The Chicago Fashion Incubator hosts a discussion with expert panelists.
Chicago Fashion Incubator is hosting a public panel discussion on Ethical Fashion in Chicago. Hear from fashion industry change makers who are building the future of the industry through innovation and sustainable practices. Topics discussed will include fair trade practices, labor conditions for apparel workers, and local environmentally sustainable design. Beer sponsored by Wiseacre Brewing.
Jamie Hayes (Apparel Designer and owner of Production Mode) Based in Chicago, Jamie Hayes’ interests lie at the intersection of fashion, art, labor, and identity. Her approach is both collaborative and customized. She believes that clothes should fit one’s body (not the other way around); that style is a form of self-expression; and that everyone in the chain of production of clothing should be paid a living wage. She is the owner and designer of slow fashion line Production Mode, and also co-designs a collection of luxury slow fashion lingerie and nightwear, Department of Curiosities.
Hoda Katebi (Writer/Activist/Influencer) Hoda Katebi is the Iranian-American voice behind political fashion publication JooJoo Azad, the host of international podcast and radical reading movement #BecauseWeveRead, and founding member of the all-women immigrant and refugee clothing manufacturing co-op Blue Tin Production.
Jonit Bookheim (Mata Traders) https://www.matatraders.com/ Jonit Bookheim is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Mata Traders, a pioneering ethical fashion label celebrating its 12 years in business. After graduating college, Jonit took the first of many trips to India with her friends Michelle and Maureen, Mata’s co-founders. Since then, she’s played an integral role in transforming a DIY-style, grassroots fashion line into a globally recognized, fair trade business making a real impact on poverty and gender equality. She credits her knowledge of ethical sourcing, design, and production techniques to time spent working directly with artisan co-ops and the fair trade community.
Anna Brown (Apparel Designer and Owner of Anna Brown) Anna Brown is an independent apparel designer in Chicago who brings a background in art history and comparative literature to her design work. Her collection research interests include historical menswear and workwear, twentieth century art and design, and the built environment and its interaction with nature. She was a designer in residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street from 2014 to 2017. Her collection is produced and sold in her studio showroom in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
Holly Greenhagen or Andrea Dennis (Chicago Fair Trade Coalition)