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The biggest event in fashion and
sustainable lifestyle in Latin America

Through our Summit we bring together the top global disruptors to discuss, propose and implement alternative paradigms in lifestyle based on environmental and social justice. We showcase the leading technologies and latest innovations in sustainable lifestyle, whilst at the same time celebrating traditional artisanal master crafts.

We welcome you next June 7, 8 and 9th 2018
in Avenida Escazú, San José.

Fashion leaders and global thinkers including: Livia Firth, Creative Director of ECO-AGE, Carmen Hijosa, Innovator & Founder of Ananas Anam Ltd, Gisele Bundchen, Model and Environmental Activist, Paul Hawken, Author of Drawdown, 2017 bestselling environmental book, Oskar Metsavaht, Osklen Creative Director and UNESCO Ambassador, Isabella Springmuhl, Fashion Designer, Cameron Saul, Founder of Bottletop, Claudia Donaldson, publisher, Lucy Siegle, Author, Broadcaster & Journalist; among others.

Agenda

THURSDAY JUNE 7TH

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

 

10:00 a.m

Opening speech by OMINA CEO, Andrea Somma-Trejos. 

Introduction by Livia Firth, president of the Advisory Committee of OMINA and Carmen Busquets, co-founder.

10:30 a.m

Prof. Katherine Trebeck, research director of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. 

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the world’s biggest financial crisis. The aftermath is that we need a new economy based on well-being. Professor Katherine Trebeck will be announcing for the first time the WE7 alliance of countries oriented by this new model of development.

11:00 a.m

In conversation: Gisele Bündchen and Paul Hawken on Drawdown.

The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

11:45 a.m

Sharon Chang,”Re-imagining sustainability”

What constraints are holding us back? What rules are we afraid to break? What taboos subjects do we need to broach in order to instigate change? What truths do we need to confront even if they make us uncomfortable? This talk is a provocation to challenge our current thinking and practice on sustainability.

 

LUNCH BREAK
12:15 p.m to 1:15 p.m

 

 

SUGGESTION

Lunch: Branding and Image Awareness for Emerging Designers and Brands

Restaurant La Divina Comida, Avenida Escazú. Price: ¢10,000

Araceli Graham, curator of Cooperativa Shop, Fernanda Hernández, Head PR and International projects at Luisa Via Roma and Kelly Talamas, consultant and ex editor in chief of Vogue Mexico and Latin America will talk about branding and image awareness for emerging brands.

 

1:30 pm

HOW DOES THE SHARING ECONOMY HELP TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

Moderator: Carmen Busquets.

Panelists: 

Ytzia Belausteguigoitia (Troquer, luxury resale platform in Mexico)

Ben Demiri (PlatformE, customization of luxury goods)

Shanin Molinaro (VillageLuxe, “Airbnb of fashion”)

Trisha Gregory (Armarium, luxury on demand)

 

COFFEE BREAK

 

3:30 p.m

SOCIAL INNOVATION

Moderator: Celina De Sola (Glasswing International)

Panelists 

Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed (Sana Jardin, perfume made by women in Morocco)

Cameron Saul (Bottletop, social project in Brazil)

Lula Mena (El Salvador, craftsmanship and social projects)

Linda McGlathery (Guatemala, crafts with indigenous communities, mainly women)

Maris Stella (Entre Costuras, social project in Cueva de Luz de la Carpio, San José, Costa Rica)

Jasmine Aarons (Voz, work with women weavers in Chile)

FRIDAY JUNE 8TH

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

 

10:00 a.m
In conversation: Donna Karan and Carmen Busquets. 

On working with artisans in Latin America and the world.

10:30 a.m
In conversation: Paula Mendoza and Alejandro Calderón, “Looking for the Masters”.

A huge social impact project to document ancient indigenous techniques and implement a systematic program of collaborations between international well known Latin American designers and these communities.

11:00 a.m
Isabella Springmühl, “My life full of color”

Fashion designer from Guatemala.

11:20 a.m
Claudia Donaldson, “The power of storytelling.”

Publisher and former editor-in-chief of Nowness.

 

LUNCH BREAK
12:15 p.m to 1:15 p.m

 

SUGGESTION
Lunch: Conscious lifestyle: How to blog about it

Restaurant Bulali, Avenida Escazú. Price: ¢10,000

Conscious lifestyle & travel expert and entrepreneur, Valeria Hinojosa, will share her story and lead a talk focused on how mindfulness, travel and success go hand in hand. She will also share how you can create a powerful, contagious and world-changing ripple effect through your social media channels.

 

1:30 p.m
SYNTHETICS VS. NATURAL FIBERS

Woolmark Company Documentary.

In conversation: Livia Firth and Lucy Siegle.

2:00 p.m
DESIGNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Moderator: Lucy Siegle, writer and journalist.

Panelists:

Adriana Cachay (AYNI, Peru based knitwear brand working with local artisans to empower women). 

Oscar Ruiz (Obra Gris, Costa Rican fashion brand, zero waste)

Bia Saldanha (Veja Fairtrade)

Livia Firth (Eco-Age)

Jag Gill (Sundar, digital sourcing platform)

Maria Busquets (Cashmirino)

 

COFFEE BREAK

 

3:30 p.m
CREATING A CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Moderator: Andrea Somma (OMINA CEO)

Panelists:

Valeria Hinojosa (Blogger, Water Thru Skin)

Paloma Teppa (Plant the Future, biophilia)

Céline Semaan (Slow Factory, fashion activist)

Patrick Duffy (Global Fashion Exchange, swap market) 

Dria Murphy (Alise Collective, sustainability consultant)

Luis Diego Quirós (Dean, Veritas University

SATURDAY JUNE 9TH
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

 

10:00 a.m
Documentary on the trajectory of Oskar Metsavaht (OSKLEN)

10:20 a.m
In conversation: Livia Firth y Oskar Metsavaht.

10:40 a.m
In conversation: Marianne Hernández (PACUNAM) and Mayi Antillón (IMAGO). 

Sustainable development as a tool for conservation of cultural and natural heritage and how a laser from the skies helps us make it happen.

11:20 a.m
Carmen Hijosa. “On Piñatex

 

LUNCH BREAK
12:15 p.m to 1:15 p.m 

 

SUGGESTION
Lunch: Empowering and Inclusive Ways to Succeed in Latin American Fashion. 

Restaurant L’ile de France, Avenida Escazú. Price: ¢12,000

Estefanía Lacayo, director of Latin American Fashion Summit and Brenda Díaz de la Vega, journalist and consultant for emerging brands, will be talking about how to succeed in the Latin American Fashion Industry.

 

1:30 p.m
THE FUTURE OF TEXTILES

Moderator: Gema Gómez (Slow Fashion Next, Spanish academy of sustainable fashion)

Panelists:

Carmen Hijosa (Piñatex, textile made out of pineapple fiber)

Arianne Engelberg (The New Denim Project, recycled denim)

Patricia Ermecheo (Osomtex, textile recycling)

Cristian Gutiérrez (EVEA, bio-leather)

Martín Ramirez (Cáscara, textiles made with biomass)

Juan Guillermo Chica (Research Professor, Veritas University)

 

COFFEE BREAK

 

3:30 p.m

PLASTIC FREE OCEANS

Moderator: Oskar Metsavaht (OSKLEN)

Panelists:

Pilar Álvarez-Laso (UNESCO)

Melissa Gil y Alexandra Menk (MG Surfline,100% recycled polyester)

Lucy Siegle (Sustainability writer)

Carolina Sevilla (5 Minute Beach Cleanup)

Esteban Brenes (Fundación Amigos Isla del Coco)

 

4:15 p.m
Cocos Island, World Natural Heritage Site Award to Oskar Metsavaht. 

4:30 p.m
Álvaro Cedeño, Ambassador of Costa Rica at the World Trade Organization. Costa Rica as a wellbeing economy has been in gestation for over a century. This generation of Costa Ricans has the unique opportunity to get the job done and lead the entire nation to enjoy with equity and sustainability the grand masterpiece that is of the people for the people and by the people.

4:45 p.m
His Excellency Ross Patrick Denny, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Costa Rica.

5:00 p.m
Eco-Age Award to Costa Rica received by the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado.

5:15 p.m
Words by the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado.

8:00 p.m
OMINA Closing Party, with the participation of Lola Ponce.

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