The Redress Forum 2014

Hong Kong - The Redress Forum 2014 is a two-day seminar in Hong Kong that asks ‘What is the future of the fashion industry?’

Over the last 10 years, we have heard much ‘noise’ about the need for sustainability in the fashion industry. During this, we have witnessed a wide range of more sustainable fashion manufacturing and product development ideas and practices emerge around the world. But are the same drivers that brought us to this point today still steering us forwards? Today, when it comes to sustainability, we have a better-informed fashion industry and consumer, all of whom want long-term, commercially-viable and impactful sustainable solutions. But how do we get there?

The Redress Forum will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by Asian and European designers, manufacturers and retailers as they strive to embrace more environmentally sustainable practices to discover the new drivers determining the road ahead.

The Redress Forum is organised by Redress, with its major sponsor being Create Hong Kong, in collaboration with Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC). It will be held alongside The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Grand Final and during Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Monday 13 January 2014: Designer Challenge with Miele

Day one, by invitation only, is an eight-hour educational workshop collaboratively held by Redress, Miele and Textile Environmental Design (TED), which explores how fashion designers can design for more sustainable consumer care during usage at the initial design stage. The workshop takes the eight The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Finalists and 12 Hong Kong designers on an educational experience in a secondhand clothing recycling warehouse followed by two separate sessions for the designers to re-think fashion and learn new techniques that can give discarded clothes a new life and keep them in the fashion loop.

Tuesday 14 January 2014: Seminar

Meeting room N101A, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

Day two is a full-day seminar of panel discussions and workshops, which is supported by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC), which takes place during Hong Kong Fashion Week. The seminar is free to attend and is open to all fashion industry professionals, students and media.

Panel discussion topics

Sustainability from East to West: How can we better exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge between the regions?

Why textile waste? Are we missing the environmental and economic opportunities of the waste we create?

The role of academia: Is collaboration between academia and business becoming more important than ever?

The next generation: The EcoChic Design Award 2013 finalists share their ideas for a more sustainable fashion industry.

The new Chinese consumer: The Chinese market is booming, but is there room for sustainability? The future of fashion: As we face the start of 2014 what developments lie ahead?

Workshop topics

Challenges and opportunities in the Chinese fashion and textile industry

Recycling and up-cycling for the fashion industry

Speaker Highlights

Orsola de Castro, Co-founder, From Somewhere, Co-founder and Curator, Estethica

Hon Felix Chung Kwok Pan, Member of Legislative Council (Textiles and Garment Functional Constituency)

Charles Dickinson, Head of Global Quality Management and Sustainability, Esprit

Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design, Textiles Environment Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

Ashley Hegland, Director Sustainability Practice, Edelman

Edwin Keh, CEO, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Kate Lin, Campaigner, Greenpeace

Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC)

Tracy Pang, Principal Consultant, Carbon Reset

Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President Asia-Pacific, BSR

Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen, Professor, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Director, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School

Debra Tan, Director, China Water Risk

Clara Vuletich, PhD Fellow, Textiles Environment Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

Pat-Nie Woo, Director, Central Textiles (Hong Kong) Ltd. -

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Please kindly note that The Redress Forum will be held in English with no translations provided.

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