SYDNEY, Australia — The fashion industry is more international, interconnected and interdependent than ever before. But in spite of the many digital and technological advances now bringing the world closer, some fashion brands are still constrained by geography, seasonality or other idiosyncrasies in their home market.
Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the rapid evolution of retail. In an era of anytime-anywhere business, retail is moving from blunt transactions to rich experiences while the urgent need for retail innovation brings new opportunities and challenges into ever sharper focus.
With that in mind, these are the topics we will be discussing next week as part of VOICES, an intimate, invitation-only event presented by The Business of Fashion at the iconic Sydney Opera House on March 30, in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate. Called ‘Close Encounters’, the gathering will see international and local leaders discuss the many changes having a major impact on the global fashion business.
Imran Amed, BoF’s founder and chief executive officer, will host a discussion with speakers Armand Hadida, founder of L’Eclaireur, Michael O’Keefe, chief executive officer of Aesop and Kim Bui Kollar, director of special projects at Pedder Group, on the future of retail in the experience economy. Tim Blanks, BoF’s editor-at-large, will moderate a panel with Justin O’Shea, creative director of Brioni, Karen Walker, founder of Karen Walker, and Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, co-founders of Zimmermann, on how brands from distant markets can break into the global marketplace.
The local Sydney edition of VOICES follows the success of ‘Fashioning China’s Future,’ the theme for an event hosted by BoF in Hong Kong in December 2015. Both act as a prelude for VOICES, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers which will debut this December outside London.
"We are delighted to bring our signature VOICES event to Australia, which is an important market for The Business of Fashion. Through its talented designers, innovative retailers and global exports, Australia makes an outsized contribution to the global fashion industry so we look forward to getting better acquainted with our community there,” said BoF’s Imran Amed. “By bringing global fashion industry leaders together at this event, we want to ignite a conversation about some of the most pressing issues facing our industry at a time of unprecedented change and disruption."
We have set aside a limited number of seats for the BoF community to join us at the event. Please visit our Instagram for the opportunity to win your seat. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you do not have an Instagram account, you may also enter via email: [email protected].