In its inaugural year, the program will empower three key partnerships, pairing one innovator with one emerging designer. Together, they will define a creative project, product or process that highlights their organization’s expertise with support from an advisory committee of iconic global figures in the fashion and sustainability space.
The project pairings will be curated in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will deliver on a core mission to follow Study Hall’s guiding principles “Good for the Earth, Good for People”, as well as reflecting Swarovski’s commitment to people and planet. The selected participants will reflect the major themes of Circularity, Technological Innovation and Human-Centered Design.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “As a brand with 125 years of history, driven by innovation, creative collaboration and responsible business practices, we are delighted to support this new global initiative to connect the talent of the future with the businesses and individuals who can help create dynamic impact and lasting change. The United Nations Office for Partnerships and Study Hall are the perfect partners for this global project and we look forward to announcing our exciting mentors for the full One X One program over the coming months, as we work together to shape the future of sustainable fashion.”
Celine Semaan, Founder of Study Hall and sustainability design agency Slow Factory Global, commented: “One X One was created to inspire intersectionality across disciplines and cultures in order to foster innovation at scale. At Study Hall, we believe that sustainability literacy and bold action need to be at the core of our industries as they expand at scale. We are proud to partner with Swarovski in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and in order to lead the industry forward by example.”
Robert Skinner, the Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, commented: “At the UN Office for Partnerships, our primary objective is to further the United Nations 2030 Agenda by acting as the gateway for partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals. One X One collaboration is very exciting and UNOP anticipates this will achieve great things. We look forward to working with Swarovski and Study Hall to create a shared vision and move forward the SDGs.”
The program will officially launch at the end of 2019, with collaborators working through the Spring and Summer of 2020 before a major program exposé in September 2020.