BOSTON (November 14, 2008) — The Simmons School of Management will host the "Fashion with Impact" Show featuring sustainable clothing brands and recycled textiles, in an effort to help educate the public about ethical fashions and demonstrate the power of entrepreneurship to create value in the world.
The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Tues., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. on Simmons's main college campus in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 300 The Fenway. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
The Simmons School of Management and the Direct Selling Education Foundation, an international non-profit advocacy group, are partnering on this and other entrepreneurial activities as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. From Nov. 17 to Nov. 23, young people, especially women, will connect with leaders taking action in their local and global communities, to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
The Fashion with Impact event will feature more than 20 different ethical brands showcased by "real size" models from the Simmons community.
Among the brands featured is "Proxy," a fair trade clothing company started by Simmons School of Management graduate and recent Simmons Silverman Business Plan Competition winner HeatherJean MacNeil. MacNeil was inspired to start Proxy after spending a number of years in several Latin American countries, where she witnessed women develop businesses to support their families and sustain themselves.
Fashion with Impact also marks the launch of the new undergraduate student-run venture at Simmons, titled Edun Live on Campus at Simmons (ELOCS). ELOCS was designed to sell ethically produced
T-shirts to help fuel the market for African "grower-to-sewer goods." Through the program, students are able to earn practical experience on how to run and grow an ethically responsible business.
The Simmons School of Management (www.simmons.edu/som), the first business school in the world designed specifically for women, is committed to advancing women of diverse backgrounds into leadership positions.
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