By participating in dynamic and interactive modules held by top-industry experts and leaders, you will:
- Garner a better understanding of what sustainable fashion actually means in a modern age;
- Study and understand the policies and revolutionary practices already in use in the market;
- Learn how companies can implement sustainable practices in everyday life and influence others;
- Discover how brands can effectively communicate sustainability;
- Learn how to apply the principles of circularity in the fashion industry;
- Actively develop your own sustainable business ideas.
The fashion industry is one of the most pollutive in the world. Yet, what if you could wear clothes that are both sustainable and affordable?
The course will show how brands are re-thinking the way they design, produce, and sell their products. You will deepen your knowledge about the latest technologies and new trends, driven by a strong demand from more self-conscious consumers.
Furthermore, you will acknowledge that sustainability is a broad complex issue and the answer to the question “how to become sustainable?” is not that obvious.
Set out in the 2030 United Nations Agenda.
Through this Certificate Program you can contribute to the achievement of the following goals:
Goal 5: Gender Equality.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
- Fashion and sustainability enthusiasts
- Fashion brands managers and designers
- Fashion start up founders
and those with a strong interest in making fashion a sustainable sector.
- Deep understanding of the key role sustainability must play in the Fashion Industry, in order to successfully face current and future challenges;
- High educational value: you will be able to attend lectures and interact directly with some of the greatest fashion experts worldwide;
- Putting knowledge into practice: By tackling a proposed challenge, you will be able to grasp the problems and face the fashion industry in a sustainable way. This challenge represents our learning methodology and one of the pillars of EIIS: Challenge-Based Learning.
- Community: EIIS aims to connect sustainable minds. You will be part of a community of people committed to sustainability.Throughout our Digital Campus, EIIS Talks and On-Site events, we give our participants the opportunity to interact and get to know each other in a more informal way. We will do our best to provide a sense of belonging to every attending participant.
Meet some of the course’s experts. Get ready to be engaged by their incredible passion!
Allison Hoeltzel Savini is a consultant in the leather goods industry, with extensive expertise in product development and management. Having started her career working with brands such as Stuart Weitzman, Sonia Rykiel, and Alfred Dunhill, she founded her own brand Officina del Poggio in 2014 and continues to consult with brands such as Furla and Schiaparelli. Allison continues to research and focus on sustainable practices, collaborating with organisations such as 24Bottles, The Sustainable Angle, the No More Plastic foundation, and model and sustainable fashion ambassador Arizona Muse. She graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration and from Southern Methodist University with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts Administration.
Sofia is a veteran journalist and editor who started her career as an intern for Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News in Los Angeles and Milan. After completing an MA in Journalism, she moved to Rome to cover the Vatican for The Boston Globe and went on to write about Italy’s economy, political arena and luxury and retail industry, as a staff reporter for Dow Jones Newswires and contributor to the Wall Street Journal. She returned to fashion in 2011, first as a fashion critic, and later as the founder of bacoluxury.com, a social impact project supporting artisans and artisan craft.With a concentration in sustainable fashion, fashion tech, haute couture and inclusion, she now works as a content consultant for luxury goods companies and regularly contributes to Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Women’s Wear Daily.
Philippa has 2 Master’s degrees in fashion sustainability and is Eco-Age’s textiles, materials and policy expert. Originally from a design background, a longstanding curiosity of the impact of materials directs her consultancy work and she finds great enjoyment developing solutions mitigate the industry's environmental and social impact through innovative, alternative, and regenerative material selection. She has spent over a year researching in South Asia, visiting a range of producers, from tiny, rural natural dyers and hand weavers to huge industrial manufacturers making garments for global fashion brands. Nowadays, she supports businesses depart from the linear economy, uphold ethical practices in supply chains, and keeping up to date with relevant policy changes, helping to lobby governments to ensure proposed policies are holistic and effective in driving change in the industry.
Nato a Cortina d’Ampezzo nel 1965, si laurea in Economia e Commercio a Trieste nel 1989 e completa il percorso formativo frequentando e conseguendo il Master PROFINGEST in Gestione d’Impresa a Bologna.Maestro di sci e amante della montagna e delle attività outdoor in genere, dal 1999 collabora con Patagonia rivestendo attualmente il ruolo di Country Manager Italy. Patagonia è senza dubbio l’azienda ideale dove coniugare business e passioni personali, in un ambiente attento a valori fondamentali quali tutela dell’ambiente e impegno sociale.
Born in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1965, Fabio is a ski instructor and lover of the mountains and outdoor activities. He graduated with a degree in Economics and Business in Trieste in 1989, and completed his training in PROFINGEST. He obtained his Master's in Business Management in Bologna and has been working with Patagonia since 1999. He currently serves as Country Manager for Patagonia in Italy. Patagonia is undoubtedly the ideal company to combine business and personal passions, in an environment that is attentive to fundamental values such as environmental protection and social commitment.
Founder and CEO of The Mayshad Group, a women centric comprised of enterprises, dedicated to leadership, development, diversity and inclusion.Nezha is a global advocate for the economic empowerment of women with an active community of 2.3 M.She hosts conferences and events, bringing together policy makers, corporate leaders, and activists to build awareness and implement strategies to reach the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Nezha runs WOMEN CHOICE, a New York based organization working closely with brands, corporations and institutions to implement sustainability, diversity and inclusion initiatives and campaigns.
WOMEN CHOICE counts a global network of women founders, executives and influencers that engage and find support in her movement for women's empowerment.She wrote and published "Be a leader" at Post Hill publishing, a book on the 12 fundamental values of leadership.
Payal Luthra leads and coordinates WWF’s global efforts in the apparel and textile sector. Her role includes guiding strategy, supporting transformational corporate partnerships with apparel and textile brands, and supporting WWF’s textile-related projects on-ground in freshwater, biodiversity, and climate & energy. Before joining WWF, Ms. Luthra was Founder and Creative Director of Payal Luthra Ecologies, an ethical and sustainable fashion label with a mission to celebrate nature and wildlife through design, while raising awareness and supporting conservation. In her 20-year career she has lived and worked in multiple continents, and has broad experience in architectural design, participatory planning, and consulting. In the US she studied at Sea Education Association at Woods Hole, received her BA from Colby College, and she holds an MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Simone Cipriani founded and manages the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and of the World Trade Organization. In addition, he chairs the secretariat of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.
Simone Cipriani has made it his mission to build a more responsible and sustainable fashion industry, by transforming it into a vehicle of poverty reduction and of empowerment of women, throughout the developing world. The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) is a large supply chain that enables artisans who live in marginalised conditions, in Africa (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Niger, Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo), the Caribbean (Haiti) and Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), to become regular suppliers of international fashion and lifestyle brands, thus reducing poverty and empowering large numbers of women artisans.
In parallel, the initiative has evolved into an accelerator to work with emerging African designers to promote their talent at an international level and thus to support more forms of Made in Africa production.
Since its inception, EFI has advocated for accurate reporting on conditions within the supply chain and continued impact assessment. The initiative has now developed an Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) due diligence and corporate reporting framework for use by the wider fashion industry.
Today, through his work at the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani has become a key spokesperson at the forefront of the growing global movement for ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.
Graduated in Economics and Management and specialized in Fashion, Luxury and Made in Italy, she joined Vivienne Westwood in 2015. The evolution of Vivienne Westwood's operating model led her to focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and then on Supply Chain Sustainability for the Group's Italian subsidiary.
Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel is now working in the Massachusetts Institute of technology as Program Manager of Fiber technologies and founder of Value of Science. She created DESCIENCE, a global collective of designers, scientists & technologists, connecting the world of science and Design as one. She was selected as Human of the year by motherhood Magazine on 2018 and received the 2015 Boston Business Magazine “Woman to Watch” Award. She graduated with a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Postdoctoral trained in the MIT Sloan School in Technology Innovation & entrepreneurship. Yuly is energetically involved in fostering international innovation ecosystem and careers diversity. Currently serving as President of the board of the Chile-Massachusetts Alliance to support international exchange of investment, technological business, talent and social impact, Past board member at FIT Lab,NY and Board Member of Aji Challenge a Chilean accelerator that foster the success of technological companies in global markets. As a member of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST) she received a Volunteer Giving back award. Also member of the innovation committee at MIT enterprise forum in Cambridge, reviewer from MIT Legatum Center and advisor to MIT Delta students start up companies. During her time as a Ph.D. student, she pioneered the co-organization of the International workshop called “Small Brains Big Ideas” Biomedical Insights from Invertebrate Neuroscience Research, held in Santiago, Chile.
Born in London, Indian by origin, a nomad in spirit, Bav Tailor is the founder and conscious creative of her eponymous conscious luxury holistic sphere. Built around a 360°Conscious Manifesto, Bav Tailor is a member of Positive Luxury , awarded with the Butterfly Mark for a company-wide commitment to sustainability.
Ph.D, Associate Professor, he is currently the Coordinator of Knitwear design Lab – Knitlab of the Fashion Design Degree at the Politecnico di Milano. He worked at Donna Karan NY as Assistant Account Executive International for the DKNY women's line in Italy.
Founder and Scientific Coordinator of the website/blog www.knitlb.org, he was involved as Visiting Scholar to Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology of Bangalore (India), as Lecturing in some University (China, Brazil, Perù, Australia), as consultant for SENAI Design program in Brazil. He is Instituto Italo-Latino Americano – IILA expert collaborator in the Pymes Forum for cooperation projects on textile and fashion.
He is a member of the editorial board of “Lupetti. Editori di Comunicazione ". In 2020 he received the Honorable Mention at the XXVI Compasso d'Oro for the "DigiKnit" research.
He is Director of the Master in Fashion Direction: Product Sustainability Management at MFI (Milano Fashion Institute Consortium) and member of LeNS - International Learning Network on Sustainability.
An expert in textile value chain, Giusy has superior technical knowledge within the raw material market sector, as well as precise marketing and communication skills. In 2007, Bettoni created C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy), the international eco-hub based in Milan.
Isrid van Geuns (1968) is living and working in Amsterdam. She has been employed as a design- and product manager for many years and was involved in several successful enterprises in the fashion and retail industry. In 2009 she founded her company ISRID Agency, a concept and platform in which she connects and advises companies, brands and talent and activates projects in the fashion and luxury industry. Isrid is a trend and intelligence researcher, talent developer and global talent finder specialized in the fashion and luxury business, also providing a series of courses and master classes at different educations in Amsterdam, Paris and Rome to raise the bar for sustainability and digital transformation in the industry.
Harvey James is a freelance journalist focusing on tech, fashion and culture. Over his five year professional career, he has written for HIGHSNOBIETY, Metro UK, Fashion Minority Alliance, Slate Magazine, Soho House, WIRED UK, VICE UK, FashionBeans and British GQ on topics such a digital influencing, interns, B-Corps, regenerative farming and community.