For their 2010 Mentor Projects, the Fashion Department pursued designers that were committed to sustainability and social responsibility. The department suggested specific direction, and the designers overwhelmingly responded to the concept of being involved in a sustainable project.
Isabel Toledo in collaboration with Patagonia created a direction that focused on reuse, recycle, repurpose. Pieces that could play a dual roll – vest to bag, bag to jacket, apron, tool belts, fishing vests all used in new and exciting ways. Isabel and Ruben Toledo also received Honorary Doctorates from Otis at Commencement.