ACTIVIST, DESIGNER, & NATIONAL CO-CHAIR OF THE WOMEN’S MARCH
Bob Bland is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur and community organizer. Recently, Bland also became a National Co-Chair of the powerful and inspiring Women’s March on Washington which took place on January 21, 2017.
Bland is the CEO and Founder of Manufacture New York, an ethical manufacturing factory dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources and skills to streamline their production process and bring it to the local level. Her company seeks to create a business model that will transform apparel and textile production for the 21st century
In 2006, she founded Brooklyn Royalty a brand inspired by the fiercely independent spirit and highly individual aesthetic of King’s County residents. Bland professional career as an apparel and graphic designer has provided opportunities with many world renowned designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Triple Five Soul, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic. Her work lives at the intersections of design, women’s empowerment, and ethical consumption.
Bland is an international speaker and advocate for domestic manufacturing, ethical supply chains and design entrepreneurship education. Bland has presented Manufacture New York as a case study in Copenhagen, Seoul, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and NYC. She has also been featured in two books, Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present & Future (2015), We Own the City (2014); the film “Making It In America: Empowering Global Fashion;” and multiple TV interviews including CNBC & CBS Evening News.