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FCG Talk Format in Partnership with Vogue Business

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July 2nd 2024 - July 4th 2024

In collaboration with Vogue Business and eBay, Fashion Council Germany is introducing ‘METAMORPHOSIS – dialogues about change’ powered by eBay, a new talk series as a part of Berlin Fashion Week. The series will feature international and national experts in circular economy and the fashion industry, engaging in dialogue about the various facets and essential transformations needed in our industry. The discussions will take place at a central location in Berlin.

 

Join us as we explore and learn about the changes, challenges and opportunities in the fashion industry.

Location:

CUPRA City Garage

Aaron-Bernstein-Platz 1

Am Tacheles

10117 Berlin

Program

Day 1: Tuesday July 2nd

What is Circularity? – Design perspective

10:00 AM

Open Doors


10:30 AM

An introduction to circularity

Impulse Speech

Jasmien Wynants Co-Founder I MASJIEN

10:45 AM

Crafting Love: Designing for Circular Fashion and Garment Longevity

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion on "Crafting Love: Designing for Circular Fashion and Garment Longevity." Our esteemed panelists, will delve into the intricacies of designing for circularity and longevity in fashion. From embracing slow fashion principles to incorporating design for recycling and zero waste strategies, our experts will explore innovative approaches to sustainable fashion. We'll also explore the value of fostering an emotional connection between consumers and their clothing, discussing how a personal approach to design can inspire love and care for garments, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable fashion ecosystem. Join us as we uncover the secrets to making people fall in love with their clothes and revolutionizing the way we approach fashion design processes.

Panel 1

Kirsty McGregor

Executive European Editor | Vogue Business


Dilys Williams

Founder & Director | Centre for Sustainable Fashion


Julia Ballardt

Co-Founder & Designer | Milk of Lime


Nina Knaudt

Co-Founder & Managing Director | RIANNA + NINA


Thakane Bazill

Fashion Technologist, Consultant in Sustainability and advocate for Fashion justice in Global South

11:20 AM

Networking Break

11:35 AM

Beyond Good Intentions: Navigating Global Human Rights in Design and Supply Chains

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion titled "Beyond Good Intentions: Navigating Global Human Rights in Design and Supply Chains." In this session, we'll explore the pressing question of whether our efforts to uphold human rights globally are progressing swiftly and in the right direction. Delving into the complex interplay between design and global supply chains, our panelists will examine the challenges and opportunities in ensuring ethical practices throughout the process. From labor conditions to environmental impact, we'll assess the current state of affairs and discuss actionable steps towards improvement. Join us as we confront the realities of contemporary design and advocate for a more equitable and sustainable future for all stakeholders involved.

Panel 2

Maliha Shoaib

Reporter I Vogue Business


Carina Bischof

Co-Founder & Chairwoman | Fashion Revolution Germany


Liz Ricketts

Co-Founder & Executive Director I The Or Foundation


Sarah Blank

Consultant I Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business


Sarah Ditty

Senior Programme Manager I Laudes Foundation

Day 2: Wednesday July 3rd

Technology & Innovation - How can technology accelerate circularity?

09:30 AM

Open Doors

10:00 AM

XR Retail Revolution: Redefining Product-Centric Shopping for Longevity and Value

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on "Innovative Retail Revolution: Redefining Product-Centric shopping Across experiences and touchpoints." Explore the transformative potential of new technologies in revolutionizing retail experiences across diverse consumer touchpoints. From virtual showrooms to augmented reality try-ons, discover how technology is reshaping the way products are presented and experienced. Our panelists will delve into the intersection of digital fashion retail with the growing emphasis on longevity and value in consumer culture, examining how these technologies can foster deeper connections between products and consumers while promoting sustainability and durability. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights into the future of retail and the role of technology in driving engagement and greener customer behaviour.

Panel 3

Ann Claes

Co-Founder I MASJIEN Harald Sipple CEO I Reverse-Retail


Marjorie Hernandez

Co-Founder I LUKSO


Mike Charalambous

CEO I Threedium


Patrik de Jong

Creative Director I Artificial Rome

10:35 AM

Networking Break

10:50 AM

How to implement AI in a responsible way?

Join us for an insightful panel discussion on "AI in Fashion and Textiles: Implementing Responsible Practices." Discover the opportunities and challenges of integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into the fashion and textile industry while upholding ethical standards and sustainability. Our panel of experts will explore innovative applications of AI, from trend forecasting to the design process, and discuss strategies for ensuring responsible AI adoption. Delve into topics such as data privacy, algorithm transparency, and mitigating biases in AI systems. Whether you're a designer, manufacturer, or tech enthusiast, this discussion will provide valuable insights into leveraging AI for positive impact while navigating ethical considerations in the fashion and textile sector. Join us as we explore the future of AI in fashion with responsibility at the forefront.

Panel 4

Kirsty McGregor

Executive European Editor | Vogue Business


Madeleine Parker

Entrepreneur I NewLife.ai


Michel Tjoeng

Co-Founder I ChatLabs


Niamh Peren

Chief of Innovation & Strategy I The Foreseight Institute Prof. Tutia Schaad Professor I Macromedia

Day 3: Thursday July 4th

Community - What is your angle on circularity?

09:30 AM

Open Doors

10:00 AM

Fashioning Community Narratives: Bridging CSR Reporting to End Consumers through Storytelling

Join us for an enriching panel discussion on "Community & Storytelling: Translating CSR Reporting to Your End Consumer." Explore the power of storytelling in communicating corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to your audience. Our panelists will share insights into crafting compelling narratives that resonate with consumers, fostering community engagement and building brand loyalty. Discover innovative approaches, such as digital product passports, for integrating CSR reporting into brand storytelling, leveraging authenticity and transparency to connect with your audience on a deeper level. Whether you're a designer, marketer or sustainability advocate, this discussion will equip you with insights and strategies for effectively communicating your brand's commitment to social and environmental responsibility to your end consumers. Join us as we explore the intersection of community, storytelling and circular practices in fashion.

Panel 5

Dries Vriesacker

Co-Founder & Creative Director of ENFNTS TERRIBLES


Dörte de Jesus

Founder & Creative Director I The Lissome


Ina Budde

Co-Founder & Managing Director I circular.fashion


Julius Weissenborn

Founder & Managing Director I Haderlump


Semora Mangnoesing

Commercial Director I EON

10:35 AM

Networking Break


10:50 AM

Breaking Barriers: Empowering Fashion in the Global Creative Economy

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion on "The Power of Local x Global Access: Embracing the Creative Economy in Fashion." Explore how the democratization of fashion is reshaping the industry, allowing individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in the fashion ecosystem without traditional gatekeepers. Our panelists, representing a spectrum of voices from designers to entrepreneurs, will share insights on leveraging available tools to thrive in this dynamic landscape. Discover how the intersection of local and global access is empowering creativity and fostering inclusivity in fashion. Whether you're a budding designer, small business owner, or fashion enthusiast, this discussion will inspire you to embrace the opportunities of the creative economy and contribute to a more diverse and accessible fashion industry for all. Join us as we celebrate the power of individual expression and collaboration in shaping the future of fashion.

Panel 6

Kerstin Weng

Head of Editorial Content I Vogue Germany


Herbert Hofmann

VP Creative & Buying I Highsnobiety


Janina Lin Otto

Entrepreneuer I Holistic Foundation


Kirsty Keoghan

Global General Manager Fashion I eBay


Shariff Vreugd

Co-Founder I REFRAMD

11:25 AM

Closing Note

Scott Lipinski CEO I Fashion Council Germany


Kirsty Keoghan Global General Manager Fashion I eBay

Ann Claes

Co-Founder I MASJIEN

Ann Claes is co-founder of MASJIEN - the agency for fashion, sustainability and technology - where she offers consultancy, keynotes and project management services linked to innovation in the fashion industry. As an active professional for more than 20 years, she has worked as an international business developer, sales director and senior project manager. Today she is a board member of Belgian retail groups CRG and Duror. In addition, Ann is a driving force behind the Web3 movement in Belgium: WEB32, co-founded the digital fashion network MUTANI in 2021, curated the reFLEXion exhibition and the Flanders Technology & Innovation Festivals. She is also Content Director of the Metamorphosis talks.

Panel 3

Carina Bischof

Co-Founder & Chairwoman | Fashion Revolution Germany

Carina Bischof is an activist with great expertise in upcycling. She ran her own upcycling fashion label aluc and the Upcycling Fashion Store in Berlin for several years before co-founding Fashion Revolution Germany e.V. She is chairwoman of the board of the association and in charge for the management and projects like the fairknallt platform, the 1 Hour T-Shirt campaign and the podcast “We are Fashion Revolution”. Furthermore she works as a consultant and project lead at studio MM04.

Panel 2

Dilys Williams

Founder & Director I Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Professor Dilys Williams is founder and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts London Research Centre, based at London College of Fashion, exploring fashion as sustainability in action with researchers and businesses across the world. Dilys is also chair of UAL’s Social Purpose Advisory Group, re-purposing the university in the context of our times.

Panel 1

Dries Vriesacker

Co-Founder & Creative Director of ENFNTS TERRIBLES

Dries Vriesacker is a Belgian creative with a strong focus on the fashion industry. He is a co-founder and creative director of ENFNTS TERRIBLES Magazine. The online magazine was founded 7 years ago and centers mainly around fashion, but also music and culture. Apart from his work at ENFNTS TERRIBLES, he’s also a freelance creative director, stylist, and social media consultant specializing in new media such as TikTok and Instagram.

Panel 5

Dörte de Jesus

Founder & Creative Director I The Lissome

Dörte de Jesus is the creative director of The Lissome Magazine, as well as a design consultant with a focus on publishing, communication design and art direction. She firmly believes in the importance and power of storytelling to change cultural narratives – that if we are to create cultural shifts toward human and planetary well-being, we need to inspire the collective consciousness of what might be possible. Dörte holds the vision of a gentler, kinder and more beautiful world – cultivating nourishing relationships between humans, the natural and the material world are at the heart of her work.

Panel 5

Harald Sipple

CEO I Reverse-Retail

Harald Sipple is managing director and shareholder of Reverse-Retail, the leading online retailer for premium and luxury fashion. He has worked for more than 25 years in private equity and was partner at EQT, one of the largest private equity funds in Europe. Harald holds a degree in business economics.

Panel 3

Herbert Hofmann

VP Creative & Buying I Highsnobiety

Before Herebrt started his career in the fashion industry, he studied geography in Austria and Stockholm. He then moved to Berlin, where he started doing PR for brands like Weekday, Cheap Monday, Monki, Stine Goya, Wood Wood and Henrik Vibskov. In 2011 he started his journey as buyer and creative director for Voo Store Berlin. Since 2019 he works at Highsnobiety, where he is VP Creative and Buying and takes care of collaborations and their private label Highsnobiety HS05. They publish a magazine and books, create content and strategies for brands and do matchmaking to bring brands and suppliers together.

Panel 6

Ina Budde

Co-Founder & Managing Director I circular.fashion

Ina is the co-founder and managing director of circular.fashion, driving circularity by product and system innovation. With a background as an international lecturer and consultant for sustainability in fashion, Ina and her team enable fashion companies to implement and scale circularity with software solutions and services for circular design, digital product passports and product circulation.

Panel 5

Janina Lin Otto

Entrepreneur I Holistic Foundation

Janina Lin Otto is a founder, entrepreneur, podcaster, keynote speaker and philanthropist. Together with her husband, she founded the Holistic Foundation in 2018 with the aim of creating a world for happier and more conscious people. Through her network, Janina Lin Otto is closely associated with various German fashion brands.

Panel 6

Jasmien Wynants

Co-Founder I MASJIEN

Jasmien Wynants, co-founder of Masjien, is a leading force driving sustainability in the fashion industry. Her impactful work earned her the title 'Sustainability Professional of the Year' in 2023 in Belgium. Over the years, she has advised various fashion brands on sustainability strategies, and pioneered the 'Close The Loop' circular fashion program for Flanders Fashion Institute, now Flanders DC.

Impulse Speech

Julia Ballardt

Co-Founder & Designer | Milk of Lime

Julia studied the technical side of garment making and fine arts in Mannheim (Germany) before moving to Antwerp (Belgium). At the Royal Academy of Fine Arts she then graduated with a Master degree in 2020 , while working as an assistant at Alexis Gautier in 2018, Christian Wijnants in 2020 and Givenchy in 2021. In 2022 she and Nico Verhaegen founded their brand Milk of Lime together and had their debut runway show during BFW in July 2023.

Panel 1

Julius Weissenborn

Founder & Managing Director I Haderlump

Julius Weissenborn is the founder and managing director of Haderlump Atelier Berlin. Prior to that, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Politics, and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management. Previously, Julius worked as a project coordinator at Alpha-Bündnis Lichtenberg, where he coordinated various projects and engaged with stakeholders to advance the organization's mission. As an experienced managing director, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic acumen, overseeing the company's strategic development, business growth, product innovation, brand management, and personal management.

Panel 5

Kerstin Weng

Head of Editorial Content I Vogue Germany

Kerstin Weng is Head of Editorial Comet at Vogue Germany. She is a fashion journalist with 15+ years of experience and has been editor in chief of several magazines. She loves to focus on fashion as a mirror of the zeitgeist, that reflects current and upcoming developments in various aspects.

Panel 6

Kirsty Keoghan

Global General Manager Fashion I eBay

Kirsty Keoghan is eBay’s Global GM of Fashion, where she is responsible for the company’s global fashion business. More recently, she has stepped in to also cover GM of eBay UK whilst Eve Williams is on maternity leave, alongside eBay’s Director of Seller Success, Sholto Mee. She has been leading the charge in repositioning eBay as a destination for buying and selling authentic high-end items. All of which has culminated in Kirsty being recognised in Retail Week’s Future Leaders 2023 list and The Tech List 2024.

Panel 6

Kirsty McGregor

Executive European Editor | Vogue Business

Kirsty McGregor is Executive European Editor at Vogue Business, the digital title Condé Nast set up in 2019 to offer a global perspective on how tech, sustainability and cultural trends are impacting the luxury fashion and beauty industries. She was previously Editor of fashion trade magazine Drapers, and has a background of social policy journalism.

Panel 1

Liz Ricketts

Co-founder & Executive Director I The Or Foundation

For the past 14 years, Liz Ricketts has worked to bring global awareness to fashion’s waste crisis as the co-founder and executive director of The Or Foundation, a Ghana-based non-profit working at the intersection of environmental justice, education and fashion development. Recently Liz and her Team launched the Stop Waste Colonialism campaign calling for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies.Recently, Liz and her team launched the Stop Waste Colonialism campaign calling for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies. She previously studied fashion design at the University of Cincinnati and holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was an Urban Scholars Fellow.

Panel 2

Madeleine Parker

Entrepreneur I NewLife.ai

Madeleine Parker is an entrepreneur in web3/AI, working on the algorithmic layer to make blockchain, neural and social networks smarter - Newcoin- and building Dapps for human/AI weighted RHLF and DPO - Newlife. Formerly worked in Blockchain at KPMG Singapore, WFP Digital, startups and in academic research in tokenomics, loyalty wallets, DePin/DeAI and consumer.

Panel 4

Maliha Shoaib

Reporter I Vogue Business

Maliha Shoaib is a reporter at Vogue Business, covering diversity and inclusion, social impact and luxury fashion. She won the inaugural Vogue Business Talent Competition in 2020. Maliha graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a degree in English and World Philosophies, specializing in postcolonialism and cross-cultural analysis.

Panel 2

Marjorie Hernandez

Co-Founder I LUKSO

Marjorie Hernandez is a Venezuelan-born architect focused on the intersection of culture, design, and Web3 technology. Marjorie is the visionary founder of DEMAT, the first Web3 digital fashion marketplace that has set a new standard in how fashion interacts with technology. She also co-founded LUKSO, an Ethereum-based blockchain tailored for the New Creative Economy. Recognized as a transformational leader, Marjorie is known for her disruptive influence and capacity to enact meaningful change within the tech and fashion industries.

Panel 3

Michel Tjoeng

Co-Founder I ChatLabs

Michel is the co-founder at ChatLabs. ChatLabs' mission is to bring brands closer to the consumer on Social Media. Their technology uses AI to deeply understand the consumers interest and generate the perfect consumer journey. ChatLabs won the LVMH Data and AI Award in 2023 and is part of the prestigious 'La Maison des Startup' of LVMH.

Panel 4

Mike Charalambous

CEO I Threedium

Envisioning and shaping the future of Spatial Web Commerce. Used to be known as a passionate entrepreneur with international experience in the launch and development growth of new innovative businesses. He has worked with startups and multinational companies globally in sectors ranging from fashion to retail and telecommunications.

Panel 3

Niamh Peren

Chief of Innovation & Strategy I The Foreseight Institute

As Chief of Innovation & Strategy at The Foresight Institute, Niamh Peren spearheads the Prizes, Fellowship and co-directs the AI Safety Grants. Known for her groundbreaking efforts as an environmental activist, Peren led her government petition 'Tino Pai Aotearoa/ Thumbs Up New Zealand' to legislation, now a lived experience. She advises organizations on future strategy and environmental impact, and is an invited keynote speaker on these issues in forums such as the Chanel Earth Month Speaker Series. Niamh holds a Master of Science in Strategic Design & Management from The New School in NYC, where she was a two-time Fellow.

Panel 4

Nina Knaudt

Co-Founder & Managing Director | RIANNA + NINA

Nina Knaudt began her career in the fashion industry with an internship at a PR agency representing luxury brands such as Cartier and Etro. After graduating with a degree in Media Management she completed a Master's degree in Fashion and Design Management at SDA Bocconi in Milan. Nina then worked at Galeries Lafayette in Berlin as Head of Marketing and Communications before she and Rianna founded RIANNA + NINA in 2014. Today, the brand is represented in A-list boutiques, has a flagship store at the Palais Royal in Paris and at the Marbella Club Hotel, and is featured in the international press and on TV shows.

Panel 1

Patrik de Jong

Creative Director I Artificial Rome

Patrik is the Artistic Director of Artificial Rome. It’s not always the easiest job when you’re dealing with a bunch of individualists and – let’s face it – nerds. Astonishingly, he manages to keep up with this matter-of-fact feature and still works as an excellent designer with an ingenious output. In 2004 he teamed up with Dirk Hoffmann, they would cofound Artificial Rome in 2014. Since then, the team has, in successive years, received many awards in prestigious competitions including the Cannes Lions, the Art Directors Club, the Red Dot Award and the New York Festivals. Patrik has been a speaker at the OFFF Festival, Resonate, ADC Conference, Playground Festival and was Guest Lecturer at the HAW, FH Lübeck and the Miami Ad School.

Panel 3

Prof. Tutia Schaad

Professor I Macromedia

Prof. Tutia Schaad studied at HEAA in Geneva and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee. She gained experience at GIVENCHY Haute-Couture in Paris before co-founding the fashion label PERRET SCHAAD in 2009. The brand became renowned in Germany, showcasing at prestigious venues and dressing numerous celebrities. In 2018, she opened her design studio, offering fashion consultancy and pursuing new challenges in design, theater, and dance across Europe and Japan. Since 2018, she has been a professor at Macromedia University in Berlin and became Head of the Fashion Department in 2022. Her recent project, The Twins, integrates sustainability and digital craftsmanship and was showcased as an NFT-backed virtual presentation.

Panel 4

Sarah Blank

Consultant I Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business

Sarah has experience in implementing human rights due diligence within multinational corporations, specifically in the textile and food retail sectors. She has worked with companies such as Hugo Boss and Lidl International and has been involved in projects related to living wages, grievance mechanisms in the textile industry, and social auditing. Before joining Löning, Sarah managed projects in the retail sector to implement the requirements of the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG). She holds a M.A. in Political Science with a focus on International and European Politics from the University of Bamberg. Sarah is fluent in German and English.

Panel 2

Sarah Ditty

Senior Programme Manager I Laudes Foundation

Sarah Ditty is a Senior Programme Manager at the Laudes Foundation working to strengthen labour rights across industry transformation. She previously led Fashion Revolution's Fashion Transparency Index, and advised the EU, UK Government, and UN on apparel industry sustainability. Sarah was named one of London’s 1,000 most influential people by the Evening Standard in 2019. Her commitment to a just transition is not restricted to her work. She's also Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel at EarthPercent, supporting the climate movement.

Panel 2

Scott Lipinski

CEO I Fashion Council Germany

Scott Lipinski has been holding the position of Chief Executive Officer at Fashion Council Germany (FCG) since December 2017. After studying business administration, he began his career at Accenture, followed by positions at renowned German fashion companies such as Wunderkind, Michalsky and lala Berlin. At Fashion Council Germany his goal is to establish German fashion as a cultural and economic asset and to generate more recognition and attention for the industry, both politically and culturally. As one of the founders of the European Fashion Alliance (EFA), he is committed to establishing an international network within the fashion industry.

Closing Note

Semora Mangnoesing

Commercial Director I EON

Semora Mangnoesing is Commercial Director at EON, the leading product digitization platform, enabling retail brands to create traceable, intelligent and more valuable products. She brings over a decade of experience to her role in guiding brands to create sustainable, future-proofed business models through the infinite possibilities of Digital Twins. Formerly, Semora was CCO at tex.tracer where her focus was on creating transparent and honest fashion supply chains. She is a certified biomimicry expert and holds a BSc degree from Hotelschool The Hague. She lives in Amsterdam and is driven by systematic change in the benefit of people and planet.

Panel 5

Shariff Vreugd

Co-Founder I REFRAMD

Shariff Vreugd is the co-founder of Reframd, an eyewear brand dedicated to enhancing inclusivity in the eyewear industry. Focussing on designing eyewear for individuals with diverse face shapes and nose profiles, challenging the one-size-fits-all narrative within the eyewear industry. Reframd's mission is to challenge and redefine conventional standards in the eyewear industry that have historically overlooked the needs of various demographic groups. Reframd has shipped inclusive glasses to over 20 countries and achieved a successful Kickstarter campaign. Additionally, they have been recognized by Google for Startups, as we were chosen for the Google Black Founders Fund 2022.

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