Join Fyli and Mercado Global for a panel discussion about the ethical fashion movement and the future of fashion. As a leader in ethical fashion for fifteen years, Brooklyn-based nonprofit Mercado Global works with Indigenous women in the highlands of rural Guatemala to become artisans, providing them with trainings, materials, and sewing equipment. Through donor-funded business education and leadership programs, Mercado Global helps women create community businesses to support themselves and their families.
In a lively panel, Mercado Global and their retail partners will discuss sustainable sourcing, social responsibility, and ethical fashion initiatives. The goal of the panel is to understand ethical fashion and ensure that this movement is having a real impact and empowering the communities that produced these products.

Last summer, Fyli launched a monthly event series called Active Listening that Leads to Understanding to address social injustice, amplify diverse voices, and support under-served and marginalized communities. This event will be free and open to the public. Attendees can register here on Eventbrite which will also have an option for donations to be made to selected non-profits.


Nada Grkinich, Global Senior Design Director, Levi’s

Julie Verdugo, Director of Sustainability + Social Impact, Free People

Ruth Álvarez-DeGolia, Founder & Executive Director, Mercado Global

Alyssa Burgos, Director of Merchandising & Brand Strategy, Mercado Global

Jason Mcbriarty, Director of Communications and Operations at Levi’s