GCU New York Hosts A Conversation with Kate Black and Jennifer Gilbert

05 February 2016

GCU New York this week hosted a conversation about how the fashion industry is reinventing its waste. The conversation, part of the ongoing Fair Fashion Center Town Hall series, was led by Jennifer Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer of I:CO, and featured Kate Black, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Magnifeco.com. 

Black, an entrepreneur, author and eco-fashionista, shared her global perspective of fashion and the value of bringing ethics into the industry and consumers’ lives. She highlighted the mission of Magnifeco.com, a place where ethics meets aesthetics and is dedicated to bringing together ethical designers and conscious consumers from all corners of the globe.

The evening began with presentations given by Black and Gilbert on topics ranging from the current landscape and growth of ethical fashion to turning waste into worth. They highlighted how the fashion industry is transforming by implementing sustainable and environmentally responsible practices while also emphasising the impact consumers can make.

“Glasgow Caledonian University through its Fair Fashion Center is bringing much needed awareness to the many ways companies are proving the business case for sustainability,” said Jennifer Gilbert.

“We are grateful for the opportunity tonight to bring to light the challenge of textile waste and how I:CO is making strides to keep these items in an everlasting life cycle and turning waste into worth.”

Cara Smyth, Vice President of GCU New York, said:  “We were pleased to welcome Kate Black and Jennifer Gilbert for a discussion about end of use. As a focus area of the Fair Fashion Center, we appreciate that innovation is critical to creating new pathways for used garments and textiles.  Both Kate and Jennifer are doing a terrific job in heightening consumer awareness and examining scalable solutions.”

“I am pleased to join Jennifer Gilbert, along with GCU New York and the Fair Fashion Center, to pursue our unified goal of reinforcing the value of a more ethical industry and eco-conscious consumer” said Kate Black. “Both are crucial foundations to ensure that we, as producers and buyers, make responsible choices to live in a more sustainable world.”

The evening culminated with Black and Gilbert sharing their views on the future of ethical fashion, and their plans to continue to innovate and lead in this industry while simultaneously making a positive impact and change for the common good.

GCU’s Town Hall series gathers a range of leaders from various industries and organisations to offer different perspectives on sustainable development and help identify new solutions for the apparel industry and beyond. The driving force of the series is to unite academics and professionals with industry experts to facilitate new learning incorporating profitability with ethical, environmental, and social considerations.