A long white dining table stretched out like a runway through the center of Eileen Fisher’s latest hybrid retail space in Brooklyn. The dinner party invite asked that we bring an old item of clothing, to be made into art while we dined. Enticing and mysterious? Check and check. These are words not often associated with sustainability, which has become a love-hate topic amongst many fashion retailers – especially those who haven’t even begun to tackle this massive issue.
Imagine being in possession of 15,000 of the most significant garments of the century and never wearing a single one – not zipping up that Cristóbal Balenciaga dress for dinner, not cinching into that Jean Dessès gown for the opera, not even trying out the Madeleine Vionnet number for fun. Never.
Gucci has announced the hire of its first global head of diversity, equity and inclusion. Renée Tirado, who previously held the position of the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Major League Baseball, “will help create the meaningful change” the brand wants to see in the company – and the fashion industry.