The stars of the summit for me weren’t big brands or big celebrities, they were honest humans saying and doing honest human things …
The first panel, on the first day (watch it here), was themed around transparency. A buzzword of the industry. The panel was made up of both innovators and brands including Amanda Nusz, vice president of product quality and responsible sourcing at Target Corporation (**A sponsor of the summit), Frouke Bruinsma corporate responsibility director from G-Star RAW, Orsola De Castro, founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution Day, and Mostafiz Uddin managing director of Denim Expert Ltd and founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange who caught everybody’s heart as he boldly scolded the brands in the audience and beyond.
This was probably my favourite panel of the summit (you can watch it here), featuring Giulio Bonazzi of Aquafil (** A sponsor of the summit), Bert Wouters from Proctor and Gamble, Sébastien Fabre from Vestiaire Collective, Jeff Denby from The Renewal Workshop … and the human who inspired my sustainability journey in the first place, William McDonough who wrote the book Cradle-To-Cradle.
PAUL DILLINGER | CIRCULARITY
Another panel I found awesomely inspiring was on the second day and focused on ‘The New Textiles Economy’ (you can watch it here). It featured Paul Dillinger, vice president and head of global production innovation and premium collection design at Levi Strauss & Co, Julie Wainwright, Founder and CEO of the REalReal, Cecilia Stromblad Brannsten, environmental sustainability manager at H&M group and Ellen MacArthur, founder of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
LILLY COLE | CIRCULAR COLLABORATION
I’ve written this out in order of appearance, and you’ll see why I put this disclaimer once you watch the painful and improperly cast panel Dio Kurazawa was a part of. On which he was the only person really versed on the subject of sustainability.