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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

Buy here.

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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