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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 18th Feb 2016
On Sustainable Fashion at Selfridges
The Ultralounge, Selfridges
In 2016, to celebrate the fifth year of its Bright Young Things talent platform, Selfridges is turning the spotlight onto sustainability. In collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, it has selected nine brands that champion resourcefulness, respect, and better making. These “Bright New Things” can be found displayed in the store windows of Selfridges’ Oxford Street branch and they include: Auria, Clothsurgeon, EMG, Faustine Steinmetz, Hiut Denim, Katie Jones, Martina Spetlova, Mich Dulce, and Unmade.
Argentinian-born Diana Verde Nieto is the co-founder and CEO of Positiveluxury. Diana studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Global Leadership and Public Policy. An entrepreneur, change-maker and author, she founded Clownfish in 2002 – a pioneering global sustainability consultancy which was sold to Aegis-Dentsu Group in 2008. In 2011 Diana co-founded Positive Luxury, a unique trust mark awarded to luxury lifestyle brands, enabling them to gain recognition for their commitment to craftsmanship, service and sustainability; revolutionizing the way people interact with brands, creating greater customer experiences, fostering loyalty and generating trust. That same year, the World Economic Forum in Davos honoured Diana as a Young Global Leader. She sits on the advisory board for the YGL/World Economic Forum community and is a member of the Global Agenda Council for sustainable consumption and Circular Economy.
Dilys Williams FRSA is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts Research Centre, which she established in 2008, supported by London College of Fashion. Her work contributes to the study of fashion as a life well lived within ecological boundaries and practices of human equity. She has extensive experience as a lead womenswear designer with international collections for Katharine Hamnett, Liberty and Whistles as well as an internationally recognized teaching and research portfolio. She advises business and government and has published widely on fashion and sustainability in academic journals and books. Her research projects examine academic-industry exchange, and the cultural and social role of fashion in healthy cities. In 2015 she was named in the Evening Standard’s London’s Progress 1000 list and she has also served on the judging panel of the Observer Ethical Awards.