April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Each year the United States sends 12.8 million tons of textile waste to landfill. As style turnover has accelerated, so has our appetite for new, trendy clothing. Today we buy 4 times as much clothing as we did two decades ago, yet we get 36% less wear out of our garments before we discard them.
Inspired to empower consumers and keep clothing out of landfill, the Sustainable Fashion Alliance has partnered with Fibershed and California College of the Arts to present a unique “Mending Bar” experience designed to equip attendees with valuable tools that will help prolong the wearability of their loved pieces of clothing.
Taking place during Fashion Revolution Week in San Francisco, the event will feature five mending stations to join at your leisure. Onsite mending stations include: hand mending, machine mending and altering, knit darning, creative embroidery and an upcycle station, sponsored by Bella Notte Linens, where attendees can make drawstring bags from a variety of fabric scraps. In addition to light snacks and beverages, attendees can show off their renewed and repaired duds in our “Loved Clothes Last” photo booth by Paige Green Photography.
What to bring (1-3 pieces):
-clothing with rips, tears or split seams
-clothing that you’d like to learn to alter
-clothing with stains or discoloration that you’d like to hide with embroidery
Tore your favorite jeans? Repair them with decorative Boro and Sashiko Japanese mending techniques
Found a hole or snag in your knit sweater? Darn them with new knitting skills
Not getting use out of an ill fitting dress or pair of trousers? Hem and/or alter to customize to your unique shape
Have a stain on a loved top? Hide with beautiful embroidery techniques
SFA Members benefit from discounted admission to all SFA hosted events. If you are interested in becoming a member, pleaser “apply” on sustainablefashionalliance.com.
FASHION REVOLUTION WEST COAST USA
To bring awareness of the social and environmental impacts of fast fashion while providing sustainable alternatives, the West Coast Regional branch of Fashion Revolution is highlighting our local sustainable fashion community in a week long schedule of events. For a list of all events for Fashion Revolution Week, please visit fashionrevolution.org.
Fibershed develops regional and regenerative fiber systems on behalf of independent working producers, by expanding opportunities to implement carbon farming, forming catalytic foundations to rebuild regional manufacturing, and through connecting end-users to farms and ranches through public education.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION ALLIANCE
The Sustainable Fashion Alliance was founded in 2016 to empower small and mid-sized apparel and accessories brands with resources, shared opportunities, strategy sessions and creative avenues to market. We know that in order to enhance our local fashion community, and create impactful momentum in the industry, our voice is more potent in union.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
CCA attracts promising students from around the world who want to attend one of the best art and design schools in the U.S. We educate talented, visionary students to become versatile makers with inventive solutions to advance culture and society.
BELLA NOTTE LINENS
For over two decades, California-based Bella Notte Linens has preserved a passion for producing beautiful bedding, consciously designed with natural and sustainable fibers like organic cotton, linen, silk and Tencel®. All Bella Notte Linens pieces are responsibly cut, sewn and hand dyed-to-order in Novato, California.