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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 2011

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 2011

EXCELLENCE IN ETHICAL FASHION: INTENSIVE 3 DAY LEADERSHIP TRAINING

WHEN: 2nd – 4th JUNE 2011
WHERE: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN

WHO ATTENDED: The event united fashion entrepreneurs from all over the world in London- from Canada , to Australia, Finland, Japan, Iceland, and across western Europe. The intensive three day event built on 6 months of research and 5 years of consultation by the EFF into the needs of fashion entrepreneurs and businesses- and was designed to create and support industry leaders. The sectors leading experts and speakers delivered seven training sessions every day:

“Each session proved interesting, thought-provoking, and will no doubt prove invaluable as my business develops.” Ali Gane, training participant.

WHY VISITORS TOOK PART: It is the goal of the Ethical Fashion Forum to facilitate excellence in the Ethical Fashion Sector. The EXCELLENCE programme was designed to support entrepreneurs and businesses with social and environmental goals to excel financially, achieve successful sales, and increase their profile- while maximising their social and environmental benefits.

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VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS

This event was attended by fashion business owners, entrepreneurs, designers, and buyers. Here is some of the feedback from visitors:

“A true learning curve, Every segment of the ethical business was represented and addressed. The experts are open to nurturing and taking this on to a new degree.” Anon

“I like that it was ‘‘really’‘ intensive. I have the feeling I took advantage of every moment I was here. Met very interesting people and contacts among the attendants.” Ana Chico, Director – Bloombo

“It was a great, 3 days full of excitement. Our business plan is now upside-down but it sure to become so much better. Thank you, thank you so much!” Yuka Okada

“This was by far one of the most rigorous and informative business lectures (seminar days I’ve attended (including my MA lectures!). Speakers were excellent, content appropriate, and generally clearly communicated… and it was good to have workshops. I loved it… a supportive environment – meeting peers who were inspiring was the highlight.” Zahra Ash-Harper, FBRS

“Very inspiring and encouraging opportunity to meet people that share ideals and principles and want to participate in making the world a more conscience one. Keep it going.” Ursula Arriaga, Project Director developing artisanal garments in Mexico

VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS

SOURCING EXCELLENCE

The modules on this day offered participants an introduction to the global opportunities and challenges in relation to the sustainable sourcing and production of fashion products. Including an overview of latest developments, unique opportunities and product focuses in each continent, focusing on several leading locations of particular importance to the manufacture of fashion products and sustainability goals. This training day gave advantage to help inform visitors current and future sourcing and production decisions.

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IMAGE: Presenter Clare Lissaman, Director of Ethical Fashion Consultancy (EFC) and speaker Diana Bonham, EFC consultant in Sourcing Excellence – Asia seminar.

SOURCING EXCELLENCE

MARKETING AND SALES

Day 2 comprised of comprehensive training, grounded in practice and delivered by experts, in the market for fashion products, successful branding, marketing strategy, communications, showcasing and promotion, and success with the press- all with a focus of the specific opportunities and challenges related to sustainable fashion products.

It also focused on how to make and increase sales of ethical fashion products, this area of training draws from the EFF’s work with a network of buyers and shops across the sector as well as best practice from fashion brands achieving successful sales levels. Including what buyers are looking for and why, the range of shops and retail opportunities out there and how to access them, and how to achieve online and export success.

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IMAGE: Magdalena Kondej, Head of Apparel Research at Euromonitor International speaks at Market Expertise seminar.

MARKETING AND SALES

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Day 3 offered participants a comprehensive overview of latest developments in the fashion business sector- with a focus on sustainability. It looked in depth at the businesses which are succeeding in sustainability and commercial terms and evaluates this success, introduces latest best practice and the ways that fashion businesses with sustainability goals can turn challenges into opportunities, create value, access finance and build models for commercial success.

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IMAGE: Binoy Mistry, Worn Again and Ben Ramsden, MD of Pants to Poverty speak in Phase 2 finance – financing growth seminar

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

MEET THE EXPERTS 2011

The EXCELLENCE IN ETHICAL FASHION training days included an opportunity to MEET THE EXPERTS from the field for one to one feedback on their business and ideas.

Visitors gained insider insights from the foremost experts in fashion business and sustainability. See the expert profiles

MEET THE EXPERTS 2011

RESOURCES FROM THIS EVENT

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Online resources from all EXCEL training events, focused on supporting businesses to excel in both commercial and ethical terms are available online.

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RESOURCES FROM THIS EVENT

FUTURE EVENTS

It is the goal of the Ethical Fashion Forum to facilitate excellence in the Ethical Fashion Sector. We want to see businesses with social and environmental goals excelling in relation to commercial success, hitting the headlines and proving that this approach to business can be highly profitable as well as highly impactful.

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