Francisca Pineda

Born in Costa Rica, and a graduate of Parsons School of Design, Francisca Pineda is an award winning fashion designer with over 15 years of experience designing apparel and accessories in New York .  She is creative director of  BHAVA, a cruelty-free footwear  and accessory brand that manufactures a casual collection of sandals and flats in India and fashion forward comfort heels in Spain.  An advocate for ethical practices in the fashion industry,   Francisca launched the Ethical Fashion Academy in 2012, a community focused initiative that organizes educational events in New York City featuring industry leaders and a yearly hands-on educational Sustainable Design Workshop in Costa Rica.  As an adjunct professor of sustainable design in New York's prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology she is passionate about inspiring the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs to incorporate a holistic approach to sustainability, embracing cultural, environmental, and spiritual restoration.