Copenhagen Fashion Summit: Sense and Sustainability

Keynote speakers Graydon Carter & Stella McCartney and hosts Amber Valetta & Tim Blanks

On May 15-16, any eco-minded fashion industry leader worth their weight in recycled gold will most likely be found at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark.

Dubbed the “Davos of the fashion industry” for its reputation as the world’s most important event on sustainability and fashion, the gathering is set to draw leaders in the fashion sphere as well as experts, academia, leading NGOs and policy makers, all committed to making sustainability a fashion industry priority. Since its launch in 2009 alongside the UN Climate Change Conference COP15 in Copenhagen, the Summit has continued to grow as a meeting platform for industry thought leaders, tackling themes ranging from responsible innovation to commitment to change. 2018 marks the first time the event will take place over two days.

The venue: Copenhagen Concert Hall

This year, the event gets an added dose of star power, with model and entrepreneur Amber Valletta and The Business of Fashion’s Tim Blanks slated as hosts, and trailblazing eco-friendly designer Stella McCartney and legendary magazine editor Graydon Carter confirmed as keynote speakers.

“Given her profile as one of the absolutely most dedicated and inspiring fashion sustainability pioneers, Stella McCartney has been at the top of our speaker “wish list” since our first edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2009,” said Eva Kruse, President and CEO of Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen Fashion Summit in a press release. She also noted her admiration for Carter, who recently stepped down from the helm of Vanity Fair after 25 years.

Vanessa Friedman, fashion director & chief fashion critic, The New York Times

The event comes on the heels of the nonprofit Global Fashion Agenda’s newly released, inaugural “CEO Agenda,” which highlights seven important steps fashion execs can take to amp up their sustainability efforts in 2018 (such as promotion of better wage systems and supply-chain traceability), and will serve as an outline for the upcoming Summit. In an interview with Business of Fashion, Kruse stated, “Our aim is that this document can actually help any CEO in the industry gain more clarity and prioritize what they should spend their efforts on.”