I remember feeling like puking on my way to the WEAR 2016 where I was set to speak alongside many other panelists pushing for sustainability in the Fashion industry. I thought I had gotten use to speaking in front of an audience, but his time, I was hit with a such a nervous wave, I could barely maintain small talk with my uber driver.
Maybe one day someone will develop a time machine that allows us to push through those moment at lighting speed. Until then, it is so worth it to put yourself out there despite a knot in your stomach. At the WEAR conference I was lucky enough to meet students, professors and entrepreneurs from a tree of backgrounds. One very special door the WEAR conference opened was a new collaboration with Ryerson University in whole bunch of ways. I’ll have to touch on them in a separate post, but for now I want to focus on the Ryerson De-Stress Event.
Ryerson University has so far been an ocean of opportunity for collaborating and experimenting. A few weeks before exam week, a few students and myself came up with the idea for an unraveling event! Come’on, what could be more satisfying than purposefully destroying a sweater, in the name of green design?! With the up-cycled yarn, we plan on introducing a men’s collection of refurbished ties hand knit by our Syrian artisans. No doubt they will be a sure crowd pleaser in between talks of sports and weather by the water cooler!
Until next time,