It is already one year ago that we were proud participants of a paneltalk led by Charles Ross, with the provocative title:
Materials from regenerative agriculture: is this the Nirvana-point for natural fibers?
As part of the "PERFORMANCE DAYS", the fair for functional fabrics and accessories sourcing, insightful experts talks are always part of the total program.
During the digital version in December 2021 our Branddirector Niccy Kol was part of the panel, together with Deborah Luffmann for Finisterre, Simon Whitmarsh-Knight from HD Wool and Mark Taylor, University of Leeds. Moderated by Charles Ross, RCA Sustainable Textiles Lecturer.
Charles Ross, Key-note speaker, Moderator and Royal College of Art Lecturer, specializing in Sustainability & Provenance of Materials
Quote: " Some brands have values, some brands just sell products"
Debbie has 20 years broad industry experience in fashion and textiles. For the last 13 years she’s shaped the Product at pioneering, sustainable outdoor clothing brand, Finisterre. As Product Director she’s led ambitious initiatives to reduce the brand’s impact and re-imagine a new and positive way to do business. Drawing on her experiences at Finisterre, Debbie has founded ThinkCircular, working across business, industry and education.
Quote: " We definitely can not recycle, off-set or consume our way out of the climate crisis"
Simon has over 25 years B2B2C experience in the speciality fibre, technical textile and performance apparel industries. His role is to leverage the rapidly growing interest in natural fibres en route to more circular, regenerative sourcing models and highlight how consumers can make planet positive choices when it comes to apparel.
From sportswear to haute couture, from traditional African print fabrics to recycled plastic, from sustainable e-commerce to circular fashion models, Niccy's global experience in the textile- & fashion world is broad and thorough. Her current role as Brand & Impact Catalyst for Raddis® Cotton (regenerative, organic & the ultimate source for circular products) is right up her alley triggering the needed change within our industry by transforming our value-chains creating more good instead of less bad.
The Outdoor & Sports Industry knows Dr Taylor well as he is responsible for performance clothing research in the School of Design at the University of Leeds. This Lab has become the default choice of most of the industry as it not only carries out the usual sets of tests that would be expected, but the results come with an opinion formed over 30+ years of being excellent at this. Knowledge is great, but having the context for it is even better.