Enterprising Fashion (Weds, 14th Nov)
From data-driven fashion to collaborative consumption, group purchasing dynamics, fast fashion, sustainable brands and the impact of digital and social technology, the fashion industry is undergoing a seismic shift in its structure.
This disruption opens the door to entrepreneurs, and the free-to-attend Enterprising Fashion conference focuses on the opportunities, and how to grab them, the challenges, and how to navigate round by tapping the best brains in the business.
Using a combination of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and analysts, we’ll explore the changing markets and business models with insight, practical advice, networking and the opportunity to pool knowledge in a collaborative ‘ideas exchange’ session.
This free event is ideal for current and future entrepreneurs, existing startups and established companies looking to innovate. Space is limited, so best to grab a ticket early.
A small business expert, Emma is the author of books including ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’, ‘Working 5 to 9 – how to start a successful business in your spare time’, ‘Go Global – how to take your business to the world’ and ‘The StartUp Kit.’
Following a career with Arthur Andersen, Emma launched her first business at age 27 and successfully sold the company 2 years later. Enterprise Nation was launched in 2006 as a website to help anyone start and grow a business from home. The company has since expanded to offer online services, publications, events and finance to small businesses across the UK.
Established by Adam Atkinson in 2007, Cherchbi began with a simple idea to make bags using the discarded wool of the ancient Herdwick breed.
CHERCHBI has developed to become a leather goods and accessories brand. We craft modern designs in a robust, traditional quality drawing inspiration from Britain’s creative, cultural and manufacturing heritage.
Jo Wiggins is the Editor and Community Manager of ASOS Marketplace, a digital platform within ASOS, where users can buy and sell new, pre-owned and vintage fashion.
Jo sifts through the 100,000+ live Marketplace listings to spot emerging trends & hunt down the best pieces with which to ‘window dress’ the site, as well as creating content and site features to engage and encourage our 30,000+ strong selling community.
A cultural change citizen in the marketing communications industry. Paul Bay spent 14 years in senior agency roles and 4 years at Levi Strauss Europe as Director of Consumer Communications and Director of Licensing.
He set up citizenbay in 2004, helping organisations shake up their approach to marketing. With an intense belief that curiosity inspires fresh ideas in companies, paul has created: MondayMediaChat.net, thereareotherworlds, curious01, Wearecurious.net.
He occasionally writes his blog at www.citizenbay.net, covering issues from left-handed brands to the power of data visualisation, but most often tweets @citizenbay. Paul is also the founder of citizensound and citizenguild.
Philip Delamore is a designer and strategic future thinker.
The Fashion Digital Studio brings together designers, academics and industry leaders to challenge the existing models of technology development and digital strategy for creative business through consultancy, knowledge transfer and R&D. It currently holds a research projects portfolio of over £3m project funding, with a team of 12 people drawn from a variety of disciplines.
Philip brings 20 years experience in the fashion industry to his specialist field of research, which is in the convergence of fashion design and technology, regularly collaborating with international experts in the fields of human, material and computer sciences to develop new approaches to design thinking and practice.
Juliet Warkentin is a communications strategist, marketer and creative director. Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Stylistpick, Juliet leads consumer engagement, creative and fashion strategy for the business. Prior to joining Stylistpick, Juliet was Content Director at WGSN, the world’s leading fashion forecasting agency. There she led content strategy across web and consultancy, heading a team of 150 experts in 4 creative hubs and was a senior content contact for clients across the world.
After starting his career at the Boston Consulting Group, Nigel Whiteoak has worked in a variety of online ventures including eBay and Expedia, multi-channel B2B distributor RS Components and Swoopo, the world's first penny auction business which saw huge international growth in the late noughties. Inspired by his time as General Manager of Kim Kardashian's online shoe club, Shoedazzle, Nigel set-up Style Nibble with Heather, a Shoedazzle and eBay colleague.
Nigel has a first in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.
Stefan Siegel kick-started his colourful career during his Economics studies when he gained experience in the fashion and media industry working for prestigious design houses and advertising agencies.
Followed by a successful modelling career he worked on five continents before achieving his MA in International Business Administration in 2004. After graduation he joined the world of finance, working for renowned companies including the Merrill Lynch M&A Investment Banking group in London specialising in the Consumer & Retail sector, advising publicly listed fashion powerhouses.
Stefan used his gained experience to launch NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL), an idea he had with his brother Daniel, a computer science expert. Although launching the company on a shoestring in 2008, NJAL today is the leading global platform for emerging fashion designers and ranks among the most respected websites in the fashion industry.
Antithesis is a collaborative project by Renée Lacroix and Zahra Ash-Harper. It is a slow fashion label with the right mix of high quality at a low conscience cost. They take their time to ensure that the items they produce are high quality, versatile, transeasonal capsule collections.
Antithesis embraces the spirit of enterprise, it’s daring. Taking risks to innovate and set trends. We cherish individuality and want to challenge our audience to get creative with the styling of their wardrobes and discovered new ways of wearing garments.
Chitra Buckley has 25 years experience in fashion product development, sourcing and forecasting for department stores and SMEs in the UK, Canada and France. She runs an MA programme in Fashion Entrepreneurship at the London College of Fashion, where she researches and lectures on enterprise, entrepreneurship and fashion branding as well as mentoring fashion start-ups.
MA Fashion Entrepreneurship is a pioneering course that aims to nurture embryonic fashion businesses and take new fashion concepts to market. Recent graduates have launched sustainable fashion brands and set up companies in Africa, Asia and Europe.
I create and design by hand beautiful statement jewellery, influenced and inspired by my love for nature. I create my pieces using the Hand Carved Wax technique, enabling me to produce beautiful free form jewellery.
In 2011 I was selected as a rising talent and was awarded The Princes Trust/Cockpit Arts Creative Careers Business Scholarship. This provided me with a Studio space in Holborn, business support, progression mentoring with key figures in the jewellery industry, enabling me to grow my business.
Since being at Cockpit I have clients from New York, Japan and London. I have met the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Will.I.am, have been interviewed for Sky News and BBC London News and have been awarded "The Princes Trust Ambassador Award 2012".
I recently have been awarded The 2012 Cockpit Arts / Radcliffe Trust Craft Award, for my innovative design and making process, enabling me to grow and develop my processes. I have also been selected as a finalist for The Precious Awards -Start Up Business Of The Year.
Toby Meadows is the founder and Director of Three’s Company Creative Consultancy, a collective of fashion professionals providing creative and business services to the fashion industry, as well as a Director of the London based cult womenswear designer label Belle & Bunty (a regular in the pages of the fashion press and loved by celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Lindsay Lohan). For the past 7 years he has been a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, invited to host conferences on developing a fashion label as well as writing and delivering short courses for professional development within the fashion industry both in the UK and abroad.
As well as consulting to hundreds of small to medium size fashion enterprises Toby has worked with some of the worlds largest and most recognizable fashion businesses from high street giants to High End designer labels. He currently acts as a consultant to the Centre for Fashion Enterprise working with the next generation of highly talented emerging designers helping to develop an infrastructure for their business and increase their chances of longevity.
Melina Ex has a communications and business focused background, which she acquired by living, studying and working across Europe and South Africa. She completed her first post-graduate degree in Intercutural Communication at Cape Town University and was awarded summa cum laude for her Master’s degree in Communications Management in London a year later. Melina joined Human Digital as an analyst in early 2010. She is currently studying towards her MBA in Management Consultancy and is working on high-profile consultancy projects for the company.
My background is womenswear and I worked for Armani, Ralph Lauren, Jean Muir and others. I then crossed over to Fashion Curation and worked on Fashion at Belsay with Judith King as well as working in the Education Department at the Design Museum. I have taught fashion across UAL for 25 years and did a masters course in Fashion Curation in 2005 when I first came across the Slow Movement. I spoke about Slow Fashion in 2006 at the Death of Taste Conference at the ICA and subsequently had an essay included in The Measure, the LCF centenary publication in 2007 including an interview with shoe designer Tracey Neuls about Slow Fashion.
Co-founder of Nuji, a leading social commerce platform based in London.
Previously worked in strategy, UX / IA and business development roles at Yahoo and various digital agencies in London and abroad.
Rachel is the Director of European Partnerships at Lyst, a leading social commerce platform for fashion used by millions of people in 180 countries around the world.
- and the Winner of Decoded Fashion Competition
A decade of digital media experience has seen Kathryn contribute to the likes of McCann Erickson, Digital Britain, New Statesman magazine and the Online News Association. As well as being an independent communications consultant Kathryn is Journalist in Residence at Kingston University, UK Chair for the Online News Association and a member of Women in Journalism. She is on the advisory board of London Social Media Week and World Book Night.
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