Ethical fashion platform, The Canvas, opens at the Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center


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New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – September 16, 2022) – The Canvas, a New York-based marketplace for independent and ethical fashion and lifestyle brands and designers, is taking three new spaces in the larger Manhattan’s retail and transportation hub, the Westfield shops at the Oculus. This makes The Canvas one of the largest retail tenants by square footage in stores.

“We are delighted to welcome The Canvas to Westfield World Trade Center,” said Michael Worthman, Vice President of Leasing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW). “The Canvas’ ethical fashion proposition aligns with our goals of satisfying socially responsible shoppers going through the Oculus, providing rental and pop-up opportunities for emerging and diverse local businesses and brands.”


The Canvas at the Oculus, Neesmith Onzeur

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The Canvas at the Oculus will be its flagship New York retail store, a 4,200 square foot fashion destination nestled between Kate Spade and Sam Edelman, showcasing an artfully curated collection of over 60 fashion and lifestyle brands. ethics. One floor below, The Canvas has also signed leases on two other spaces. Details will be announced soon.

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Devin Gilmartin, Founder of The Canvas, Lumia Nocito

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“Fashion and real estate both go through times of disruption and evolution; the Canvas model is based on the belief that this overlap is an opportunity,” said Devin Gilmartin, co-founder and CEO of The Canvas Global.

The Web quickly imposed itself in the field of ethical fashion. There are currently over 100 brands and counts in the store’s community, all small to medium sized, from around the world and from our own backyard. E-commerce and retail markets lower barriers to market entry for independent craft brands that would otherwise struggle to gain exposure to larger markets.

“It will be hard to justify buying fast fashion made from shoddy materials, sourced from human rights abuses, at enormous cost to the environment, when the antithesis of this is available at the store next door. That’s why we’ve created The Canvas and why our arrival in a place like the Westfield Shops at the Oculus marks such an important moment for the rise of ethical fashion,” said Harold Brooks, CEO of Retail at The Canvas.

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The Canvas at the Oculus, Lumia Nocito

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The Canvas is one of the only distribution companies in the world listed as an official partner of the United Nations. Last June, Gilmartin spoke at the first annual conference of the United Nations Network on Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle. Kerry Bannigan, Executive Director of the Fashion Impact Fund and driving force behind the conference, said: “The Canvas’s commitment to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is reshaping the industry as we know it by integrating impact in the DNA of the company, the brands, and the consumer experience; society’s global transition to value people and the planet.” Every brand sold on The Canvas must meet at least two of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“In an innovation-starved asset class, where new retail concepts are lacking, The Canvas is a welcome breath of fresh air. It provides relevance for developers and accessibility for burgeoning brands while meeting the occupancy needs of homeowners,” said Jason Richter, Advisory Board Member of The Canvas.

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The Canvas at the Oculus, Lumia Nocito

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“Fast fashion brands will have tougher competition; independent brands have better transparency, higher quality products and superior stories to tell. We want to make the transition to a more sustainable fashion industry as easy as possible for the customer. This is how mass shifts in attitude and norms happen: innovation and convenience converge,” said Devin Gilmartin, co-founder and CEO of The Canvas Global.

This will be The Canvas’s second store opening in Manhattan this year after opening a new boutique at the Seaport last spring. Each outlet showcases a carefully curated selection of one-of-a-kind, one-of-a-kind brands and pieces that are rotated intermittently.

About Devin Gilmartin:

Devin Gilmartin is the founder and CEO of The Canvas Global. Devin launched a t-shirt brand in 2016, which evolved into the idea of ​​a retail platform uniting vacant spaces with independent brands in 2018. Devin is also the founder of Future Fashion Group at New York University, the first college-wide club. dedicated to promoting ethical fashion.

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Entrance to the canvas, Lumia Nocito

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About Harold Brooks:

Harold Brooks is the CEO of Retail at The Canvas. Brooks has over 40 years of retail experience and has held senior management and merchandising positions with some of the world’s most recognized retailers and brands.

For more information:

The Web:
@thecanvasnyc
https://thecanvas.global

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