Fair Fashion: Profitability and Sustainability
Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
A $2.5T industry, fashion is the 2nd largest user of water and 2nd highest polluter, contributing 10% of carbon emissions. Globally, one in six people work in apparel and women represent 80% of the supply chain. While this scale and global integration propel fashion to a top rank on any impact index, it is its nature of constant reinvention that also becomes its opportunity for rapid reevaluation and transformation.
Learn how to move company initiatives beyond CSR, and embed sustainable business practices across internal functions. Hear examples of efforts at revaluing ecosystems, and promoting economic and social well-being require market-based solutions reconciled to the bottom line.
VP of GCU New York & Dir of The Fair Fashion Ctr
Glasgow Caledonian University New York
Cara Smyth is Vice President of Glasgow Caledonian University New York (GCU) and founding Director of The Fair Fashion Center. An executive GCU board member, Ms. Smyth is responsible for establish...Show the rest
Cara Smyth is Vice President of Glasgow Caledonian University New York (GCU) and founding Director of The Fair Fashion Center. An executive GCU board member, Ms. Smyth is responsible for establishing the University’s New York campus and instilling its mission “For the Common Good” in all of its programs and initiatives.
Recognizing the integrated issues facing both the fashion industry and the world, Ms. Smyth leveraged her extensive apparel industry expertise to launch The Fair Fashion Center (FFC). The first of its kind, the FFC is proving the business case for sustainability in the apparel and accessories industry. Closely aligned with industry leaders, the work combines economic value creation with environmental stewardship, social inclusion, and sound ethics.
A veteran in retail and wholesale business, Ms. Smyth joined the school from an illustrious career of management, brand building and global scaling. She is the former CEO of Menichetti International, where she provided strategic business management to both the brand and the company’s other consultancies, including a diverse range of fashion and manufacturing firms. She also served as Director at Burberry Posen, President of Jil Sander, and began her career at Hugo Boss.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Smyth has long been a multi-lingual global citizen, having lived all over the world during her career in luxury fashion. In her role bridging the industry, academia and a sustainable future, she now serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council for Luxury and Apparel, is a board member of Sing For Hope, and a Carnegie Council Fellow. She serves as a mentor for Three-Dot-Dash, an organization that provides leadership to exemplary teens, and the 92Y Fashion Fellows Program.Hide the rest
Fair Fashion Center
FRANK ZAMBRELLI was headed for medical school when an unexpected trip to Milan Fashion Week radically altered his plans. Heading instead to the Fashion Institute of Technology, he graduated with a...Show the rest
FRANK ZAMBRELLI was headed for medical school when an unexpected trip to Milan Fashion Week radically altered his plans. Heading instead to the Fashion Institute of Technology, he graduated with a dream job at Chanel, alternating his time between Paris and New York. John Varvatos, then at Cole Haan, gave him his next big break, the opportunity to further develop his craft in Europe. His tenure led him to Coach and the successful launch of the venerable firm’s foray into new businesses.
In 2003, he launched the design firm Banfi Zambrelli in New York and Florence, partnering with renown Italian designer Silvano Banfi. The firm, a comprehensive design, sourcing and branding practice, traverses the world of luxury, spanning footwear, handbags, fragrance, jewelry, packaging, and industrial design.
Frank has lent his support to fashion-related academia for over a decade and began advising the Fair Fashion Center at Glasgow Caledonian University New York in 2013. He is also the three-term Chairman of the Accessories Council and a regular commentator in print, digital and broadcast media.Hide the rest