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NEW YORK In full spring legislative season, sustainable Fashion advocates are presenting their case in Albany to New York State Fashion Law.

The law of Fashion Coalition has a full day ahead of them on Tuesday for lobbying day. Chartering a bus from midtown Manhattan early Tuesday morning, the organizers (all volunteers) plan a rally around noon and a press conference to be held at the New York Capitol. Expect several lobbying meetings of legislators throughout the day as advocates try to express their views on a relatively nuanced issue.

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By the Law of Fashion, or The Fashion Sustainability and Social Responsibility Law, these talking points track elements such as required supply chain mapping, mandatory due diligence, and potential compliance mechanisms to keep $100 million-revenue fashion companies doing business in New York in line with efforts environmental, social and governance.

The bill was introduced in October by New York state lawmakers Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Dr. Anna Kelles.

“The Act on Fashion Coalition is focused on ongoing discussions with New York State legislators, ensuring they are aware of the scope, scale and urgency of the negative impacts of the global fashion industry and the need to groundbreaking legislation,” said Michelle Gabriel, an educator at Glasgow Caledonian University in New York, who is an organizing member of the Act on Fashion Coalition. “We need legislators who make fashion industry reform a priority. Another day without regulation is another day of status quo, for workers and for the environment. Coalition members remain engaged and taking the time to show up in Albany and let legislators know they need to pass the Fashion Act.”

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The coalition encompasses a variety of stakeholders, including legislators, labor rights groups, community organizations, environmentalists, academics, and industry groups. Coalition members such as the New Standard Institute, the Natural Resources Defense Council, EarthDay.org, and the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, as well as influential industry voices such as sustainable designer Stella McCartneythey were among the inaugural supporters.

Amendments to the bill are anticipated this week and the rollout will be “slower than we expected,” in Gabriel’s words, due to the stakeholder group comment and comment period.

Educational talks by the organizers are planned over the next few weeks at several adjacent fashion campuses, including the Fordham Institute of Fashion Law, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Columbia Earth Institute.

For more information on this topic, see:

Everything you need to know about New York Fashion Law

The ‘Fashion Act’ bill seeks to make New York a leader in sustainability

Fashion advocates believe the ‘Fashion Law’ lacks key elements

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