MP and chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh, will be among the leading line-up of speakers of our brand new event, staged in partnership with Avery Dennison, Fashion Futures Forum – “Creating a more responsive and responsible future for fashion.”
This inaugural event will take place in London’s most exciting and exclusive new private members’ club, White City House, from 2-6pm on 27 November, where we will assemble 60 leading fashion professionals to listen to a series of panel discussions and interviews on how to address the challenges of meeting the seemingly conflicting customer demands of delivering constant newness and trends while being as respectful as we can of the environment.
We believe, however, that while the pressures on the fashion industry have never been greater the opportunities have never been more exciting either. And never before have there been so many solutions and innovations to help you get it right and to stay ahead ahead of the game.
Leading speakers from luxury brands to high street players and innovative independent labels will unite at this event to discuss and debate the move to a more responsive design model, greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain, and the adoption of more sustainable materials and circular practices.
OUR FULL AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS
2.00pm – Arrivals & Refreshments
2.15pm – Welcome: Avery Dennison and The Industry
2.30pm – From fast fashion to rapid response fashion
How fashion brands and designers are exploring ways to move the model from “make then sell” to “sell then make”, eliminating waste and increasing profits along the way. This session will look at themes such as making and customizing on demand and how to respond more quickly to trends without over-manufacturing. How do you achieve this and will the customer be prepared to wait while their clothes are made to order?
Gemma Metheringham, Chief Creative Officer, Label/Mix
Maria Grachvogel, founder, Maria Grachvogel
Sandra Mertens-Lustig, Joint MD, Agent Provocateur
3.00pm – How to reduce British Fashion’s negative environmental impact while retaining its positive economic impact.
Parliament is currently carrying out a wide-ranging inquiry into the environmental practices of the UK fashion industry and is engaging with everyone from high street giants to designers, education leaders and innovators. The inquiry is being led by Mary Creagh, MP who will discuss the findings so far and outline the aims of the exercise
Mary Creagh, MP, Chair UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee
3.30pm-3.45pm – Break for networking and visits to customisation station
3.45pm – Employing technology to improve transparency and traceability
Consumers are now more demanding than ever and expect brands and retailers to meet their expectations across multiple channels and fast. To meet that demand retailers have to be confident of their inventory and where it can be made available. RFID is enabling brands and retailers across the world to track their inventory and get a clear picture of what they have and where they have it. This is an absolute must for ensuring that the consumer gets a seamless retail experience irrelevant of where and how they want to make that all important purchase. Now RFID is opening up endless possibilities to enhance the consumer experience even further through increased transparency, self check out and direct communication through the product itself.
Marco Di Pietro, Founder, IdeaPura
Hannah Bernard, Global Marketing & PR Director, Apparel & RFID, Avery Dennison RBIS
4.15pm – The shift to sustainable materials across the business
As well as reducing waste, one of the more obvious ways of improving fashion’s environmental credentials is to explore the use of materials that are kinder to the environment, last for longer and easier to dispose of and recycle when a garment comes to the end of its useful life. But it’s not just clothing that needs to be examined by packaging and labeling too, this panel talks to designers and suppliers who are specialists in the field.
Jonathan Mitchell, founder, Brothers We Stand
Tamsin Lejeune, Founder & CEO, Ethical Fashion Forum
Shafiq Hassan, Co-Founder, Ninety Percent
Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability, Wrangler & Lee
Michael Kaufmann, Global Business Development Director – Online, Avery Dennison
4.45pm – Wrap-up followed by Cocktail & Canapé Reception created from locally sourced food & beverages
6.00pm – Close
Book now here to secure one of the remaining few tickets. Use promo code VIP20 to secure 20% off your ticket!
Please note this event is targeted at fashion industry professionals in the fields of buying, sourcing, designing, sustainability, branding, marketing, as well as brand and retail owners and directors.