Kering and London College of Fashion welcomed world surfing champion, entrepreneur and founder of menswear brand Outerknown, Kelly Slater, as their guest of honour at the annual Kering Talks on Sustainable Fashion.
Kelly was joined by Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer Marie-Claire Daveu, Belén Essioux-Trujillo – Senior Vice-President of Human Resources at Kering, Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner, and Professor Dilys Williams – Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The evening explored the future of sustainable practices within the fashion industry, as well as showcasing the work of the six LCFxKering student finalists and the two winners.
The event began with a welcome from Professor Frances Corner who spoke about students learning to become global thinkers, and how to manage the complexities of sustainability. Following Frances’ speech, Marie-Claire Daveu commented that the work undertaken is to help build a future where fashion and sustainability will become one and the same, before welcoming Kelly Slater and Todd Hymel, CEO of Action Sports Brands at Kering, to the stage.
A full-house heard Kelly in conversation with Todd, discussing the reasons behind the launch of Outerknown and wider issues surrounding sustainable fashion. Inspired by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia and Stella McCartney, Kelly wanted to develop a more conscious approach to what we wear. He wanted to know more about the clothes he wears, where they come from and who makes them.
Read the full article here: http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/fashion/2015/11/04/sustainability-norm-kelly-slater-second-annual-kering-talks-2015/