30 November | Tailoring the Fashion Industry: The Power of Supply Chains
Join Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales for an interactive discussion to explore sustainability within the fashion industry. Our four guest speakers will discuss how they are contributing to a sustainable fashion revolution, shaping a more ethical industry that considers the triple bottom line of economy, environment and society.
Find out how you can be part of the change.
Four speakers, two hours, one topic:
Alexandra Wall has been working on establishing a luxury sustainable clothing brand, Xandra Jane, in Wales since January 2016 after working in the London fashion industry for the luxury streetwear brand KTZ and AllSaints. Her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is entitled ZERO after its approach to zero waste on textiles. Her clothing brand rebels against fast, high street fashion and is releasing a capsule collection consisting of only three garments, in three colours which are more considered and revised in their execution. Solving the design issue of zero waste and up cycling garments has led to new exciting ideas in the design process.
Charles specialises in circular textiles and next generation fabric development, mainly for sport and outdoor fabrics. When he first started in the industry 30 years ago, the cutting edge was Goretex and Polartec fleece – now it is yarn extruded from bacteria. Although he still shows up to college (Falmouth University, Huddersfield Uni & the London College of Fashion U/Grad Performance Sportswear Design; University of Oregon, DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, Leeds, SustainRCA P/Grad programmes), it is the commercial projects (often in partnership with his graduates) that he is most proud of.
He now contributes to journals; sits on the WRAP Textiles Influencing Consumer Behaviour Committee (the one that drafted Love Your Clothes); the Sustainability team of the European Outdoor Group; InnovateUK to re-stimulate re-shored British manufacturing; is part of the Do Lecture team in Cardigan.
Cecile Martin, WRAP
Cecile, WRAP’s Textiles Technical Specialist, works with leading clothing brands to drive more resource efficient behaviour change across the supply chain. Her role involves providing guidance for strategy and design which helps businesses successfully take action to reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints for WRAP’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, (SCAP) 2020 Commitment. Cecile’s primary focus is finding practical ways to extend the useful life of clothes. This includes supporting companies with designing and making more durable clothing and better fibre choices. Cecile also helps companies connect their sustainability work with consumers’ needs, through WRAP’s consumer-facing campaign Love Your Clothes.
Cecile will present the current status of activities from WRAP’s Extending the Life of Clothing initiative, from working with SCAP brands & retailers on embedding clothing durability in product design and production, through to consumer messaging via the Love Your Clothes campaign.
Sally Grant, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Sally is a Senior Lecturer in Textiles/Fashion at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has worked in industry for bespoke designer Nigel Atkinson and then for Japanese designer Issey Miyake, who has a radical approach to textiles and clothing the body. He was 9 when a nuclear bomb was dropped on his home City and his whole family died. His whole philosophy to Textiles and the future of the planet has been massively influenced by that event.
Working for the company totally redefined Sally’s approach to design. When it came to her masters in SMART textiles and fashion, it was informed by those experiences and the whole concept of ‘Wearables’. As a Lecturer she incorporates Up-cycling into the projects with first years every academic year, and will be working on a denim project with Hiut denim as a main inspiration this year. She builds on this every year, because she is committed to the idea of sustainable textiles.
Where: Level 2 Centre Management, St Davids Shopping Centre.
Time: 9am – 11am