Cienne was one of five brands chosen to participate in the 2018 CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative, a nine-month sustainable fashion business incubator. The initiative “facilitates steps to measurable progress, thereby furthering American fashion’s journey to sustainability.”
Within the initiative, I was tasked with auditing the business as a whole, and developing a strategic roadmap [recommendations] for sustainable development - supply chains, business models, partnerships and the design process, to name a few.
A few highlights //
Formalization of NEST brand partnership
Safe dyeing project with natural and bio-based dyer Edie Ure
Exclusive artisan relationship with Sonica Sarna Design, a NEST certified group
Development of packaging collaboration with TIPA [Israeli-founded compostable packaging solutions]
Expansion of brand pillars
NYU Stern School of Business Case Study
The final output resulted in the development of a brand sustainability manual, as a tool to drive responsible innovation. To remind us of where we started; take us to where we are going; and guide us in how we will get there.
Deliberately discerning (practically poetic), Cienne is a ready-to-wear collection for women who value pieces that are both interesting and necessary. Expressively understated and boldly subtle, the collection finds balance in a dualistic approach.
Founded in 2014 by designers Nicole Heim and Chelsea Healy, Cienne is made in New York and with each new collection, builds upon a foundation of refined shapes, considered details, and artisanal materials designed to maintain relevance over time.
Cienne was the recipient of the runner-up prize in the 2018 CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize. The brand is worn by influential women and celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Watson, and Naomi Watts.