358 W. Ontario St. #3W Chicago, IL 60654
Join us for an evening of elevated conversation that will dig into the challenges of building an ethical and sustainable brand. Hear from five Chicago change makers trailblazing different paths that are altering the fashion industry with real solutions to provide ethical working conditions and counter fast fashion.
Our event takes place during Fashion Revolution Week, a week honoring the 1,134 lives lost in a massive factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013. After 6 years, it has become the cornerstone for conversation by both brands and consumers alike seeking increase standards for people and planet in the fashion industry.
ABIGAIL GLAUM-LATHBURY | Artist & Designer
Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is a Chicago based artist and designer who for nearly a decade produced a women’s ready-to-wear collection that showed during New York Market week and sold nationally and internationally. In 2014 she co-counded the Rational Dress Society, a collective that raises questions around identity and consumption through a radical approach to inclusive sizing. Using the fundamentally relational aspects of fashion as a critical platform, her work explores the discursive potential found in clothing and dressing, arguing for a rethinking and transformation of the fashion system. Glaum-Lathbury is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at museums around the globe and covered in numerous publications.
ADILAH MUHAMMAD | Founder, ADILAH M
Born and raised in the Windy City, Adilah Muhammad is the founder and creative force behind the women’s designer brand, ADILAH M. At a young age, Adilah was drawn to become a maker, dabbling into anything that she could create with her hands. She began learning how to sew and design from mentors and tailors in the city of Chicago. In 2017, she started her own line and launched ADILAH M, a women’s contemporary brand designed to empower modest women by providing modern silhouettes and bold styles. She draws inspiration from her multicultural heritage and aspects of her everyday life. She has been featured in numerous fashion shows, events and publications. Adilah enjoys travelling the world and sharing experiences with others as she connects her passion for fashion knowledge with the greater community.
HODA KATEBI | Founder/CEO, Bluetin Production
Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based angry daughter of Muslim-Iranian immigrants. She is the voice behind JooJoo Azad, the radical, political fashion online publication hailed from BBC to VOGUE to the New York Times, and author of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print documentation and celebration of illegal fashion in Iran. She also hosts #BecauseWeveRead, a radical, international book club with meet-ups in cities around the world. Offline, Hoda is an abolitionist & community organizer and is also developing a sewing co-operative of refugee women in Chicago, Bluetin Production. Her academic research explores the intersections of fashion, gender, and the state in Iran. She runs on saffron ice cream & colonizer tears.
THERESA VANDERMEER | Founder, Work + Shelter
Theresa VanderMeer is a social entrepreneur who believes that business can be a vehicle for positive social and environmental change. Merging her corporate experience at ad giants like Google and Publicis and her research on female economic empowerment, in 2011 she founded WORK+SHELTER, an ethical cut-and-sew production house that trains and employs marginalized women in New Delhi, India. From sourcing to operations Theresa passionately advocates for female empowerment and access to education, and environmental justice. She splits her time between Chicago and Delhi, loves poetry, and can be found exercising her champion sleeping abilities at less-than-ideal places like Burning Man.
Kadie Afrik is a fashion industry veteran with experience in apparel design, merchandising, branding and sales. She spent the last decade honing her expertise at marquee organizations such as Ralph Lauren and LVMH in New York and Milan. In 2019, Kadie, a West African native and citizen of global community with a passion for social impact, started asking how she can help reshape the conversation around sustainability. As a result she established Delta Fashion Global in Chicago, an organization dedicated to spotlight the Midwest's ethical and sustainable fashion community. As part of her desire to discover the intersection of fashion, lifestyle and culture, Kadie curates experiential events bringing some of the most exciting names to the table and connecting a community interested in championing social change.