JOCELYN WILKINSON
BURBERRY
RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTOR

Jocelyn is the Responsibility Programme Director at Burberry, a global luxury brand with a distinctive British identity. Jocelyn joined Burberry in 2009, taking a lead on mapping the brand’s environmental footprint and developing Burberry’s corporate responsibility strategy. Prior to joining Burberry, Jocelyn held roles in production management, customer engagement and commercial development at a small luxury clothing brand.

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MICHAEL WARD
HARRODS
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Michael began his career in chartered accountancy, training originally with Ernst and Young in 1980, before taking his first Group Finance Director position at Bassett Foods PLC in 1986 gaining an MBA during this time. It was in 2005 that the opportunity came to take up his current role of Managing Director at Harrods Ltd. Michael has embarked on a programme of significant business development, growing Harrods into the unrivalled successful retail model it is today. 

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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.

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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

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Our conference covered the following topics

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2nd life of luxury

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

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Balancing Sustainability & Growth

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

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Green Production and Circular Design

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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.

ANDREA BALDO
GANNI
CEO

Andrea Baldo is CEO of GANNI, the Copenhagen-based contemporary fashion brand, part of the L Catterton investments portfolio, which has developed exponentially over recent years with its Scandi 2.0 sense of style full of personality and contrasts.
Mr. Baldo received his degree magna cum laude in Economics from the University of Verona and he is a graduate of Harvard Business School, The General Management Program. 

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CLARA CHAPPAZ
VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE
CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER
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FRANÇOIS
ORTALO-MAGNÉ
LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
DEAN
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GIULIO BONAZZI
AQUAFIL
CEO & CHAIRMAN

Giulio Bonazzi has dedicated his career to evolving Aquafil S.p.A. into a leading player in the global carpet and textile materials industry. The company was founded by Bonazzi’s parents 50 years ago in Arco, Italy. An innovator and disruptor, he is transforming his family’s manufacturing business into a sustainable global enterprise. To achieve this vision, Bonazzi challenged the organization to develop a recycled nylon material by turning nylon trash into high-quality, beautiful fibers.

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THOMAS BERRY
FARFETCH
GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Tom has been working with companies on strategy and sustainability for the past 20 years. He now leads the Sustainable Business agenda at Farfetch. The work ranges from driving innovation in new circular business models, inspiring and engaging our customers to buy better products, and improving the carbon impacts in the supply chain. Before specialising in sustainabilty Tom spent 3 years as a strategy consultant at Gemini Consulting.

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GEORGIA PARKER
FASHION FOR GOOD
INNOVATION MANAGER

Georgia Parker is Innovation Manager at Fashion for Good, the global platform for collaborative innovation in the fashion Industry. Together, we harness the power of innovation, practical action & collaboration towards a circular textile industry. At Fashion for Good, Georgia’s is in charge of scouting, screening and scaling innovators in the areas of raw materials and circular business models. 

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HELEN BROCKLEBANK
WALPOLE
CEO

Helen is a specialist in luxury media brands, building her career at Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. During her ten year tenure, Helen founded the highly successful, multi-platform brand extension ‘Bazaar At Work’ for Omega and created enduring content partnerships with iconic brands. She brings to Walpole a deep understanding of, and passion for, the business of luxury, an unerring ability to conceive creative and impactful initiatives and an entrepreneurial spirit that drives their successful delivery.

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DR. BERNICE PAN
DEPLOY
CO-FOUNDER

Bernice’s calling is in designing for people. She identified early on, the critical problem of over-consumption and the pressing need for structural change in the consumerist market. She thus set her mission: To use design and creative thinking to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives; whilst tackling the social and environmental issues endemic in the fashion industries. 

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VANESSA JACOBS
THE RESTORY
CEO
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DANA THOMAS
FASHIONOPOLIS BOOK
AUTHOR

She began her career writing for the Style section of The Washington Post, and she has served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Style section and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest. 

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She began her career writing for the Style section of The Washington Post, and she has served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Style section and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest. 

She began her career writing for the Style section of The Washington Post, and she has served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Style section and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest. 

FELIX KRUEGER
BCG
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, FASHION & LUXURY

Felix Krueger is an Associate Director focusing on Fashion & Luxury companies at Boston Consulting Group. He has vast project experience having worked for leading global brands on topics across the value chain, especially sustainability, topics surrounding digital and advanced analytics incl. omni-channel and customer-centric transformation. He co-authored several publications at BCG including the Pulse of Fashion 2019 Update on sustainability in fashion.

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CHRIS WISSON
ALTIANT
KNOWLEDGE DIRECTOR
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Chris is Altiant’s Knowledge Director and carries out the company’s proprietary research and insight into wealth and luxury. Chris joined Altiant in February 2018 after working at Mintel on high-profile quantitative research projects for 6 years. Chris has been widely featured in the UK and international media for his commentary and insights, specifically on the alcoholic drinks industry. 

SARAH KENT
BUSINESS OF FASHION
CORRESPONDENT ON SUSTAINABILITY
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CORA HILTS
RÊVE EN VERT
CEO
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KATI CHITRAKORN
VOGUE BUSINESS
RETAIL & MARKETING REPORTER

Kati Chitrakorn is the retail and marketing editor at Vogue Business, where she covers the retail and marketing strategies of luxury, fashion and beauty brands. She began her career working at the International New York Times™ fashion desk, and was most recently a reporter at The Business of Fashion and WWD. She has also written for Vogue Global Network, Le Monde and Luxury Society.

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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 

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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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