The Business of Fashion is delighted to announce the first group of speakers at VOICES, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers with Harlem‘s Dapper Dan and others, which will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2017 in Oxfordshire.
Held in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate at Soho Farmhouse, VOICES is an invitation-only event that brings together the visionaries and trailblazers of the fashion industry, uniting them with inspiring people shaping the wider world. Executives and business leaders from some of the world’s biggest fashion and luxury brands will join experts from a host of diverse industries and entrepreneurs from many walks of life.
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The VOICES stage will be a place for iconoclastic insiders like Colette’s Sarah Andelman who will reveal the story behind the forthcoming closure of her Parisian boutique and discuss the future of retail with Rachel Shechtman, founder of New York concept store Story. Harlem, New York’s luxury streetwear legend, Dapper Dan, will talk about hip-hop’s impact on fashion and the business of culture. Karlie Kloss and Natalia Vodianova — both supermodels who have upended the approach to entrepreneurship and philanthropy — will take on some of the fashion industry’s big issues, while Derek Blasberg of Vanity Fair fame will lift the lid on the Hollywood connection.
VOICES will also welcome the young moguls behind the next generation of community-driven brands and best-in-class platforms. Sharing their insight for our handpicked guests will be Emily Weiss of Glossier, Moj Mahdara of Beautycon Media, Melanie Whelan of SoulCycle, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal, and Rachel Blumenthal of Rockets of Awesome.
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Exploring the burning issues and future opportunities facing our industry will be a number of cross-disciplinary figures including retail prophet and futurist Doug Stephens; co-founder of Second Home Rohan Silva; Jonathan Taplin, author of the book “[easyazon_link identifier=”0316275778″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Move Fast and Break Things[/easyazon_link]”; and Andras Forgacs, co-founder of Modern Meadow, a revolutionary company that grows biofabricated leather in a lab.
As our industry continues to undergo radical change, the need to look beyond the conventional boundaries of fashion grows ever stronger as we seek out innovative solutions to real-world problems. Strauss Zelnick, an entertainment industry veteran who founded private equity firm ZMC, and Dr Khosro Ezaz-Nikpay, the biochemist-turned-nutrition entrepreneur behind healthy frozen food start-up Frill, are just two of the big thinkers who will bring valuable outside perspectives to our gathering.
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Following her moving talk at VOICES 2016, BoF is also delighted to announce the return of Li Edelkoort, one of the world’s most celebrated trend forecasters who guides blue-chip companies and global designers alike through her Paris-based firm Trend Union.
VOICES will also focus on world issues, personal connectivity, wellness, leadership and building relationships. Imran Amed, founder and chief executive of The Business of Fashion, will host events over 48 hours brimming with activity, inspiration and knowledge.
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Photo credit: Dapper Dan in his Harlem office, cir., 1980’s.
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