What happens when thought leaders in the fashion industry come together to create real, measurable change? The Responsible Fashion Summit, which started on the 8th of August in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, demonstrated that industry leaders can in fact make a global impact in sustainable fashion. This year, the summit showcased a wealth of knowledge through various discussions that could be used as an example for other countries in Asia. Sri Lanka has truly become one of the leaders in Asia of sustainable fashion and the Founder of the platform Ajai Vir Singh states, “The depth of expertise we have in Sri Lanka, followed by the intent of key stakeholders to develop real solutions to global issues propelled us to create a globally relevant platform that showcases Sri Lanka as the leader in Asia with a responsible supply chain.” In addition, this platform’s main focus this year was on the topic of circularity, which was discussed in relation to our oceans and plastic pollution.
Founder of Seams For Dreams and keynote speaker of the summit Evelyn Sharma spoke about her journey with the organization and the measurable impact that has been made thus far. One of the important questions that were raised by Patrick Duffy, the host of the summit, was how clothing donations in India were not previously accepted due to the cultural connotations behind it. Sharma explains that Seams For Dreams was one of the first organizations to really cultivate this idea that clothing donations can be passed on and for a good cause for others who need it and our planet.
Some of the other names in global fashion and sustainability that were present at the summit are Patrick Duffy, an ecopreneur and social impact strategist, Amanda Parkes, a fashion scientist, Camilla Fitzpatrick, branding manager at Vogue Arabia, Suket Dhir, sustainable fashion designer, and many others that brought interesting ideas to the table throughout the duration of the summit.
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