Our fun and educational events range from pop up swaps to d.i.y workshops and we have a little something for everyone!
Fashion Addicts Anonymous are community led forums designed to be a place to learn about the industry, vent frustrations and develop lasting solutions together. Ripped at the Seams are industry expert/professor-led talks delving deep into issues in fashion and what solutions we can create together. Not Your Grandma’s Sewing Circles are mending and DIY workshops with thought provoking discussions as an opportunity to take matters into your own hands with the support of esa's community. Do + Brew, our biggest event, is a d.i.y. (do it yourself) party and clothing swap to dip your toes in mending activities saving clothing from going into landfills!

esa new york is a grassroots organization mending the disconnect with our relationship to clothing and the fashion industry, through the power of community, experiences, and education.

We’re here to do 3 things:

  1. Raise awareness about the fashion industry’s impact on people and the planet.

  2. Empower you to take matters into your own hands with easy yet powerful actions and equip you with tools to sustain those actions.

  3. Fuel the conscious consumer movement to spark real and lasting change.

Ultimately, esa believes we, everyday-jean-wearing people, have the collective power to hold corporations accountable creating a world that works for and supports everyone.


Why do we Exist?
Worn clothes before? We rarely think of the impact our clothing has on the environment and the people who make it, but think about your daily routine and what you consume. Most of us put on a freshly washed pair of undies (FASHION), a top (FASHION), a bottom (FASHION), socks (FASHION), shoes (FASHION)... and if you’re anything like us a handful of accessories (FASHION).

Each of these has a complicated and powerful impact on our environment and our societies from fiber to retail store. For instance, one pair of jeans takes on average 1,800 gallons of water simply to grow the cotton required. This statistic doesn’t even include the amount of water needed to dye and finish a pair of jeans, which is astronomical. How about all the other steps in the process... 

  • What did the person who grew the cotton get paid?

  • Did the dye house dump toxic chemicals into the drinking water of a nearby town?

  • Did the man who distressed the jeans have protective gloves and masks?

  • How old was the woman who assembled the jeans?

  • How much carbon was emitted when shipping the jeans from country of assembly to you?

  • Did you buy the jeans because you genuinely needed them or because someone told you they would make you happier?

  • How many chemicals did the jeans leech into the wash water at the laundromat?

  • How long did it take for those jeans to end up in a landfill?

And the list goes on and on. Overwhelming, right? We’re here to educate on the hidden impacts of the industry and empower as many of us as we can to take action by making conscious choices in our wardrobes through hands-on programming!

Our Values:

Community : cooperation, inclusivity, support + togetherness

Integrity : transparency, compassion, communication, accessibility + trust

Passion : positivity, questioning, conversation, experience + fun

Empowerment : co-creative action, ingenuity, lasting + impactful change

Thriving : balance, closed-loop, justice + growth

We're creating a new narrative in fashion.
Read the story behind our name here