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Fashion Talks

The Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion hold regular talks with industry professionals, giving valuable insights into varying aspects of fashion business.

2022

Blu-Label: Carbon Labelling for Fashion - Climate Tracking from Crop to Shop

Lavinia Fernandes, Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion alumna and CEO of Blu-Label, shares with us the existing methods for measuring carbon on clothing, demonstrating how they are flawed.  Lavinia outlines how current carbon labelling can be confusing for consumers, making it empirical for fashion brands to show the full lifecycle impact of their fashion ranges and for them to provide a clear communication on climate impacts.

Roundtable: Consumer Behaviour & Marketing in the New Normal

Kate Nightingale, Head of Consumer Psychologist & Founder of Style Psychology Ltd, George Ioannou, Managing Partner of Foolproof and Alex Timlin, Head of Customer Experience Solution Go To Market at SAP discuss how best to communicate with the consumer post Covid.

Sook – The Reshaping of High Streets

John Hoyle, Founder of Sook, a solution to the crisis happening on our high streets outlines his vision to turn empty retail units into digitally enhanced spaces and promotes the future of our High Streets.

Supply Compass: Empowering brands and manufacturers to produce better, together

Flora Davidson, founder of Supply Compass, the Sustainable product development and delivery platform for the SME fashion industry outlines how better technology, better relationships and improved ways of working can lead to more sustainable and ethical ways of managing the fashion supply chain.

2021

A Career in Business Consultancy

Christine Chaloner, alumna of Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion, now Senior Associate at Strategy&, PWC shares her experience of working as a business consultant.  She outlines her career journey since graduating from London College of Fashion in 2017 and gives valuable insights into ways graduates can secure roles as consultants. Working across multiple sectors with a primary focus on retailing, Christine co-leads recruitment for PWC's Women's Network and their University Outreach for their Strategy& Deals graduate recruitment group.

An African Perspective on Sustainability & Social Impact

Liza Colbeck, founder of the African made label: In Our Name fashion label, sold direct to consumer and through Wolf and Badger, London outlines the challenges in developing the creativity and skills of small locally owned manufacturers in Africa into a sustainable economic and marketable partnership.

A Plastic Planet

Sian Sutherland from Plastic Planet, Nicholas Rochat from Mover and Luke Haverhals from Natural Fiber Welding who will outline the devasting effects of plastic usage in the fashion industry and share ways we can reduce plastic consumption.

Managerial Approaches to Consumer-Facing In-Store Technology Adoption across Fashion Retail

This talk is a collaboration between Knowledge Exchange dept and Research Centre, Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion.  Dr. Francesca Bonetti, Lecturer in Marketing at the Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion and a visiting lecturer at universities across Europe, the USA and Asia shares her research interests on business technological innovation across cultures in the fashion and creative industries.  She focuses on the digital transformation of retailing and on the digital strategy and transformation of fashion brands.

Eshita Kabra discusses the Fashion Sharing Economy

In conversation with Eshita, the Founder and CEO of the award-winning app By Rotation, the social fashion rental app. Eshita a Forbes 30 under 30 for 2021 in Technology and Board Member of the Sharing Economy UK, is especially focused on creating a conscious and inclusive global community that democratises fashion.

2020

An insight into how data is informing business decisions across H&M

In this talk we are joined by Marco Trincavelli, Principal Data Scientist at H&MxAI, who shares insights into how data is being used across H&M Group to inform business decisions and improve business performance.

New Cotton Project - Redesigning the value in waste

Ellie Savage, the Innovation Project Manager from Fashion for Good chairs a roundtable discussion giving insights into the initial stages of the EU Horizon 2020 funded 'New Cotton Project' that aims to contribute to a circular economy in which textiles are reused, recycled or regenerated into new garments.

Old Ways Won't Open New Doors

Covid-19 and Brexit has had a huge impact on the supply chain, magnifying some of the flaws in the traditional fashion business model. In this talk we are joined by Annika Howse, Founder of Altrubi who has extensive experience working across supply chains.

Fashion Revolution and the Truth Behind the Fashion Industry

In this talk we are joined by Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution. Fashion Revolution is the world's largest fashion activism group and acts as the voice of people working in the fashion industry across 92 different countries.

Insights into the Merchandising Strategies Adopted by PVH brands, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein during the Pandemic

In this talk we are joined by Freya Vermander, Senior Retail Merchandiser chez PVH Corp. Freya outlines the strategies implemented across the business to alleviate the challenges faced in managing stock across Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein full price stores, when Covid restrictions forced non-essential stores to close.

How implementing Product Lifecycle Management can Present Resilience and Opportunity for Fashion Retailers

In this talk we are joined by Nate Fleming, Chief Marketing Officer at Bamboo Rose. Bamboo Rose is the industry-leading Multi-Enterprise Product and Supply Chain Platform, connecting the entire retail community and helping companies to discover, develop, and deliver products at digital speed.

The Retail Revolution: the Change from the Classical Brand/Retail Model to the 'New Generation" Omni-Channel Model

In this talk we are joined by Mark Pilkington, experienced retail chief executive and strategy consultant, who has a wealth of fashion retail experience.  Mark focuses on the shift in retail away from the classical retail model towards what he refers to as the 'New Generation' retail model, a shift that has been happening for several years but has been hugely accelerated by the outbreak of Covid.

How Covid restrictions helped fast-fashion streetwear brand NIGHT-ADDICT double its revenue

In this talk we are joined by Rohil Kumar, alumnus of London College of Fashion and founder of Night Addict. Despite the lockdown restrictions imposed by the UK government, resulting in Night Addict's wholesale orders being cancelled in March 2020, Night Addict has seen their business grow in lockdown.

Pantone: a physical resource in a digital world

In this talk we are joined by Tannese Williams, Product Manager Pantone for Fashion Home & Interiors who will outline how Pantone adapted their physical resource to a digital resource as fashion businesses shifted to remote working during the pandemic.

Fashion Business School podcasts

Final Major Projects 2021

Stine Hedegaard and Hannah Middleton interview final year students at Fashion Business School to discover the focus of their final major projects.

All Fashion Business School students are required to complete a final major project in their final year, which can take two forms: either a detailed research into a fashion business topic of their choice (also known as a dissertation) or the completion of an enterprise business plan.

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Fashion Business reports: 2020

Written by Tony Glenville
Published date 30 December 2020