Sass Brown is the Resident Director for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. Sass has a BA in Fashion Design from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in London, England, and an MA in Global Fashion Management from FIT New York.
As a researcher, writer and blogger, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its different expressions, from community outreach and ethical design practices, slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers and spoken around the world on the topic of sustainable design. Sass has also worked and volunteered in women’s cooperatives in Latin America, and in particular in Brazils largest favela; Rocinha, and taught workshops to manufacturers and fashion enterprises in Peru and China.
Her book, Eco Fashion, published by Laurence King, has been translated into Italian as well as Spanish, and showcases some of the best expressions of eco fashion around the world. Her website and blog – www.ecofashiontalk.com is a one stop shop for everyone interested in eco fashion from a fashion, ethical or ecological perspective, featuring weekly designer overviews, resource listings and an eco fashion calendar. Sass also writes for various other magazines and Ezines including Ecco Eco, Eco Salon, Hand/eye Magazine, NJAL and others, and is the European Editor for Coco Eco Magazine.