Create awareness and knowledge of sustainable fashion.

by Leticia Bordoni on August 07, 2019

Join us for an inspiring evening at PAUSE LONDON EDITION. 



Create awareness and knowledge of sustainable fashion.
Today, we might feel powerless and overwhelmed by the consequences of climate change, particularly due to the impact the fashion industry has had over the years.
The need to do better is on everyone’s mind. We decided to focus on the positive side of things, on the already existing alternative ways to produce our clothes in a more sustainable and ethical way. Eco-friendly resources such as recycled materials or new innovative ways to produce fabrics are already existing. 
Tomorrow, We want to give you the tools for the possibility of a better future, and allow you to be the change, NOW.
What will the panel cover?
● Understand the sourcing perspective
● Present key alternative fabrics available in the current market
● Present ways for brands to embrace sustainability
Create awareness and knowledge of sustainable fashion.


Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials. It also refers to how these fabrics are made. Istituto Marangoni conducted research into some of the most innovative and accessible sustainable textile solutions and has put them together in this panel. 




Charlotte Turner is Head of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles at Eco-Age, sustainability and communications consultancy. 

 Eco-Age is a brand consultancy that helps businesses grow by creating, implementing and communicating bespoke sustainability solutions. They simplify sustainability, offering tailored, measurable solutions that help their clients achieve growth, establish sector leadership and enhance the bottom line. Ultimately, they add value to brands and help them speak with authority to consumers. Eco-Age creates bespoke sustainability solutions that deliver a unique and powerful positioning for brands.



Marja Annunen is Chief Sustainability Officer at Lablaco, a Social Circular Economy platform vertical on Fashion. 

Originally from Finland, she holds an MBA from ESLSCA Business School Paris and is currently based in Milan, Italy. As the first Circular Fashion Social Platform powered by blockchain, Lablaco’s mission is to accelerate the digitalization and eventually transition towards the Circular Economy of the Fashion Industry. By providing the open platform as a tool, Lablaco aims to create a 360° eco-system introducing a new sustainable business model and re-defining the relationships between retailers, brands, designers, influencers, content creators and consumers within a single system. With this tool, both businesses and individuals can easily manage a new closed-loop consumption system with impact measurement.



Katie Dominy is the co-founder of ARTS THREAD, the launchpad for emerging artists & designers.

Katie has a degree from University of the Arts London and has worked as a designer and then for WGSN as a Trend Editor. In addition to ARTS THREAD, Katie continues works freelance for Future Concept Lab in Milan and as a researcher for Comme Des Garçons in Tokyo. ARTS THREAD is the leading digital platform for emerging designers and artists. A launchpad for the next generation of creative talent representing 300,000 students in more than 100 countries from over 790 design schools. The platform is a free tool for new creatives and we have formed relationships with brands, retailers, trade shows, events, media and charities such as Greenpeace, DAA Designers Against Aids, United Nations, International Organisation for Migration etc. 



Qiulae Wong is the Head of Product & Marketing at B2B sustainable fashion platform, Common Objective.

Launched by the team behind the Ethical Fashion Forum in May 2018, CO is the go-to tool for fashion professionals wanting to drive successful, sustainable business. Qiulae has over 10 years of experience in marketing for purpose-led, digital campaigns and is particularly passionate about supporting fashion businesses to drive sustainability alongside commercial success.



Genieve is a sustainable fashion designer of special, bespoke objects of desire, for people with taste and style.

She is an imaginative, forward thinking designer, who graduated in BA Fashion Design, at the acclaimed London College of Fashion. In Genieve’s first year at university, herextraordinary designs were selected to be exhibited at the ‘Glacéau Vitamin Water’, sponsored exhibition, at the old Truman Brewery, and also showcased at the ‘Seams’ event, at the Hoxton arches. In year two of her degree she created a collection that was featured in a fashion show and received remarkable reviews in ‘Idol Magazine’. This show catapulted her extraordinary designs into the fashion industry arena. Genieve’s passion for collaborations has given her the opportunity to work with many fashion industry professionals. One of her most notable collaborations, was an extraordinary project for the high street store, H&M. Genieve was commissioned to design a large scale couture dress made from recycled clothing! This stunning creation, was displayed in the main windowof one of H&M’s flagship stores, for fashionrecycling week! 



Paris born, London based designer Aurélie Fontan launched her eponymous label in 2018, firmly establishing herself as a sustainable fashion designer, with a focus on bio-design and circular economy (including zero-waste production methods in texture making and cutting).

A fashion graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art with an additional background in Art History, Aurélie’s work represents the “techno-craft” concept, where feminine, inspirational and eco-friendly luxury womenswear is produced from the latest technology and unconventional techniques. After obtaining 6 nominations at Graduate Fashion Week, including three main awards in Womenswear, Sustainable and Ethical and Catwalk Textiles, and scooping an additional award in the Michael Kors Accessory Design Competition, she was commissioned by SAMSUNG to make the first 90% recycled and biodegradable Couture collection, entirely designed and manufactured through a smartphone. The A/W19 collection stands as utopia for the fashion of the future. A fashion that builds on technology and craft to reach sustainably and ethically produced luxury clothing. The collection includes a bio-designed dress from bacteria, recycled materials and four fully recycled leather outfits, none of them being sewn together but rather linked through innovative re-usable elements that allow complete disassembly and recycling.



Since graduating from Goldsmiths College of Art with a first class honours degree in Fine Art Textiles, Karen Spurgin has worked as a textile designer for over 20 years.

During this time she has built up a reputation for innovative design and inspiring new ways of using both traditional and not so traditional techniques.Her experience ranges from work in fashion and interiors to stage and screen and encompasses such iconic pieces as the intricate appliqué for Deborah Milner's Rousseau Dress to the lavishly embroidered kimonos for Mike Leigh’s Oscar winning film 'Topsy Turvy'.Clients include, Dosa, the company set up by designer Christina Kim specialising in beautiful, delicate, womenswear with an ethical conscience, Richard James, for whom Karen has produced discreetly gorgeous ideas for menswear and Deborah Milner, London based fashion designer with whom Karen has recently collaborated on the textiles for a ground breaking Eco Haute Couture Collection of evening gowns in partnership with US hair and beauty company, Aveda. Between 1995 and 2000 Karen was a tutor at the Royal College Of Art on the Mixed Media Constructed Textiles Course. Current projects include founding AO, a group of textile designers who were involved in the Deborah Milner/Aveda Project to continue further research and design with a sustainable eco-friendly remit, pushing the boundaries of beautiful design coupled with an ethical approach.






- Planetary resources like water and land are limited.
- Climate change presents unprecedented challenges for our planet and everyone who lives on it.
- People rightly request safer and more respectful working conditions.
- A growing share of consumers demands transparent practices.
- Company owners and shareholders seek to protect the long-term viability of their investments.
- Investments in people and the planet are indispensable to ready the fashion industry for a prosperous future.
Schedule 20/09:
18:00 Panel discussion.
18:45 Q&A
19:00 Aperitivo
20:00 End

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