Cathy Horyn recently asserted that that London’s fashion renaissance might be linked to the fact that the city is awash with cash. From Russian oligarchs to Arab princes to Indian billionaires, it’s true that that London has become a playground for the world’s rich and famous. Perhaps this is also why there are no less than three luxury conferences taking place in London over the next few months, each with some focus on the opportunity that web 2.0 technologies presents for the industry.
Next week, The Walpole Group hosts Tech Luxe: Web 2.0 and Beyond, a half day seminar to help companies learn how they can "reharness the creative power of technology." Speakers will include Nick Robertson of the innovative online fashion retailer asos.com.
Then, in later in October, the World Luxury Congress will hold its annual 3 day extravaganza in London, covering a full gamut of topics from expanding into emerging markets, investing in luxury, and the requisite session on exploiting online technology for luxury brands. It looks like it’s going to be a knockout event, with a nice balance of speakers from the creative and business sides of the luxury industry. Indian designer Manish Arora, Carol Brodie of the Robb Report, and Nadja Swarovski are all scheduled to speak, following the keynote from David Tang of Shanghai Tang.
Finally, in November, the team behind Luxury Briefing will host Web 2.0 – Are you on Board?, also in London. Another steller group of speakers, including real online innovators like Natalie Massenet of Net a Porter, Tyler Brule of Monocle, and Jason Campbell of JC Report will all be sharing their experiences.
The Business of Fashion will be on the scene, scoping out the conferences for the most interesting insights. Stay tuned.