Apr 14, 2023
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BFC unveils Institute of Positive Fashion Forum schedule

Apr 14, 2023

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced a packed schedule for its third annual Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF) Forum. The day-long “actions-oriented conference”, will takes place on 20 April at 180 Studios, on The Strand, in London.


Designed “to galvanise key players in the British fashion industry to collaborate to achieve a circular fashion ecosystem in the UK by 2030”, the event will focus on “addressing the fashion industry’s most pressing climate-related challenges”.

It will feature over 30 speakers presenting a series of “visionary keynotes” and panel discussions followed by ‘hack’ sessions “designed to bring together peers across the industry to collaborate for collective outcomes and fast-track positive change”.  

Highlights include the 2023 Innovation Showcase, returning for its third iteration and featuring a curated set of innovators who are addressing key sustainability and responsible business challenges across fashion’s complex value chain. 

The IPF Forum’s Delivery Collaborator, Deloitte, will lead a workshop that will provide businesses with practical advice on how to embed low-carbon practices into the supply chain.

Within the schedule, the keynotes include ‘Earth Is Our Only Shareholder: How Patagonia Is Using the Power of Action’ with speaker Tyler LaMotte, Marketing Director, Patagonia EMEA; and ‘The Circular Economy and Coachtopia: Introducing a New World of Circular Craft’ delivered by Joon Silverstein, SVP Global Marketing, Creative and Sustainability for Coach, and Emily Chan, Senior Sustainability and Features Editor for British Vogue.

Among the hack sessions are ‘Creating the Blueprint for City-level Circular Fashion Ecosystems’, ’Empowering Citizens Through Technology for Garment Care’, and ‘Measuring the Impact of Circularity on the Path to Net Zero’. Speakers for latter session include Jules Lennon, Fashion Initiative Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Amy Powney, Creative Director of Mother of Pearl.

Meanwhile, a series of workshops and showcases include Student Fabric Initiative, powered by The Materialist; and How to Make Your Traceability Program Successful, with TrusTrace.

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