There is no limit to human ingenuity and creative thought. This is especially evident in the always-innovative, always-evolving fashion industry.
Bringing in $300 billion a year in revenue, one might wonder what it takes to make it so successful. As it turns out, quite a lot: the resources of healthy ecosystems — fresh water, clean air, robust biodiversity, productive land — and the stability of just societies. So as the third most environmentally damaging industry in the world, one might also wonder what its fashion leaders are doing to promote the kind of sustainability necessary for their long-term viability. Well, Myriam Laroche did too.
Celebrating her 8th season as founder of Eco Fashion Week (EFW), Myriam and her team are informing and inspiring the fashion-conscious, and sustainable-minded, alike, in a way that harmonizes beauty and the environment. After all, innovation in fashion — the future of chic — is inextricably linked to innovation in, well, sustainability.
Through our speaker seminars, industry panels, and, of course, our dynamic, collaborative, and award winning fashion shows, we invite you to provoke and perpetuate our collective desire for a thriving world. Eco Fashion Week mission is to educate the Apparel and Textile industry on how to shift towards more healthy ways to design, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their products. EFW also informs and educate the consumer on how to buy, use and dispose of the clothes & accessories in an ethical manner by incorporating a non-patronizing education aspect into each brand.
We promise you won’t be alone: global VIP guests, buyers, designers, stylists, photographers, and media, attending EFW, it’s no wonder we’ve ditched the hippie stigmas and sartorial visions of sustainability and fashion, left, right, and centre stage. So if you’re looking for granola and hemp, you’ll have to check the snack bar.
We fully embody the values and aesthetics of Eco Fashion Week’s mission: present the industry with sustainable innovations in fashion, and build the capacity within our audience to ensure that consumer values, intentions, and actions, are always aligned.
We are a diverse group of artists, designers, producers, thinkers, strategists, and visionaries; and together, we are global citizens who believe that true style, and a commitment to making the world a better place, are by no means mutually exclusive. Alas, we are also pragmatists; we realize that perfection doesn't exist. There are still so many questions and not enough answers.
So, we look to collaborate with organizations, brands, or designers who encourage people to examine, explore, and question the world around them, in an accessible, engaging way. It’s through this multi-disciplinary approach to fashion we form the essence of Eco Fashion Week’s value system. Integrity is the core of our being; our team intrinsically believes, that by educating, supporting, and promoting sustainability, from process to product – sourcing, design, production, distribution, purchase, and use – we can create a space that transforms personal responsibility to global change.
Nancy is a natural-born producer, alongside with Founder Myriam Laroche, launched Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver, BC in 2010. Together they have developed and optimized a sustainable plan partnering in making Vancouver the greenest city in the world in 2020.
Let’s just say that Carly does a little bit of everything! She works with the production company to ensure the set up of the event, booking support companies such as radio, security and tenting, sponsorship support, front of house; basically guiding the general flow of the event.
Graphic & Web Designer
Mika Senda is a Graphic Designer living and working Vancouver, BC. She has been responsible of managing the website, print design and creating new EFW branding for each new edition since Edition 03. www.mikasenda.com