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Beyond Retro X The Fashion Debates Sustainable Business Booster

Calling all sustainable fashion entrepreneurs! We’ve teamed up with The Fashion Debates for their first anniversary to host a unique evening of business advice and speed-networking.

Join us to hear invaluable tips from all aspects of sustainable fashion - this event will explore the challenges we face in our field and provide vital information and inspiration to improve the work we do. From managing your supply chain to working on your brand identity, this is an opportunity to come together, learn from a fantastic line-up of guest speakers, and make exciting new connections.


6pm - Doors open, drinks

6:30pm - Talks from sustainable fashion experts including the founder of Monkee Genes Philip Wildbore, fashion journalist Bel Jacobs and swimwear designer Diana Auria.

7:30pm - Drinks

7:40pm - Speed networking

8:30pm - Close

Ticket details are as follows:

Adults £10 - includes admission, free drinks & a £10 off voucher for Beyond Retro

Students £5 - includes admission, free drinks & a £5 off voucher for Beyond Retro

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More information about some of our guests:

Philip Wildbore, Founder of Monkee Genes

Phil Wildbore founded Monkee Genes in 2006 as an answer to the fast fashion denim market. Creating on trend denim with ethical conscience, Monkee Genes has been working for over a decade on raising pubic consciousness around ethical fashion. Now Phil has set up the charity Stop Taking The P, dedicated to promoting awareness of ethical production and supply chains, whilst supporting children's education in Bangladesh.

Bel Jacobs, Fashion Journalist

Bel Jacobs is a fashion & arts journalist. She was Style Editor for Metro between 1999 and 2013, during which time she helped build the paper’s fashion content, interviewing key figures such as Karl Lagerfeld, Rita Ora, Christian Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy, Isabella Blow and Valentino Garavani. A long time champion of sustainable fashion and independent labels, Bel was one of the first UK Fashion Editors to showcase conscious brands and commission sustainable fashion editorials for a daily newspaper.

Diana Auria, Swimwear Designer, Creative & Managing Director of AURIA

Diana founded AURIA in 2013, a unique swimwear line that uses innovative recycling techniques to utilise discarded fishing nets and other waste to create on-trend pieces. Diana studied at Central St Martins and went on to specialise in lingerie and swim design at the London College of Fashion. Her craft and care is balanced with conscious innovation and playful style to flatter the modern woman. Diana is a proud ambassador of sustainability within the fashion industry and has spoken on the subject at various talks including one at The Royal Society of Arts. She has also worked on special sustainable projects with Selfridges and Sony.

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Is Fair Fashion a Feminist Movement?

In a Fashion Revolution Week special, The Fashion Debates launches another engaging discussion in partnership with social enterprise Free_D.

Looking at the parallels between the ethical fashion movement and feminism, we’ll explore whether they champion each other’s causes or go against them, whether they can join forces to be more powerful and whether fairly made fashion needs to brand itself as feminist. 

The evening:
7pm Welcome drinks
7:30pm Panel debate
8pm: Questions from the audience
8:30pm Networking

The panel:
Tansy Hoskins - Journalist & Author
Sophie Slater - Co-Founder Birdsong London
Ayesha Mustafa - Founder Fashion ComPassion

About Free_D: 
Free_D is a social enterprise with a mission to support and up-skill disadvantaged women in India. We develop an under-utilised workforce into artisan jewellery makers using a mix of 3D printing and traditional techniques. We collaborate with designers and retailers who care about an ethical supply chain.

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What Is Unpaid Work Doing To The Fashion Industry?

Today’s fashion graduates, across multiple disciplines from design to styling, PR, photography and journalism, are asked to undertake full time, unpaid internships for up to a year in order to earn their place in the industry.

Even for those with years of experience, offers of unpaid work are common, leaving talented people without the means to support themselves.

The Fashion Debates brings together another crucial discussion asking questions on this little-talked-about, but endemic, problem and the impact its impact on the industry as a whole: Is there really no money in fashion, or are people just used to free labour? What are your legal rights to getting paid as an intern? How can we bring more people from less privileged backgrounds into the industry if they can’t earn a living wage?

The evening:
7pm Welcome drinks
7:30pm Panel debate
8pm: Questions from the audience
8:30pm Networking

The panel:
Matthew Dowling, CEO The Freelancer Club
Khandiz Joni, Make-Up Artist and Co-Founder Novel Beings Creative Agency
Mark Watson, Partner Fox Williams LLP Solicitors

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Can Fashion Save The Planet?

Can making upcycling, second-hand and organic fashionable change the fact that the fashion industry is the second most polluting in the world?

Are eco collections and recycling at odds with fashion business models or can fashion save the planet?

The Fashion Debates tackles the environmental impact of the industry in their next panel talk with a chance to ask your questions to the experts and discover how we can all make a difference.

The evening:
7pm Welcome drinks sponsored by Sustainable Wines.
7:30pm Panel debate
8pm Questions from the audience
8:30pm Networking

Panel speakers will be announced soon. Follow us on Facebook for updates. 

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Should The UK Introduce A Model-Health Law?

It’s long been noted that the fashion industry’s desire for thin models can cause them to go dangerously underweight, or at worst, develop eating disorders. Is it time for the government to intervene?

Following legislation being passed in California and France to protect models, a petition was launched last year by model Rosie Nelson to call on the UK to do the same. To date it has received almost 125,000 signatures.  

Would a law really protect the well-being of models? Would it put UK models at a competitive disadvantage to their international peers? What impact is the fashion industry’s obsession with a below average dress size having on women and would this law benefit them as well?

The Fashion Debates will be exploring this during our London Fashion Week special as we pop up at VIP hangout space The Grooming Room.

The evening:

4:30pm Arrival drinks
5pm Panel discussion
5:30pm Questions from the audience
6pm Cocktail hour at The Grooming Room and networking   

The Panel:
Rosie Nelson - model and campaigner.
Candice Holdsworth - journalist.
Further speakers to be announced.

More about The Grooming Room:

The Grooming Room: Women’s Edit takes place over London Fashion Week (LFW) and is curated as an environment for press, VIPs, celebrities and fashion influencers to relax between shows and meetings, to be pampered and to interact with fashion and grooming brands. Set in the intimate, yet expansive Century Club, the space is just around the corner from the main catwalk shows in Soho and is the second most visited event at LFW.

Please note: Space is more limited than our usual events so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Is The Fashion Industry Racist?

Spring/summer 16: only 22.4% of non-white catwalk models used and cultural appropriation allegations at Valentino and Junya Watanabe. Is the fashion industry racist?

An industry that has done so much for gay rights and embraced non-binary gender is lagging severely in its responsibility to include people of colour. With the catwalk now an open stage to the whole world, designers can no longer hide behind the closed doors of the industry, will this put pressure on them to do better?    

Join The Fashion Debates for an evening exploring the opinions and experiences of those working in the fashion industry and what we can all do about it.

Naomi Mdudu - former Fashion Editor of The Metro and Editor of The Lifestyle Edit

Jody Furlong - Founder of The Eye Casting and Trustee for All Walks Beyond the Catwalk.

Anna-Mari Almila - Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion, London College of Fashion.

The evening:

7pm Arrival drinks

7:30pm Panel discussion

8pm Questions and comments from the audience

8:30pm Networking

9pm Close

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The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

Venue: Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, 16-17 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DR.


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Can we stop sweatshop labour?

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It seems outrageous that in 2016, sweatshop labour is still a major concern for fashion shoppers. With little transparency about major retailers’ supply chains, it can be difficult to make ethical choices when buying clothes, and for brands outsourcing their production, how can they make sure the workers are safe?

The first ever edition of The Fashion Debates will explore this issue in a panel discussion with Carry Somers, founder of Fashion Revolution, Clare Lissaman, Director of Ethical Fashion Forum and My Source, and Stella Heng, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Sports Philosophy.

How can we lobby retailers to ask them to do more? How can I ensure my business is running ethically? How can we educate ourselves on the true cost of our clothing? The Fashion Debates is more than a discussion, it is an opportunity to come together and do something about it.

The evening:

7pm Arrival drink

7:30pm Panel discussion

8pm Questions and comments from the audience

8:30pm Networking

9pm Close

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