Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week to debut revamped fall edition in Seattle

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      Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week is officially crossing borders for its 11th edition.

      Billed as the world’s largest sustainable fashion event, the homegrown affair—now in its seventh year—will be conducting a set of fall shows in Seattle from this Tuesday (November 1) to November 4. The occasion marks the first time that Eco Fashion Week will be presenting collections for the spring/summer season since 2012.

      Myriam Laroche, founder of Eco Fashion Week, hopes that the move will further increase awareness of the “slow fashion” movement while establishing the event on an international stage.

      Speaking to the Straight by phone, she explains that the show’s producer, Nancy Bouchard, and longtime partner, Value Village, are both based in the Seattle area, so the city made sense as a site for growth. “I think Seattle and Vancouver complement each other very well,” she says. “They’re like sister cities.”

      The four-day exhibition will feature presentations from 14 designers from around the globe, including Vancouver’s Nicole Bridger and Rimpy Sahota.

      The 81-Pound Challenge, one of Eco Fashion Week’s signature shows, has also been rebranded for this edition. Now known as Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1, the event will see 10 designers and stylists from the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver’s Jason Pillay, craft “mini collections” using 8.1 pounds of secondhand textiles each.

      The number 8.1 represents a statistic provided by Value Village, which reveals that one North American, on average, tosses 81 pounds of textiles every year.

      Like seasons past, Seattle’s Eco Fashion Week will also feature Collective Conversation, a forum for both industry experts and the public where viable ways in which the garment industry can operate on a more ethical and sustainable level may be discussed.

      Although the locale may be different for this edition, Laroche maintains that the goal of Eco Fashion Week remains the same. “I want people to be inspired and ready to take action toward a more responsible way of wearing clothes or manufacturing clothes,” she says.

      Eco Fashion Week will return to Vancouver for its spring edition in April 2017.

      For more information about Eco Fashion Week, click here.

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