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“This year the summit reached new heights… inspiring debate, qualified delegates and a truly phenomenal subject meant that we really got inside some of the key issues and opportunities in the sector.“ – Ben Ramsden, founder of 3DPNL and Pants to Poverty
SOURCE Summit took place at the Human Rights Action Centre at Amnesty International HQ in London with participants flying in from all corners of the globe and included a beautiful exhibition of SOURCE Founding Partners, some of the most exemplary businesses and organisations in the fashion sector.
The 1-day event was livestreamed by Be inspired Films to over 500 people worldwide and photographed by Rachel Manns.
Hosted by writer / entrepreneur Amisha Ghadiali, the day started with a keynote speech by Ethical Fashion Forum’s Managing Director, Tamsin Lejeune, and an introduction presentation by SOURCE’s Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Ditty, who gave the audience an extensive overview of the latest research, trends and innovations in sustainability and fashion.
For full details of speakers and programme visit the SOURCE Summit 2014 event pages.
Full video coverage of the event plus presentations and workshop resources will be uploaded to SOURCE shortly.
All photography by Rachel Manns
The business case for sustainable fashion
The first morning panel “ The Leading Edge” was chaired by Jo Confino, journalist and executive editor of The Guardian, Sustainable Business, who stirred up a bit of controversy around how to link financial profit with positive social and environmental impact. Speakers included: Summerly Horning, VP of Stakeholder Relations at Tau Investment Management; Ben Ramsden, founder of 3DPNL & Pants to Poverty; and Ed Gillespie, co-founder of Futerra Sustainability Communications.
“We believe that business is changing, it’s in part due to external pressures but what I find most relevant about the topic today is that there is a real business case to investing in sustainable reform,” explained Summerly Horning from Tau Investment Management.
Fashion business leaders shared inside insights
The second panel “Business Leaders Speak” gave the audience inside insights into what it takes to grow a business and achieve sustainable success. Sara Simmonds, former buyer and advisor to Harvey Nichols and River Island, gave brands and designers a crash course on what they need to know to get their product right. Mark Bannister from Echo Sourcing introduced us to their pioneering factory in Bangladesh and how they’ve managed to build an ethical and profitable company in a place known for exploiting workers. Nathalie de Marco from fibre supplier Aquafil Group introduced the audience to their innovative recycled nylon, Econyl. And John Snare, the founder of Braintree Clothing, shared his 20 years of experience in setting up and growing a fashion brand from scratch to success.
“People are ripe for something deeper…products that have stories of a personal and ethical connection that is smart and sexy,” said brand advisor, Sara Simmonds.
“Short termism is a chronic issue in the garment industry… but…. choice is changing,” Echo Sourcing’s Mark Bannister told us.
The “3D” future of fashion – people, planet, profit
In the afternoon, delegates attended practical masterclasses and collaborative workshops, facilitated by experts like Christine Gent, the Executive Director of WFTO-Asia; Joanna Maiden, founder of manufacturer SOKO Kenya; and Russell Spiller, sales director of Mantis World. From setting strategy to getting production right to growing sales and marketing sustainability, attendees finished the day having gained expert advice and connected with their peers one-on-one.
“I feel like I learnt more yesterday about the ethical fashion industry than the whole of last year,” said Gabrielle Powell, natural capital valuation expert.
The day wrapped up with a lively panel discussion chaired by Baronness Lola Young of Hornsey about the future of the fashion industry and how it might achieve “3D” success. Panellists included: Rupa Ganguli, the founder of SPINNA; Dr Maxmilian Martin, founder of Impact Economy; and Peter Salcedo of global supplier Plexus Cotton.
“Brilliantly inspiring day at SOURCE Summit, great to learn from others and share stories,” said the founder of menswear brand Arthur & Henry.
“The textile and garment industry has a role to play, you are innovators and many of you are operating boutique businesses that are working with really interesting ideas about shared products, long value chains, etc. I think many of the things that you’re working on have much more potency to drive wider change than you realise,” Dr. Maximilian Martin, founder of Impact Economy, shared with enthusiasm.
Introducing SOURCE 2.0
Ethical Fashion Forum’s MD, Tamsin Lejeune, ended the event by announcing SOURCE 2.0, the exciting new iteration of EFF’s SOURCE platform.
“Our goal is to launch the beta website at this event next year… SOURCE 2.0 will reach 2.5 million users in 5 years… we need it to be something that businesses cannot do without… we’d like you, all of you and your colleagues, to contribute your ideas.“ – Tamsin Lejeune
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