Kelly Slater Kering London College of Fashion Sustainable Talk

GREEN HOUSE: Team Kering was in London this week promoting its climate-conscious credentials, together with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

Separately, the French luxury house issued a luxury and climate change report in conjunction with the Business for Social Responsibility, a consultancy.

During an event at the London College of Fashion, Kering revealed the two winners of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion, a contest for London College of Fashion students.

Neliana Fuenmayor, one of the winners, will have the chance to work at Stella McCartney. Fuenmayor will work with, and be mentored by, experts from London’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion and by Claire Bergkamp, head of sustainability and ethical trade at Stella McCartney.

Ingrid Rautemberg, the other winner, will have the chance to intern at Alexander McQueen. Each student will each receive a 10,000 euros, or $10,923, grant for their work, in addition to the internship.

Kering had given briefs to the students at the college to create a “positive fashion product.” For the next round, Stella McCartney and Brioni will take part in the initiative.

During the evening, professional surfer and Outerknown founder Kelly Slater gave a talk about sustainable fashion. Slater, who is backed by Kering, founded his sustainable men’s wear brand in July. It features casualwear and is stocked at Selfridges, Mr Porter and Ron Herman.

“Sustainability starts with transparency,” said Slater. “I hope that through the Kering and London College of Fashion partnership, we are able to create change in the fashion industry from the ground up.”

Also this week, Kering and the Business for Social Responsibility, a nonprofit consultancy, released a report on climate change for the fashion industry. “Climate Change: Implications and Strategies for the Luxury Fashion Sector,” is a 30-page assessment of climate change risks and impacts for the industry.

Key issues addressed include how the quantity and quality of raw materials will be affected by climate change; how climate change will impact regions that produce luxury raw materials, and how the decline in the productivity of raw materials will have consequences for small producers and their communities.

“Given the luxury sector’s reliance on high-quality raw materials, we must understand the potential vulnerabilities that climate change will pose to them, and be proactive in building resilience across our supply chains,” said Kering chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs Marie-Claire Daveu.

“In fact, implementing an ambitious climate strategy at a company level is non-negotiable. By doing so, businesses will have opportunities to reduce risk and deliver against their business goals, while at the same time making significant contributions to the environment and society more broadly,” she said.

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