Fashion SVP will once again be presenting its highly popular “Sourcing Briefing” seminar sessions, free to attend for all registered show visitors. The programme is full of industry experts, with fascinating perspectives on the current issues in the fashion industry and in sourcing – all happy to share their vast knowledge, experience and expertise. These seminars have been created for a wide and varied audience, so to know more about the current issues which affect your work, including; sourcing, production, brand and product development, design, sustainability, innovations in production, supply chain improvements, social media and more, then these sessions should be an essential part of your show visit!

Just a taster from our last event:



“Sourcing Briefings” daily schedule

Wednesday 29th January


Morocco Breakfast Briefing

An invitation only event for buyers – for more information please email clients@idexmedia.com


The Retail Revolution

  • Sustainability – what it really means for retail and the supply chain
  • Costings – the modern value equation – price x quality x sustainability x speed to market
  • Global sourcing – for today’s retail environment

Julia Redman, Buyer’ Eye, recently Head of Buying, M&Co


A strategic look at how to make commercially viable progress on sustainability targets

CO Consultants discuss the best way for brands and retailers to make meaningful inroads into your sustainability goals, from one end of your business to the other; from design and development to packaging and delivery.

Panel members include: Mike Barry, recently Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, Andy Jackson, Design & Product Development Leadership, Rachel Fortune, Founder of the Sustainable Lifestyle Awards.

Discussion moderated by: Clare Lissaman, Co-Founder & Director of Content and Impact at CO


New directions in responsible production

A regionally focused discussion on all aspect of production, delivery, quality, and flexibility opportunities with diversity, ethical and sustainable responsibility leading the way.

Panel members include Nadia Rhaouti, Director of Textiles Division, Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE), Andy HuntCrossing Denim, and others. Discussion moderated by: Kirsty McGregor, Editor, Drapers magazine

Thursday 30th January


The business case for sustainability: How leading businesses have turned sustainability from a cost to an opportunity

Sustainability is an opportunity to contribute to livelihoods, mitigate our impact on the planet, and ethically boost profits. But what does this look like in practice? How does a business navigate the costs of operating sustainably? Join 15-year industry pioneer Tamsin Lejeune, CEO of Common objective, in conversation with key brands and retailers who are asking the hard questions necessary to build sustainable, successful businesses.

Tamsin Lejeune, CEO, Common Objective plus panel members including Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Capital and Fashion Enter, Jenny Hulme, Head of Buying & Design, People Tree and others.


Managing the relationship between factory & client

Production is ever-evolving – factory relationships need to evolve with these changes.

  • Is your production correct for your current situation?
  • Do you need move to maximize future growth potential and opportunities?
  • How to manage what is best for you as a customer.

Katrina Armitage, Manufacturing, Design & Production Consultant, katrinaarmitage.com


How to select and evaluate your supplier relationships

  • Identifying your sourcing needs
  • Matching your needs to the right supplier
  • Evaluating supplier sustainability
  • Future-proofing your supplier relationship

Liz Leffman, Director Clothesource

Speaker Biographies

Mike Barry,
Large-scale Sustainability Strategy and Business Transformation, Common Objective

Mike was until recently Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, spearheading its ground-breaking Plan A. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Andy Jackson,
Design, Product Development and Leadership, Common Objective

Andy’s 20-year career in design has seen him work with some of the UK’s biggest clothing businesses – Debenhams, River Island, M&S, Bhs, Fat Face and F&F. Andy is now focused on supporting other businesses who are transitioning into building a more sustainable future.

Rachel Fortune,
SME Sustainability and Comms Specialist, Common Objective

Founder of the Sustainable Lifestyle Awards, she her career at Nicole Farhi as Visual Merchandiser before working as an independent and in-house stylist. With over 15 years of experience working in the fashion industry for both luxury and high street brands, Rachel now works closely with brands wanting to merge style and sustainability within their collections.