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New Threads: Slow Fashion Panel Discussion
22 November 2019 Free
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Slow Fashion Panel Discussion with By Rotation and Mayamiko
With the growing concerns about how fast fashion is negatively impacting the environment, more and more people are turning to eco and sustainable fashion. But what makes a brand sustainable? What exactly is slow fashion? We’ll be discussing these questions and more at ONCA gallery.
We will be joined by Eshita Kabra-Davies who is the founder of By Rotation, the UK’s first peer-to-peer fashion rental app, and Paola Masperi, founder of Mayamiko, an ethical and sustainable women’s wear and lifestyle brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, made in Malawi.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Inspired by a love for fashion that doesn’t weigh on her conscience and with an approach grounded in practicality over indulgence, Eshita founded By Rotation as a side hustle in April 2019. Having travelled to her motherland Rajasthan, India for her honeymoon and witnessed the first-hand effects of textile waste, Eshita felt compelled to change, and bring about change. As an investment professional with over 6 years of experience, she combines her commercial experience with her passion for fashion and graphic design.
A “third culture kid”, Eshita is especially focused on creating a conscious and inclusive community that democratises fashion and does not harm the planet.
Paola Masperi is the founder of pioneering women empowerment charity Mayamiko Trust and lifestyle brand Mayamiko The Label. With a background in International Development and Digital Innovation, Paola has a a passion for crafts, traditions and the stories they tell about the people behind the product, their relationship with each other and their natural environment, which comes from growing up in Italy surrounded by a strong culture of traditions, combined with a strong sense of curiosity about the future. She started Mayamiko Trust after working on several projects with women across a number of African countries, and the Label followed a few years later as a way to create dignified, creative and sustainable employment for women. The label now works with women’s initiatives across different countries such as SriLanka, Peru, Afghanistan and Italy.
An award winner for sustainability leadership, alongside Stella McCarney, Raeburn, Bottletops and others, Paola is always searching for collaborative ways to create responsibly, and ensure that her work has a positive impact along the entire supply chain by actively protecting the environment and creating safe, sustainable and creative jobs for women, as well as remaining leaders in innovation and sustainability.
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