This morning over 250 attendees visited Ravensbourne University London for KINGPINS TRANSFORMERS: ED, an educational conference focused on fashion students who are still at university and are about to enter the wider fashion industry. The event was designed to educate and inspire students, who heard about denim production from fiber to the finished jean directly from leading supply chain experts.

At the inaugural event, speakers explored the supply chain, explaining how things are made, identified best practices and, from there, students learned about sustainability throughout the production chain. Speakers at the conference shared their expertise on sustainability solutions, inspiring fashion students to consider their environmental responsibility at the very beginning of their careers. Guests from over 30 fashion schools were in attendance, as well as numerous industry practitioners.

The event was hosted by Mohsin Sajid, Founder of Denim History. Kerry Bannigan, Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, joined the opening panel with Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact UK to share insights about the Sustainable Development Goals and the fashion industry.

Speakers from Lenzing, LYCRA, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers and Debenhams came together to provide solutions on how to make the jeans industry more environmentally viable, socially responsible and financially sound. Speakers discussed the waste created by stonewashed jeans to how the cotton industry should be made more transparent, with consumers able to access information about the cotton farmers producing their garments. They also explored the significant carbon emissions generated in the denim supply chain and outlined proposals for localising the entire process.

Commenting, Lee Lapthorne, Programme Director for the Department of Fashion said, “What an amazing opportunity this denim conference was for students from a number of institutions to join us at Ravensbourne. The wealth of shared knowledge from industry leaders on the social, economic and environmental innovations that the denim industry are leading on was an inspiration. We at Ravensbourne will continue to champion change for a better future for all.”

Andrew Olah, Founder of Kingpins Show added, “Transformers:ED was a wonderful opportunity for industry experts to share supply chain details with students so future designers can use best practices in creating jeans. Working with Ravensbourne was a joy — clearly a university with an intent to be a leader in the jeans industry and best of all they inspire denim experts to jump on board and help them.”

Kingpins Show will return to Ravensbourne in early 2020, challenging fashion students to create a range of denim garments, as well as branding for their collections across ten weeks.

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About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action.
About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry.