Céline Samaan


“Buying vintage plays a huge role in reducing the fashion industry’s global footprint.” – Billie Piper, actress @billiepiper

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.” Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer (The Guardian Live Interview 2014) @viviennewestwood

Photograph by  Driely Carter  for Slow Factory

Photograph by Driely Carter for Slow Factory


Céline Samaan

Designer, Advocate, Writer and Founder of Slow Factory and The Library Study Hall.

She is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and is on the Board of Directors of AIGA NY.

She writes for New York Mag: The Cut, Elle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, among others.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN Vogue, Refinery29, Scientific American, Fast Company, Teen Vogue and many more.

Céline Semaan Vernon is a Lebanese-Canadian designer, activist, teacher, and entrepreneur. Two common themes underpin her diverse work: the power of remixing, collage, and juxtaposition in creating new aesthetics and narratives; and the need to humanize and embed our current world with a deep sense of empathy. Vernon founded Slow Factory out of her design consultancy, and the fashion firm has grown to be world-renowned for high-quality silks printed with satellite images from NASA. This physical juxtaposition of old-world luxury with new technology and space exploration delivers a message of meaning and activism, where each collection tells a greater story about human rights and environmental awareness, in partnership with non-governmental organizations.

Vernon’s collections have supported the efforts of the World Wildlife Fund, UNICEF, and ANERA. Previously she worked as a user-experience designer for HUGE Inc., General Assembly, and Condé Nast among others, and has recently joined the board of directors of AIGA New York. She was born in Beirut, grew up in Montreal, studied in Paris and Montreal, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Her background is in art, technology, and information design, and her mission is centered on responsible design, human rights, and open data. (source: MIT Media Lab)

Céline Semaan, a Lebanese activist and designer has been approached by the United Nations to create a Study Hall Conference at the UN headquarters supported by the UN Office for Partnerships. She is also the founder and CEO of @theslowfactory and @thelibrary_eco. On the 1st of February 2019, she led a major Study Hall during New York Fashion Week to explore sustainability in fashion under the theme “Good for the Earth and Good for the People.” The half day event gathers industry experts, designers, scientists, and UN representatives to inspire collaborations to advance the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and move the needle toward a sustainable future in fashion. More details in this article https://en.vogue.me/fashion/celine-semaan-lebanese-activist-designer-just-led-a-major-study-hall-at-the-un/

"I'm working on a project where instead of taking naturally harvested cotton, we work with recycled cotton, recycled wool, recycled cashmere. The goal is that we give a break to the land for us not to work with virgin resources but focus only on recycling the textile that is already existent and it's non-harming to the environment. Waste is our resource". During her conversation with Sadhguru on February 14 after the Fashion for Peace event organized by yogi mystic Sadhguru and his Isha Foundation.

“At a time when major European and American brands are tripping over themselves to come up with a “sustainability story,” sometimes the simplest solutions are the best: buy vintage.” Céline Samaan, 22 April 2019, Vogue

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