Berkeley Fashion Coeds to Demo Eco Styles at Garden State Plaza Festival

Students enrolled in the Berkeley College Fashion Merchandising and Management program will put their talents on full display on Saturday, May, 11 when the the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey hosts the 2nd annual Westfield Good Festival From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Berkeley College students Nikki Liu, Kelvin Morocho, and Chaiim Barber will showcase their sustainable styles at the
Garden State Plaza on Saturday, May 11 during the Westfield Good Festival.

Students will show off their distinctive brands as part of the “Reimagined Remnants: A Sustainable Fashion Showcase,” which features styles stitched together from deadstock fabric, fabric mill headers, and design room waste.

Additionally, Chuks Collins, the designer-in-residence at Berkeley College in New York City, will contribute two garments to the showcase, featuring cut-free technology and material made from recycled plastic bottles. 

Nearly 30 students and professors from Berkeley also collaborated to create “Threaded Tales: Student Stories from the Fashion Room Floor,” a patchwork of design room scraps that will hang from the ceiling crossbars at the mall. 

Located on Level 1, near Pandora, the festival seeks to highlight sustainability initiatives all around the mall, such as:

The Denim Revival Experience

Garden State Plaza has partnered with BlueJeansGoGreen to offer visitors to the Good Festival the opportunity to donate a pair of old jeans to be recycled into everything from pet bed inserts to thermal insulation for food packaging. Visitors can also bring a second pair of jeans to be revived with a custom, unique art design by Nick Sizemore and Darcey Barber of @SAJ_NYC. Jeans revived in this manner will be available for pickup starting the following Saturday, May 18th, at the Garden State Plaza. 

Sustainability Spotlight Pop-Ups

Stores throughout Garden State Plaza will be showcasing their own eco-friendly practices, products, and more. Some standouts include Sephora, Fabletics, Arc’teryx, Tony Burch, Nespresso, LUSH, and many more. 

Herb Garden Starter

Guests who spend $50 or more across the Sustainability Spotlight shops will be able to pick up their complimentary herb to take home and enjoy, while supplies last. Save your receipts! 

Community Art Project

The LEGO Store at Garden State Plaza will be putting together a mosaic of LEGO bricks throughout the day, to which visitors can contribute. The LEGO store will also be holding a drive of pre-loved LEGO bricks under its LEGO Replay program, to be donated to children in need. 

Live Entertainment

If nothing else, come to groove to the live performances held throughout the day, by artists such as American Idol finalist Sam Woolf, American kindle rock band Rolie Polie Guacamole, and musical duo Emtee.

About The Westfield Goof Festival

The Westfield Good Festival is a global celebration of sustainability that takes place in April and May at Westfield shopping centers in Europe, the UK, and the US.