10 Designers WANTED!  Apply Now!  

10 Designers WANTED!

The U.S. Embassy in Israel is pleased to offer an international virtual fashion and design boot camp on

Repurposed and Upcycled Design

facilitated by New York-based designer Noor Bchara, founder of the sustainable fashion brand “Noorism”.

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Program details:

  • Free! Virtual Boot Camp is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Starts on July 6, 2020, for a duration of one month.
  • Instruction language will be English.
  • Virtual instruction, readings and discussion, consultations in small groups, home assignments, worksheets and post-program mentoring.
  • Unique opportunity to connect with fellow designers from the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
  • 10 spots available.
  • Successful graduates will become members of the U.S. Department of State’s international alumni network, which provides professional networking and funding resources for future projects.

Eligibility requirements (at least one of the following is required):

  • Early/mid-career professional in the fashion or business industry;
  • University graduate with a fashion or business degree;
  • Currently studying for a fashion or business degree;
  • Owner of a fashion or accessory brand;
  • Interest in launching a fashion or accessory brand;
  • Interest in the environment and sustainable fashion and design;
  • Good English proficiency.

Application and Contact:

Please send your CV and one page statement of interest  (in English) to  eskenazipl@state.gov  byJune 7, 2020, and write “design boot camp” in your subject line.

Suitable candidates will be invited to a personal virtual interview. Final decisions will be sent out by June 15, 2020.

Please review the information below for further details. For additional questions, please contact program coordinators Polina Levy Eskenazi (eskenazipl@state.gov) and Shady Francis Majlaton (majlatonshady@gmail.com).

Course description:

Strategic Goals:

Fashion is a universal industry, and one that is accessible to young entrepreneurs. The proposed program is designed to prepare fashion entrepreneurs to launch their enterprises while incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The program contributes to the goals of job creation; empowering communities and individuals; and contributing to a more sustainable world.

Repurposed and Upcycled Design:

As circularity becomes more business as usual, sustainable fashion entrepreneurs will want to build brands/products from existing materials. This class will delve into the opportunities and challenges of creating an upcycled brand or incorporating upcycled products.

Student outcomes:
Upon completion of this course students will:
* Demonstrate an understanding of the definition, terminology, industry landscape and history of upcycling
* Learn where and how to source Upcycled materials
* How to do and scale production of upcycled products
* How to sell and market an upcycled brand
* Work on their own idea for an upcycled brand or product and discuss with the class

Session 1
Terminology/Industry Landscape
Exploring definition and terminology and history of Upcycling
Learning the different types of Upcycling

Session 2
Sourcing Resources/Materials to Repurpose/Upcycle
Exploring the resources of where to find materials to Upcycle.
Pros and Cons of each resource.

Session 3
Streamlining Production/Scaling
How to do production on upcycled products and how to scale production.
Pros and Cons of producing with Upcycled materials.

Session 4
Branding a Repurposed/Upcycled Product or Business
Exploring different words of describing Upcycling
Resources for selling, branding and marketing an Upcycled Product