Our first Eco-Fashion Showcase was broadcast on October 3rd, 2021. Watch the event recording to learn more about our finalists’ and their designs, as well as to see the announcement of our contest winner!

About Our Program

In a rapidly changing world, what is the future of fashion?

Wear We Are Going is an eco-fashion design contest that is creating a platform for innovative concepts, showcasing creativity and hopefulness in addressing global ecological challenges. We asked submitting designers to imagine innovative fashion for the future, with a focus on the themes of beauty, resilience, and adaptation that speak to our shared ecological future.

You can check out each of our amazing finalists’ designs in the portfolios below. Their built concepts were showcased during our live broadcast event, during which the contest winner was announced!

Our Finalists

Who We Are

Contest Organizers

VenturaVie/V Boutique directly benefits those in need. Our focus is primarily the San Francisco Bay area and global girl’s/women’s rights, especially around issues of sex trafficking and domestic violence. We also offer internships through V Boutique in the Cannery in San Francisco and have ongoing mentorship programs for young people. V Boutique represents fashion, compassion, and community, and VenturaVie unifies fashion, the arts, and nature.

Salt Tree Art creates rich community spaces that unite arts and ecology in unexpected, educational, and inspiring ways.

We explore creative processes that integrate natural and social systems, revitalizing the links between community, ecology, and the arts. We accomplish this through development of environmental artworks, production of public performances and events that showcase environmental art, and community education and advocacy on ecological issues.

Our organization is for everyone, whether your passions support the arts, agriculture, food security, education, environmentalism, or community development. Our programs use the arts to foster interdisciplinary connections and to build innovative approaches to ecological issues.

Program Host

Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht specializes in the creation of unique floral arrangements that celebrate enchanting flowers and natural beauty. He is the owner and creative director of Wild Bloom by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht. His career began in New York City where he worked for some of the top designers in the industry. Since opening his own studio, his flowers have been in major publications across the US, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Traditional Home Magazine, and The Knot, and seen on Good Morning America and E! Network. His flowers for actress Julianne Hough were featured on the front cover of People Magazine. Kristen has been named one of the world’s top florists by Harper’s Bazaar, and he previously served as the head judge for the Big Flower Fight on Netflix.

Our Judging Panel

Bridgett Artise is the owner, author and designer of Born Again Vintage and has pioneered upcycled fashion into the fashion world since the early 2000s. She is the founder of Sustainable Fashion Week US, created to raise awareness for environmental and social change in the fashion industry, while providing a platform to emerging sustainable designers. She is also responsible for creating one of FIT’s first sustainability classes and has been dubbed a vintage fashion expert by the New York Times.

Lauren Baker has been surrounded by the fashion industry for her entire life. She even started working as a photo shoot assistant at the age of 10! She is part of the renowned design house, Walter Baker,  and when she isn’t in the showroom, she supports the performing arts as a member of the Board of Directors for South Shore Theatricals.

Vladimir M Colón has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years as a patternmaker, technical designer, and product developer. He holds degrees in Menswear Design and in International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, as well as a certificate in patternmaking for womenswear from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, he has worked with several New York City-based brands taking on sustainable initiatives and practices.

Program & Industry Partners

Green Tree Textiles, based in New York, has been a visionary leader in the mission to re-use textiles and reduce landfill usage.

Walter Baker is a renowned global fashion brand based in New York and an iconic designer showing sophisticated versatile fashion, trendy clothing that is classic and edgy for the modern women.

Ben Elias is a fourth generation business that has become a legendary name in fashion as one of the largest apparel distributors in the United States.

Inquiries

Please contact us for media or partnership inquiries, or for more information about the program or its organizers.

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