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SBW Byron Chapter – Monthly Hub : Conscious Fashion: Locally, Regionally & Globally

Take a deeper dive into true sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry.

Our SBW Byron July Hub focusses on Ethical and Sustainable fashion, and we are delighted to host 3 very special guests. These amazing local women have all built their successful global fashion businesses on these foundations.

Sustainable fashion is a hot topic right now:
In an age of less is more, how can we elevate consciousness in our clothing purchases to buy for longevity and meaning?
Hear from the women who have created local brands with deep thinking around production, packaging and partnership.
Take a deeper dive into true sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry.

Join us in July at our SBW hub  and be inspired by our guest speakers:

Hannah Mitchell – Founder and Creative Director of Alcana

Madonna Bain- Founder and Creative director at Eco Intimates.

Alexandra Leeb-Lawton- Founder of Byron School of Fashion.

About SBW  Byron Hubs:

SBW Byron Hubs occur the first Wednesday of every month.  It’s an opportunity to come together as women in business in the Byron Shire and beyond to learn, network, collaborate and be inspired.

About Our Speakers:

Hannah Mitchell-  Alcana

After studying fashion design in New Zealand and America Hannah Mitchell spent over 10 years working in all areas of the fashion industry, being exposed to unethical practices she was unable to ignore.

In 2017 Hannah founded Alcana, a label committed to positive environmental and social change with full transparency.

Alcana preserves the traditions of the artisans who create their clothes by weaving their textiles into Alcana’s collections. Skilled artisans across India use ancient methods like handweaving and herbal plant dyeing to create each piece. The aim is to connect the grower, the textile artisan, the tailor, and the wearer through this story while preserving ancient traditions.

Hannah will bring you an inspiring discussion around “solutions to the problems we are facing in the fashion industry. Looking at indigenous wisdom and how we integrate this into our practices, connecting to the human resources and extraction process”.

Alexander Leeb-Lawton- Byron School Of Fashion

BSF founder Alexandra Leeb-Lawton is driven by her vision and extensive experience in the fashion world.

Having a Bachelor of Education majoring in Design and a European Master Craftsman Degree in Couture and Tailoring, she has worked as a fashion designer and as a costume designer for film and theatre production. Since moving to Australia, Alexandra has been employed as Head Teacher in Design and Head of Department in Fashion and Styling for both public and private colleges for many years.

Through a desire to offer authenticity and originality, Alexandra has peeled back the layers to unearth her sustainable and educational program in the town she calls home, Byron Bay.

Alexander’s mission through the Byron School of Fashion is to close the gap in fashion education for a greener future. “We are committed to guide and support new creators and innovators. We are committed to contribute to change, to recreate, to remake and to regenerate the fashion landscape”.

Madonna Bain: Eco Intimates

Is the founder and designer at Eco Intimates. She creates bespoke intimates and is dedicated to creating luxurious lingerie & sleepwear. She is passionate about using natural and organic textiles, and all Eco Intimates pieces are produced via slow manufacturing processes which supports makers & the planet. 

Madonna first started the label back in 2008, as a hobby, as she was passionate about designing and creating natural yet feminine lingerie that not only makes women feel beautiful, but will stand the test of time. Eco Intimates began in Madonna’s home studio (ok..  spare room) while her two daughters were small, and each year has grown little by little through much love & dedication.

In 2018 Madonna decided to work full time on Eco Intimates and it is still very much a bespoke label. Today each collection is made in small, sustainably, sized batches produced by a couple of teams of home-makers in Bali, Indonesia. While she still creates all of her designs from concept, sample & pattern from her home here in northern NSW. With each new collection, Madonna remains true to her ethos of creating natural lingerie to remind women how truly beautiful they are.

Madonna says her hopes for this event is around bringing women together, to support and connect. I am excited to be asked to join this years hub as understanding women, their needs, wants and desires and connecting with them is a theme for my business and a strong focus I keep in all facets of it.

While empowering myself with a viable and successful business is at the core of my mission, there is a strong mission to provide women with products that work for them, not only aesthetically pleasing but provide a solution and help us to be comfortable in our own skin.

Byron Community College
6/8 Burringbar St, Mullumbimby NSW 2482, Australia

Wed 7th July  4.45pm – 6.30pm


Please note: You may be photographed or filmed for marketing purposes while attending this event. Please advise the organiser if you have questions, concerns, or do not wish this to happen. As an attendee you will be added to the SBP mailing list for event correspondence, follow up and upcoming event information.  The option to unsubscribe is available at any time.