Fashion Design Q&A This Thursday June 27

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Meet NYC fashion designers Swati Argade, of sustainable apparel line Bhoomki, Natalie Frigo of luxury jewelry line by/Natalie Frigo, and Francisca Pineda of vegan shoe brand Bhava, Thursday, June 27, at Bhoomki boutique in Park Slope.

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The Who, What, Why, and Where of consumer goods is an increasingly hot topic.

Fashion Design Q&A this Thursday June 27 at Bhoomki in Park Slope. Meet designers Swati Argade, of sustainable apparel line Bhoomki, Natalie Frigo of luxury jewelry line by/Natalie Frigo, and Francisca Pineda of vegan shoe brand Bhava.

Summer has officially hit the city, and with the excitement of a new season comes the lure of getting a few new summer staples. However, with every new reason to shop comes the guilt, and the questions. The who, what, why, and where of consumer goods is an increasingly hot topic. Fortunately, Thursday June 27th, consumers will have the opportunity to have all their questions answered by apparel, footwear, and jewelry designers at Bhoomki boutique in Park Slope. The event is open and free to the public and will take place from 6-8 p.m. at 158 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11217. To attend RSVP at

For these designers, being ethical starts with sourcing from suppliers who share a commitment to sustainable manufacturing. This can mean supporting organic farmers, natural dyes based from Ayurvedic principles, traditional arts like hand weaving, and sourcing recycled and reclaimed components. Each designer's commitment to ethical fashion is very personal.

BHAVA is a women's fashion shoe brand founded by designers Francisca Pineda and Rushali Sanghani. Bhava is named after the designers' shared devotion to purity and consideration for others, the highest form of Bhava. This collection sets a new standard in footwear design by sourcing the highest quality hand-woven, organic, recycled and cruelty free components.  The Bhava aesthetic represents timeless elegance with a dose of ingénue charm.  "Our mission is to create a harmonious footwear experience,  as in tune with our environment as our spirit."

Natalie Frigo's passion is creating unique, heirloom jewelry that treasures the extraordinary beauty in every client. Sculpting all of the designs by hand in her lower Manhattan studio, Natalie personally attends to each detail using the ancient practices of metal smithing and 'cire perdue' (also known as lost-wax casting). The organic forms are then hand cast and finished using only recycled metals and personally selected, ethically sourced gemstones. All work, every step of the way, is done in New York City. Natalie's inspiration ranges from early metallurgy and textile design to recent architectural developments, culminating in a collection that is contemporary, but by referencing venerable artifacts, also feels timeless.

Swati Argade, Owner and CEO of Bhoomki, creates clothing collections made from sustainable fabrics, which support artisan livelihoods around the world. In 2003, Swati launched her eponymous womenswear line, selling to specialty boutiques across the United States, Europe and India. Her collections are known for incorporating handmade fabrics with classic and tailored silhouettes. In 2011, Swati opened Bhoomki Boutique in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Bhoomki carries clothing and accessory brands dedicated to environmental and/or social responsibility, including its in-house line designed by Swati.

The Bhoomki label sources and partners with fair-trade certified manufacturers who responsibly support traditional crafts like block printing, hand weaving, embroidery, and dyeing. It produces bimonthly, focused, capsule collections that not only support artisan communities in places like India, Indonesia and West Africa, but also producers of organic, recycled and low carbon footprint fabrics. Currently, Bhoomki proudly cuts and sews its clothing locally in NYC's Garment Center.

Francisca Pineda is an award winning fashion designer with over 15 years of experience designing apparel and accessories for New York's top brands. She is currently the creative director for luxury accessory brand BHAVA. An advocate for ethical practices in the industry, she started the Ethical Fashion Academy in 2012, a community focused initiative that organizes eco-fashion events in New York City and a yearly hands-on Fashion Workshop in Costa Rica. She will be speaking at this year's Sustainable Fashion Beauty & Health Symposium FIT.

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