12 June - Day 1
Sustainable fashion is a part of the growing design philosophy and movement towards environmental and social sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. The panel discussion will discuss the need for sustainability, steps and action plans required.
Cyril Naicker - Chief Executive Officer, Imprint Luxury (Panel Host)
Clay Hickson - Senior Vice President, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
Jackie May - Founder, Twyg
Kim and Natalie Ellis - Founders, The Joinery
13 June - Day 2
AGOA has encouraged substantial new investments, trade, and job creation in Africa. It has helped to promote Sub-Saharan Africa's integration into the multilateral trading system and a more active role in global trade negotiations. It has also contributed to economic and commercial reforms which make African countries more attractive commercial partners for U.S. companies. With China being Africa's largest trading partner what impact will the recent US/China trade war have on that and what opportunities may open up.
Dr. Jim Winkler - Chief of Party, USAID Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Panel Host)
Geerish Bucktowonsing - Head of Manufacturing (Traditional), Investment & Trade Development, Economic Development Board, Mauritius
Steve Lamar - Executive Vice President, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Sekete Phohlo - General Manager, Investment and Trade Promotion Unit, LNDC
Janet Heinzen - Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
The key talking points will be around why design is important, the change in consumer buying patterns, "see it now, buy it now" and own design to differentiate yourself.
Alex Harris - Consultant, Africa Fashion International
S/S 20 Womenswear
By predicting the Womenswear trends of tomorrow, WGSN Fashion helps the world’s largest retailers, brands and manufacturers lead with confidence.Long-term consumer trends, new and breaking trends as well as global street style images will be featured.
Polly Walters - Editor of Fashion & Beauty, WGSN
14 June - Day 3
The role of technology to ensure thermo-physiological comfort in sports and leisure-wear.
Adine Gericke - Lecturer and Coordinator: Programme in Textile and Polymer Science, University Of Stellenbosch
*The organisers reserve the right to amend the program.