After years of working in the fashion industry, we realized what a destructive impact the clothing and textile industry can have on communities, environments and economies around the world, so we committed ourselves to researching and promoting sustainable design as a solution.
The information on sustainability that is currently available can be confusing, misleading and incomplete. Our mission is to build the centralized resource and standardized vocabulary for sustainable design that doesn't yet exist in in fashion and textiles.
Press Coverage to Date:
Ecofabulous: "Raising Money for Sustainable Design Education"
Treehugger: "Announcing GUILDED, A New School for Sustainable Design in New York"
Ecouterre: "Interview: Bahar Shahpar and Tara St James Talk Sustainable Design Education at GUILDED"
Ecosalon: "GUILDED's go-go girls"
We've written a curriculum of Sustainable Design Fundamentals that will be offered as seminars in our studio in downtown NYC, but also (and more importantly) as a series of online interactive webinars that will be accessible to people around the world.
Ultimately this isn't just about us, this is about an entire community of dedicate people who want to learn.
To give you an idea of the ground we'll cover, here are the class titles for our
101 Series: Sustainable Design Fundamentals
Fair Trade & Labor: How Important Are They in the Big Picture?
Producing in New York City: Is It Still Possible?
Dyeing Decisions: Is Any Dye Process Sustainable?
Custom Textile Development: If You Can't Find It...Make It!
Zero Waste Design: Does It Really Make a Difference?
Local Production: Building Efficient Supply Chains
China: What's the Big Deal?
Brand Positioning: Telling the Story of Sustainability
We have the information creative professionals need, and we believe the best way to get it out there is to build an entirely new platform for professional education. With GUILDED, we're creating customized learning modules and immersion training for entrepreneurs, designers and corporate teams.
What We Need & What You Get
What we actually need is $40,000 (but our campaign is for $15,000 because it is the bare minimum necessary to launch our education program in the Fall). Here's where the money will go:
- furniture for the classrooms
- technology tools (i.e., projector, screen)
- web development to build an interactive classroom for remote seminars
producing community education events
- statistical analysis and market research
- designer surveys and beta testing with industry experts
- creating seasonal trend reports
- production for first series of video seminars teaching (101 Series: Sustainable Design Fundamentals)
- editing and post-production
We want to do this right, not halfway or "good enough". The fashion industry needs a wake-up call, but it won't pay attention unless the education we're offering is meticulously packaged and well-presented. It IS the fashion industry, after all! And we're doing this all on our own, no other funding, so the more money we raise, the more professionals we can reach.
Other Ways You Can Help
GUILDED is committed to social and environmental leadership, but we need your leadership as well! Help us share our mission by passing this on to your friends, writing about it on your blogs, connecting through Facebook and Twitter, and by coming to our seminars and workshops right here at the studio.
For more information, visit our website here.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORSEcosystem, Spoken Glass, A Perfume Organic, Blades Natural Beauty, Source4Style, Spa St James (Montreal) Apotheke (NY), The Fat Radish (NY)
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS...
To our amazing interns for their enthusiastic editing and megaphone-making...to our patient families for their endless support...to our community for giving us the space to grow into the leaders we are...to Oliver for #winning (a huge trophy)...and to dark chocolate for bringing us back from the edge of insanity.
Team on This Campaign:
Tara St James
Stefanie Iris Weiss
Travel Warrior and Wordsmith
Architect of Artisanship
Regulator of Radness
Cheerleader for Change