The Future powered by MINI is the third, annual platform,
conceptualized by FUNKSHION, the leading Miami-based production company. The focus of the special edition, dynamic platform is not only a current event, but a time-sensitive cause: Sustainability in fashion.
The Future powered by MINI was created to support a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. The event kicked off at the Soho Beach House with a panel discussion focused completely on Sustainable Fashion with speakers Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange, Elizabeth Wheaton, Environment & Substantiality Director at City of Miami Beach, Daniele D’orazi from Istituto Marangoni, Veronica Pesantes Co-founder of The Onikas, and Sophie Zembra Founder of Antidote, in conversation with Danié Gómez-Ortigoza, Fashion Influencer and Journalist @journeyofabraid. The group discussed simple solutions consumers can make when buying, focusing attention on ethical makers. Coinciding with The Future powered by MINI, the City of Miami Beach announced its #PlasticFreeMB campaign, inviting local businesses to register and pledge to reduce single-use plastics.
On Friday, November 9th, sustainable, Wynwood boutique, Antidote showed its first-ever runway show at The Setai Miami Beach showcasing a see-now-buy-now collection available in its flagship Miami location. The boutique collaborated with the Miami City Ballet School, in which ballerinas modeled the clothing on the runway, showing the true beauty of movement for the Parisian themed event.
The following evening of November 10th, Global Fashion Exchange hosted its signature “Swap Party” dedicated to accelerating the adoption of circularity to reduce waste in the apparel industry. Funkshion collaborated to help GFX meet its goal of saving 1 million pounds of clothing from being thrown away by giving them a second life through its signature elevated swap party. Nearly 100 attendees swapped hundreds of articles of clothing and accessories, giving a new life to a formerly used wardrobe.
The evening continued with the runway shows of two Argentinean brands, Cosecha Vintage and Chain. The collection of Cosecha Vintage was created from upcycled materials including curtains, pantyhose and accessories made from recycled clothing irons. Chain, the brand focused on sustainable, handcrafted, genderless apparel showed a pastel collection, made by hand with raw materials and organic dyes.
FUNKSHION highlighted Orange Fiber as a sophisticated, innovative new technology setting the example for waste reduction and organic repurposing. A collaboration with Orange Fiber and Salvatore Ferragamo was presented. The exclusive project represents a dedication to sustainability and innovation.
“Salvatore Ferragamo is the first fashion house to make use exclusively of Orange Fiber fabrics. The much-anticipated collaboration is born of a shared passion for creative innovation, sustainable design, and our beloved heritage of Italian excellence. Our brands have come together to produce a limited edition capsule of ethereal, breezy pieces perfectly suited for the season and beautifully constructed with the softest of fabrics for a renewed wearing experience.” stated by Orange Fiber.
FUNKSHION: The Future powered by MINI is an important and unique platform that celebrated and embraced new perspectives and values, while supporting the meaningful change within the fashion industry with like-minded partners who all “joined the conversation” of sustainability. Rethinking what we know today and focusing on tomorrow is the main mission behind the FUNKSHION and MINI partnership and special edition event.
Photo credit: Simon Soong