Querencia Studio, a fashion brand and agency, cultivates sustainability through a multitude of means. One of these, The Canvas, is a collection of multipurpose spaces in NYC that hosts events, installations and shopping experiences. With two locations in Williamsburg and the Upper East Side, they welcome artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives that are helping innovate in their fields and solve important issues in the world.
Open and accessible to passersby, the hubs welcome eager inquirers to explore their wares and installations. They also select their brands via a vetting system that determines how they're working with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in mind, and how they plan to improve their process in the future.
"Having this question has opened the door for brands who where not ever aware of positives and negatives in their supply chain," explained Querencia Studio co-founder and creative director Devin Gilmartin. "This reflection has given them the opportunity to champion the great things they are doing, and continue with them, while learning about areas of weakness, and finding ways to improve them."
Their event programming follows a similar criteria, and aims to bring together artists and innovators with different backgrounds and skill sets together. Some happenings have included SUSTAIN magazine’s Eco-Art Showcase, PAUSE Conscious Fashion Pop-Ups, and multiple photo shoots.
In terms of future endeavors, The Canvas’ co-founders are eager to expand their brand internationally, having already received attention in places like Paris and Germany.
“Ultimately, we want to be a collaborative hub,” Gilmartin explained. “To do that in fashion, in a way that creates real change, the local efforts must be combined with an international audience.”
More about The Canvas can be found here.