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12 Feb 2023
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    Ongoing demand volatility is pushing companies towards a more flexible, demand-driven sourcing model. At the same time, it is increasingly important that companies improve the efficiency and sustainability of their end-to-end product development and sourcing processes – both because margins are under pressure and the search for cheaper sourcing locations is running out of steam.

    • Safeguard your business in the face of economic recession
    • Impact of supplier consolidation
    • Regionalisation, nearshoring, and Western Hemisphere sourcing opportunities
  3. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
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    Welcome to the biomaterial revolution. Sustainable innovation has been made possible with biofabricated materials. The market has grown significantly over the last few years seeing an increase in plant substitutes for leather and fabrics, but what are some of the most advanced fabrics today and where are they being used?

    • Plant-derived alternatives: Piñatex pineapple leather, nettle and hemp denim
    • Cultivated animal and microbe-derived fibres
    • Say ‘no’ to greenwashing with certified fabrics
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    Being in business is incredibly tough right now and not just because of inflation, energy, and a cost-of-living crisis. It’s tough to just keep up with the landscape of challenges: Have we got the right product? Is it made of the right material? What policy is it subject to? What’s its impact? And where, oh where, should we start in ‘greening’ our business.

    • Understand your ‘why’
    • Thinking big, starting small
    • Resources and support available to you
  6. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
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    Ever-changing speeds of production and consumption demand a more considered approach to trends. Consumers are looking for brands to balance newness with longevity, making sustainability a more important part of the value equation.

    • Shifting consumer behaviours and market conditions mean trend forecasting must become more agile
    • The consumer has never been more influential in shaping the decisions brands and retailers make
    • A new approach to core and seasonal collections can help brands to be both sustainable and inspiring
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    Why are companies moving back home? What are the drivers of location choice in the UK apparel industry? In the UK, the trend is far from straightforward, with questions over the higher production costs and Britain’s capacity to meet reshoring demand after decades of industrial decline and underinvestment. Despite the challenges, there are many benefits:

    • Speed to market
    • Increases in resiliency in supply chains
    • Reduced transport costs, and in turn, a reduced carbon footprint
  9. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
13 Feb 2023
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    Although packaging represents a relatively small portion of the overall impact of a garment’s lifecycle, it is highly visible to consumers and signals a brand’s commitment to sustainability. Garments still need some form of protection—something lightweight, durable, waterproof, and cheap. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for sustainable packaging, each company has to balance the benefits and trade-offs, but there are positive steps to take, including:

    • Eliminating unnecessary packaging
    • Reducing packaging size where possible
    • Designing packaging for easier recycling using mono-materials
  2. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
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    Eco-friendly is shaping the rise of thrifting, with research predicting that the second-hand market will double within the next five years. Resale presents a more affordable, and sustainable, option which is particularly appealing to Era-Z consumers. As consumer patterns continue to shift, we’ll look at how you can integrate reCommerce into your existing business model to adopt the growing retail trend, to:

    • Extend the life cycle of garments
    • Make circularity part of your climate business strategy
    • Reinvigorate retail – the benefits extending through the supply chain
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    What does it take to be a successful luxury brand today? Customers love brands with a good back story and businesses affiliated with social justice and causes. But with brands facing increased pressures, coupled with having to work hard to remain attractive to consumers, how can you adopt resilience in the face of uncertainty? Join us in conversation with Alice Temperley...

    • Changing shopping habits
    • The global fashion trade: Import and export
    • How to position yourself as a sustainable brand
  5. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
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    Protopia, a realist’s idea of progression, is central to strategic and creative thinking for spring summer 2024. BDA London’s Trendhub research reveals how this hopeful but realistic view filters through to fashion, identifying the key commercial messages across colour, materials and form:

    • Craft and the artist’s touch help people celebrate their individuality and build long-lasting stories through their homes
    • The drive for sustainability should be seen as an opportunity for ingenuity, combining technology, innovation and creativity
    • Technology moves seamlessly into art, nature, design and living, creating new ways to experience our world
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    What will the fashion industry look like when we kick out the fossil fuel prop? A new commercial approach is possible, but it requires a systemic shift. Fashion companies are learning to operate as part of a wider ‘ecosystem’ and what it will mean to operate within planetary boundaries. A shift from mass market consumption to alternative fibres and craft model with enhanced visibility may be the solution. But collections using alternative materials need to be smaller than typical mass market offerings, as costs will be higher, and the customer will pay for the novelty and buy less new clothing and more second-hand. Can these ambitions be turned into practical actions with:

    • Turning supplier relationships into strategic partnerships
    • Collaboration across the value chain
    • Building new narratives and communications for your stakeholders with integrity

     

  8. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
14 Feb 2023
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    With the rise of the conscious consumer over the past decade, brands and retailers are going the extra mile to strengthen their ethical practices and help educate their customers about how they are tackling the industry wide challenges. Brands must strike a balance between providing good quality products within the customers price bracket, whilst at the same time reassuring their consumers about topics including – who is making the products they are buying, what processes they have in place to ensure that product is of the best quality and what they are doing to tackle their environmental impact. Being known as a company who is willing to play their part, acknowledge the impact and address the issues can lead to: 

    • Multi-brand project collaboration
    • Increase in customer loyalty 
    • Improved brand reputation

     

  2. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.
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    SATCoL, the trading arm of The Salvation Army and the largest charity owned textiles collector in the UK, is actively working to support organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and combat climate change. Through their nationwide reuse and repurposing schemes, they lessen the impact on overflowing landfill sites by extending the useful life of products and reducing waste. This session will look at different ways in which donations are used, including:

    • Corporate donations – excess, and end of life, garments
    • Fibresort technology - recycling back into a circular textiles supply chain
    • Take back scheme and partnerships
  4. The Source Catwalk
    Be Inspired and start your responsible buying journey at the Source London catwalk. See the latest womenswear brought to life as the models show you how to build looks and ranges from the show floor itself.