For over 17 years Louis D’Arienzo has had the pleasure and honour of designing footwear for global luxury fashion brands from Gucci and Jimmy Choo to Berluti and Ermenegildo Zegna. In 2007, he broadened his creative experience for three years as an aircraft interior designer for private clients at a leading London transport design studio. Having been part of these visionary design and marketing teams influenced Louis to be a better and more conscientious designer with a well honed understanding of what inspires and drives customer choice. His keen interest and knowledge of product development and the construction of footwear has informed him well on how to optimise industrialisation and production. This first hand experience has revealed areas where we can improve our design practice with the planet and our future in mind. This year Louis launched his namesake collection of quality unisex sneakers made in Portugal using sustainable materials with a factory pursuing the HIGG index by The Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

Design and Product Development Consultant

Louis D'Arienzo

BFA Visual Art, The Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers University

Consultant Head of Design Footwear, Ermenegildo Zegna Group

Certificate Footwear Design and Patternmaking
The Fashion Institute of Technology

Dr Jain comes with an experience of 30 years in various Textile organizations in India and abroad of international repute. He is experienced in the processing of cotton, wool, silk, viscose, and polyester blends. As a textile processing consultant, he can guide new product development with superior features like less frequently washed, odour free, antibacterial, water repellent, stain repellent, quick dry, and shrinkage resistant textiles on all types of fibres. His expertise extends to cost reduction, process optimization, productivity improvement, and system development for dyeing, printing and finishing.

Textile Processing and Development

Dr Anil Jain

Ph.D Textile Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Director, Versatile Textiles Pvt. Ltd.

B. Textiles, T.I.T BHIWANI

Thushara Sabreen, is a London-based award-wining innovation strategist and founding director of Tinker Design, a wearable technology company addressing wellness and comfort in fashion. She has co-authored 'The Book of Advanced Fashion Technology & Operations Management' and has over 12 years experience from product development to product launch. She has worked with some of the worlds leading brands to renowned manufacturers that are pioneers in sustainable practices across Europe, Asia and America. Offering extensive understanding and insight into diverse multicultural markets, she is the global wearable tech consultant to Stretchline Holdings (worlds largest narrow fabric manufacturer) and a member of the e-textile steering board (UK).

Wearable Technology, Business Development

Thushara Sabreen

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship, London College of Fashion

Tinker Design, CEO, Founder and Creative Lead

Accelerate, Cambridge Judge Business School

Sikandar comes with a rich experience of 8 years in Branding, communication and digital marketing. He has worked with Being Human as a Digital Marketing Manager. His design studio in Mumbai caters to content and branding needs for brands, designers, and e-commerce giants like Myntra, Jabong, and Amazon. His firm offers innovative marketing technology solutions using 360-degree content, augmented reality and virtual reality for the retail industry in alignment with brand offering and marketing strategy.

Innovative Marketing Solutions

Sikandar

MA Strategic Fashion Marketing, London College of Fashion

Disruptive Lighthouse, Founder and Director

BA Fashion Communication, NIFT Mumbai

Aditi comes with a strong background in apparel production and fashion business. Her key skillset includes supply chain management, people management, product development, business strategy, and brand identity development. She works with designers to understand their creative philosophy, value system, purpose, and vision to define their brand identity. She then coaches them to effectively communicate this brand identity across all business operations to maximize profitability.

Brand Identity Development

Aditi Agrawal

MA Fashion Retail Management, London College of Fashion

Lecturer, Amity University | Founder & Director, Adiittiis The Conscious Design Company

Bachelors Fashion Technology, NIFT Delhi

Qualified by 15+ years’ experience working in the fashion industry in areas of product development, sourcing and manufacturing garments overseas. She has an extensive travel history of working with vendors, managing and establishing relationships & improving production processes. She is committed to personalized service, customized ideas and superior outcomes in producing quality workmanship on time, on budget and to specification. Her speciality is helping brands create sustainable and ethically made products. She is the author of the book Source My Garment, a comprehensive guide in creating responsibly made, profitable products. As the founder of The Good Tee, she also offers businesses a responsible alternative to printing on Fairtrade tees.

Sustainable Apparel Manufacturing

Adila Cokar

Applied Design in Fashion Design & Technology, Kwantlen University College

Source My Garment, Founder & Director

Certificate in Fashion Marketing, Kwantlen University College

With upwards of 15 years marketing expertise, and 10 plus years in fashion design, retail and management, Stacia boasts a strong professional network, and has an extensive background launching various start-ups in diverse and disruptive industries by establishing operations, commercializing product, implementing benchmarks, and accelerating growth. Featured in Forbes, Metro, Evening Standard and Elite Business Magazine, she was the Co-founder of Prim & Clover – an e-commerce platform where brides-to-be were able to co-design their wedding dress.

Business Strategy Development

Stacia Bedford

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship, London College of Fashion

Lecturer & Coach, London College of Fashion

BS Advertising & Marketing, Kent State University

As a strategist, design thinker and project leader, Jessica creates meaningful brand and employee experiences from the inside out. Based on the belief that every business is a people business, she strives for growth on the brand as well as on the personal level. By combining elements from branding, design and HR, Jessica leads companies through the process of creating true identities, lasting relationships and sustainable business value.

Brand Strategist

Jessica Paulus

MA Fashion Enterprise Creation, Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Springboard Branding Boutique, Founder and Director

BA Communication Science, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

With 15 years’ experience working in the fashion and beauty industries, Mirela has helped companies, from up and coming fashion labels to giants like L’Oréal, understand the core of their business by tackling the meaning, motivation and mindset that surround them, developing positioning, marketing and communication strategies. Her firm is an emotional branding consultancy aimed at startups and middle-sized businesses. She helps her clients develop a clearer brand image, leading to stronger engagement between consumer and brand.

Archetypal Branding Strategist, Mentor

Mirela de Lacerda

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship, London College of Fashion

Associate Lecturer, London College of Fashion | Project M London, Founder and Director

BA Fashion Design, Escola de Moda Candido Mendes

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