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The Future of Fashion: Changing the Distribution Channel

What exactly is the “new normal” when it comes to the business of fashion? Enter direct-to-consumer shopping: the business model that more and more brands are opting for to offer quality products without the heart-stopping price tags.

On Wednesday, March 1, 6-8PM, we’re hosting The Future of Fashion: Changing the Distribution Channel with a few disruptive startups (and an industry veteran). Here’s a look at some of the innovative panelists who are rethinking design, manufacturing, and sustainability.


Malia Mills, Founder, Malia Mills

Carpe swim! A 20-year veteran of the industry, Mills clarifies the vague world of swimsuit sizing by tailoring tops to bra size and bottoms to pant size.

Raan Parton, Co-founder, Apolis

The “global citizen” brand’s model of “advocacy through industry” is a revolutionary way to harness the power of business to great social change. It’s founded on the simple idea that people can live better lives when they are given equal access to the global marketplace.

Veronika Harbick, Co-founder, Thursday Finest 

The Brooklyn-based company uses a 3-D knitting robot and commonsense design principles to redefine the accessories that we wear every day. For better fit, more flexible color options, and a smaller impact on our environment.

Abe Burmeister, Co-founder, Outlier

With the belief that it’s possible to create higher quality garments at better prices by rethinking traditional cycles of development, production, and distribution, the disruptive apparel brand weaves innovative design into technical fabrics.


Joey Zwillinger, Co-founder, Allbirds

Eschewing unnecessary logos and detailing, the Superfine New Zealand Merino is used to create runners that minimize odor and regulate temperature, while replacement insoles are in-step with sustainability practices.