Please join us for light refreshments and a critical discussion about fast fashion, slow fashion and how Vinnies can collaborate with the design industry to explore emerging business opportunities and challenges in the second-hand clothes market and circular economy.
Vinnies takes its ‘repurpose with purpose’ motto seriously – every year our shops redirect millions of tonnes of clothes away from landfill, and Vinnies Shops help fund our welfare programs that last year assisted 326,390 vulnerable Victorians.
And while the fashion business remains a major contributor to greenhouse gases and pollution, many designers and industry specialists are working hard to change it – we will hear from RMIT sustainability experts about latest developments. Vinnies Victoria is proud to be part of the solution and our CEO Sue Cattermole is passionate about the environmental and social benefits of our work – and proud of the successful social enterprise model that underpins it all. As the second-hand clothes market is predicted to grow rapidly, we are determined to cement our place near the top of the circular economy.
The panel will explore how a garment has two, three or four lives, and why it’s incumbent upon consumers, designers and Vinnies to always keep a garment’s final destination in mind.
Slow stylist Jenna Flood will also dress a number of mannequins around the room from Vinnies’ stock and talk briefly about her approach to curating an enduring wardrobe from sustainable sources.
Talking with Sue Cattermole will be panellists Jeff Antcliff, Vinnies Victoria Retail GM; Kate Sala, RMIT design lecturer who has also worked with sustainable brands such as Honest By; Tamzin Rollason, RMIT PhD researcher looking at sustainable dressing, and Lois McGruer-Fraser from fashion house Lois Hazel, who will talk about the issues from a designer’s point of view.