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The British Fashion Council Announces Keynote Speakers for Institute of Positive Fashion Forum 2024

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Credits: Rory James - IPF Forum 2023

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the fourth annual Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF) Forum, which will take place on Thursday 18th April 2024 at 180 Studios, 180 The Strand, London.

The IPF Forum is an annual sustainability event, designed to be provocative in thinking with multi-faceted conversations and activities. Focused on accelerating the foundations of a circular fashion ecosystem in the UK, the day brings together designers, brands, retailers, investors, innovators, academics, economists and policy makers. Over the years, the BFC has curated the IPF Forum with inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, with a view to instil a sense of duty, action and activism into the audience.

The actions-led event will bring together voices from across the ecosystem to explore how we can create a responsible fashion industry. The programme will be informed by circularity and the pathways to a net zero industry, which includes a keynote talk about the IPF’s Low Carbon Transition Programme. The day will consist of a series of visionary keynote speakers, practical workshops and panel discussions with industry leaders, followed by audience breakout sessions designed to bring together peers across industry to collaborate and fast-track collective positive change.

Keynote speakers

  • Opening Keynote: In conversation with Paul Dillinger - Paul Dillinger, VP, Head of Global Design and Innovation, Levi's

  • Keynote 2: Human rights and environmental sustainability: the time to act is now - Baroness Lola Young, Member House of Lords; Simon Platts, CEO & Co-founder & Consultant NED; Moderator: Sarah Kent, Business of Fashion

  • Keynote 3: The IPF's Low Carbon Transition Programme - Kyle Ho; Mica Phillips; Patrick McDowell

  • Keynote 4: In conversation with Mr Brunello Cucinelli - Mr Brunello Cucinelli

  • Keynote 5: Business change through citizen action - Brontie Maria Ansell, Lawyers for Nature; Lucy Shea, Futerra; Tyler LaMotte, Patagonia; Daze Aghaji, Climate Activist; Moderator: Rachel Arthur, UN Environmental Programme

  • Closing Keynote: June Sarpong in conversation with Thangam Debonnaire - June Sarpong; Thangam Debonnaire, Shadow Secretary of State

IPF Forum will also host The Future of Fashion Innovation Showcase which will highlight innovation and disruptors across the value chain and, The BFC Student Fabric Initiative, featuring the work of the finalists of the design student competition, which runs yearly for BFC Colleges Council member universities and is focused on the use of deadstock materials.

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