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The Future of Sustainability in Fashion Textiles

October 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

The fashion industry produces vast amounts of waste. This panel offers industry expert perspectives on more sustainable practices.

We will hear from three amazing, highly experienced women working towards best practices in the apparel industry. Krystle Moody Wood, Founder & Principal Consultant – Materevolve. Kellen Hennessy, Senior Designer at The North Face, and Carol Shu, Senior Manager of Global Sustainability at The North Face. Join us for a lively conversation around their work in sustainability, current projects, and goals for the future of the industry. Each panelist brings real-life knowledge and will offer glimpses into their work, their current projects, and their outlook for the future. They will talk about our own roles. As consumers, brands, designers, or independent artisans, each of us can make a difference by implementing steps and sustainable practices into our process. Q&A to follow

Krystle Moody Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Materevolve, LLC( pronounced mah-teer-ee-valv), a company driven to lead the evolution of our materials world. Materevolve’s mission is to develop and scale innovative regenerative textile systems through the lens of soil, sea and circularity by designing nature-forward experiential learning programs, providing technical consulting to leaders in the textile sector, and fostering trail-blazing collaborations between science, industry, government, and non-profit.

Kellen Hennessy is a Senior Designer at The North Face, working on Men’s Outerwear. She has a broad scope of industry experience, ranging from technical outerwear design, to accessories design & development, as well as materials & trim development. She is passionate about sustainability in the product creation process – and life in general.

Carol is the Senior Manager of Global Sustainability at The North Face, where her work ranges from retail waste to sustainable products and materials. She manages TNF’s certification to the Responsible Down Standard, a standard co-created by The North Face to bring traceability and responsible practices into the down feather supply chain, and helps teams across the brand action on TNF’s sustainability strategy and goals. She previously managed product development and production for Stewart Brown Inc., a sustainable clothing company for women, and worked on sustainability communications at UC Davis, where she led an award-winning campus outreach campaign.


Almarina Bianchi

Passionate about sustainability, Almarina applies her global business management experience to guide organizations to define sustainability and incorporate sustainable initiatives into the day-to-day business operations.

Over 30 years in the apparel industry with broad experience with cross-functional teams globally, she focusses on rethinking product and materials using her strong experience in product integrity, global sourcing and retail buying merchandising. Sustainability and innovation stewardship.


Katie Knight is from upstate New York and has been living in Portland, since 2018. She graduated from Marist College and is currently an assistant Merchandiser at Pendleton Woolen Mills. She is also a volunteer on their sustainability committee. Katies passion for sustainability in apparel was inspired by the 2014 documentary The Next Black by David Dworsky and Victor Kohler. She was introduced to Suzanne Lee’s Bio Couture and decided to make that her capstone project. She grew bacterial cellulose in her basement and conducted little experiments to find natural ways to make this material water repellant. She attended the 2017 Textile Exchange Sustainability conference and decided to incorporate this into her everyday life. After moving to Portland, she wanted to further her education within the realm of sustainability so she enrolled in Portland State University’s graduate certificate for sustainability. Katie graduate this December and will be looking into graduate programs focused on sustainable supply chain management.


Britta Cabanos studied Fashion Design at F.I.T. in New York City and has over 25 years experience as a Leading Design Director in athletic and active apparel. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Design Director of Creative Capital Design, a design consulting studio working with small to mid-size clients. Britta is also the founder and Chief Editor of Inside Fashion Design. IFD is an on and offline resource for apparel industry enthusiasts which offers year round workshops and events


October 12, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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