"Eco-Model" & Author
Summer Rayne Oakes was reclaiming mine sites, researching sewage sludge, and restoring forestlands when she was struck with the idea that style—and how we live our life—would be a far more effective means to connect people to the natural world. Graduating Cornell University cum laude with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, Oakes began to bridge her interest in ecological systems to industries that affect our everyday life—from what we wear to what we eat. Read More >
"Her presentation and short film were great, and she definitely left the students with a lot of food for thought. Very impressive individual."
"It's a breath of fresh air to work with someone who is so versatile, has convictions and really understands the advantages of fair trade."
"RecycleBank is proud to partner with Summer Rayne. She and her company possess a tremendous ability to help people make a connection between the fashion they wear and the environment they live in."
"When Summer Rayne lectured to my group of emerging fashion designers about why it matters to be concerned with where your materials come from and their environmental and social impacts, it was amazing to see and feel the energy shift in the classroom. The group of students walked into the lecture quite indifferent, but towards the end of the presentation they began connecting themselves to larger global issues. I would highly recommend Summer Rayne to any classroom or group who is seeking to expand the minds and talents of their design students."
"Summer Rayne Oakes made an outstanding presentation at our Youth Leaders in Sustainability Forum in Philadelphia at the Sustainable Business Network. She demonstrated a unique and thorough grasp of the opportunities in both the economic and social change/social learning dimensions of this American moment as we enter the sustainability era. Her engaging presentation style included sharing products with the audience that represented reuse of materials and ethical materials sourcing. While she spoke the audience could touch and feel The Future right there in the room. Indeed, an ambassador was addressing them."
"Summer Rayne Oakes' presentations are much more than informative; they are electric, passionate and insightful. Each one is fresh, different and tangible. She has a talent for reaching audiences of all ages, but she unmistakably inspires young people the most. We have already received numerous requests for her to return."
"The event went very well; we had about 200 people there. Summer was very funny and engaging, and I am so glad the event worked out so well!"
"Summer is able to use her modeling career to impact the lives of young people. Recently she spoke to nearly 300 apparel and textile students at Kansas State University. The impact was so powerful that I even had a parent call me to tell me that her 'daughter has never been so engaged in her studies, and the impact of the eco-model has changed her life!'. We are using Summer's book, Style Naturally, as a touch-stone to inspire students to think creatively about the importance of making the fashion industry more sustainable. The students are becoming more empowered to embrace ethical courage, challenge past behaviors, and develop grassroots ideas--all because Summer touched their lives."