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PROGRAMME SUMMARY

MONDAY 17TH OCTOBER

9am INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector
10am: UK production and sourcing: How to make it work for your business
11am: India: Scaling up, Skilling up
12pm: Latin America – Niche product opportunities
1pm: INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector *2pm: Producing sustainably for the high street
3pm: Working with cooperatives and community groups: High quality standards, sustainable livelihoods.
4pm: The Cotton Debate – Options for sustainably sourced cotton, opportunities, challenges, and future outlook

5pm: Panel Debate: THE FUTURE OF FASHION SOURCING (Invitation only)

TUESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

9am. INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector
10am: China: The latest on sustainable production options for fashion
11am: Producing luxury products to high quality and sustainability standards
12pm: Low impact supply chains
1pm: Africa – Towards vertical supply

2pm: SOURCE round table (Invitation only)

PROGRAMME DETAIL

MONDAY 17TH OCTOBER

9am. INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector

An inspiring introduction to how pioneering entrepreneurs in the ethical fashion sourcing sector are using creative thinking to turn challenges into opportunities. From innovative new products to supply and production processes to designers at the cutting edge.

Our most popular seminar in 2010.

CHAIR: Emily Pearce. Senior Manager – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Charlie Ross. Founder – Offset Warehouse
G. Beaudin – Front Row Society

10am: UK production and sourcing: How to make it work for your business

Stiff competition and low cost production overseas has made the choice of sourcing from and producing in the UK a difficult one for fashion designers and brands. This session will explore the opportunities for UK manufacture- when is it the right choice, which designers and brands are making it work for them and how, and how leading suppliers and manufacturers are rising to the challenge and offering unique strengths and pioneering sustainability achievements in the face of competition on price.

If you are producing in the UK or considering doing so, don’t miss this seminar.

CHAIR: Sital Punja. Director – Toumazi & Co

PANEL: Aeneas Mackay – Ardalanish
Catharina Eden – Eden Studio
Sital Punja – Toumazi and Co
Gavin Ambrose – Design Director – UK Fashion Hub

11am: India: Scaling up, Skilling up

Known for its awe inspiring diversity of skills and capabilities, India has become the sourcing destination of choice for thousands of fashion businesses from small designer brands to some of the largest High St retailers. This seminar explores the opportunities for production in India, and introduces a range of successful models. It includes an introduction to the ways that small scale co-operatives and community production groups have scaled up and “skilled up” to cater for demand for larger quantities or design led product- and to reach new markets.

If you are sourcing from or producing in India, or considering doing so, don’t miss this seminar.

CHAIR: Tamsin Lejeune. Managing Director – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Cecilia Lunch – Po-Zu
Naomi Cornelius-Reid – NV Calcutta

12pm: Latin America – Niche product opportunities

This seminar explores how investment in niche products and processes, from new recycled and sustainable textiles and components to swimwear, to artisanal luxury products has broadened the potential for successful, sustainable fashion to be made in Latin America.

A recent history of government backing for sustainable fashion and textiles initiatives, notably in Brazil and Peru, combined with rich artisanal traditions and a new generation of innovative designers and entrepreneurs has resulted in exciting production opportunities in this region of the world.

CHAIR: Ilaria Pasquinelli. Marketing Director – SPINNA

PANEL: Aurélie Dumont – Veja
Brianne Bystedt – Caipora
Adriana Marina – Animana

1pm INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector

An inspiring introduction to how pioneering entrepreneurs in the ethical fashion sourcing sector are using creative thinking to turn challenges into opportunities. From innovative new products to supply and production processes to designers at the cutting edge.

Our most popular seminar in 2010.

CHAIR: Emily Pearce. Senior Manager – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Sue Blacker – Natural Fibre Company
Natalia Perry – Sacred Childhoods
Arun Baid – Aura Herbal Textile Ltd.

2pm: Producing sustainably for the high street

With many of the largest High St fashion retailers taking major steps towards sustainability, from Plan A at Marks and Spencer to a commitment for 100% of cotton from sustainable sources by H&M, there are important opportunities for sharing best practice in sourcing and supply chain management.

Hear from representatives from leading retailers and suppliers which produce large volumes of fashion products for some of the biggest High St names. What are the latest innovations in sustainable production to scale, what are the main challenges faced, and how are these being overcome?

CHAIR: Tamsin Lejeune, MD – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Prama Bhardwaj – Mantis World
Simon Ferrigno – Sustainable Organic Farm Systems
Tom Smith. Head of Marketing and Business Development – Sedex
Alok RuiaRUIA Group

3pm: Working with cooperatives and community groups: High quality standards, sustainable livelihoods.

Thousands of co-operatives and community groups all over the world create products and offer services relevant to the mainstream fashion sector. At the same time, more designers and brands than ever before are seeking to build long term partnerships with producer groups that are changing lives for the communities involved. However, quality standards, cost, design, cultural barriers, and worker capacities/ training mean that mainstream fashion products made by co-operatives and fair trade networks currently command a tiny fraction of the market.

This seminar introduces a range of successful examples which are achieving high quality products alongside major social and environmental impact. Learn from both suppliers and designers/ brand owners how they have overcome barriers and creatively addressed challenges.

An eye opening seminar for anyone interested in sustainable livelihood creation through fashion.

CHAIR: Tamsin Lejeune. Managing Director – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Ruth Cox. Senior Designer and Co-ordinator of Vocational Training – Jacobs Well
Naomi Cornelius-Reid. CEO – NV Calcutta
Shari Keller – Mehera Shaw
Kendra Cunningham – NEST

4pm: The Cotton Debate – Options for sustainably sourced cotton, opportunities, challenges, and future outlook

Commitment to sustainable cotton sourcing is at an all time high- from the largest global buyers of cotton to prominent and cutting edge designers and brands. In order to cater for demand- and with the goal of increasing availability and awareness around sustainable cotton, a raft of cotton initiatives have been launched in the last few years.

Hear from the experts- from both the supply and the retail sector, about the options, opportunities , challenges, and future outlook for sustainably sourced cotton.

CHAIR: Graham Burden. Sustainable Textile Solutions Ltd.

PANEL: Derek Binns. Founder and MD – DBL Consulting
Simon Ferrigno – Sustainable Organic Farm Systems
Liesl Truscott – Textile Exchange
Georgina Thomas – Soil Association

5pm: Panel Debate: THE FUTURE OF FASHION SOURCING

Bringing together some of the most prominent voices with leading experts and pioneering entrepreneurs, this panel will explore the future opportunities and challenges for sustainable sourcing for the fashion sector. How far has the industry really progressed in relation to sourcing sustainably? What opportunities are there for collaboration amongst retailers, brands and suppliers, to increase the sustainability achievements of the industry as a whole? What will it take for the industry as a whole to radically reduce its environmental impact, eradicate exploitation and labour malpractice, and maximize its positive impact for poverty reduction and sustainable livelihood creation?

Includes an introduction to and preview of EFF’s groundbreaking SOURCE platform, including SOURCE Intelligence and SOURCE Database.

(INVITATION ONLY)

CHAIR: Derek Binns. Founder and MD – DBL Consulting

PANEL: Summer Rayne Oakes. Co-Founder – Source4Style
Julia Hawkins. Media Relations and Communications Manager – Ethical Trading Initiative
Clara Vuletich. Sustainable textile designer & writer – Textile Environmental Design
Vicky Murray – Forum for the Future
Simon Ferrigno – Cotton and sustainability expert
Jackie Andrews-Udall – Founder – Sustainable Fashion Strategies

TUESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

9am. INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector

An inspiring introduction to how pioneering entrepreneurs in the ethical fashion sourcing sector are using creative thinking to turn challenges into opportunities. From innovative new products to supply and production processes to designers at the cutting edge.

Our most popular seminar in 2010.

CHAIR: Emily Pearce. Senior Manager – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Benita Singh – Source4Style
Anita Hawkins – Ultra
Veronica CrespiREWARDROBE Collective

10am: China: The latest on sustainable production options for fashion

Ethical and sustainable production in the worlds largest fashion and textiles production centre remains a topic of hot debate. Hear from leading retailers, brands, and supplier platforms about achievements in social and environmental terms, opportunities, challenges, and future outlook. Representation for sustainable suppliers based in China at the SOURCE Expo remains low. We look at the opportunities to increase this and build and grow movements such as the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, based in Hong Kong.

If you produce in China or are considering doing so, don’t miss this seminar.

11am: Producing luxury products to high quality and sustainability standards

Commitment towards sustainable sourcing is increasing in the luxury fashion sector, from established brands to pioneering new labels and platforms for exemplary high end fashion. This seminar brings together suppliers of high end fashion products with designers, brands and luxury fashion platforms to introduce the challenges of achieving outstanding quality sustainably, and how these are being overcome.

CHAIR: Tamsin Lejeune. Managing Director – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Diana Verde Nieto – Positive Luxury
Ada Zanditon. Designer – Ada Zanditon
Shari Keller – Mehera Shaw
Joanne – Makki

12pm: Low impact supply chains

Toxic chemical use, high carbon footprint, water, packaging and waste contribute to an environmental impact of the fashion industry on a par with the chemical industry. Hear the latest from experts, suppliers and brand leaders on the product and process innovations with the potential to transform the environmental impact of the fashion sector.

CHAIR: Abi Rushton. Founder – Ethical Expert

PANEL: Mariusz Stockaj – Continental Clothing
Eva Cammarata. Founder – Eva Cammarata

1pm: Africa – Towards vertical supply

Africa represents a tiny percentage of the global fashion and textiles industry. Production is characterised by small pockets of basic volume product , thousands of small community groups and artisans, and a growing number of pioneering sustainable production units and initiatives.

Despite this, almost one third of all winners of the EFF’s INNOVATION awards for fashion design and sustainability involve ranges produced in Africa. Something inspiring is happening around fashion made in Africa. This panel will explore the opportunities for vertical production , overcoming the challenges of imported fabrics and components, upskilling and design innovation that could transform opportunities for the sector.

EFF’s Africa panels are always oversubscribed and stimulate vibrant debate. Don’t miss it.

CHAIR: Tamsin Lejeune. Managing Director – Ethical Fashion Forum

PANEL: Abi Rushton – Cotton Made in Africa
Christian Smith. CSR Manager – ASOS
Prama Bhardwaj – Mantis World
Paola Masperi. Chairperson – Mayamiko

2pm: SOURCE round table

(INVITATION ONLY)

2011 Seminar Programme

“Great seminars led by passionate, knowledgeable panel members. Would definitely go again”
Emma Hiscock, Retail manager/ buyer, FAIR (SOURCE Expo visitor, 2010)