The Event


The Impact Fashion Show (formerly Fair Trade Fashion Show) is one of the leading sustainable fashion events in Los Angeles. Started in 2015 by stylist and activist Sica Schmitz, we are a volunteer-run non-profit now entering our fifth year, with a new name and even bigger mission.

Our annual gathering features not only the much-anticipated fashion show but also inspirational speakers and panelists, a curated, free public pop up marketplace of artisan fashion and plant-based food, and mindfulness activities from yoga to textiles recycling.

We bring a uniquely positive, solutions-oriented approach to the many challenges in the fashion industry. In the past we have focused on themes from supporting women in the Congo to raising over $31,000 to fight human trafficking, bringing together innovative companies and dedicated individuals to create a fashion industry that is safe for people, animals, and our planet.


The Issues



97% of apparel and 98% of shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas, often creating limited oversight and complicated supply chains which can include child labor and modern slavery.

Women are especially vulnerable (accounting for 80% of global garment workers) many of whom are making less than $3 per day.

The Impact Fashion Show showcases brands which take a stand against exploitation by supporting and uplifting marginalized populations.


Animals suffer greatly and unnecessarily for fashion. As more leading fashion brands continue to remove fur from their collections, we continue to lead the way for animal-free fashion.

The Impact Fashion Show showcases brands which stand up for animal welfare by featuring exclusively vegan textiles.


Fashion accounts for 20% of water pollution, and cotton accounts for 25% of all insecticide use.

The average American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year, which adds up to 11 million tons of trash in landfills annually.

The Impact Fashion show showcases brands which take a stand against environmental destruction by choosing innovative materials and sustainable practices.


The Impact

2018 Report



brands represented, ethically manufacturing in 11 different countries



of businesses featured were women-owned



Invite-Only Fashion Show

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free experiences from yoga to sustainable living workshops



joining together to create change

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animals harmed

Fashion should be inclusive of all kinds of bodies and beauty, and exclude - to the best of our abilities – the exploitation of all people, animals, and natural resources
— Sica Schmitz, Creator of the Impact Fashion Show