Reinventing Fashion

This event brings together a diverse panel to discuss the range of cutting edge technologies that could shape the future of fashion.

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4 October 2018 — 6:00PM TO 7:15PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Fashion is one of the world’s largest consumer industries. In 2016, apparel and footwear generated $1.5 trillion in annual revenues and employed around 60 million people along its value chain.

Meanwhile, much of the sector is notoriously unsustainable, consuming 98 million tonnes of non-renewable resources such as oil, fertilisers and chemicals per year for production purposes.

The environmental impact of fast fashion in particular is increasingly well documented with three out of five items of clothing ending up in landfills or incinerators within one year of being made, and half a million tonnes of plastic microfibers shed during washing ending up in our oceans and food chain.

Yet incumbents and start-ups alike are trialling a range of disruptive shifts from new materials and production methods to innovative business models and designs to tackle the unsustainability of this ever-growing industry.

Can these innovative ideas, designs, business models and materials help reinvent the future of fashion?

Alongside an interactive exhibition, this event, organised by the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House in collaboration with the Circular Economy Club, brings together consumers, designers, retailers, innovators, material scientists, business and media leaders, policy makers and campaigners to discuss the range of cutting edge technologies that could shape the future of fashion.


Sarah Ditty, Head of Policy, Fashion Revolution 
Fee Gilfeather, Head of Retail Brand and Customer Experience, Oxfam
Pamela Mar, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Futures, and Director, Sustainability, Fung Group
Zoe Partridge, Founder, Wear the Walk
Giorgina Waltier, Sustainability Manager, H&M UK & IE
Orr Yarkoni, CEO and Co-Founder, Colorifix

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