Events: COCO + MISCHA Slow Fashion Symposium 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Yes I am all smiles because I have some exciting news to share! This weekend, October 4th-6th, I will be one of the panelists during the Slow Fashion Symposium 2019 hosted by COCO + MISCHA, a retail store in Atlanta that is passionate about slow fashion. My session is Saturday morning and it's titled Sustainability = Inclusivity – An engaging discussion about embracing all sizes, races and budgets to achieve a truly sustainable initiative. I can't wait to share my passion for resale fashion and how the importance of shopping secondhand. 

What is Slow Fashion? It can mean many things, but the tenets of it include: 

Buying vintage, mending & modifying clothes to extend their life. Being conscious of waste in our wardrobes.

Buying quality items that last. A focus on craftsmanship and styles that withstand passing trends. Made sustainably with a focus on fair wages & responsible environmental ethics.

Shopping consciously. Supporting small businesses, transparent supply chains, and the local economy.

Last year, COCO + MISCHA found there were many local customers eager to connect with like-minded shoppers, and there were many more who were unfamiliar with the movement. They wanted to draw people into the conversations they were having at the shop each day. 

So in 2018, they hosted & moderated a discussion on ethical fashion to a sold-out room in a conversation that lasted almost 3 hours! 

People were hungry for more, and they felt like there was so much more to be said. Now, they want to address some of the conversations and questions that needed more time, but they also want to move beyond talk into advocacy, practical styling, and of course, shopping. So with the help of property managers, Jamestown, they’ve grown the 2019 into a multi-day interactive conference.

This multi-day community gathering will inspire, encourage and educate you about the merits of the #slowfashionmovement via styling, brand awareness, and #sustainability advocacy. There will be free shopping & advocacy events open to the public including book signings by participating authors. In addition, there will be ticketed panel discussions, styling sessions, and DIY classes. VIP ticket holders will have access to receptions and meals with panelists.

Please visit HERE for a full lineup of participating brands and events, including the following highlighted events and discussions (subject to change):
Where It Begins – For anyone who’s refining their path and defining their style, this discussion will cover how shoppers can begin building a wardrobe to withstand the test of time and passing of trends, no matter their budget, as well as how to navigate gaps in a wardrobe and when to splurge or save.
Progressive Pop-Up Party – This free event will invite attendees to meet sustainable designers popping up throughout Ponce City Market, shop sample sales and try on brands typically available online only.
Panel Discussion: Sustainability = Inclusivity – An engaging discussion about embracing all sizes, races and budgets to achieve a truly sustainable initiative.
In Good Company Market – Citizen Supply, the curated, artisan shop located inside Ponce City Market, will present a marketplace of handmade, vintage and local small businesses. The free event will be located at the Shed on the BeltLine with easy access for attendees to visit between panel discussions.
Q&A with author Elizabeth L. Cline – Attendees can join a ticketed discussion with author Elizabeth L. Cline about her new book The Conscious Closet and her journey to conscious consumerism, such as tackling a wardrobe overhaul in a sustainable way. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.

I hope you are able to attend or share with a friend who wants to learn more about Slow Fashion.

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