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Copenhagen Fashion Summit to focus on sustainability

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the leading get-together for fashion’s leading figures to discuss sustainable future.

This year’s event will be taking place virtually for the first time, from 12 to 13 October — is perhaps the most important to date, with time rapidly running out to tackle the climate crisis.

The digital event will take place via the new CFS+ platform, will run a series of conversations between the likes of H&M CEO Helena Helmersson and Professor of Environmental Science Johan Rockström, as well as Omoyemi Akerele, Founder of Lagos Fashion Week, and Samata Pattinson, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress.

Marco Bizzarri, CEO, Gucci will attend in a live interview, while other speakers will include Chanel President Bruno Pavlovsky, Ganni Founder Nicolaj Reffstrup, and Amina Razvi, Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

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Figure: (Left to right) Nin Castle, Co-Founder & Chief Project Officer; Bob Assenberg, Fund Director, Good Fashion Fund; Azizur R. Chowdhury Managing Director, J.M. Fabrics Ltd; Holly Syrett, global fashion agenda. Courtesy: Collected

All talks will remain on the site beyond the virtual event, and there will be a digital matchmaking service for brands and innovators to meet, too.

Another significant addition is CFS+ will present a Case Study panel discussion titled ‘Scale vs. Circular,’ where it will be exploring the potential to scale recycling in Bangladesh.

In the talk, Azizur R. Chowdhury Managing Director, J.M. Fabrics Ltd sister concern of New Asia group will join as a speaker. Along with Nin Castle, Co-Founder & Chief Project Officer, Reverse Resources; Bob Assenberg, Fund Director, Good Fashion Fund and Holly Syrett, global fashion agenda.

Eva Kruse, CEO of the Global Fashion Agenda and founder of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, tells Vogue that, “It’s fair to say the past few months have given most of us a chance to slow down and reflect on what’s important to us—with early indications suggesting that shoppers are becoming more eco-conscious as a result.”

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