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Conscious Fashion Campaign: New York announces ten women-led honoree organizations

By Kristopher Fraser


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The Conscious Fashion Campaign, an initiative of the Fashion Impact Fund in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the PVBLIC Foundation, has named the women social entrepreneurs working in fashion that will appear in the billboard campaign during New York Fashion Week in February 2022. The Conscious Fashion Campaign spotlights women entrepreneurs in the fashion industry driving social and environmental impact by showcasing their work in billboards and digital campaigns. With women receiving only 25 percent of news features globally according to the 6th Global Media Monitoring Project, the campaign aims to increase media representation of women social entrepreneurs transforming fashion to scale their impact in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign amplifies the visibility of fashion-focused women social entrepreneurs. Many of these female entrepreneurs focus on marginalized populations harmed by the unsustainable practices of the fashion industry. Conscious Fashion Campaign: New York is the first edition of the program and received over 100 applications from 25 countries.

The campaign is a key initiative of the Fashion Impact Fund which supports women entrepreneurs leading educational initiatives to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition to an equitable, inclusive, and regenerative sector; with a focus on knowledge, media, and skill-based learning programs. Through visibility in media advertisements on some of the most highly trafficked locations in New York City including Times Square, the Conscious Fashion Campaign will provide exposure for these select entrepreneurs to amplify their sustainable solutions from February 11-16, 2022. The women and their respective organizations were selected by the Advisory Committee based on factors including supporting the advancement of at least one Sustainable Development Goal, the innovations, solutions, or sustainable business practices they have implemented to support social, environmental, and/or economic impact within the industry, and their contribution as a driving force for sustainable development in the fashion ecosystem.

The recipients of the first annual Conscious Fashion Campaign are Abhilasha Bahuguna, co-founder of Looms of Ladakh, Ayesha Barenblat, founder and CEO of re/make, Stephanie Benedetto, co-founder and CEO of Queen of Raw, Mariama Camara, founder and CEO of MARIAMA FASHION PRODUCTION, Hilary Jochmans, founder of PoliticallyInFashion, Anyango Mpinga, founder of Free As A Human Foundation, Ngozi Okaro, executive director of Custom Collaborative, Cyndi Rhoades, founder of Worn Again Technologie, Jessica Schreiber, founder and CEO of FABSCRAP, and Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, co-founders of Fashion Revolution.

In a statement, Kerry Bannigan, executive director of the Fashion Impact Fund said, “The Conscious Fashion Campaign: New York honorees show us that the solutions, systems, and strategies are available to transition the fashion industry to an equitable, inclusive and regenerative sector. It is critical to amplify the visibility of women social entrepreneurs transforming fashion as they represent collective insight into what is possible for transformational sector change.”

In a statement, Sergio Fernández de Córdova, executive chairman of PVBLIC Foundation, said, “We are honored to support the showcase of these trailblazing women who are changing the face of fashion. Our Conscious Fashion Campaign: New York partnership illustrates the important role of media in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and its ability to empower the diverse voices of women social entrepreneurs transforming fashion.”

“We are proud to join the Conscious Fashion Campaign in amplifying the work of these inspiring women social entrepreneurs. They challenge the status quo, bring about positive change, and carry out the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals”, said Lucie Brigham, chief of office of the UN Office for Partnerships, in a statement.

Custom Collaborative
Fashion Impact Fund
Fashion revolution
Free as a Human
Looms of Ladakh
Queen of Raw
Worn Again Technologies