The Crown Princess has been patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Global Fashion Agenda since 2009 and has been relentless in her promotion of a sustainable and responsible fashion and textile industry.
The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and is very committed to a broad range of social and health related issues. She was member of the High-Level Task Force for the ICPD and is patron of UNFPA and WHO /Regional Office for Europe and in 2007 she founded The Mary Foundation with the mission of fighting social isolation.
“Only strong and thoughtful leadership will secure a sustainable future for the fashion industry. The transformation we need requires business innovation like we have never seen before – innovation that is based on science and development. And it requires even more of the creative energy and ingenuity that has driven the evolvement of fashion throughout history all around the world. We need a shared determination from stakeholders at all phases of production, marketing and consumption.“
Managing Director, Tarasima Apparels (2006). Part of the Ali family business, Bitopi Group, Tarasima Apparels is the highest rated LEED Platinum factory in the world in the category of LEED O+M: Existing Building. Ali has worked with H&M Group for 21 years, from the first audit, to the journey made to reach the level of sustainability H&M Group and Tarasima Apparels are at today. Previously, Ali has worked as Director at The RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), Director at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association, as well as Managing Director of Bitopi Group.
James Bartle is the founding CEO of Outland Denim, the denim brand making jeans differently and setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Over six years Bartle developed a unique business model that would enable each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring while earning a living wage, receiving ongoing support and life-enhancing education, and crafting artisan quality jeans to compete in the global premium marketplace. In 2016, he took Outland to scale, securing international investment and distribution to further the company’s mission to employ more young women while concurrently investing heavily in supply chain and environmental stewardship. With a background in manufacturing and start-up ventures, Bartle has taken a hands-on approach to developing Outland’s signature jean styles, eschewing automation in favour of craftsmanship.
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey has served on the boards of several national cultural organisations. In 2004, the Baroness was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords, where she is working on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, co-chairing All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. The Baroness has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London.
Founder, Ahluwalia (2018). Joint winner of the LVMH Prize 2020. Featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 European Arts and Culture list 2020. Winner of the H&M Design Award 2019. Collaborated with Adidas at Paris Fashion Week for AW19. MA in Menswear from the University of Westminster (2018). Through her namesake brand, Ahluwalia, she takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of vintage and dead stock clothing, using textile techniques to give them new life.
“I think creativity and ingenuity are invariably linked to progression in technology. Technology has been vital to changing the fashion industry. Whether that is through material sciences or pattern cutting programmes, these advancements improve efficiency and reduce waste. None would be possible without creativity and ingenuity.”
Director, Global Consumer Insights, Timberland (2017). A natural empath, throughout her career, Aidoud has focused on bringing consumer needs and expectations to life across a variety of industries. Her specialties lie in portfolio management, innovation and in leading cross-functional teams to drive alignment. Aidoud is also an Advisor on the Council to Advance Racial Equity at parent company VF Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and an MBA from the FW Olin School at Babson College.
Founder and Executive Director, Lagos Fashion Week (2011) and Founder, Style House Files (2010). Akerele’s work has been instrumental to the prolific rise of the African fashion industry. Her commitment to develop and promote the industry led to the establishment of the biannual Lagos Fashion Week, which presents designers in Nigeria and beyond. Akerele also provides support for the industry with the help of government and investors, offers industry and incubation support for emerging talent and advocates for industry value chains to achieve their full potential.
“The most valuable players in the global fashion ecosystem are often still silent in terms of answering one of today’s most important questions: Who made my clothes? Fashion in Africa is distinct due to its craftsmanship and dependence on valuable handmade skills like embellishment, embroidery, weaving, spinning and customisation. The work we do at Style House Files and Lagos Fashion Week with designers helps reinforce our conviction that fashion can impact communities and change lives. There’s an urgent need for an approach that emphasises transparency and a commitment across the value chain to ensure that every hand benefits creatively and commercially from the design process.”
Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief, Business of Fashion (2007). Previously, a Consultant at McKinsey & Company in London, Amed is one of the leading writers, thinkers and commentators in the fashion industry. Fascinated by the industry’s potent blend of creativity and business, he started Business of Fashion (BoF) as a blog, which has since grown into the pre-eminent global fashion industry resource, serving a five-million-strong community from over 190 countries and territories.
Managing Director, Treadler, H&M Group B2B (2020). Asp has 15 years’ experience working within the H&M Group with over 10 of those years within production in Asia. Before joining the group’s new B2B initiative Treadler, providing access to the H&M Group supply chain aiming to accelerate sustainable change for other companies, as Managing Director, he most recently worked as Regional Country Manager in Production for South Asia and Africa.
Managing Director, Treadler, H&M Group (2020). Asp has 15 years’ experience working within the H&M Group with over 10 of those years within production in Asia. Before joining the group’s new B2B initiative Treadler, providing access to the H&M Group supply chain aiming to accelerate sustainable change for other companies, as Managing Director, he most recently worked as Regional Country Manager in Production for South Asia and Africa.
Product Designer and Founder, ConceptKicks (2013). Bailey studied product design near the greater New York area and focuses primarily on footwear innovation. Based in London, he uses the “Mr. Bailey” moniker as a vessel to explore design and art projects, whether through his own personal projects or through collaborations with brands, designers or artists that embody principles he admires.
“Creativity is something that is often associated with just design, but I believe it should permeate into much more than just that. How creativity and ingenuity is applied to a brands business structure or it’s logistics for example, is just as important as how it’s applied to the design.”
Research Director, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham UK. The film based on his book Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won the Peabody Award and two Emmys. The Association of British Universities named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.” He also co-founded the US NGO Free the Slaves (2000), a group that has liberated thousands of slaves worldwide. His latest book, Blood and Earth (2016) explores the deadly link between slavery and environmental destruction.
President and CEO, Gucci (2015). Received the Legion of Honour (2017). Named Business Leader of the Year at the British Fashion Awards for three years in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018). Held the role of CEO at Mandarina Duck, Marithé et François Girbaud, Stella McCartney, Bottega Veneta and Kering “Couture and Leather Goods” prior to joining Gucci. Under Bizzarri’s leadership, Gucci became a beacon in the luxury industry: from 2015 to 2019 the company increased its revenues from €3.898 to €9.628 billion. Gucci has been fully carbon neutral within its own operations and across the supply chain since 2018 as part of its long-term commitment to sustainability.
Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp. (2006). Chirico received the Women’s Wear Daily’s CEO Creative Leadership Award (2018) and was named Person of the Year (2018) by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). PVH Corp. is an iconic family of brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, ARROW, Warner’s and IZOD. Chirico has helped transform PVH Corp. to a company that powers brands that drive fashion forward – for good. He has made philanthropy and corporate responsibility key pillars in how PVH Corp. conducts business, recognising the opportunity to positively impact people and the environment against a backdrop of financial growth.
Representing the Fashion Pact.
“More than ever, the people and companies that embrace different perspectives, creative approaches, and inclusive ways of working, will lead our industry into its new chapter. The time is now to accelerate innovative and sustainable business practices that will benefit all stakeholders.”
VP, Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability, Avery Dennison Apparel Solutions (2016). As a Senior Executive in the company’s $1.2B Apparel Solutions division, Colarossi is the driving force behind its culture of innovation, leading a global technical innovation team, whose products deliver double-digit revenue and enhance performance. Under his leadership, the organisation has adopted a strategic view, prioritising solutions that shape the industry’s future, while meeting rigorous compliance standards. Colarossi was instrumental in developing Avery Dennison’s 2025 sustainability goals and the Apparel Solutions’ Global Experience Centres. Prior to joining Avery Dennison (2013), he held numerous manufacturing and engineering positions in the U.S. and China. Colarossi holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, is a frequent speaker on innovation and sustainability, and fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Founder, Modefica platform (2014). Modefica is one of the main independent media platforms in Brazil, approaching sustainability from a pro-intersectional perspective, where fashion is regarded as a powerful activism tool for social and environmental transformation. Prior to founding Modefica, Colerato co-founded the communication and design agency Futuramoda, as well as worked as a Columnist for ELLE magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Belas Artes in São Paulo, gives lectures and participates in dozens of events, where she talks about sustainability.
The Modefica platform is one of the main Brazilian independent media approaching sustainability from a pro-intersectional perspective, where fashion is regarded as a powerful activism tool for social and environmental transformation.
“We already know from various studies and researches that after a certain point, money stops bringing happiness. Understanding sufficiency and remembering that prosperity is not tied to accumulation is a way of redesigning our perceptions of profit and remembering that there is no success if there is exploitation and destruction.”
Branden Collinsworth, CSCS, MAPP, is a Nike Master Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Human Performance Coach and Humanitarian. He is the Co-Founder of Real Results Fitness and Founder of Warrior Retreats in Peru. Branden holds a master’s degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is committed to creating a new global standard for health and wellness built on the fundamentals of mental, spiritual, and physical unity.
“There’s power in the collective. All of us here, from around the world, sharing the same intention: to build the future we want for all.”
Co-President, The Club of Rome (2018). Dixson-Declève was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe, driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She is the first female Co-President of the Club of Rome, sits on several boards, is a Senior Advisor/Senior Associate for CISL, ETC, Interel and E3G, and a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Dixson-Declève also holds several advisory positions within the EU Commission, including Chair of DG R&I Think Tank ESIR (Economic and Societal Implications of Research and Innovation), Co-Chair of Manufacturing Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance/Taxonomy, and Member of the Climate Change Mission Assembly.
Sustainability Professional and Contributor. Emejulu recently served as a Nigeria Programme Manager within the UNEP office in Geneva, focusing on sustainable development finance (2018). Previously, he worked as a Consultant at the UN PAGE Secretariat—UN’s multi-agency partnership for green economy as well as a Research Analyst at the World Economic Forum, focusing on sustainable growth initiatives. Emejulu has written for The Financial Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Monocle Magazine and Guardian Nigeria.
Artist, designer, founder of NY based brand EMME. Leading the charge to embrace art and design as one and weaving it into her brand story, EMME is built on the backbone of expression, art and culture. Her colorful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe. Emmerich has cultivated a loyal following and successful path as a truly unique contemporary fashion designer and artist with a strong focus in social justice, speaking out about industry responsibility and accountability.
“We live in a capitalistic society that profits off consumers lack of education. “Ignorance” is the true luxury in this industry when the only real trend is greed. We have to keep our ethics, morals and commitments at the forefront of our business: it’s not just marketing and profitability.”
Activist, Campaigner and Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion (2019). As one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, Farrell helps coordinate a mass movement of people using non-violent direct-action methods. The organisation is present in over 70 countries, with the target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions and reversing biodiversity loss by 2025. Farrell has a background in the UK fashion industry, as well as in ethics, sustainability and fashion education. She is devoting her creativity, energy, and occasionally her personal liberty, to fight against climate collapse and the wider environmental crisis.