Complex is teaming up with footwear brand Allbirds to celebrate creatives whose sustainable efforts characterize their craft with a special event.
Taking place Wednesday, December 12 at Foley Gallery (on the Lower East Side of Manhattan), the experiential activation is the culmination of Complex & Allbirds’ four-part series Sustain This, which highlights artists and influencers who emphasize sustainability in their work. Beginning with WRDSMTH, who talked about his love of using reclaimed materials like wood and metal, the video series also follows the work of Dead Prez’s Stic.Man and his wife/holistic nutritionist Afya; creative executive and activist Ugo Mozie; and Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish.
Allbirds has built its name on design, comfort, and sustainability. Their latest shoe, the Tree Topper, is made with responsibly sourced eucalyptus fibers and features SweetFoam™, the brand’s proprietary sole material derived from renewable Brazilian sugarcane. The “Sustain This” party will commemorate the debut of the shoe, which is a re-imagined version of the classic high-top.
Accompanied by a Kish-curated menu, the event will offer unique, hands-on installations that illustrate the environmentally conscious work of the creatives involved. Street artist WRDSMTH will present a replica of his studio and a blank canvas guests can contribute to. Mozie will design a station out of recycled bottles where attendees can writes notes, put their messages in bottles, and have them sent to Africa. There, the bottles will be used to build structures for villages. Lastly, Stic and Afya will be on hand to provide helpful tips on urban gardening.
Best of all, the party will be a no-waste, sustainable affair. No plastic cups or other party accessories that are toxic to the environment will be present.
Be on the lookout for a recap of the event set to drop on Complex soon.