It’s no secret that the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion, relies on the exploitation of BIPOC people, from lack of fair pay for garment workers to Black designers having their work stolen by big brands. What’s less discussed, however, is how the sustainable fashion industry is complicit. Too often, mainstream sustainability and wellness are defined by their relationships to whiteness, mirroring a heavily white-washed environmental industry.

That’s why Lablaco’s Circular Fashion Summit, the world’s first-ever virtual-reality fashion summit, which took place earlier this month, highlighted BIPOC designers only with their Impact Design Hub. Within the VR space, virtual attendees were invited to learn more about the designers who are redefining the future of the fashion industry, drawing attention to emerging brands from Nigeria to China.

One of these brands was Haus…

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