In the world of fashion, designers must progress or risk becoming irrelevant. But Sustainatopia is challenging the entire industry to innovate from the inside out. Leading the charge is John Rosser, South Florida resident and founder of Sustainatopia and its Ethical Fashion & Sustainable Design Summit, a conference that offers solutions to reduce the environmental and social impact of the business of chic.
“We are creating an event that can educate and help businesses that are trying to make money and do the right thing,” says Rosser.
As the fifth Sustainatopia returns to Miami Beach from April 16 to 22, a new highlight is the inaugural Ethical Fashion & Sustainable Design Summit, two days of panels, as well as an awards and fashion show. The summit addresses sustainable practices for fashion-industry players, differentiating between eco-fashion—the practice of minimizing a waste footprint—and ethical fashion, a company’s consideration of fair treatment.
Behind the seams stands a host of eco-fashion’s leaders, a passionate advisory board including architect Chad Oppenheim, and recognized environmentalists, like Victoria’s Secret model Amber Arbucci, this year’s awards ceremony honoree. Previously, Sustainatopia has attracted eco-conscious powerhouses Donna Karan and Selita Ebanks.