Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sri Lanka:Debate on sustainability in fashion industry at SLDF

Debate on sustainability in fashion industry at SLDF


Debate on sustainability in fashion industry at SLDF

The 2010 Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF), sponsored by MAS Holdings, will be held this year from the 11th - 17th November 2010 in Colombo. This ground breaking event will showcase the best of Sri Lankan design and ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices on a global platform.

Renowned global opinion leaders and leading edge authorities on sustainable fashion will participate in an international gathering for the Ethical Fashion Symposium on 12th November for a ground breaking event. Experts from all over the world will come together to focus on practical solutions for manufacturing, buying and sourcing and ethics. The event will be chaired by legendary fashion writer, journalist, critic, and Brand Ambassador to SLDF, Colin McDowell.

Sri Lanka's fashion manufacturing industry has progressed towards becoming the leader in the global supply chain which caters to leading international brands and retains its position at the forefront of ethical manufacturing, a key to the growth of the fashion industry in Sri Lanka. The Ethical Fashion Symposium, one of the main highlights of SLDF 2010, will be held on the 12th of November 2010 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, and will see many bring together thought leaders from both within and outside the industry to share their insights on sustainability. This is an unprecedented event, as never before have this many global, creative minds from a number of different sectors come together.

The Symposium is structured to provide an ideal platform to not only debate on issues and roadblocks but also discuss solutions for sourcing and manufacturing of sustainable apparel. Programme highlights will include -, a presentation on the Evolution of Sustainable Apparel Business: From Codes of Conduct to Partnership — analysis of early and emerging innovative approaches to social responsibility in apparel brands' by Prof Suzanne Loker of Cornell University, discussions focusing on Transparency and Trust -Responding to Consumer Demand for Visibility in the Supply Chain; Legislation and Education, and Responsible Reporting.

All discussions will be moderated by Colin McDowell. Other key personalities and industry figures participating in this event will include Paschal Little of M & S, Elizabeth Laskar (renowned for her work in ethical fashion in the UK), Orsola de Castro (co-founder and curator, Esthetica – London Fashion Week), Clare Hamer (Sustainable Sourcing specialist - UK), Bruce Montgomery (Menswear Consultant & Designer – London & Italy), Mahesh Amalean of MAS, and Kumar Mirchandani, to name a few.


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