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'New2U' Runway Show/Fundraiser to Feature Sustainable Fashion

Nov 02, 2021 08:20AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
A runway show sponsored by SouthBayCares will feature "slow" fashion - gently used and sustainable clothing - and raise funds for two local nonprofits.

The "New2U" event will be held at El Camp in El Segundo on Sunday, November 7, from noon until 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the runway show, the event will feature speakers, raffle prizes, a DJ, a sale of vintage and gently used apparel, plus styling tips on moving toward a more sustainable wardrobe. 

Tickets are $10 per person (students with ID are free). A majority of proceeds will go to the League of Women Voters and Sew Swag, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms damaged and donated apparel into fashionable outfits for the homeless population in the greater Los Angeles area.

At the event, Daisy Hutton, co-founder of The Fixx Collective will speak about practical steps to take to develop a stylish, sustainable wardrobe. She brings years of fashion industry experience and passion for the environment together in her approach to the art of fashion.

Additionally, Dillon Eisman, founder of Sew Swag, will speak about his journey founding Sew Swag. Sew Swag aims to provide the clothing and dignity necessary for those in-need to begin the transition off the streets. Through partnerships with other non-profits and shelters, Sew Swag has had a wide range of impact across Southern California.

Changing The Fashion Industry

According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the fashion industry, including the production of all clothes that people wear, contributes to around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions due to its long supply chains and energy intensive production.  The industry consumes more energy than the aviation and shipping industry combined. Approximately 85% of clothing and textile waste ends up in landfills, or is incinerated, when many of those items could be reused.

The price tag to the environment and developing countries of the current fast fashion business model is becoming more widely recognized, and there has been a growing movement to make more environmentally conscious and humane choices for purchase - from the materials we use to how clothes are produced and the ways we shop.

Sunday's event will aim to highlight some of the change-makers in the industry, and provide useful resources for shifting consumers' fashion mindset to a more sustainable direction.

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