Inaugural bioFASHIONtech summit

June 24, 2019
The Avon Theatre Film Center, Stamford, CT

bioFASHIONtech is the inaugural annual summit for ecological fashion natives — the new generation of designers making planetary well-being not just a goal of our design (i.e., “do less harm”) but the defining impulse of our creative work and framework for its production.

The summit brings together makers and thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs, investors and retailers working at the forefront of emerging technologies for experimental textiles, new systems of community-based manufacturing, and business model innovation.

Within one year, Gen Z will outstrip millennials as the most populous generation, comprising 32% of the population. Combined, we are market force. Our values count.

Millennials and Gen Z are rightfully branded as mission-driven and impact-oriented. “Good fashion” is not good enough for an industry declared by the 2018 UN Economic Commission for Europe as an environmental emergency.

Our quest for products and processes that heal and restore ecological balance goes beyond mere sustainability. We are inspired, and compelled, by the pragmatic recognition that our lives depend on it.

Participants (to date):

Angela Kaczmarczyk Abitua, PhD, co-founder, Boston Open Science Lab, Somerville

Gregory Altman, PhD, Evolved by Nature, Boston

Ayesha Barenblat, social entrepreneur and founder, Remake, San Francisco

Daniel L. Benkendorf, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, NYC

Anne Biklé, biologist, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, Seattle

Tessa Callaghan, co-founder and director of innovations, AlgiKnit, NYC

José P. Chan, advisory board and former vice president, business development, Celect, Cambridge

Yimin Deng, ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ’18, NYC

Lydia Dishman, reporter, Fast Company, NYC

Rosemary Feitelberg, New York correspondent, Women’s Wear Daily

Michael Flanagan, PhD, executive director, Genspace, Brooklyn

Peter Frase, author, Four Futures: Life after Capitalism, NYC

CT Representative Anne Hughes (Distr. 135)

David S. Kong, PhD, director, MIT Media Lab Community Biotechnology Initiative, Cambridge

Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research at The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC

David R. Montgomery, PhD, geomorphologist, author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, Seattle

Douglas McMaster, chef and founder, Silo, the world’s first zero-waste restaurant, Brighton, UK

Ngozi Okaro, executive director, Custom Collaborative, NYC

Jacob Olmedo, ecological fashion designer; Parsons, BFA ’17; MFA ’20; Council of Fashion Designers of America, Liz Claiborne Fellow ’18-19, NYC

Vân Anh Lê, ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC

Gal Yakobovitch, fashion biomaker; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC

Catering by Purslane, Brooklyn, New York’s first trash-free and carbon-neutral caterer

Intern mentorship with Zanagee Artis, Zero Hour, the national youth-led climate change movement

Post-summit supper by chef Douglas McMaster and Silo

Your ticket gains you entry to the event, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day coffee + tea, and hors d’oeuvres + open bar (21+) during the networking hour.