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"RAINFOREST GALA" Q&A WITH AVA J HOLMES & SAMANTHA ZWICKER

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Questions: why this rainforests in particular?

Las Piedras is the last stretch of intact rainforest left in Peru. It is part of the largest biodiversity hotspot on the planet and also a part of the Andes Biodiversity Hotspot. But is completely unprotected land. This means that illegal loggers can log and not get caught--native communities are taken advantage of as illegal activity moves inward surrounding their lands.

Uncontacted tribes still occupy Alto Purus National Park in Las Piedras, but outside pressures are causing them to lose land and resources, especially their food source. Las Piedras and the greater Madre de Dios region as a whole - is the last hope for conserving the entire pristine Southern Peruvian Amazon. It connects three surrounding national parks, which are patrolled and regulated. If we can protect what’s in between, then all three parks are also more protected and wildlife can travel between them safety.

We work in Las Piedras because it is our home now too -- every community is our friend, our family...

Las Piedras is their last hope, and we as a nonprofit serve as its last hope. It is a large area and river - over 64 communities just on one side, but we feel confident that we can steer it in the right direction given the support. It is impossible to say that one entity can take on the world but a small piece of it, with the right team and resources, can do anything!!

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What are you most excited about sharing with guests, September 20th?

Ah! So much it’s hard to decided...the core of the event is of course the fashion show, we have 6 rainforest inspired collections by designers who are as passionate and inspired by the rainforests as our team is. Each are so unique—ranging from dramatic avant-garde couture by Kalikas Amour who was in our debut of #RainforestRunway during this past London Fashion Week show to gorgeous structural dresses resemblance of the Monarch Butterfly by local designer Luly Yang and then to the adorable colorful jungle-floral kids line by Poleras de Agus embroidered and made by women in Cusco, Peru.

Aside from the fashion...there’s just so much more. Food, music, dance, chocolate, cocktails, shopping, art, etc....

Of course what excites me MOST is the only thing that will actually be a surprise for our team too which is seeing how the audience dresses up and interacts with everything we’ve created for them over the past year and a half!

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What have previous years been like and how is this one different?

In previous seasons, we have shared animal and rainforest-inspired collections from as many as 18 international designers and hosted between 500-800 guests each time...this year is much more intimate with only 300 guests so we can give each a more intimate experience-each guest is a VIP this year. It’s also the first time ever that we’ve done a full sit down meal! It’s going to be epic, who doesn't love an open Ceviche bar!??

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What’s the relationship between Hoja Nueva and Fashion for Conservation?

For each Fashion for Conservation campaign, we partner with a grassroots on the ground non profit where we can physically go and visit to connect with their mission and work.

What’s unique about hoja however is that most of our team members are shared. Our co-founder Samantha Zwicker and myself are both co-founders and directors at Hoja Nueva. The jungle there is home for both of us. Sam is there sometimes up to 9/10 months, each year my time extends there too—I went for the first time only for a few weeks, now I don’t like going for any less than two/three months. It’s our heaven on earth.

That’s really why we continue to do an annual gala with hoja, we are now in our fourth year!

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Who is Hoja Nueva?

Hoja Nueva is a small grassroots organization and 501(c)(3) charity with a small predominantly volunteer driven team driving conservation impact much greater than seemingly possible in the lower Amazon region of Madre de Dios, Peru. A few projects I’ve personally got to be part of include RE-introducing orphaned wildlife to the rainforest whose mothers have been illegally trafficked or killed by loggers and were able to be rescued from a similar fate, supporting alternative income opportunities to local communities via micro financing and mobilizing volunteers for hands on labor (examples: sustainable cacao production, indigenous artisan program and Brazil nut harvesting), and of course physically protecting/buying/monitoring land.

Hoja Nueva navigates a whole lot more too, that’s just the start.

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How can we help? / Get involved?

Come visit us at Hoja Nueva’s eco lodge and conservation center in Peru! We have a few awesome retreats coming up in Jan and Feb 2018. And of course come to our gala! We can’t wait to take you on a walk through the fashion jungle in high style...

Also feel free to check out more info via HojaNueva.org or on socials—@hojanueva @FashionforConservation

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CREDITS: 
LOCATION: HOJA NUEVA
PHOTOS: DAWN MARIE
MODEL: MARIE JOHANSEN
MAKEUP: FRANCESCA BELGRANO
DESIGNS: KALIKAS ARMOUR
DIRECTOR: AVA J HOLMES
 

5 Holiday Gifts for Fashion and Elephant Lovers

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If you're shopping for your last minute gifts this season, don't miss out on these 5! Gift your loved ones a fashion forward new year while contributing to a healthier, happier planet in 2018.

And if you're reading this closely...we would like to gift YOU with 10% off your entire purchase. Enter FASHIONFORWARD10 at checkout.

Your gift funds conservation; 30% of each sale supports the African Wildlife Foundation. Happy Holidays from your Fashion for Conservation family!

1. LOVE ME by NO VOICE. Elephantasia limited edition.

LOVE ME Crew Neck by NO VOICE (Organic Cotton)
65.00

NO VOICE X Elephantasia is originally designed and produced by artistic and romantic partners Oscar Abbots - international designer for brands like Roberto Cavalli, Josep Font, Adolfo Dominguez and currently Zara - and Riccardo Ceretti - artist and archeologist with an innate passion for fashion. They live between Italy and Spain where they "seduce all creative fields like music, film, architecture and art to reflect them in the wonderful world of fashion."

2. Fashion fighting for Conservation custom bracelet.

"Fashion Fighting for Conservation" bracelet hand engraved by Squirrel Vs. Coyote
from 34.00

Only 24 made. Available for custom printing! A little bit Renaissance a little bit rock and roll. Squirrel Vs. Coyote brings contemporary fashion with bold accessories for fearless champions of uniquity. Available for custom printing! Only 24 made. Available for custom printing! 

3. Elephant and monkey scarf. Elephantasia limited edition.

Elephant and monkey woven scarf by VISMAYA. Elephantasia Limited Edition
85.00 120.00

Vismaya hand weaves a variety of breathtaking shawls, scarves and wraps. This Elephantasia limited edition is hand made from 90% modal, 10% Cashmere, and non-toxic dies. Ever since its inception, Vismaya’s accessory collections have quickly become a renowned label across the globe. The brand offers seasonal collections of gorgeous accessories in vibrant colors, exquisite patterns, and sumptuous fabrics including silk, linen, wool, cotton, cashmere, modal and a variety of blends. The artwork depicted on this specific scarf is by Colette Miller, founder of the Global Angel Wings Project, founded first in the streets of LA. Colette paints angel wings that are human-sized, interactive public art, and she has since painted wings globally in Kenya, Australia, Taiwan, France, Cuba, Mexico, and many US states. 

4. Tusked silhouette jumpsuit and dress. Elephantasia limited edition.

*ORIGINAL* Elephantasia Jumpsuit by Rachel Allan
960.00

**This is a custom item, please send us your measurements with your order.
"We at Rachel Allan support Elephantasia because we want to help bring awareness to the many issues surrounding and effecting elephants, such as being poached for their ivory tusks or losing large amounts of their habitats due to human expansion."

*ORIGINAL* Elephantasia Jumpsuit by Rachel Allan
960.00

**This is a custom ordered item, please send us sizes with your purchase.
"We at Rachel Allan support Elephantasia because we want to help bring awareness to the many issues surrounding and effecting elephants, such as being poached for their ivory tusks or losing large amounts of their habitats due to human expansion."

5. Fashion for Conservation Membership. The gift that keeps giving!

MEMBERSHIP *TAX DEDUCTIBLE
100.00

Tax Deductible Welcome to the Wild Package:

  • Complimentary copy of Fashion for Conservation Magazine: full color luxury print publication designed and directed by the art director behind "100 Years of Vogue."
  • VIP Golden Ticket to Fashion for Conservation shows at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 and New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019.
  • Limited edition elephant print gifted from South African/Kenyan wildlife photographer Chantelle Melzer valued at $280 US dollars.
  • Artisan crafted small-batch rose truffles from Seleušs Chocolates (US)
  • Invitation to exclusive member-only events and experiences upcoming in New York, Seattle, LA, London, Ibiza, Berlin and Cape town.
  • 100% of your donation goes to African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). 

Tax-deductible receipt matching your donation amount. 100% of your donation goes to African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). 

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Cocktails for Conservation recap with Hoja Nueva

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By Kelly Zwicker
@k_stateofmind

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us this Giving Tuesday 2017 (November 28th every year) Here is the official recap, cheers!

The Cocktails for Conservation themed drink menu set the tone for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, fashion and conservation with local and organic drinks provided by Finn River Farms, Kerloo Cellars, and GT's Kombucha, and passed hors d'oeuvres by Ravishing Radish catering.

Cocktails for Conservation featured "Forest Floral" and "Black Jaguar Bitters" speciality cocktails hand-crafted with herbal infused 7 Par Vodka by Aubrey Koch of Rootkin Remedy.

Cocktails for Conservation featured "Forest Floral" and "Black Jaguar Bitters" speciality cocktails hand-crafted with herbal infused 7 Par Vodka by Aubrey Koch of Rootkin Remedy.

VIP guests received their glasses and goodie bags before being ushered to their front row seats before the show. 

VIP guests received their glasses and goodie bags before being ushered to their front row seats before the show. 

Over a dozen guests live stream the event. Yuliya Suleymanova put particular attention and efforts into ensuring her followers and fans at SULEY GROUP saw the show through her lense. 

Over a dozen guests live stream the event. Yuliya Suleymanova put particular attention and efforts into ensuring her followers and fans at SULEY GROUP saw the show through her lense. 

Fashion for Conservation's Elephantasia SS18 campaign featured one last time this year for an intimate audience of 150 special guests in Seattle's Axis Pioneer square Tuesday evening.

Models flaunt their looks in the photo-booth courtesy of Shutterbus after the show.

Models flaunt their looks in the photo-booth courtesy of Shutterbus after the show.

Raven, Sabrina and Sage model Elephantasia designs by J. Von Stratton, René Garza, and Meredith Allen. 

Raven, Sabrina and Sage model Elephantasia designs by J. Von Stratton, René Garza, and Meredith Allen. 

A marketplace of pop-up shops invited guests to shop from brands that give back the planet: Aveda Vann Edge Salon, Indi Chocolates, Coyote and Squirrel custom Jewelry, Axis space artists, and the two hosting organizations: Fashion for Conservation and Hoja Nueva.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Event staff pose for a team photo. Left to Right: Vilte Rooney, Vance Ashworth, Meiko Parton and Samantha Zwicker.

Event staff pose for a team photo. Left to Right: Vilte Rooney, Vance Ashworth, Meiko Parton and Samantha Zwicker.

Makeup artists' and hair prepare for metamorphosing the models and staff for showtime.

Makeup artists' and hair prepare for metamorphosing the models and staff for showtime.

Rose Prado of Vann Edge Aveda salon applies the final styling touch to each Elephantasia model.

Rose Prado of Vann Edge Aveda salon applies the final styling touch to each Elephantasia model.

Makeup artist Leo applies foundation on event producer Ava Holmes (wearing Fashion for Conservation NO VOICE hoodie).

Makeup artist Leo applies foundation on event producer Ava Holmes (wearing Fashion for Conservation NO VOICE hoodie).

Executive Producer Ava Holmes and Creative Director Nazanine Afshar thank the event sponsors and volunteers.

Executive Producer Ava Holmes and Creative Director Nazanine Afshar thank the event sponsors and volunteers.

Host Meiko announces the final raffle winners and energizes the crowd for the final show...

Host Meiko announces the final raffle winners and energizes the crowd for the final show...

To close the show, Dawnamatrix designs six beautiful butterfly inspired wearable art pieces previewing next year's Rainforest Gala with Hoja Nueva.

A huge thank you to KIND bar and GT's Synergy Kombucha for sponsoring this event and supporting our conservation efforts. We so appreciate your contributions and helping make our events so enjoyable for our guests! 

Cocktails for Conservation supports rainforest conservation efforts with Seattle and Peruvian amazon based charity Hoja Nueva.   Photography:  Kelly Zwicker Photography (kstateomind.com)   We hope everyone that attended the event was inspired in all things fashion and conservation! 

Cocktails for Conservation supports rainforest conservation efforts with Seattle and Peruvian amazon based charity Hoja Nueva.

Photography: Kelly Zwicker Photography (kstateomind.com) 

We hope everyone that attended the event was inspired in all things fashion and conservation! 

Saving the Peruvian Amazon with Designer Griela Perez (Spanish + English Interview)

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GRIELA PEREZ (One of twelve featured Peruvian designers in last year's  Runway to Save the Rainforest ).

GRIELA PEREZ (One of twelve featured Peruvian designers in last year's Runway to Save the Rainforest).

GRIELA AND THE BORDADORES

GRIELA AND THE BORDADORES

Griela Perez is a Peruvian fashion designer and owner of Las Polleras de Agus, one may ask what a pollera is. Well, a pollera is a one-piece skirt used mostly in traditional festivities and folklore throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America. 

Polleras are made from materials, such as cotton or wool and tend to have colorful decorations.  For the most part, the decorations are embroidered, flowers and regional animals are among the most common designs found in polleras.

During the Spanish colonization between 16th and 17th centuries, hacienda owners or hacendados enforced the indigenous population in the Andes to wear them.  Traditional polleras come from peasant dress from southern Spanish regions, like Andalusia.  Today, polleras are associated with indigenous and folkloric forms of dress.

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Las Polleras de Agus is a mix of respect, passion and admiration for our cultural identity. We seek to reclaim our traditional garments which are being lost over time.  By incorporating them into contemporary fashion, we create a versatile line.

Produced through traditional weaving, embroidery, and stitching techniques, our pieces transport you to indigenous Andean Peru.  They are created by folk art weavers for people who long to reencounter the past and value one of man's great masterpieces - Pre-Columbian Civilization.” 

FAMILY FROM THE PERUVIAN ANDES

FAMILY FROM THE PERUVIAN ANDES

INTERVIEW WITH GRIELA PEREZ FFC BLOGGER CAYETANA SAN SEGUNDO 
(SPANISH AND ENGLISH) 

Q. 
What are you doing now?

A. Trying to rescue an ancient art that is called the maquinasca, which is a Quechua word that means painting with threads (the art of embroidery). It is a sustainable fashion. 

Spanish: Tratando de rescatar un arte milenario que se llama la maquinasca palabra Quechua que significa pintar con hilos (el arte del bordado). Es una moda sostenible.

Q. Where do you live? 

A. I live in Cusco Peru.

Spanish: Vivo en e Cusco Perú.

Q. What first inspired your jungle themed line? Can people still buy it and if so Where can people buy it if they wanted to? What about the jungle inspires you? 

GRIELA PEREZ DESIGNS "Las Polleras de Agus"

GRIELA PEREZ DESIGNS "Las Polleras de Agus"

A. What inspired me was the history behind this art because at the beginning it was only the use of the clothes because they looked nice.  This was something that came to me because I wanted to put it on my daughter.  Then I started to know through the embroiderers that this art and others are being lost.  Obviously, that's when I fully commit myself to learning what lies behind this art.

Spanish: Lo que me inspiró es todo lo que hay detrás de este arte porque al inicio fué solamente el uso de las prendas porque se veían bonitas.  Esto era algo mío porque quería ponérselo a mi hija.  Después empecé a conocer por medio de los bordadores que se está perdiendo este arte y demás.  Obviamente, ahí es cuando me comprometo totalmente a aprender lo que hay atrás de este art.

Q. Do you still have that line on sale or are you designing something new? 

A. What we are doing is innovating because you know that when something is very repetitive it becomes massive and ours is super exclusive and we always try to create other things.

Spanish: Lo que estamos haciendo es innovar porque tú sabes que cuando algo es muy repetitivo viene a ser masivo y lo nuestro es super exclusivo y tratamos siempre de crear otras cosas.

Q. What is that thing that inspires from the jungle?

A. I love everything organic, everything that has movement and obviously the jungle is life and that's what inspires me. 

Spanish: A mí me encanta todo lo orgánico, todo lo que tiene movimiento y obviamente la selva es vida y es en eso en lo que me inspiro.

Q. Why is conservation important to your brand? 

A. It is very important because 1. We advocate to rescue a thousand-years old art that is being lost and 2. (Because we conserve) We make sustainable workshops that give work to the community.  We make their own community to develop.  Everywhere there is the theme of conservation and how to preserve this ancient art.  That way, we can help the embroiderers who live in the there because they are the ones who embroider our garments.  What we want is for them to grow and not have to go to the cities but to increase their own communities and contribute to sustainability.

Spanish: Es muy importante porque 1. nosotros nos advocamos en rescatar un arte milenario que se está perdiendo y 2. (porque conservar) hacemos talleres sostenibles que dan trabajo a la comunidad.  Hacemos que se desarrolle su propia comunidad.  Por todos lados hay el tema de la conservación y como conservar este arte milenario.  De esa manera, podemos ayudar a los bordadores que viven allí porque ellos son los que bordan nuestras prendas.  Lo que queremos es que crezcan y no tengan que salir a las ciudades sino que hagan crecer sus propias comunidades y contribuir a la sostenibilidad. 

Q. How is nature important to you personally from childhood, personal stories or memories you want to share here? 

A. Nature is important to me because we came from i. If we do not care, what future awaits us?

Spanish: La naturaleza es importante para mí porque de allí venimos.  Si nosotros no la cuidamos que futuro nos espera. 

Q. Do you have any anecdote from when you were a child or personal that you would like to share? 

A. I grew up in the Andes.  I am from Cusco by birth and it is definitely such a different life that nature gives you.  We are so far from all that is technology and modernity that it makes more human.  

I have the blessing to continue living here in a place where still five minutes away you find nature.  I love that my 3 year old daughter enjoys nature.  She has been my muse because this brand came out thanks to her when I put the first garment on he. 

Spanish: Yo crecí en los Andes.  Yo soy cusqueña de nacimiento y definitivamente es una vida tan distinta la que te brinda la naturaleza, tan alejada de todo lo que es tecnología y modernidad lo que te hace más humano.  

Tengo la bendición de seguir viviendo aquí en un lugar donde todavía a cinco minutos encuentras naturaleza.  Me encanta que mi hija de 3 años disfrutar tanto de la naturaleza.  Ella ha sido mi musa porque esta marca empezó gracias a ella cuando le puse la primera prenda. 

Q. What are you most excited about with your brand this coming season? 

A. We have gone little by little but the goal that we have always had since this project was created is to create an association so that the people who are really the participants and those who make your clothes can acquire many benefits like health, access to technology, etc..  Obviously, in these places you need to implement technology to be able to give them a tablet or computer so they can see the designs they are going to embroider.  For me, that has been a great achievement because we are already creating the association and this is one of the goals that the brand has.

In Peru a wave has been awakened that I think I have had a lot to do with because now it is a trend to wear polleras.  We have changed that western influence of using things that comes from outside (from abroad) and use what is ours.

Spanish: Hemos ido poco a poco pero la meta que hemos tenido siempre desde que se creo este proyecto es crear una asociación para que la gente que son realmente los partícipes y los que hacen tu ropa puedan adquirir muchos beneficios como salud, acceso a la tecnología, etc.  Obviamente, en estos lugares se necesita implantar la tecnología para poderles darle un tablet ó computadora para que puedan ver dan los diseños que van a bordar.  Para mí eso ha sido un gran logro porque ya estamos creando la asociación y esto es uno de las metas que tiene la marca. 

En Perú se ha despertado una ola que creo que yo he tenido mucho que ver porque ahora es tendencia el uso de las polleras.  Nosotros hemos cambiado esa influencia occidental de usar cosas que viene de afuera (del extranjero) y usar lo nuestro.

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Q. What was your favourite moment about being a part of runway to Peru last year? 

A. The moment I entered the backstage and saw that there were other super interesting brands from Peru and see me there around people so important, because we just started, was the most beautiful experience to me.  Seeing what happens in the backstage is beautiful.  I remember when I came in and was a little scared, I said to myself "I can do this". 

This project is very exciting and I see it in the followers of Instagram and Facebook when we publish something there are lots os hearts. This is becoming a love brand and I think we are on track.

Spanish: El momento que entré al backstage y ví que habían otras marcas super interesantes de Perú y verme ahí alrededor de gente tan importante, porque nosotros recién empezábamos, ha sido la experiencia más linda.  Ver lo que pasa en el entre bastidores es hermoso. Me acuerdo de cuando entré y tenía un poco de miedo, y me díje "yo si puedo". 

Este proyecto es muy apasionante y lo veo en los seguidores de Instagram y Facebook cuando publicamos algo hay muchos corazones.  Esto se está convirtiendo en un love mark y creo que vamos en buen camino.

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Q. If fashion for Conservation were to do any theme in any place in the world what would you want them to do and where? (Something related to conservation of a place or species) 

A. I would love for them to be inspired by the Andes.  Fashion for Conservation has as much to give as the theme of the jungle but we also have the Andes, which are so cold and forgotten but it is so cute and has so much color.  When you travel to these little towns and you see that everything is so dry, cold and there is no vegetation but suddenly a person full of color appears it is as if life comes back to you.  

Spanish: Me encantaría que se inspiren en los Andes.  Fashion for Conservation tiene tanto que dar como el tema de la selva pero también tenemos los Andes que son tan fríos y olvidados pero es tan lindo y tiene tanto color.  Cuando viajas a estos pueblitos y ves que todo es tan seco, frío y no hay vegetación pero de pronto aparece una persona llena de color y es como te vuelve la vida. 

WHATS NEXT??    NOVEMBER 18TH 2017 - FFC GIVES A TEDX LIVE FEBRUARY 2018 PARIS FASHION WEEK - FFC ANNOUNCES  NEWEST CAMPAIGN  MARCH 27TH-APRIL 10TH - FFC RETREAT IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZING WITH HOJA NUEVA JUNE 9TH 2018 - SEATTLE RAINFOREST GALA! AUGUST 12TH 2018 -  ELEPHANTASIA FINALE EVENT NEW YORK

WHATS NEXT??

NOVEMBER 18TH 2017 - FFC GIVES A TEDX LIVE
FEBRUARY 2018 PARIS FASHION WEEK - FFC ANNOUNCES  NEWEST CAMPAIGN
MARCH 27TH-APRIL 10TH - FFC RETREAT IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZING WITH HOJA NUEVA
JUNE 9TH 2018 - SEATTLE RAINFOREST GALA!
AUGUST 12TH 2018 -  ELEPHANTASIA FINALE EVENT NEW YORK

NO VOICE: A Campaign for Elephant Rights

Rachel Hester

By Kelly Zwicker 

As part of the Elephantasia initiative, Fashion for Conservation (FFC) has partnered with talented designers Oscar Abbots and Riccardo Ceretti to produce the NO VOICE campaign. The campaign and related merchandise is to inspire the idea of giving elephants a voice. 

Why Elephants? 

For statistics, every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory. This is approximately 35,000 elephants each year. There is now a global poaching crisis that can be improved with awareness, education, and passion from the unity of elephant-lovers. Teaming up with leading forces in the fashion industry, not to mention continuously creating ways to get involved and promote the love for elephants, will better their future chances of survival. So, why elephants? Because they need us. They need us  to give them a voice.   

In the world of fashion, elephants even represent a global community. They are symbols of Africa, India, and Asia due to their origins. They are often symbolic of spirituality and yoga rituals. They have been present in our everyday world more than we often think. 

 

Elephants are remarkably intelligent and expressive. They are said to have amazing emotional intelligence as well, and actually mourn their dead very deeply just as humans do. Mother elephants are fiercely loyal to their calves. The idea of family is not lost to an elephant. 

Elephants are absolutely crucial in our ecosystem. They dig pools of water with their massive build that other animals need for survival. They are also gardeners of the earth, spreading seeds along lengthy routes that grow new plant life. In Central Africa specifically, the tropical rainforest ecosystem the elephants help structure is crucial to the development and progression of current climate change. 

This is the real world of environmental issues, and elephants are a helping hand to aid our fight against negative climate turns. They should be considered an ally, not a means to an end for their ivory. 

Imagine if we gave elephants more of a representation in the fashion world. To mimick their gentle colors and the textures of their skin, and created beautiful pieces that not only unite people together in common fashion interests, but also people and the need to support struggling wildlife. The more creativity we can put into sustainability and wildlife efforts, the more responsive an audience will be. 

There are many things that can divide humans, and elephants are a species that can unite us in our passion for coexistence and care for all species. Will you join the fight for elephants? Visit our site and see our online merchandise for NO VOICE, and check for regular updates on our upcoming events on the blog, campaign info, and social media accounts for Elephantasia and Fashion for Conservation.

Model: FFC Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker wearing a NO VOICE pullover 

Model: FFC Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker wearing a NO VOICE pullover 

Model: FFC Lead Blogger Kelly Zwicker 

Model: FFC Lead Blogger Kelly Zwicker 

Models: Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker and Lead Blogger Kelly Zwicker 

Models: Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker and Lead Blogger Kelly Zwicker 

Even purchasing merchandise for NO VOICE is one step closer to giving elephants a better future. Do your part and raise awareness of the beauty and necessity of the elephant species. 
All the best, xx

-Kelly

Introducing Fashion for Conservation

Rachel Hester

By Kelly Zwicker

Fashion for Conservation (FFC) is just the combination Seattle culture needed. Combining a love for animal rights and conservation with the innovative eye of fashion is so unique, as is the FFC team. Everyone dedicates time and effort into making the company what it is today, and everyone has a role. The talent and motivations of all teams within FFC strive to play to their strengths and constantly support each other to reach new milestones.

Pictured: Director of Bilingual Affairs Cayetana San Segundo, Marketing Director Vilté Rooney, Co-Founder Ava J Holmes

Pictured: Director of Bilingual Affairs Cayetana San Segundo, Marketing Director Vilté Rooney, Co-Founder Ava J Holmes

Pictured: A handful of the dedicated members of the FFC team 

Pictured: A handful of the dedicated members of the FFC team 

Ava J. Holmes, the founder of FFC, believes in bridging the gap between the industries of conservation and fashion. “Fashion for Conservation to me is where creativity meets conservation,” she explains,  “It is a family of people from many diverse, even eclectic backgrounds contributing their unique experience in raising awareness and funds for meaningful causes.”

Pictured: Co-founder Ava J Holmes and Creative Director Nazy Alvarez. PC: Fashion Lab

Pictured: Co-founder Ava J Holmes and Creative Director Nazy Alvarez. PC: Fashion Lab

The Fashion for Conservation team has hopes of obtaining a physical presence in 6 countries by the end of 2017. The current events have been hosted in the United States, United Kingdom, and British Columbia. Another goal is to boost the social media presence of FFC in order to secure a higher position in the world of invigorating fashion. Ideally, conservation inspired fashion will be a staple in the future, and will become a well-known concept to much more expanded audience.

Pictured: Runway to Peru fashion show. Represents the future global expansion of FFC influence. 

Pictured: Runway to Peru fashion show. Represents the future global expansion of FFC influence. 

Pictured: Members of the FFC team strategizing behind the scenes of Runway to Peru.

Pictured: Members of the FFC team strategizing behind the scenes of Runway to Peru.

Current ways to stay updated with FFC efforts and events is through our blog and social media, encouraging individuals to attend global events, shop the wildlife inspired online store, or make direct donations.

Pictured: Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker in a No Voice hoodie, available online at fashionforconservation.com

Pictured: Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker in a No Voice hoodie, available online at fashionforconservation.com

Raising conservation awareness in itself is not an easy task, for this combination of industries is also educational for those less aware of animal welfare issues worldwide. FFC’s unique approach and lack of normality connects individuals in the world of fashion, film, and the arts to current real-world issues. In addition to producing creative pieces with the courtesy of sponsored designers, FFC educates consumers on animals and ecosystems and how to prioritize the purchasing of more sustainable clothing options.

Samantha Zwicker, co-founder of FFC and founder of non-profit Hoja Nueva, is thankful for the fashion and conservation idea, given it is what she refers to as a “grassroots movement,” started by a group of passionate people wanting to make a positive impact on the world. “Our team means the world to me,” she exclaims, “we are a like a living, breathing organism that feeds off of each other's energy, using our individual skills and creativity to produce unique, impactful events for amazing causes.”

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The actual fashion behind the eco-fashion shows are not as literal as one may think. Instead, pieces represent the idea of animals through colors and textures. Elephantasia, for instance, is a current campaign of FFC’s in 2017. A portion of sales go to the conservation of elephants and the quality of elephant sanctuaries. Elephantasia will be promoted on FFC’s upcoming European tour, complete with fashion shows to showcase the elephant inspired apparel. Elephantasia will be hitting the runways of Europe as soon as July 18th at  Ibiza Fashion Week and ending with a bang at London Fashion Week SS18.

The striking beauty and innocence of animals shows through the creativity of designers’ pieces, furthering the stance to preserve wildlife worldwide. Vilté Rooney, founder of Baltic Creative and creative team member of FFC, is also very passionate about animal rights, and working with other individuals that strive to change the world. “I have been in the fashion industry for over a decade,” she says “and for the first time I feel like I am part of something that is actually making a difference through the fashion community.”

FFC brings awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation.

FFC brings awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation.

Overall, Fashion for Conservation will grow and evolve in the Seattle community as well as globally through increased engagement and people believing in the cause. With a determined team working together to bring out inspiring content and increased awareness of animal conservation, FFC will become an essential piece to the fashion industry.

 

Elephantasia Exclusive | VIP & Press Closing Party SS17

Rachel Hester

 
 
 
I WILL DO ALL THAT I CAN TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE ELEPHANTS CAN THRIVE NOW
— Elephantasia Seattle SS17
 

Thank you to our media partners and sponsors for Elephantasia SS17

A-DOT Productions, Chantelle Melzer,   Eco Fashion Week,  DeCarbon Azul, Essentials Bakery, Evergreens Salad,  Floral Image, Unclebob Studios, NOVICA, KIND Snacks, Roaming Elephant, SELEUŠS Chocolates, & Straight Jacket Studios.

UNIVISION TV, Seattle Met, M.IND Magazine, IBUKI Magazine, VILLE Magazine, Cradle Our Spirit Media

HIGHLIGHTS
VIP & PRESS CLOSING
PARTY SS17

Reveal of The NO VOICE Collective founded by Oscar Abades (Spain) and Ricardo Ceretti (Italy).

Reveal of The NO VOICE Collective founded by Oscar Abades (Spain) and Ricardo Ceretti (Italy).

Live Coverage by UNVISION TV

Live Coverage by UNVISION TV

Americas Next Top Model and Elephantasia SS17 cover girl Binta Dibba (right) posing with Amy Gee (left)

Americas Next Top Model and Elephantasia SS17 cover girl Binta Dibba (right) posing with Amy Gee (left)

Elephantasia live exhibition featuring all SS17 designers including Shriti Pratap (India) pictured above.

Elephantasia live exhibition featuring all SS17 designers including Shriti Pratap (India) pictured above.

Elephantasia member appreciation with gifts from SELEUŠS Chocolates.

Elephantasia member appreciation with gifts from SELEUŠS Chocolates.

Elephantasia team reunion: Brand Director, Nazy Alvarez (Paris) & VIP Director, Victor Loo (US/Singapore)

Elephantasia team reunion: Brand Director, Nazy Alvarez (Paris) & VIP Director, Victor Loo (US/Singapore)

Live painting and life-sized "Roaming Elephant" mural by Matt Shapira.

Live painting and life-sized "Roaming Elephant" mural by Matt Shapira.

Open bar of organic wine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Open bar of organic wine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Keynote presentation by The African Wildlife Foundation

Keynote presentation by The African Wildlife Foundation

VIP Invitations and Press Release printed on paper made from Elephant Poo

VIP Invitations and Press Release printed on paper made from Elephant Poo

Donor and VIP appreciation with elephant gifts from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Donor and VIP appreciation with elephant gifts from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Thank you from the entire team for supporting Elephantasia SS17!

Thank you from the entire team for supporting Elephantasia SS17!

 

Thank you for making a commitment to protecting elephants!

Life sized "elephant contract" signed by VIP of Elephantasia SS17 & Members Elephantasia.

Life sized "elephant contract" signed by VIP of Elephantasia SS17 & Members Elephantasia.