Retail & Luxury Goods Conference

Friday, 21st February 2020
RSA House, Central London 

Thank you for attending our sold-out 2020 conference! 

See you in Spring, 2021 for our 9th edition of the LBS RLGC Conference 

The 8th edition of the Flagship London Business School Retail & Luxury Goods Conference at The RSA House in Central London was a sold-out success. Our 2020 theme was Rethinking Fashion: Sustainable Innovations & Circular Design which drove our programming and discussion for the day.

Our one-day conference included keynotes with Dana Thomas, the author of Fashionopolis; Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods; and Jocelyn Wilkinson, Responsibility Director for Burberry. We also hosted several panels, fireside chats, and speeches covering different angles of our theme.

 

Our new 1.5h Career Fair highlighted 6 companies and provided networking opportunities for small to large brands. The alumni luncheon provided participants an informal opportunity to learn about different business leaders' paths and perspective on questions. Finally, we capped the day with a drinks reception and hosted the Emerging Brands Fair to showcase sustainably-minded start-ups. Thank you to everyone who attended our flagship conference!

2020 Highlights

Companies across the retail, luxury, and tech industries

195+

Key industry stakeholders, LBS alumni, and business and design students from the Retail & Luxury Industry.

30+

20+

Notable speakers and sponsors in the industry to explore how sustainability is impacting all aspects of the value chain.

Career fair with students and recruiters of the main Retail and Luxury companies

1.5h

Our conference covered the following topics

2nd life of luxury

Utilizing cyclical production and supporting a second-hand market to generate sustainable purchasing habits of consumers.

Balancing Sustainability & Growth

Managing sustainability practices while driving business growth and increasing bottom line.

Green Production and Circular Design

How to source sustainably for a 360-approach to achieve circular design.

A big thank you to our engaged conference participants

 

Sustainable Innovation

How a luxury brand uses sustainable innovation to their long-term advantage while driving permanent, genuine change in the industry.

 
 

SPEAKERS

In the history of the LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Conference, we have never had such a high-quality line-up of speakers as this year. We will have CEOs and Senior Executives from companies that are leading the environmental change in the industry.

Companies represented by our speakers

 

Career Fair

A highly focused part of the conference for students seeking careers in fashion, retail, beauty, and luxury. We will bring together potential employers in the industry and LBS Alumni to provide attendees with information for their careers and perspective on their career paths. 

Some of the confirmed companies for the Career Fair are: 

Emerging Brands Fair

Join our Emerging Brands Fair at the end of the event to discover new companies that will have an incredible future in the industry. All of these brands will bring their products and services to our conference. It will be a good opportunity for attendees to support the community.

 

SCHEDULE

Full-day and afternoon tickets available

Full-day tickets:

9:30

REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:45 - 10:00

OPENING & INTRO

Speaker: Stefano Turconi, LBS Luxury Strategy Faculty

10:00 - 10:45

MORNING KEYNOTES: Why Luxury Needs a Sustainability Manifesto & In Numbers: New Models of Luxury Ownership

Speakers: Helen Brocklebank, Walpole CEO & Chris Wisson, Altiant Knowledge Director

10:45 - 12:00

CAREER FAIR & NETWORKING
Network with reputable companies from the luxury goods and retail sectors and learn about developing the right skills to improve your career prospects

12:00 - 13:00

ROUNDTABLE LUNCH WITH NOTABLE ALUMNI

Enjoy a seated luncheon with LBS alumni to learn from their experiences within luxury and retail industries

Afternoon tickets: 

12:45 - 13:00

AFTERNOON-ONLY TICKET REGISTRATION

13:00 - 13:2O

OPENING WITH LBS DEAN

Speaker: François Ortalo-Magné, Dean of London Business School

13:20-13:55

AFTERNOON KEYNOTES: 

Speakers: Dana Thomas, Author of FashionopolisMichael Ward, Harrods Managing Director

13:55-14:30

SESSION 1 - SECOND LIFE

Speakers: Clara Chappaz, Vestiaire Collective Chief Growth Officer,  Felix Krueger BCG Associate Director of Fashion & Luxury & Vanessa Jacobs, The Restory CEO
Moderator: Sarah Kent, Business of Fashion Sr. Correspondent of Sustainability

14:30-14:55

SESSION 2 - SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

Speakers: Jocelyn Wilkinson, Burberry Director of Responsibility & Dana Thomas, Author of Fashionopolis

15:10-15:45

SESSION 3 - SUSTAINABILITY AND BUSINESS GROWTH

Speakers: Andrea Baldo, GANNI CEO, Thomas Berry, Farfetch Global Director of Sustainable Business & Cora Hilts, Reve en Vert Co-Founder

Moderator: Kati Chitrakorn, Vogue Business Retail and Marketing Editor

15:45-16:20

SESSION 4 -  GREEN PRODUCTION AND CIRCULAR DESIGN

Speakers: Giulio Bonazzi, Aquafil CEO and Chairman & Dr. Bernice Pan, Deploy Founder and Creative Director

Moderator: Georgia Parker, Fashion for Good Innovation Manager

16:30-17:30

EMERGING BRANDS FAIR & DRINKS RECEPTION

Brands: Deploy Workshop, Save Your Wardrobe, By Rotation, elle Won and more! 

TICKETING

Full-day tickets: 

  • Breakfast refreshments and opening speeches

  • Access to Career Fair and networking opportunities

  • Luncheon with notable LBS alumni

  • Afternoon keynote, panels, and speakers

  • Emerging Brands Fair

  • Drinks networking reception

Afternoon tickets: 

  • Afternoon keynote, panels, and speakers

  • Emerging Brands Fair

  • Drinks networking reception

FULL DAY & AFTERNOON-ONLY TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT

LBS STUDENTS

LBS ALUMNI

NON-LBS STUDENTS

CORPORATE & LAST MINUTE 

SPONSORSHIPS

We have an exciting range of sponsorship opportunities for young brands to build awareness and engage audiences or for more mature companies to showcase their company or recruiting efforts

  • We offer traditional packages that target marketing and/or audience engagement

  • In addition, we have an Emerging Brands Fair and Career Fair

  • If you are interested in getting in touch with us from a press perspective, please connect with us

Thank You to our Sponsors

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