WAVE RIDER — International surfer dude and sustainable clothing entrepreneur Kelly Slater will be the guest speaker at the 2015 Kering Talk in London on Nov. 3.
As part of the partnership between the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, the University of the Arts London and Kering, Slater, who founded sustainable men’s wear brand Outerknown last year, will discuss his beliefs and vision for sustainability within the fashion industry. The talk will be moderated by Todd Hymel, chief executive officer of Action Sports Brands at Kering.
Slater founded the brand with M.Nii designer John Moore after ending his long-term partnership with surfwear giant Quicksilver, and it was launched with a celebrity-heavy party on Malibu beach in August this year. Kering has a minority share in the brand as part of its sports and lifestyle portfolio.
“I believe that it is vital for our future that businesses build sustainable practices into the core of their development,” said Slater in a statement. “Sustainability starts with transparency and I hope that through the Kering and London College of Fashion, UAL partnership we are able to create change in the fashion industry from the ground up.”
The two winners of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion will also be announced during the event, following a cross-disciplinary contest for students of LCF.