The Business of Fashion launches new event series for “big thinkers”


In what comes as little in the way of a surprise, The Business of Fashion has announced it will enter the event space in a big way with the launch of Voices, a three-day invitation-only affair to be held on the outskirts of London next year.

Referred to as an “annual gathering for big thinkers”, it will bring industry leaders, entrepreneurs and inspirational individuals together from December 1-3, 2016. Its aim is to explore new frontiers and challenge received wisdom about this ever-changing business through a programme of rousing talks, interactive presentations and immersive experiences.

The news was announced during a satellite Voices event held in Hong Kong today. “Fashioning China’s Future”, as it was called, was run in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, and supported by principal partner QIC Global Real Estate, with additional support from DFS. QIC Global Real Estate will also be the partner for satellite versions in Sydney and New York, as well as the main event in the UK.

Attendees will be hand-selected, with the aim being to gather figures not just from fashion and other creative fields, but from science, technology, health and wellness, food, finance, politics, urban planning, film, philosophy and philanthropy. “Through a cross-pollination of personalities and industries, Voices aims to spark new ideas and solve real-world challenges impacting the global fashion business,” reads the write-up.

By Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur is Editor-in-Chief of Current Daily, the leading news source for fashion, retail and innovation, and the co-host of its weekly Innovators podcast. She otherwise serves as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Current Global, a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion luxury and retail. By background she is an award-winning business journalist and consultant, contributing to titles including Wired, Forbes and Business of Fashion.

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