Study Hall x Central Saint Martins
On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Slow Factory will host “Sustainability as a Culture”, the fourth in its critically-acclaimed conference series Study Hall. Hot on the heels of a successful partnership with the United Nations in February, the first international edition will be held in London UK at Central Saint-Martins college of art and design, in collaboration with Fashion Revolution. The event takes place during Fashion Revolution Week, on the 6th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse.
As with previous Study Hall events, Study Hall x Central Saint Martinswill gather leading industry experts in fashion and textile manufacturing, paired with cultural influencers, academics, activists and artists. Study Hall continues to be among the most culturally diverse events of its kind, this time exploring the central theme of “Sustainability as a Culture”, exploring themes of racial justice, responsible sourcing and manufacturing, circularity, and authenticity in design. Study Hall x Central Saint-Martins is powered by G-Star Raw, adidas, and Calik Denim, Youtube.
Slow Factory is a research center and design lab focused on circularity and sustainable design in the fashion industry and beyond. This means encouraging sustainably sourced materials and processes by creating product collaborations with brands and manufacturers, and creating tangible solutions to turning waste into new materials in a closed loop model. Slow Factory is co-founded by Céline Semaan, an MIT Media Lab Director’s fellow whose work in sustainability has been widely impactful, and her partner, entrepreneur Colin Vernon, who has built innovative digital and hardware products as a former CTO of Medium, and littleBits. Slow Factory has partnered with The Bear Scouts’ Dio Kurazawa in a new venture to create strategic partnerships leveraging new technologies to concretely achieve a circular industry.
The Library Study Hall is Slow Factory’s non-profit initiative that promotes practices that are “Good for the Earth, Good for the People”, by creating events and collaborations with the following goals:
Provide a platform to highlight success stories related to fashion, racial justice, cultural appropriation, sustainability, innovation, and technology;
Share knowledge, tools and platforms related to U.N. Sustainable Development Goals;
Map out opportunities for action and collaboration for civil society and industry leaders and mobilize new connections and partnerships related to sustainable fashion.