In Fall 2021, the Institute for Sustainability and the Department of Consumer Sciences will launch our "Sustainable Fashion Academy" Program. This initiative will feature the most important and innovative fashion companies in Los Angeles in an exploration into the intersection between sustainability and fashion. LACI will co-sponsor and generously support this pilot program.
Karri Ann Frerichs has been a fashion industry entrepreneur, innovator, and professor since 2005, with experience in retail management, wholesale distribution, apparel manufacturing, and product development. Under Karri's direction, Circular Fashion LAis rethinking how fashion and other textile products can be produced to eliminate harmful environmental and social-economic impacts of the industry in which she has spent her entrepreneurial career. Circular Fashion LA tackles the problem of post-consumer clothing and textile waste by ReDesigning existing clothes into custom, high-value styles that are fitted to each customer. Karri has been a college professor since 2010, educating students studying fashion design at City College San Francisco, Academy of Art, and now Woodbury University. She teaches the business of fashion and fashion production (from concept and design to manufacturing and sales/distribution) and is currently writing a curriculum for Woodbury University to offer its first courses in "Circular Fashion Business Models."
Dr. Tsun-Yin (Tracie) Tung received her Ph.D. in Design and Human Environment under the College of Business from Oregon State University. Her areas of expertise include consumer behavior, merchandising management, and e-commerce. Her research focuses on consumer decision-making, retail technology adoption, consumer attitude and product attributes, marketing strategies, and sustainable consumption.
Taylor Heisley-Cook is Co-Founder and CEO of The Hurd Co. The Hurd Co makes it possible to make clothes from plant material that’s normally thrown away after food crops are harvested. Today, fabrics like viscose, rayon, and lyocell are made from trees. The company’s zero waste process uses half the water and 350 times less energy than conventional methods. Taylor and her co-founder started the company based on their graduate thesis work at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. The Hurd Co is a proud alum of SkyDeck Accelerator, and is currently part of Fashion For Good’s Acceleration Program.
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