A fashion designer who combines green tech and high tech to create ecofriendly styles using environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing processes, Natalia Allen is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, one of Accenture’s Top 25 Women in Tech, and one of Utne Reader’s 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.
Called the “Conscientious Fashionista,” Allen has developed textiles integrating conductive fibers for DuPont, rain gear free of petroleum-based chemicals for DKNY, and photoluminescent fabrics for athletic wear. Clients include Calvin Klein, Proctor & Gamble, Saks Fifth Avenue, Quiksilver, and the Donna Karan Company. Fast Company magazine rates her New York firm Design Futurist as one of its 10 Most Creative Small Businesses. Allen, her designs, and her company have been covered by the BBC, NPR, and Reuters, and her work has been featured in numerous periodicals including Women’s Wear Daily, Black Enterprise, New York magazine, Metropolis, and Zink.
Winner of the Young Scientist/Entrepreneur Partnership Award from the IAP Global Network of Science Academies, she is developing new sustainable textiles with scientist Stephen Miller. Allen is a member of the Consumer Industry Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and of Social Venture Network. She holds the Generation Award from Women, Inspiration & Enterprise.
A graduate of Parsons The New School For Design, where she won the coveted Designer of the Year Award, Allen has shared her knowledge of green fashion as well as environmentally and socially responsible clothing manufacture in workshops with the Pratt Design Incubator, part of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies at Pratt Institute. She has presented in China, in Saudi Arabia, at the WEF Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai, and at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Allen describes sustainability as an accelerator of new technology, innovation, and prosperity. She speaks on green style, ecofashion, and design, championing eco-friendly fibers, textiles, fabrication methods, and garment care. Highlighting sustainable technologies old and new, she addresses the entire life cycle of clothing, from the production of raw materials to the garments’ ultimate fate.
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