programme 2018

14 March 2019 Studio Spaces, London

Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2019

How sustainability can make a difference to the world we live in – and your bottom line? 

We want to change how we think about fashion and how to make great clothes without creating damage. Drapers Sustainable Fashion will bring together the most sustainable brands and retailers, trailblazers and disruptors, progressive thinkers and pioneers to discuss how this can be done – and why change is not optional. The programme of this unmissable event will go to the heart of what it takes to change fashion for good.


Registration and refreshments

9.05 - 9.10


9.10 - 9.25

Opening Address: Why sustainability must become a byword for fashion
The fashion industry is starting to improve its sustainability credentials, but there is still a long way to go – and doing nothing is no longer an option.

MP Mary Creagh

9.25 - 9.40

Power talk 
Adidas x Parley for the Oceans

9.40 - 10.00

Power talk

Climate change, the circular economy and competition for land (food vs fibre crops) – how will these three key forces shape the fashion industry in the coming years?
Sally Uren, chief executive, Forum for the Future

10.00 - 10.15

Case study
How the Burberry Foundation is transforming Afghanistan’s cashmere industry

How can luxury brands build sustainable supply chains that support local communities? Burberry’s responsibility programme director, Jocelyn Wilkinson, presents a case study on the Burberry foundation’s community programme in Afghanistan, delivered in partnership with Oxfam and PUR projet, which is empowering local communities by building a more inclusive and sustainable cashmere industry.

Jocelyn Wilkinson, Responsibility Programme Director, Burberry

10.15 - 10.45

Panel discussion
Circular fashion – an antidote for a throwaway culture?  

A circular business model – that eliminates waste, minimises negative impacts, and is ultimately restorative and regenerative – is seen by many as a viable, clean alternative to process-intense, disposable fashion. As an industry what do we need to move to a circular economy? 

Moderator: Pauline Op de Beeck, Lead on sustainable fashion, the Carbon Trust

Oya Barlas Bingul, business development manager UK and Benelux, Lenzing

Tara Luckman, senior sustainability manager, ASOS

Elin Larsson, sustainability director, Filippa K

Camilla Skjønning Jørgensen, sustainable materials manager, Bestseller

10.45 - 11.20

Coffee break

11.20 - 11.35

In conversation with

Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, Kering

Kering was named the world’s second most sustainable company across all industries and first in Luxury and fashion by the Corporate Knights Global 100 index published during the World Economic Forum in Davos this year.

11.35 - 12.00

Panel discussion
Selling sustainability: what’s in it for the consumer?

Most customers want fashion companies to have good environmental and ethical credentials, yet few actively seek out sustainable products and brands. How can fashion companies change the narrative around sustainability? As an industry, what do we need to do to bring consumers on board?

Lucy Shea, chief executive officer, Futerra 

Wilson Oryema, artist and writer

Giorgina Waltier, sustainability manager for UK & IE, H&M

12.00 - 12.30

Panel discussion
Cleaning and greening the supply chain

The fashion supply chain is highly fragmented, which makes tracing the provenance of materials and their environmental impact difficult to track. As the industry starts to take responsibility for its environmental footprint, what will the supply chain of a future-proof business look like?

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, vp transparency, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Lavinia Muth, corporate responsibility manager, Armedangels

Ebru Ozkucuk Guler, senior CSR executive, ISKO

12.30 - 12.45

Power talk 

Jack Ostrowski, managing director, Yellow Octopus

12.45 - 13.10

Panel discussion
Transparency in fashion: are we doing enough?

Suppliers can run factories on tight margins and subcontract work out to third parties – but retailers and brands need to look all the way along the supply chain to ensure it is free from exploitation. The Rana Plaza tragedy was a wake-up call, but can we be sure it will never happen again? 

  • Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director, Fashion Revolution
  • Mostafiz Uddin, managing director, Denim Expert
  • Dr Jacquetta Lee, Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability Director, University of Surrey, Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES)

13.10 - 13.30


Katharine Hamnett, designer, activist and pioneer for sustainable fashion

13.30 - 14.30


14.30 - 15.00

Drapers’ Den
 Fashion business start-ups will pitch their innovations to a panel of industry luminaries in front of a live audience, who will then vote for the winner. Whether working on the area of transparency, technology or circular fashion, this is the opportunity for trailblazers and disruptors to scale up their business.

15.00 - 15.10

Coffee Break

15.10 - 17.35

InAction! showcases

The afternoon will be all about turning ideas into practice – and we will do that by showcasing the projects and initiatives that are pushing the boundaries for sustainability. We are looking for companies that will bring innovation to life through real-life application – this could be anything from recycling and re-use/repair to ground-breaking business developments and new technology.
There will be two sets of showcases running concurrently on two specially configured stages with interactive elements and audience engagement. The presentations will include:

Stage 1 will be about responsible innovation. It will showcase the best sustainable materials – often from unexpected sources – and best re-engineering, recycling and processing techniques.

Moderator: Tamsin Lejeune, chief executive, Ethical Fashion Group CO  

Phil Townsend, sustainable raw material specialist, Marks & Spencer
Phil is responsible for delivering the environmental sustainability programme for M&S’s clothing and home division. He will take us behind the scene of the M&S sustainable cotton initiative.

Bleue Wickham-Burnham, head of sustainability, Oliver Spencer
Bleue will discuss how smart sustainable initiatives can make a difference for brands, focusing on fabrics, energy, packaging, repair, and communication.

Marianella Cervi, head of sustainability and responsibility, Timberland
Marianella will talk about the circular economy and how Timberland is implementing it at the product level. 

Amanda Johnston, curator and education consultant, The Sustainable Angle
Amanda will take us through a journey along a selection of materials. She will explain their background and why they are the most sustainable ones, and how they meet our environmental criteria. 

Fredrik Ekstrom, brand director and head of sustainability affairs, Europe, Tretorn 

Julian Lings, sustainability manager, The North Face in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Stage 2 will be about responsible business. It will showcase business models, supply chains, and new tools and initiatives – technological and others – that centre on sustainability.

Moderator: Dylis Williams, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion 

Agatha Lintott, founder, Antibad
Agatha will tell us how her sustainable fashion marketplace, Antibad works, and why sustainable and ethically focused etailing is the way forward.

Nicolaj Reffstrup, founder, Ganni
Nicolaj will explain how Scandi womenswear brand Ganni has started its sustainable journey by mapping and offsetting its carbon footprint.

Shafiq Hassan, co-founder, Ninety Percent
Shafiq will describe his pioneering ethical business model, which distributes 90% of profits to charitable causes and the people who make the clothes.

Thomas Berry, global director sustainable business, Farfetch
Navigating and innovating in the changing landscape of sustainable fashion: the Farfetch approach. Insights from our brands, boutiques and innovation partners"

Amy Hall, vp social consciousness, Eilleen Fisher
Eileen Fisher’s unique journey toward circular design: Our initial inspiration, how we think about “circular,” and where we’re headed.

Vestiaire Collective 


Closing remarks and drinks reception

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