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When it comes to sustainability at your brand: There’s a gap between those who know and those who want to - and even need to - know. All the work you put into your sustainability strategy and initiatives in the back of the house, will get lost in translation if your front of the house is not fully tuned in, aware, and knowledgeable. I’ve seen way too many sustainability initiatives and product collections be incorrectly explained or sold when it comes to the final customer transaction (in person, or online). Don’t let this happen.
Give me 60 seconds, I'll give you tips, insights, suggestions, definitions and more. Here are three foundational words you need to know when talking about and learning to understand sustainability. If I told you here, you might not watch the video :) Understand sustainability better and prepare yourself for the new economy that is being created as we speak. Better for people, better for the planet.
There’s been a buzz around the action sports & lifestyle industry for a while now about what Brian Garofalow, or “BG” as he’s best known, has been doing over at Igloo. The iconic brand has enjoyed renewed energy and success, especially at lower price points where the classic Playmate model has seen explosive growth through strong collaborations with well-known licensing partners like Disney, Nickelodeon, Andy Davis, Independent and more.
With so much uncertainty around fashion and the retail landscape, Fast FWD has enlisted Meg DeCubellis, a professor of Fashion Design at The Rhode Island School of Design and Rich Stein, CEO of Digitize Your Brand to discuss the future of physical retail, and how fashion designers and business leaders can build shopping experiences for a post-COVID-19 future.
A letter to brands, entrepreneurs, influencers, and more who are contemplating and implementing your recovery. We can't take our attention away from the social and environmental impacts that our products have; we've made so much progress. Let's move forward, not backwards. Get your team up to speed with sustainability knowledge so they can help drive your programs forward effectively. Best wishes, and good luck as you navigate yours!
Got questions related to sustainability, triple bottom line, careers, brand building, and conscious capitalism? I'll do my best to answer them. Whether about product, your career track, purchasing decisions, or more - send 'em over! This episode's inquiry: "I am extremely interested in learning about your career within sustainability and how you navigated your career post-grad. Any insight would be greatly appreciated."
What should you be looking for in corporate sustainability messaging (and commitments) from your favorite brands? What can give you confidence that a fashion brand isn’t greenwashing their messages, or dangling mediocre marketing claims of “eco- this”, or “eco-that” in front of you to win your loyalty?
In this video, we'll take a high-level look at the foundational concept of understanding the stages of a product’s life cycle - from its birth to its death or from cradle to grave - in order to better assess a brand/product’s sustainability story. This lesson is specific to apparel but mimics many products that we interact with every day. I touch on a few key concepts that you should learn more about and add to your sustainability lexicon.
Are you a student interested in a sustainability career, but find yourself a better fit in the business world than you do in the conservation world? Want to chase a career dream? Take it from a professional - Derek Sabori offers some thoughts and advice on careers in sustainability and the benefits of working with a brand and taking career risks when you're young
Entrepreneurship is a major theme today, but let’s face facts: Only a small percentage of people will succeed. What does it take to separate yourself from the pack; conversely, what are pitfalls to avoid? With insight from Gary Vaynerchuk, Karen Civil, Chris "Drama" Pfaff, and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, this panel explores how to make it on your own from individuals who have done it firsthand.
No one exists in silos—rapid cultural and technological changes in every medium have made convergence crucial to survival. Rich Antoniello, Hype Williams, Steve Stoute, Iddris Sandu, and Ronnie Fieg are leaders in their individual industries who remain innovative by knowing when and how to combine forces for cultural advancement.
Tobias Reiss Schmidt’s vision for Timex Group is focused on the consumer – dedicated to understanding the needs and wants of different segments and speaking to each in a relevant and engaging way. As a result, he has implemented narrowly focused brand teams and initiated the development of segmented product & marketing strategies. Additionally, he is increasing the focus on leveraging the Group’s strong watchmaking know how and manufacturing infrastructure and on driving product innovation and speed to market. Tobias fortunately shared his knowledge about creating relevance with today’s consumer.
Hydro Flask began as a fast-paced outdoor startup driven by tech-minded leaders. With key hires integrating the right mix of brand expertise and retail sales strategy, combined with the tech-based mentality of building an agile and intelligent workforce, the company skyrocketed into the market leader in the sports and outdoor marketplace for hydration.
Roark is a return to bold adventurism through the eyes of an idealized character. The brand follows Roark and his seasonal travels, weaving his story into a timeless line of t-shirts, well-worn apparel and trinkets. Each collection is inspired by the destinations images, thoughts, people, trinkets and local textiles that are collected along the course of Roark’s seasonal trip.
The original wood sunglasses. Shwood’s in-house manufacturing process merges precision technology with classic skilled craftsmanship to create a timeless art form. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing is conducted in our own Portland-based workshop to promise entirely handcrafted and unique wood sunglass frames. Wood manipulation is kept to a minimum in order to showcase the medium’s natural and unique splendor.
Inspired by all bodies of water and our love for art, Slowtide is a collaboration of three friends who wanted to convey their lifestyle through unique products. We've dyed fabrics, mixed paints, manipulated pixels, collaborated with artists and photographers to create Slowtide. Based in Hawaii and California, Slowtide is a melting pot of the minds and ties together our sentiment for the water and art.
BIG DICK’S HARDWARE is the brainchild of SLICK, a streetwear veteran. We wanted something a bit different from your basic “cool guy” shop. Buying paint from art/craft shops was even more awkward. Under the guise of your grandfather’s favorite hardware shop, we bring you a very different shopping experience. 50’s style themed uniforms on our helpful staff with elevator music and graffiti videos 24/7.
STANCE is dedicated to the spirit of individuality with a design philosophy that believes in expression and function. Expression that creates an emotional visual connection and function that also provides comfort and performance. The outward facing personality of the brand and our products are the creative and artistic stories that go into every single product we make.
Incase creates products to protect the technology that is essential to our lives. Designed to meet the needs of individuals across all interests, professions and passions, Incase products promote design simplicity while offering intuitive functionality and increased mobility for an enhanced user experience.
Native Shoes was established in Vancouver, Canada in 2009 with a vision to create 'Future Classics' by combining iconic, casual silhouettes with the best of evolving technology. The result is lightweight, future forward shoes for men, women and children. Distributed in more than 45 countries, Native makes innovative, creative, and, above all, lite products.
Poler Outdoor Stuff is a brand created to bridge the gap between action sports and traditional outdoor activities, recognizing that a modern active outdoor lifestyle encompasses them both. We make stuff for the roamers and seekers, gear that is both fun and functional and suited for everyday use in the city as well as your next trip into the wild.