business and design worlds, discussing specific relevant topics for the industries and promoting positive change for all the sectors.

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The 2nd dinner – following the kickoff around the Metaverse in March – took place on May 12th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM at Spring Studios, where the main topic will be sustainability for the fashion industry and contributions from the industry for environmental preservation.

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The guests were Norma Kamali (Founder & Creative director), Brana Dane (Model & Founder), Hayley Segar (Founder & Influencer), Sinead Bovell (Model, Tech Leader & Founder at WAYE), Keith Lissner (EVP at Vera Wang), Abrima Erwiah (Co-Founder, Studio One Eighty Nine), Rana Sidahmed (Senior Director, Avery Dennison), Marci Zaroff (Founder), Martu Freeman Parker (Director, Mana Fashion), Enzo Barraco (international Photographer), Gary Wassner (President, Hilldun), Gabby Hirata (President/CEO, Diane Von Furstenberg), Kika Hazan (entrepreneur), Ariane de Vos van Steenwijk (DVF), Kerry Bannigan (Founder & CEO at Conscious Fashion Campaign), Giuseppe Stigliano (Global CEO at Spring Studios), and Fashinnovation’s Founder, Marcelo Guimarães, and Co-Founder, Jordana Guimarães.

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The event also presented the special “Galapagos” installation by international photographer Enzo Barraco. The main goal of the Dinner Series is to promote a close contact between today’s leaders from diverse creative industries, in order to trade strategies, knowledge and unique experiences that will clear the path for the future of fashion.

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About this new dinner series, Fashinnovation’s Co-Founder, Jordana Guimarães states: “it’s a privilege having the chance to meet personally with so many important decision-makers from the fashion and innovation sectors, to discuss such an important and time sensitive topic as sustainability. The Dinner Series – in partnership with Spring Studios – is generating opportunities to debate relevant issues for our present – and future – with the leaders and change makers, that we can then share it with everyone so that we’re all a part of the change”.

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Some of the special quotes from the guests registered at the second Spring Salon dinner:

Norma Kamali (Designer & Founder):

“Fashinnovation dinners are an inspired meeting of creatives enjoying the celebration and exchange of innovative ideas in a beautiful setting”.

Allow yourself to make some sh*t that can be terrible, but in terrible there is something. Because bad doesn’t always mean not good, it means that there’s an idea there that still can be massaged or put aside for a few seasons and then look at it again like ‘Wow this is really good!’I am constantly thinking about ideas. I am constantly saving things or having things developed or coming up with ideas.”

Brana Dane (Model & Founder):

“The dinner is a great way to delve deeper into the niche issues related to fashion. Being involved in the intersection of sustainability and fashion, myself, it was a rare opportunity to take the temperature of the top leaders in this focused area. Due to the intimate size of the dinners you really get a chance to get to know every single person and as a result real connections are made. Norma was an inspirational guest speaker during the dinner and so willing to converse about the nitty gritty of fashion. I think we should do more dinners like this in fashion to encourage innovation and community”.

Marci Zarof (Founder & CEO):

“I am thrilled and grateful that Fashinnovation and Spring Studios are co-creating this fabulous dinner series—to foster creativity, connection, community, collaboration, and consciousness—the DNA of the ECORENAISSANCE”.

Sinead Bovell (Model and Founder):

“The Fashionnovation Sustainability dinner was an evening filled with co-collaboration, ideation and passion for building a more sustainable fashion ecosystem. With guests from all different aspects of the industry, the doors were opened to learning from new perspectives and cross-pollinating ideas. A critical step in redesigning the industry”.

Hayley Segar (Founder):

“In my years of going to industry events, both as a content creator and now fashion entrepreneur, I have never seen anything like what Fashinnovation is doing; purposefully connecting people at all stages & levels within the fashion industry to inspire collaboration, mindful discussion, and creation of community. The entire team is so warm and is the perfect set of people to achieve what they are setting out to do for the industry. I adore their team and their mission! Thank you Fashinnovation.

Kerry Bannigan (Founder & CEO at Conscious Fashion Campaign):

“Community is at the core of Fashinnovation. In this dinner series collaboration with Spring Studios, the partnership is bringing together voices of change and industry leaders to engage how fashion and technology are driving our sustainable today and beyond”.

Giuseppe Stigliano (Global CEO at Spring Studios):

“Last night the Spring X Fashinnovation dinner was another important milestone in our partnership. 25 fashion executives, activists, designers spending time together as friends, discussing about how the industry should reinvent itself. Simply amazing! At Spring we believe that diversity in thoughts, opens minds and inspires progress”.

Martu Freeman Parker (Director, Mana Fashion):

“Thank you so much for inviting us to such an amazing event. I met so many extraordinary people last night. I absolutely appreciate your gift of connecting people which builds community”

Abrima Erwiah (Co-Founder, Studio One Eighty Nine):

“I had an amazing time. What I love about you and your events including last night’s dinner is that they are filled with love and with optimism. You create safe spaces and encourage dialogue and encourage a cross networking of people with the vision that you hope that they will come together to solve critical social issues. But your baseline is always positive. That resonates with me. I have been to your online events during the pandemic, to your in-person events internationally and domestically and I always get the same feeling. It was a brilliant idea to host a small intimate intentional dinner. And I’m thrilled it’s the first of many. Congratulations! You are a guiding light.”

Next Spring Salon dinner is scheduled for July 21st, at Spring Studio’s restaurant and produced by FASHINNOVATION.

Daniel Quintanilla

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