Meet the Chair

Lynda Grose co-founded ESPRIT’s ecollection, the first ecologically responsible clothing line developed by a major corporation and framed an impacts approach to fashion and sustainability which became adopted industry-wide.

As a practicing designer and educator, Grose has worked with clients across sectors of the economy; from private businesses to nonprofit organizations and governments and from designers to artisans and farmers.

Her ongoing client list includes Fashion 4 Good, CFDA, Gap Inc, UNDP, The Sustainable Cotton Project, Levi Strauss and Co., Aid to Artisans, G. Hensler, Turkish Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Market Place India, Patagonia, Green Peace, 13-mile Farm, and Shayan Craft Center.

Grose's professional activity spans a range of skills, from design and leading workshops on design for sustainability, to experimental studio projects. She is a frequent speaker at corporate offices, conferences, universities and museums, and her work has been featured in scores of magazines, books, and periodicals, including Fashion Today (Colin McDowell), Design + Environment (Helen Lewis and John Gertsakis), Eco Chic (Sandy Black), Beyond Green (Jan Brand et al.); Elle, Metropolis, Textile View, and Business Ethics, among others.

Grose is a contributing author to Opening Up the Wardrobe (Novus Press), The Routledge Handbook on Sustainable Fashion (Routledge), Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact (Woodhouse Publishing, London), and Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles: Values, Design, Production and Consumption (Greenleaf Publishing).

Her articles have appeared in International Textiles Magazine, Ecotextiles, and Pesticides News, the Pesticide Action Networks journal.

Grose coauthored Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change (Lawrence King Publishers, London), which is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and soon to be Chinese. The book connects ecological theory and fashion practice and explores how a new aesthetic that emerges when sustainability values are embraced as a core design directive has the potential to transform the fashion system as well as the innovators working within it.

Identified by London's Financial Times as one of the "green power brokers," Grose currently serves as assistant professor in CCA’s Fashion Design, Design MFA and Critical Studies programs. She developed curricula for and teaches CCA’s Ecology of Clothing seminar class, Design and Sustainability studio classes, and curricula for CCA's Fashion Sustainability Workshop Series for working professionals.

Grose was lead investigator, West Coast USA for the international fashion research project, Local Wisdom, initiated by Kate Fletcher of London College of Fashion, UK, which is featured in the book: Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion (Routledge, London) She is currently collaborating with Danish colleague, Dr. Vibeke Reisberg of Design School Kolding, Denmark, and Dr Timo Rissanen of Parsons The New School on speculative concepts which explore the 'Craft of Use' and garments designed to evolve over time. She's an advisor to Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard revision advisory group and serves on the board of Goodwill Industries San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties.

Grose sees design as a force that can help give form to a sustainable society and is passionate about emergent roles for designers working in this context.