SPEAKER

SCHEDULE

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING STAGE

28th October 2019
29th October 2019

10.00 - 11:30

Thea Speechley, the Founder and CEO of RawAssemblyTM is passionate about enabling change in the way in which raw materials are sourced and processed in the Fashion and Textile industry.

RawAssembly is an innovative fashion and garment industry event, dedicated to transforming the way in which raw materials are sourced, processed and consumed. Launched in Sydney 2019, the event aims to bring together both regional and global players in sustainable fashion, developing trade, educating all and adding to the global sustainable fashion agenda. 

 

 

 

Founder & CEO of  RawAssembly

 

Thea Speechley & Harold Weghorst introduce the second edition of RawAssembly & the partnership with Lenzing that is helping support the growth of sustainable fashion & textile businesses in the region.

Thea Speechley

Harold Weghorst is Vice President of Global Brand Management atLenzing AG, heading the company’s international marketing efforts. A veteran in the global branding and marketing sector, Weghorst has been driving the leading cellulose fibers company’s transformation from a B2B company to a B2B2C company since June 2016..

Vice President of Global Brand Management, Lenzing AG

Harold Weghorst

10.00 - 11:30

SEARCHING & SOURCING FOR CHANGE, PERSPECTIVES ON THE CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND FRONTIERS OF FUTURE MATERIALS

In 2018, Clare was made Global Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative.

She’s part of the Fashion Roundtable team in the UK and has been a member of Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014. She sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts. In 2019, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Clare Press is the presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast and Australian VOGUE's Sustainability Editor-at-Large.

Clare Press

Since 2015, Kit Willow and her eponymous label KITX has been at the forefront of sustainable, positive impact fashion. KITX consciously sources and produces luxury womenswear with an eye to ensuring supply chains are both ethical, and environmentally sound KITX seeks to preserve and nurture artisanal tradition and protect our planet’s natural resources, through conscious sourcing of every material and component. 

Portrait of Kit Willow is below.

 

Photo Credit: “Photographed by Duncan Killick for VOGUE Australia”

Founder, KitX

Kit Willow

Harold Weghorst is Vice President of Global Brand Management atLenzing AG, heading the company’s international marketing efforts. A veteran in the global branding and marketing sector, Weghorst has been driving the leading cellulose fibers company’s transformation from a B2B company to a B2B2C company since June 2016..

Vice President of Global Brand Management, Lenzing AG

Harold Weghorst

12.30 - 13.00

Edwina Ehrman curated 'Fashioned from Nature' which ran at the V&A from 21 April 2018 - 27 January 2019. The exhibition won three awards: for Best Creative Programming at Julie’s Bicycle’s 2018 Creative Green Awards which celebrate the work of cultural institutions who embed environmental action within their work; Walpole's 'Sustainability with a Heart' award which is “awarded to the luxury brand, institution or individual that has consistently dedicated themselves to making the world a better place, either through sustainable or environmental initiatives, contribution to special causes, or in using the power of their voice to speak out on behalf of others”; and the UK Sponsorship Award for the Best Use of Sponsorship to Encourage Sustainability for the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp (CELC's) sponsorship of the exhibition.

Edwina was the Lead Curator for the V&A's Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, which opened in October 2013 at Blythe House, Olympia.

Her previous exhibitions include 'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear' (2016) and 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014' (2014)

Historian & Senior Curator

At The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

RawAssembly Film Content

Edwina Ehrman

13.30 - 14.15

Transitionary steps towards a Circular Economy

Julie is a Project Manager at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), a leading inter-disciplinary research and education institute driven to find real solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing our world today.

 

Julie engages with a diverse range of stakeholders on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Julie's role involves educating and promoting the implementation of the SDGs, with a particular focus on reporting and measuring progress against the SDGs. 

Prior to MSDI, Julie was an Assistant Director at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she developed the Australian Government’s SDG data platform and assisted with the preparation of Australia’s first Voluntary National Review on the SDGs. Julie holds a Masters in International Development from RMIT and a Bachelor of Law/Arts from Deakin University.

Project Manager  

Monash University - Sustainable Development Institute

Julie Boulton

Transitionary steps towards a Circular Economy

In her role as Senior Operations Coordinator Aleasha plays a central role in the operations functions of MSDI, proactively supporting the Institute’s strategic goals and initiatives through project and operational planning, as well as systems, facilities and administration management. Aleasha’s background is in operations management and prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Aleasha's career included fashion buying, retail management, styling and fashion design, as well as time at the University of British Columbia as Manager of Workplace Learning, and Operations Manager of Access and Diversity.  Aleasha has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences in textiles and previous to MSDI, Aleasha worked with the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board, Ethical Clothing Australia, and taught Ethical and Sustainable Fashion Business.  Aleasha’s industry experience in clothing and textiles coupled with her a Masters of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT, brought a focused pursuit into ethical and sustainable fashion. At MSDI, interdisciplinary approaches to large scale problems are one of the key methods, and Aleasha sees the collective capability across a range of expertise as a critical approach to tackling the sustainability challenges within the textile sector in Australia.

Senior Operations Coordinator

Monash University - Sustainable Development Institute

Aleasha McCallion

15:00 - 15.45

SEARCHING FOR THE SINGLE SOURCE. 

THE CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTING RESPONSIBLE SOURCING INTO MAIN-STREAM GARMENT PRODUCTION 

A.BCH is a vision led fashion label unlike any other. Offering full disclosure as to how each garment came to be, A.BCH releases fresh luxury basics centred around customer collaboration and tirelessly researched provenance. Based in Melbourne, Australia the label supplies to a global audience via http://abch.world

 

"The fashion industry and the people who fuel it (consumers and executives alike) must pivot drastically if the concept of fashion, which is ever-changing, is to survive sustainably in the future. This can only happen if individuals, businesses and the larger industry take personal and corporate responsibility for the damage caused by the current rate of consumption.

I see A.BCH as a new, healthy alternative to that. But we are not just about a product, we are also a platform for a community of people to engage with each other, discover, learn practicalities and be inspired by the idea of operating in a circular economy"

Courtney Holm

Founder A.BCH

Courtney Holm

17.00 - 17.45

THE ‘SMARTEST’ WAY TO DEAL WITH LEFTOVERS FROM FASHION 

PRODUCTION 

Passionate about sustainable design, Nin believes that good design should by definition be made with a wider social and environmental impact in mind. Nin's main goal is to make a positive impact on the fashion industry, always striving to be adaptable and flexible in order to achieve this.

Now Co-Founder of Reverse Resources, a software company that enables textile companies to reduce waste and efficiently reclaim assets (focus on textile production waste). Lessening the dependence on virgin materials whilst improving margins and strengthening partnerships within the circular supply chain. To do that, RR has developed a tracking, tracing, & trading software platform to measure, verify, and share material flows data in real-time. The platform connects different stakeholders to build a circular supply chain and creates a win-win business case between them by creating a common information space and bringing down market barriers. By having certainty around materials flows, supply networks can operate with increased efficiency and minimal environmental impact, turning waste into a higher value resource, and enabling to deliver quality products at a good price.

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Co-Founder, Recycling and Remanufacturing lead at Reverse Resources

live feed

Nin Castle

6:15-8:30

Industry networking event

RSVP only - limited numbers

9.30 - 10.15

Future proofing the heritage of our land, traceability, sustainability and attitude change in the Australian Merino industry 

At Glenwood Merinos, we are very passionate about improving the land for future generations. Glenwood is not just a profit centre and we aim to achieve a balanced outcome for the landscape, livestock, business and the people. This has led to productivity gains and a clear path for a ‘sustainable’ future in all senses of the word.

It is our view that the global customer is evolving at an increasing rate and issues like chemical residues and ethical production will be pressures that we have to live with and adapt to. Being proactive in this respect will present opportunities for Glenwood and our clients moving forward. We ceased mulesing in 2005 and have consistently achieved a premium, whether it be 5-10 cents or more, specific non-mulesed wool orders and have had access to markets and customers we wouldn’t have had otherwise by staying in the auction system. We are also creating a point of difference based on processing performance, telling our story and showing our sustainable approach to production and by giving the customer the clean, green fibre they are increasingly looking for

Norm is the fourth generation of Smiths on Glenwood

Norm Smith

Future-proofing the heritage of our land, traceability, sustainability and attitude change in the Australian Merino industry 

Jim is the managing director of the property “Glensloy” at Young. He has had a lifetime of breeding sheep and cattle ethically and sustainably, on his farm and one of the major projects he has been involved with over the last 6 years, is driving research forward from leading scientists and other industry bodies to then help educate farmers on producing the right sheep to take the wool industry forward, sustainably and ethically. 

Managing Director, Glensloy

Jim Gordon

11.00 - 11.45

Circular and regenerative supply chains, how local manufacturing is not only a solution but aLSO A reality.

 

Not all products are created equally and you care about the true origins of the materials you use. We source and supply high- quality yarn and material with the full journey attached so you can create with a conscience
 

Full Circle Fibres is about connecting the links from grower to the user, respecting the source and the stages to usefulness as gently and carefully as possible.

With Full Circle Fibres you’ll join a journey about finding and using sustainably and ethically sourced fibres, yarns and fabrics, crafting tips, articles about the wonderful growers, suppliers and processors, and as the rage grows, products for you to enjoy, use and share.

Meriel is a passionate textile technologist (nerd for fabric manufacture)

Know the true backstory of every fibre you use

Founder, Full Circle Fibres

Meriel Chamberlin

12.30 - 13.00

RETHINKING WASTE

Dr. Carmen Hijosa, the founder of Ananas Anam Ltd, is an ethical entrepreneur with a vision for a more sustainable future that connects people, environment and economy.

Originally from Spain, Carmen’s career has taken her around the world. With a background in leather goods design and manufacturing, she worked as an industry consultant and was brought to the Philippines by the Design Centre Philippines in the 1990s, where the journey of Piñatex® began.

Founder & Creative Director

Ananas Anam, Piñatex

 

RawAssembly Film Content

Dr. Carmen Hijosa

SUSTAINABLE REFLECTIoNS

Wayne Hemingway MBE  is an English designer and co-founder of Red or Dead. He is also on the Design Council Trustee Board and has been with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) for a decade since its inception (as Chair of Building For Life) is now on the Design Council CABE Committee. 

In 1999 Wayne & his wife set up 'HemingwayDesign', which specialises in affordable and social design.

HeminwayDesign is made up of a multi-disciplinary team, with a diverse and high-profile client list reflects the strength of talent behind the young creative team of urban and housing designers, interior and workspace designers, product, brand, graphic, service and event designers. 

Over 35 years' experience has seen HemingwayDesign collaborate with the likes of Sainsbury'sJohn LewisThe National TrustB&Q,  Argent, eBay, Southbank Centre and Royal Mail, to name a few.

 

 

 

 


 

Creative Director

Hemingway Design

 

 

RawAssembly Film Content

Wayne Hemingway

FASHIONED FROM NATURE & SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Edwina Ehrman curated 'Fashioned from Nature' which ran at the V&A from 21 April 2018 - 27 January 2019. The exhibition won three awards: for Best Creative Programming at Julie’s Bicycle’s 2018 Creative Green Awards which celebrate the work of cultural institutions who embed environmental action within their work; Walpole's 'Sustainability with a Heart' award which is “awarded to the luxury brand, institution or individual that has consistently dedicated themselves to making the world a better place, either through sustainable or environmental initiatives, contribution to special causes, or in using the power of their voice to speak out on behalf of others”; and the UK Sponsorship Award for the Best Use of Sponsorship to Encourage Sustainability for the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp (CELC's) sponsorship of the exhibition. Edwina was the Lead Curator for the V&A's Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, which opened in October 2013 at Blythe House, Olympia. Her previous exhibitions include 'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear' (2016) and 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014' (2014)

Historian & Senior Curator

At The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

 

RawAssembly Film Content

Edwina Ehrman

13.30 - 14.15

CIRCULAR SCIENCE - focusSING ON re-designing both materials and products with multiple lifetimes in mind, whilST retaining material value

 

Professor Wang is an Alfred Deakin Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Future Fibres) at Deakin University. He initiated the fibre and textile research program at Deakin in 1998. Professor Wang holds a PhD in Fibre Science and Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales. In 2005, he was awarded the US Fiber Society Distinguished Achievement Award. He served as President of the Fiber Society in 2015. At the beginning of 2019, he took over the role as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of the Textile Institute, the oldest journal in the textile field.

 

Did you know that Professor Wang & his team at Deakin edge won H&M's Global Change Award in 2016?

 

Using used denim to colour new denim.

 

The team developed its 'circular denim' idea as an entry into the Global Change Award, an initiative of the H&M Foundation that provides seed funding for projects that promote sustainable fashion.

 

Jeans are one of the most iconic styles in fashion and the single most common apparel item on the market. Unfortunately, the traditional process of dyeing denim requires large amounts of water and energy. In the colouring process alone, the average pair of jeans uses 200 litres of water.

No wonder that professor Xungai Wang and his team of scientists at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, were excited when they came up with a process that lets one old pair of jeans dye ten new ones, with zero water usage.

The unique process will pulverise used denim into ultrafine particles and then coat or print the colour particles onto undyed new denim to create the typical denim appearance.

 

The latest breakthrough is that they can now successfully colour whole denim garments and other large fabric samples, with colour pigments made from denim waste, instead of the very small samples they used before.

 

 

Deakin University & Institute for Frontier Materials 

Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Future Fibres

Director, ARC Research Hub for future fibres 

Xungai Wang

CIRCULAR SCIENCE - focusSING ON re-designing both materials and products with multiple lifetimes in mind, whilST retaining material value

Catherine McMahon is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of manufacturing experience who previously worked at Alcoa Australia for 15 years at both Portland and Pt Henry where she was a production manager for a department of 300 employees and a senior technical manager prior to the closure of the Pt Henry smelter operations in 2014. Catherine joined Mondelez International (Cadbury’s) as a project manager in 2014 for the installation of a $10M nougat and caramel kitchen and in this role achieved the first-ever successful vertical start-up in Australia.

 

Catherine is currently the Circular Economy Strategic Lead for the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University.

Deakin University & Institute for Frontier Materials 

Circular Economy Strategic Lead for the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University

Catherine McMahon

15.30 - 16.15

THE INDUSTRY SPEAKS.

AFC SUMMARIZES A RECENT SURVEY ON OUR INDUSTRY'S PRIORITIES TOWARDS GREATER ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY.

CEO of Australian Fashion Council

David-Giles Kaye

THE INDUSTRY SPEAKS.

AFC SUMMARIZES A RECENT SURVEY ON OUR INDUSTRY'S PRIORITIES TOWARDS GREATER ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY.

 

Through Kirri-Mae's work with the Australian Fashion Council, she oversees a range of projects focused on supporting the Australian Fashion and Textile industries into a sustainable future. The work sees her liaising with businesses and individuals active across the complete value chain of the industry. She believes a collaborative approach yields the greatest outcomes when the goals and views are shared.

Senior Project Manager at Australian Fashion Council

 

Kirri-Mae Sampson

SCHEDULE

FILM

Our film content will be running before our live speakers throughout
the two days.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to each speaker session to be able to listen to our creative
and inspirational speakers from around the world.
These are short films running from 3-5 minutes.

Founder & Creative Director

Ananas Anam, Piñatex

London

 

Carmen talks with us about her journey, why plant-based materials

& the importance of why we really need to understand our raw materials and make better choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmen Hijosa

Creative Director

Hemingway Design

 

 

Wayne discusses how to blend design, creativity and purpose. What cultural and structural changes need to be made within the fashion industry to be more sustainable and how he sees design changing in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Hemingway

MBE

Historian & Senior Curator

At The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Fashion from Nature Curator

V&A

Edwina talks with us about her journey as a historian and what drew her to fashion. She talks about why creativity, material choices and sustainability play a pivotal role in design today and how Fashioned from Nature has inspired and impacted the public and industry alike.  

 

Edwina Ehrman

Co-Founder & Creative Director

ALTIIR

Fabrics: Piñatex

 

 

Tim talks about how his journey within the fashion industry and how ALTIIR launched their brand with sustainability in mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timothy Turner-Sutton

Co-Founder & COO

Kniterate

 

 

Kniterate is an affordable and compact digital knitting machine for your workshop, that turns your digital designs into knitted garments automatically.

Triam talks to us about why Kniterate started, what their machines do and the aim to help designers explore knitting’s potential and locally make personalized goods for your customers, your loved ones and of course, for yourself

 

Triambak Saxena

Director & Co-Founder

Rehandle

 

Rehandle are a sustainable startup brand located @makerversity at Somerset House, London.

They up-cycle plastic vegetable sacks into one-of-a-kind handcrafted bags and pouches.

 

 

Rose Dunster

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