Sustainability and CraftsmanshipCurated by Elizabeth L. Cline, journalist and author of The Conscious Closet.
Federica Montelli - Head of Fashion Rinascente
"I see a very bright future for Milan as a world fashion capital. We are very happy to be showcasing some of the best Italian emerging talents," says Federica Montelli, Head of Fashion at Rinascente.
Laurent Coulier - Menswear Buying and Merchandising Director Galeries Lafayette "The younger generations are looking for sustainability, phygital and omnichannel experiences." And this is something that at Galeries Lafayette has been taken seriously, says Laurent Coulier, Menswear Buying Director.
Polat Uyal - Chief Merchandising Officer Beymen Group
"Even though 2020 was challenging, thanks to our online business and our local customers we were lucky to end the year with just a 2% drop compared to 2019," notes Polat Uyal, Chief Merchandising Officer at Beymen Group.
"We were affected by the pandemic but thanks to our local customers, who could not travel, our 2020 sales have not declined," explains Simge Telman, General Manager at Harvey Nichols Doha.
The fashion industry was not prepared for such sudden and extensive changes, observes Michele Norsa, Executive Deputy Chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo. Mr. Norsa also stresses the importance of sales in Asia.
"I will continue to invest in physical stores. Digital is important, but I cannot believe that we will lose all human interaction," says Brunello Cucinelli, Executive Chairman and Creative Director of his eponymous brand.
"We have been through very difficult times. And we still are into this pandemic. Fashion has to adapt to the new world because nothing is going to be the same", says Donatella Versace, Chief Creative Officer of Versace.
The President of Aeffe, Massimo Ferretti, stresses the desire of getting back to some type of normality and working toward a recovery in the fashion sector.
"I see a lot of creativity going on in the fashion industry, " says the Chairman and CEO of Fendi, Serge Brunschwig. "We have been destabilized, but we are finding new ways to do things, and this is fascinating."
"I try to think positive, even if we are all losing volume. This situation is teaching us that we will have to learn to live differently, focusing on quality and sustainability," says Renzo Rosso, President of OTB.
Companies have to be more flexible
In a post-Covid world, "we have to be agile. So, less product, fewer projects, better storytelling and products that can have a longer life span," says Diego Della Valle, Chairman of Tod's.
What is selling the best in China
"Luxury brands are selling great," says Renee Lu, Chief Marketing Director of TFD K11 Guangzhou. "The pandemic didn't affect this part of the business."
Fast Fashion? Slow Fashion?
According to Riccardo Tortato, Fashion Director Men's Fashion and e-Commerce of Tsum Moscow, the customer is king. That's it. "We are in business to answer consumer demand," says Mr Tortato.
Digital Growth in a Changing World
“We consider ourselves a digital company because 95% of our revenues are online,” says Andrea Panconesi, CEO of Luisaviaroma. “But the physical part is also important.”
The New "Covid-Proof" Designers
Sabrina Scarpellini, co-Founder and Fashion Director of Massimo Bonini Showroom, and Giorgia Bonini, President in the U.S., say there are some "Covid-proof” young designers who are succeeding through social media.
The Traditional Showroom is Dead
“Like every crisis, Covid-19 is accelerating pre-existing trends,” observes co-Founder and CEO of Tomorrow London Ltd Stefano Martinetto.
"We are very happy to work with independent Italian designers" says Choi Yunjung, Deputy General Manager of retail giant Hyundai Department Store, which is hosting a pop-up store in partnership with CNMI.
Virtual is not enough
Riccardo Grassi, Founder and CEO of the eponymous showroom, stresses the importance of touching a fabric and seeing colors in person when it comes to garments. “Virtual is not enough,” he says decisively.
Our Green Approach
Silvano Brescianini, President of the Franciacorta Consorzio of winemakers, says that in the post-Covid era having a healthy respect for Mother Nature is a key to success.
E-Store in an Omnichannel Strategy
Pierluigi Cocchini, the CEO of Rinascente, says the department store group has launched a new e-commerce platform with 650 different brands, and is staying close to its customers, its staff and the brands.
Fashion will be more human
According to Beppe Angiolini, Founder of Sugar, one of the top fashion destinations in the world, "the uncontrolled consumerism in certain fashion seasons will never be repeated again."
EU is Committed to Fashion
“The Italian fashion industry represents the best of Italy all around the world. Growing fashion exports create jobs and contribute to our cultural profile,” says Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economics.
The Explosion of e-Commerce
“In the apparel business we have seen e-commerce growth of 47% in the last quarter,” explains Maurizio Capobianco of cloud computing company Salesforce, which is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence.
A Partner for Made In Italy Brands
“We are committed to helping Italy’s trade fairs with digital platforms that can be customized,” says Carlo Ferro, President of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA). He calls Italian fashion "an ambassador" for Italian exports.
The Strategic Importance of Fashion
Although 2020 is a difficult year, the Italian fashion industry is worth nearly €100 billion, according to Carlo Capasa, President of the Camera della Moda.
A Commitment to Young Talent
Hitoshi Yamaguchi, CEO of YKK Italia, says one of his company’s missions is to provide support and mentoring to young and new fashion designers.
The Future is Sustainable
Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè, stresses the importance of moving forward toward sustainable practices. Reuse, reduce, recycle: This is the philosophy behind a new initiative aimed at reducing packaging impact.
Milan - The Capital of Fashion
“Milan can't live without fashion,” says Milan's Mayor, Giuseppe Sala. In this conversation, Mr Sala says that Milan has been through a tough time during the outbreak, but now the city is ready to shine again.
A Hybrid Future of Digital and Live
Gildo Zegna, CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna, says that Italian fashion is of strategic importance for the Italian economy, and that China is an increasingly significant and innovative market.
Counting on Italian Craftsmanship
Covid has been a moment for reflection, says Patrizio Bertelli, the CEO of Prada. But craftsmanship skills are being passed on to a new generation at the Prada Academy.
"Humanity is grappling with two planetary crisis: the climate crisis and the precipitous loss in biodiversity. Forests represent the 30% of the climate solution and they provide habitat for 80% of terrestrial biodiversity that we share this planet with, so conserving half of the world forests by 2030 is critical to medicating both."
Transparency and pandemic: why traceability tech is necessary now more than ever?
"What is really exciting about traceability is that now brands have relationships with not just direct suppliers but sometimes even with the communities that produce the raw materials. That means longer term contracts, it means they are able to co-invest with communities and producers in improving practices, it means less fast fashion and more fashion that is really made on better ability to respond to and anticipate market demands." - Leonardo Bonanni
Ocean, plastic and fashion, what shall we do?
"The future of the planet and all its inhabitants, including humankind, depends on the health of the ocean and the decisions that we will take in the next 10 years will shape the future of the planet for the century to come." - Mariasole Bianco
Capitol Hill's assault, climate change, systemic racism and the current syndemic. "We have seen a movement by some in the fashion industry to look at more sustainable ways of developing fashion. But what we need is more, we definitely need a focused effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." - Adrienne Hollis
Emporio Armani fall/winter 2020
Crafting tomorrow’s Luxury – 3 years in our sustainability strategy
Life LVHM - charte
The Founder of Fair Wage in conversation with Elizabeth L. Cline.
A message from Livia Firth.
Goal: Zero Waste.
A Winning Challenge.
Quality Means Sustainability
A Vision That Comes From Afar.
Milano Fashion Institute
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Milano Fashion Institute present the Product Sustainability Management Master.
The Executive Director of Custom Collaborative in conversation with Elizabeth L. Cline.
The Founder and CEO of Miniwitz in conversation with Elizabeth L. Cline.
The Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in conversation with Elizabeth L. Cline.
The Senior Labour Researcher at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in conversation with Elizabeth L. Cline.
Kulsum Shadab Wahab
Ara Lumiere's story and how fashion can help acid survivor women in having their identity back.
"An accident acid survivor has been stripped off the identity. The thought behind the brand is that the most precious things can be born out of the most atypical conditions and these women are extremely talented, so I chose fashion as a platform and I use it as a very powerful tool to convey my message."
The Model Alliance: Sara's journey from modeling to advocacy (and MeToo).
"People are becoming more comfortable with speaking out. But sadly, until we see institutional change, namely companies taking meeting for step to adress and prevent sexual assault in the industry, I don't think fashion will really be any safer. We need genuine accountability in the industry and that is going to require enforceable commitment from companies." - Sara Ziff
Knowledge as the key to support immigrants and host communities.
"I would like to see more and more matching between fashion industry and changemakers, because this could generate some more innovation creativity and make more competitive on the markets" - Chris Richmond
The black Italia and our internal contradictions.
"You cannot buy inclusion an diversity, if you then don't do the self-reflexive work on yourself, on your brand, on the market you work on."
- Angelica Pesarini
A moment to a movement.