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Globally Connected @ FIT: Designed for the Future: Creating with the Planet in Mind

February 24, 2022 at 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

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Traditionally the fashion industry has operated on through a linear economy, following the take-make-waste trend for products. Our current climate crisis demands a shift in societal patterns, creation and consumption. The shift to a circular economy offers a promising solution to waste reduction and resource preservation. FIT alumni Riley Anderson-Lusher (FIT ‘20), founder of Guilt Free Goods and a former Cultural Fellow, and professor Todd Blumenthal, who teaches Sustainability in Merchandising at FIT, are in a conversation with Camila Quiroga and Stephanie Baljet, Cultural Fellows at FIT.

Riley Lusher, Fashion Design ’20; OUR CHOICE, visual designer; Choose2B Inspirational Apparel, operations management

Riley is a designer and maker working to explore the interconnectedness of all beings, and create work that honors and respects these relationships. She would like to shift her central focus of creation from simply lessening her environmental impact to actually benefiting all beings and the environment from her work’s inception. She enjoys learning new trades, from carpentry, to web development, to 3D rendering. Regardless of any professional title or position, Riley is a passionate problem-solver, designer, and maker. Moving forward she hopes to be able to harness these passions in ways that will promote growth and vitality.

Todd Blumenthal, assistant professor, Fashion Business Management

A visionary leader and master storyteller, Todd teaches with a highly effective balance of business skills, innovative creativity, an entrepreneurial mindset, and refined aesthetics. Throughout his corporate career, his focus is on the training and development of the special hard and soft skills and competencies necessary in the New Economy for professional team and management development. For more than 25 years in the fashion industry, Todd has partnered with global brands including: Nike, Victoria’s Secret, The Gap, and Ralph Lauren developing an expertise for sustainable product commercialization.

About Globally Connected @ FIT

Globally Connected @ FIT is a series of 45-minute virtual discussions led by students, faculty, and alumni to advance global education at FIT in our world with limited mobility. The major themes are fashion, art, sustainability, racial equity, and life during the pandemic around the world. Hosted by the Office of International Programs and the Cultural Fellows, and the History of Art Department.

This virtual event is free and open to the public; REGISTER HERE.