Nina Farran Chats Fashionkind & Her Newest Dinner Series
By Marni Prichard Manko| October 12, 2016 |
Penn grad Nina Farran is giving socially conscious shopping a haute overhaul with her chic online boutique.
Nina Farran steps out in one of her Fashionkind finds.
Philly native and Instagram fave Nina Farran founded the online boutique Fashionkind with a mission to reveal the fashion industry’s power to support human rights and minimize environmental impact without sacrificing style. She travels the globe and hand-selects clothes, accessories, and home goods created by designers from 23 different countries—including Philly’s own MindaHome—who share her sentiment about ethical fashion. We talked to her about changing the world using luxury fashion as the vehicle.
How Fashionkind was born: “The summer after my freshman year at Penn I saw a T-shirt with a distinctive symbol on it: a hand forming a peace sign, with the palm in the shape of Africa. After learning it was made by a humanitarian fashion brand that built schools in sub-Saharan Africa, I knew I had found my calling.”
The Concept: “Fashionkind stands for fashion for humankind. It’s an initiative at the intersection of luxury, style, ethics, and sustainability; the intersection of education, design, and consumerism; and the intersection of e-commerce and activism. There’s a preconceived notion that ethical and sustainable fashion is anything but fashionable, but every single Fashionkind piece is proof that this couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The Fashionkind dinner series: “It’s a series of suppers across the country (with the intention of expanding internationally) that’ll bring together a unique selection of individuals across industries who wouldn’t normally be at the same table, with the goal to promote ethics and sustainability in the luxury markets.”
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