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2019 Seminar Speakers

Clay Hickson

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Vice President, Strategy & Business Development - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

As Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Mr. Hickson manages international operations and helps develop and refine WRAP’s strategy, specifically focusing on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental and other stakeholder organizations.  He has developed and led seminars and other initiatives around the world in the field of social responsibility in collaboration with audit firms, manufacturing facilities, industry associations, government bodies and others, which initiatives have facilitated understanding of socially responsible and ethical practices as well as an understanding of how to implement social compliance programs. 

Cyril Naicker

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Chief Executive Officer - Imprint Luxury

Cyril Naicker is renowned as a dedicated supporter of South Africa’s clothing and textile industry, and of all aspects of wearing Proudly South African fashion. A popular workshop panelist and the creator of a TV show about local fashion, he is also a boardmember of Fashion Revolution South Africa. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Imprint Luxury, which specialises in bespoke Events, Food and Fashion, South African Travel and Tours, Hospitality and PR Marketing.

Herman Pillay

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CEO - TCI APPAREL

Herman Pillay is a passionate entrepreneur managing multiple businesses both locally and internationally. He is the Chairman and CEO of the TCI Apparel Group. He was introduced into the manufacturing sector 23 years ago by his dad and has owned and operated his own businesses for the past 20 years. His wealth of experience and forward-thinking attitude assisted in saving 2274 jobs when his company acquired Seardel in 2014. He later went on to increase a further 1386 jobs in the Group. With the ultimate focus on “people, planet, profit”, as he puts it, Herman has led TCI Apparel to discover their purpose whilst attaining a sustainable business model.”Herman places the onus of social and economic stability on industry leaders and business owners, himself included, stating: “As business owners and entrepreneurs, we need to be putting our focus on our homeland and the people in our own communities; the result of this will vastly alleviate many of the socio-economic issues we face.”

Kim Ellis

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Founder and Director - The Joinery

The Joinery is a sustainable lifestyle brand. We pride ourselves in designing and producing bespoke sustainable products and ethical fashion and accessories, all the while striving for a high-end design aesthetic with an African conscience.Our bespoke products, and fashion collections are produced by sewing cooperatives, and artisans based in and around the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. We use eco fabrics such Tencel, Linen, Rayon and Hemp fabrics where we can, and fibres that are grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. We see ourselves as pioneers in the sustainable product and fashion design arena and are winners of the 2017 PETCO awards for ‘Best Product using recycled PET’ as well as recent winners of the Eco Logic Awards for ‘Eco Innovation’.

Natalie Ellis

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Co-Owner - The Joinery

The Joinery is a sustainable lifestyle brand. We pride ourselves in designing and producing bespoke sustainable products and ethical fashion and accessories, all the while striving for a high-end design aesthetic with an African conscience.Our bespoke products, and fashion collections are produced by sewing cooperatives, and artisans based in and around the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. We use eco fabrics such Tencel, Linen, Rayon and Hemp fabrics where we can, and fibres that are grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. We see ourselves as pioneers in the sustainable product and fashion design arena and are winners of the 2017 PETCO awards for ‘Best Product using recycled PET’ as well as recent winners of the Eco Logic Awards for ‘Eco Innovation’.

Lizzy Bowring

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Head of Catwalks - WGSN

The Head of Catwalks Department at WGSN Limited, since August 2014. Internationally recognized Trend, Color and Design Director with proven track record of leveraging design innovation and process to drive sales and revenue growth. Recognized for achievements in Trend, Color, Design direction, retailing, product development, merchandising, and manufacturing strategies – with a specialty in better end sportswear markets. A Creative leader with excellent communication skills and proven ability in building cohesive teams that generate quality work to meet corporate initiatives. Integral in creating the vision and providing clear direction that supports strategic brand and business goals.

Alex Harris

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Consultant - Africa Fashion International

Alex Harris, a CPUT graduate in marketing, previously worked for Woolworths for slightly more than 10 years. After which, he joined Foschini (which is part of The Foschini Group) and spent the next 20 years with the group. In his capacity of General Manager he was responsible for Foschini and Donna Claire Merchandise divisions.
 His love for fashion, extensive business travel to China, India, Mauritius, UK and the USA and the desire to develop new incumbents into the industry led him to join the CTFC (Cape Town Fashion Council) and later became the chairman for just under two years.
He launched a new tween stand alone business for The Foschini Group (TFG) called SODA Bloc and opened 20 stores in a period of 15 months.
He has left TFG in December 2016 and is consulting into the retail fashion industry. His latest contract is with African Fashion International to re-invigorate the AFI Fastrack program which better prepares post graduate design students to enter the market place. Now he is focusing on small to medium manufacturers and retailers to help identify and develop their business opportunities.

Steve Lamar

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Executive Vice President - American Apparel & Footwear Assoscation

Steve Lamar is executive vice president at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). He is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering trade, supply chains and brand protection. Lamar is also president of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum for discussion of international trade policy and related issues.

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