Rebecca van Bergen is the Founder and Executive Director of US-based non-profit organization Nest. Rebecca graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2006 and founded Nest at the young age of 24. Rebecca’s accolades include being a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur, a Cordes Fellow, and receipt of Ashoka and C&A Foundation’s 2016 Fabric of Change Award for innovation in fashion sustainability (received recently at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit). She was selected as one of twelve of GLG’s 2015 Social Impact fellows and received Clinton Global Initiative complimentary membership in 2015 and 2016. Rebecca is regularly quoted in international media stories for The New York Times, NPR, Quartz, The Guardian, ELLE, Glamour and more. She has been honored as a PBS “Changemaker” and CNN’s Young Person Who Rocks.
From the famed haute couture of Paris to the treasured ateliers of Italy, craftsmanship in Europe is a deeply embedded cultural point of pride. What’s more, these traditions – leatherwork...