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Sustainability Panel Discussion - Thursday, February 24, 2pm

Join our panel of experts as they discuss garment end of life solutions and material circularity. 


Flora Gill, Moderator, Designer & Educator

Flora is a designer and educator focussed on sustainability and knits with 24 years experience in the industry. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute and consults for various brands.

August Rust, Material Researcher

August is a material advocate for healthier designed futures. As a researcher at Healthy Materials Lab, they assist designers looking to implement sustainable, equitable textile practices into their work.

Catherine Kelly, Geosphere LLC Head of Operations

Catherine heads operations at Geosphere LLC, a sustainable packaging brand based in Southern California. Having worked in the apparel industry since 2008, Catherine combines her passion for the natural world and operational experience to help her customers address the toxic legacy being created by persistent plastic pollution.

Joy Gruver, Naia Fiber Business Development

Joy is a 24 year veteran in the textile world with a drive and passion towards making sustainable fashion for all. What drives her everyday is to help provide solutions for customers that “do better” for our society and our planet.

Erin Beatty, Rentrayage Founder

Erin founded Rentrayage in 2019 in an effort to reimagine the fashion life cycle and bring value to that which we discard. Formerly the founder of SUNO and Creative Director of Tory Burch, Erin wanted to apply her industry knowledge and creativity to solving for the troubling amounts of waste the industry creates annually.

Taste of Talk
PREFACE Speaker Series

Spring/Summer 2023: Taste of Trend

In partnership with Winding Road Studio 

There are multiple layers of inspiration that shape, mold and blend the fashion trends for each season. Texture, color, pattern, balance - the combination of them make the recipe for a collection, whether it’s a menu or a runway. This season we explore the areas of overlap  among chefs and home cooks, street style and high fashion, and cultural and societal trends to find the common ingredients for Spring/Summer 2023.  


Food has always been an important part of the PREFACE experience. This season we expand upon that inspiration by searching to find the delicate balance between a frothy chiffon and the sweet meringue of a macaron; a rustic silk noil and the earthy richness of a chanterelle; the familiar taste of a home cooked meal and the simple, clean fibers of a classic twill. Similar to a  tasting menu, the fabrics take on many different flavors this season: experimental and simple,  hearty and delicate, structured and fluid. Centered around a creative blend of optimism, lightness, escapism and creativity, Spring/ Summer 2023 offers something for everyone at the gathering table.

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