Course: FAS 494 The Fashion Industry and Sustainable Development
Instructor: Angie Liljequist
These projects were created by students in The Fashion Industry and Sustainable Development [FAS 494], a special topics seminar that was offered in the fall of 2020.
Students were asked to invoke an entrepreneurship mindset and incorporate Triple Bottom Line practices in the development of a business plan for a socially responsible fashion retailer. The business plan could be for any classification of retailer, including re-commerce. The overall goal of the competition was to empower students to become change agents through the application of socially responsible business practices. As entrepreneurs, students developed a practical understanding of the challenges of running a “truly” socially responsible fashion business.
Mission: First Impressions is a men's boutique that aims to help homeless and under-privileged St. Louis citizens get and fitted for professional attire for job interviews, career fairs, and professional events. While being fashionably modern and sustainable, First Impressions aims to help the St. Louis community. With environmentally-friendly packaging and clothing, First Impressions not only supplies the attire, but also helps the individual get fitted and prepared for their specific goals and needs. First Impressions aims to empower these citizens to help them excel at their goal as well as empower their personal dignity. The purpose is assist as many of those in St. Louis who do not have access to the essential resources needed for job interviewing, career searching, and beyond.
Vision: First Impressions aims to be a proud St. Louis based company that focuses on sustainable clothing and packaging for its customer. It also aims to help homeless St. Louis citizens and empower them in positive and effective ways.
Mission: Create new woven sweaters out of yarns made from recycled and recapture materials.
Vision: Re-WIND is dedicated to providing quality fashion that helps reduce clothing waste. We seek to create greater awareness of the environmental impact of fashion and to create new uses for recycled textile materials.
Mission: The Bean Boutique is a brand that offers good-willed consumers sustainably-sourced, ethically-made clothing and coffee with an engaging and homey store environment.
Vision: Aiming to reduce the harmful impact of the fast fashion industry by putting the environment first, employing ethically and farming sustainably.