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LIM Students Learn about Sustainability Firsthand at Global Fashion Event

Andrea Kennedy, a sustainability expert and faculty member in LIM’s Fashion Merchandising department, recently gave the students in her Sustainability and the Future of Fashion class the opportunity to learn directly from industry professionals via a visit to the Coterie trade show at New York City’s Javits Convention Center.

Coterie is a premier global event that connects women's apparel, accessories, and footwear designers with an international 'who’s who' of retailers. The hundreds of vendors at Coterie hailed from all over the world and were being evaluated by juries for meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Kennedy assigned each student a booth and dispatched them to delve into a brand by talking with the on-site brand representatives. As students explored the show, Professor Kennedy pointed out effective product displays and emerging trends.

“I could talk about this in the classroom, but seeing it for themselves through the eyes of sustainability experts is eye-opening,” Kennedy said.

Designers explained to students how instead of outsourcing to Southeast Asia, they practice ‘place-based production.’ One such example was the PatBo exhibit, which focused on the work of Brazil’s Patricia Bonaldi. Although the clothes are distributed to 140 stores around the world, everything is designed and manufactured in Uberlândia, which means the production directly supports the people in the city and maximizes benefits to the local economy.

After attending Coterie, students wrote blog posts reflecting on their experiences. Those posts can be viewed at