Ethical Fashion Academy Launches Luxury Retail Seminar in NYC's Exclusive SOHO Shopping District

Inspired by a quest to understand true luxury in one of the world's most exclusive shopping districts, the Ethical Fashion Academy will be hosting a guided three hour seminar throughout SOHO in New York City this coming Sunday, May 4th from 12:30-3:30 pm.

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Ethical designers are equipped to assess the impact of their decisions in a positive or negative way. Understanding and implementing practices of quality and respect for craft are key for the luxury designer to thrive. - Carmen Artigas

New York City, NY (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

The Ethical Fashion Academy is founded on the belief that the consequences of design, sourcing, and manufacturing decisions made by fashion houses are a crucial component of true luxury. The New York based academy is an educational platform dedicated to the notion that the future of fashion design goes beyond style and function.

Inspired by a quest to explore concepts of true luxury in one of the world's most exclusive shopping districts, the Ethical Fashion Academy will be hosting a guided three hour tour throughout SOHO in New York City this coming Sunday, May 4th from 12:30-3:30 pm.

"Ethical designers are equipped to assess the impact of their decisions in a positive or negative way. Understanding and implementing practices of quality and respect for craft are key for the luxury designer to thrive." Carmen Artigas

The hands-on "walk & talk" seminar will delve into an in-depth analysis of sustainable luxury design, branding, and marketing in the retail landscape. The seminar will cover over 20 retail designer and independent boutiques of apparel, home, and lifestyle products. Intended for both designers and consumers, attendees will learn to recognize emerging patterns towards craft, artisanship, and sustainability within a luxury retail landscape.

Led by ethical fashion pioneer and originator of the ethical fashion curriculum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design, Carmen Artigas is an industry leader, consultant, and frequent guest speaker in the topic of sustainable and ethical design.

Interested participants can sign up at http://www.ethicalfashionacademy.com/nyc-sustainable-trends-tour.html.

The Ethical Fashion Academy is dedicated to inspiring designers and consumers to make conscious lifestyle choices. Founded by Francisca Pineda, an award winning fashion designer with over 15 years of experience designing apparel and accessories in New York City. She is currently the creative director for luxury, artisan crafted accessory brand BHAVA, utilizing cruelty free, organic and recycled components. 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.

Carmen Artigas has worked in fashion for almost 20 years, most recently in sustainable fashion consulting, designing, and sourcing. Carmen has a background in apparel, accessories, and product design. Her work in India with artisan communities, certified organic cotton, and natural dyes in 1999 exposed her to the challenges of developing sustainable products. She is currently teaching Ethical Fashion at FIT, and has developed curriculum for Parsons and Pratt in New York, and consults with firms and emerging designers. As an an advocate for craftsmanship and endangered crafts, she believes in the need to reevaluate the human and environmental cost of a product and to redefine “made-in and made-by”.


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