Ethical Fashion


The NEXUS Lab on Ethical Fashion launched April 1, 2016 with the goal of catalyzing awareness and creating positive impact in the fashion industry. Driven by NEXUS members committed to bringing about change in various segments of the fashion industry, the Ethical Fashion Lab will explore the vital role ethical fashion can play in the global economy and what consumers, innovators and designers can do to rethink fashion’s role in the world. The Lab on Ethical Fashion is led by Co-Chairs Maggie Kervick, Amanda Cole, David Dietz, and Emma Gage.


Ethical Fashion is an umbrella term for clothing and accessories that positively impact the environment and/or human rights. This includes fashion that is organic, vegan, uses eco-friendly practices or materials, is made locally, empowers women and artisans, protects cultures and indigenous people and upholds the principles of Free Trade. Through fashion’s unique reach and scale, ethical fashion can play a role in helping bring about 15 of the 17 UN Millenial Goals.

Mission Statement

NEXUS Lab on Ethical Fashion was born from the desire to challenge the waste and abuses of the fashion industry and educate and connect leaders who are creating a new ethical fashion paradigm. The NEXUS Lab on Ethical Fashion will be a platform for our community to explore and collaborate on forward thinking ideas revolutionizing the business of fashion through sustainable innovations. Fashion’s global scale deeply affects the environment, our health, labor rights and cultural issues influencing industries across the globe from agriculture to pop culture to real estate. The Lab on Ethical Fashion will explore its vital role in the global economy and what consumers, innovators, and designers can do to use fashion to further the change that the NEXUS community has come together to create.

Our goal is to educate you as consumers, empower designers and companies and spark collaborations through in the exciting innovations and breakthroughs in ethical fashion.

The Lab on Ethical Fashion will serve as forum for members of the NEXUS network who seek to learn more about sustainability in fashion, exchange ideas and make connections through events or information!


  • Salon discussion series around innovation and impact in the ethical fashion space
  • NEXUS sustainable fashion discussion forums
  • Discounts to sustainable fashion conferences and networking events and speaking opportunities for its members
  • Meetings/calls with leading brands and designers committed to ethical practices

Links and Information

To learn more about the NEXUS Lab on Ethical Fashion, please contact