Our world is facing unprecedented loss of forests, ice and animals. What can an industry as wasteful and (often) meaningless as fashion do about it?
In 2012, I asked the question, "how does my work and fashion and interest in wildlife conservation go together?" Turns out the answers are endless...
In May 2016, my company A-DOT Productions collaborated with Peruvian charity Hoja Nueva, founded by a dear friend Samantha Zwicker, to produce an international fashion fundraiser to protect the Peruvian Rainforest. founded in 2012. Ten Peruvian designers (half ready to wear and half couture) joined us on May 11th to show their support for the cause by presenting rainforest and Peruvian themed runway collections. Interwoven between the runway shows were many other attractions. A few included four different style dance and musical performances, silent and live auction, VIP Chocolate and Cacao Cocktail tasting hour, Peruvian Marketplace, Jungle Photo Booth and guest speakers. With this event we raised over 15K for Hoja Nueva! (read more about the event here)
This is one of many events A-DOT has sponsored under the "fashion for conservation" movement; follow the movement and view more photos on Facebook here.
IMPACT IN PERU
via HOJA NUEVA
SAVE THE RAINFOREST, SAVE THE WORLD
MISSION: Hoja Nueva is a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit working in the remote Piedras region of Madre de Dios, Peru. Our Experimental Center in the jungle serves as a local knowledge base led by novel, on the ground research, the majority of which involves agroforestry and permaculture. Our base will begin to house volunteers, interns, researchers, and tourists that share a mission to make sustainable agriculture a success in the Piedras- and all remote rainforest environments like it. The urgency of conserving the earth's rainforests now goes beyond cultural and wildlife preservation. As a component of the recent Paris accord on climate change, protecting the Amazon rainforest is vital and of high potential, but more in-situ research is necessary in coupled human-environment systems in the Amazon's most biodiverse and healthy forests. Hoja Nueva consults and cooperates with local agricultural associations and other nonprofit organizations to ensure reliable food production while maintaining healthy forests, creating a future where both humans and nature can thrive.
Photos by Hoja Nueva 501(c)(3) and A-DOT L.L.C.