It’s a fellowship program that invites a small group of do-gooders in the apparel industry to come together for three days to collaborate on social or environmental solutions for their organizations.
It’s a chance to dream bigger and bolder, surrounded by a community of mentors, experts and peers that can help them make an impact faster.
Each year the Collaboratory will focus on a different sustainability topic that the apparel industry is working to tackle. The focus of the inaugural class was on reducing water impact and we brought together a group committed to doing interesting work in this space. Innovative solutions were eligible for up to $50,000 in funding.
The program is designed for emerging entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs in the fashion and apparel industry who are passionate about doing the right thing for people and the planet.
They should be curious, determined and values-driven. Open to new ideas and eager to learn. Excited to build a community of like-minded individuals. Committed to act on what they learn through the LS&Co. Collaboratory.
You can check out our inaugural class of fellows below.
Founder and executive director of The Colours of Nature, is designing and building an extension of the company’s natural indigo fermentation dyeing facility that will enable water reductions in fiber dyeing at scale.
The Colours of Nature is a natural dye company specializing in indigo.
Co-founder of Social Imprints, is working with his customers to reduce unnecessary production, creating an end-of-life recycling program for consumers, and creating and implementing a design solution that lowers the organization’s water footprint.
Social Imprints is a full-service merchandising company that employs at-risk populations.
Co-founder and creative director of Outerknown, is working in partnership with his team to lay the groundwork for long-term policy change in the area of preferential tariffs and benefit fibers by using Outerknown’s platform and voice to raise awareness and educate others about the issue.
Outerknown is a sustainable menswear brand that blends function and style starting at the supply chain.
Founder and creative director of Home Abroad, a startup featuring ethically made fashion that incorporates African textiles.
CEO and co-founder of Cherehani Africa, is installing a grey water recycling system that will provide water to tree seedlings at a shared production space for apparel micro-entrepreneurs.
Cherehani Africa is a social enterprise focused on women’s empowerment and financial inclusion through sustainable fashion.
Founder and creative director of the IOU Project, is working with the IOWEYOU artisan community to create a version of their signature madras shirt using fabric made with yarn and finishing techniques that require less water.
IOU Project is an experiment to rethink how goods are produced and sold in a way that empowers artisans and protects the environment.
Founder and CEO of Le Souk, is developing water-efficiency standards for Le Souk’s textile suppliers and issuing an RFQ for suppliers to create materials that meet these standards and are classified as water-efficient on Le Souk’s platform.
Le Souk is the first online global textiles marketplace.
Founder and executive director of Nest, is partnering with an engineering firm to create practical and affordable solutions for sustainable wastewater treatment, management, and disposal in small artisan workshop settings.
Nest is a nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of the fashion and home industry’s informal workforce.