Young fashion e-commerce giant ASOS today hosted a summit with more than 90 of its third-party brands and a host of industry experts to debate the future of fashion.
The full-day event in central London was attended by representatives from Levis, adidas, Nike, PUMA, PVH, Miss Selfridge, G-Star, Boohoo, Missguided, Fred Perry, as well as industry figures and organisations such as Baroness Lola Young, Fashion Revolution, WGSN, Futerra and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.
One of the main aims of the event, entitled Future of Fashion: Transformation Through Collaboration, was to encourage the industry to come together to establish best practice and build common commitments for collaboration in areas such as worker rights, purchasing practices, transparency, the changing consumer, circularity and sustainable materials.
Among the speakers were Levi’s Michael Kobori, Forum for the Future’s Charlene Collison, IndustriALL’s Jenny Holdcroft, ACT’s Frank Hoffer and Global Fashion Agenda’s Morten Lehmann, along with ASOS CEO Nick Beighton.
“We believe the future of fashion is ever-changing, unpredictable but most of all incredibly exciting. By working together, we believe we can deliver a systemic shift in the way our industry addresses key ethical trade and sustainability challenges and proactively design a future we all believe in,” Beighton said.
The event is a key element of ASOS’ Fashion with Integrity corporate responsibility strategy, which focuses on the impact the company makes on people and the planet. In recent months, ASOS has released its second Modern Slavery Statement and co-hosted a Modern Slavery event at the House of Lords to identify and address shared risks in the apparel sector. The company has also begun piloting a training programme for its designers with the London College of Fashion, as part of its 2020 Circular Fashion Commitments.