A fashion business consultant, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise
Toby Meadows is the international best selling author of ‘How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label’ currently translated into 6 different languages. He is the founder and Director of Three’s Company Creative Consultancy, a collective of fashion professionals providing creative and business services to the fashion industry, as well as a Director of the London based cult womenswear designer label Belle & Bunty (a regular in the pages of the fashion press and loved by celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Lindsay Lohan). For the past 7 years he has been a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, invited to host conferences on developing a fashion label as well as writing and delivering short courses for professional development within the fashion industry both in the UK and abroad.
As well as consulting to hundreds of small to medium size fashion enterprises Toby has worked with some of the worlds largest and most recognizable fashion business from high street giants, Gap, Zara, Topshop to High End designer labels, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to name merely a few. He currently acts as a consultant to the Centre for Fashion Enterprise working with the next generation of highly talented emerging designers helping to develop an infrastructure for their business and increase their chances of longevity.
Sustainable Sourcing Strategist, EI8HT
Janine Passley has spent six years working in the UK fashion industry. She began her buying career at Topshop, working for the UK’s high street leader for five years across a number of departments. She has spent the past year with EI8HT, a consultancy that works with retailers to help them find more sustainable sourcing solutions.
One of EI8HT’s main clients is ASOS.com, the hugely successful and rapidly growing online retailer. Janine helps project manage The Green Room, a section of the site that showcases brands with a social and/or environmental ethos. One of The Green Room’s main collections is ASOS Africa, a bi-annual, design-led range that helps to develop trade and generate employment in East Africa.
Most recently EI8HT has worked with the Fairtrade Foundation on a designer scarf collaboration. To celebrate the fifth-year anniversary of Fairtrade cotton, 13 high-profile designers, including Marios Schwab Hussein Chalayan for Puma and Holly Fulton have each created a scarf design using Fairtrade cotton, with the designs selling on ASOS.com.
Publisher, editor and art director, Amelia's Magazine
Amelia Gregory is publisher, editor and art director of Amelia's Magazine, which began life as a biannual print publication in 2004. In 2007 Amelia's Magazine travelled to Russia to cover the emerging art scene, then after five years of print Amelia's Magazine moved entirely online in 2008. The website covers the very best in emerging fashion, art, music and illustration and is read by 65,000 readers a month. The book publishing offshoot Amelia's House has published two illustration books since late 2009, the latest of which is Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration. This was launched with a big event in early 2011 and features interviews with upcoming illustrators and the best new ethical fashion designers.
Fashion Design course curator, The British Higher School of Art & Design in Moscow
Clare Lopman – is a professional design consultant, she has spent the last 11 years working as a freelance Fashion & Textile designer for a number of international labels such as La Perla, BCBG, John Rocha, Armani, Rose Nichols, Guess and Calvin Klein. Moreover Clare has also invested significant efforts into Fashion education, developing and delivering a number of UK recognised Fashion design programmes in London including the authorship and delivery of bespoke training courses for industry names such as Paul Smith, The Taiwan Textile Research Institute and Disney at the London College of Fashion. Today Clare is a Fashion Design course curator at The British Higher School of Art & Design in Moscow
Director , PR Blow
The brainchild of Michael Oliveira Salac and James Pretlove, BLOW started in 1993 as an alternative fanzine providing fodder for the fashionable club kids of the 90s. For a mere £2.50 (the same price as Vogue) readers were able to gain insight into the glamorous and heady world of fashion’s new enfants terribles. The millennium signalled the end for the magazine, but Salac still wanted to provide a platform for young designers to establish themselves within the ruthless world of fashion. He continued to edit and publish the Off-Schedule Guide, which is published bi-annually to coincide with London Fashion Week. The Guide acts as a bible for industry-insiders and was the first guide to receive the approval from the British Fashion Council and has paved the way for designers such as Luella, Giles, Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh whom have all done an Off-schedule show before being recognises by the BFC.
After many years of championing underground fashion, Salac saw his aesthetic grow organically into what is known today as BLOW PR. Having been credited with discovering designers such as: Ashish, Manish Arora, Jean-Pierre Braganza and Basso and Brooke, Salac is still firmly at the helm of Young British Fashion today. Not forgetting his publishing roots in the mid 00’s he also co-set up SuperBlow which was to become SuperSuper Magazine. Currently Blow’s new project is launching the Sales division