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Join us for an exciting panel discussion about sustainable fashion and the benefits it can bring to our economy, our environment and the beautiful people of our world.

Meet brand and business owners, makers and industry leaders who are pushing for a sustainable future. Be inspired by how they set up their business, learn what they make and understand what makes it ethical.

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Phil Wildbore - Owner and designer, Monkee Genes

Phil is the designer and founder of Monkee Genes, an international denim brand passionate about people and the planet.
Founded in 2006, Phil was frustrated with the current denim market and the throwaway attitude of the highstreet. With Monkee Genes he wanted to offer something fresh, with a focus on sustainability. Thus evolved the Monkee Genes Mantra “No slave labour, no child labour, no blood, no sweat, no tears.”
Sustainability is at the heart of all Monkee Genes product. They are committed to being a relevant and sustainable denim brand, dedicated to social and environmental responsibility, good working conditions and human rights.
Phil visits his manufacturing partners regularly and is proud to have built such strong ties with his supply chain, something which is important in building trust and transparency in the fashion industry.

Website: www.monkeegenes.com Instagram: @monkeegenes Twitter: @monkeegenes

Helen Newcombe - Founder, Davy J

Helen Newcombe is the founder of Davy J, a British swimwear brand that creates beautiful active swimwear, all manufactured in the UK and made using ECONYL® yarn, a nylon yarn regenerated from 100% waste materials including fishing nets and other ocean waste.

As a brand Davy J creates swimwear that is designed to ‘survive a dive’ and targeted at active women. The suits are built to last and the business has an end of life returns scheme for all of their swimsuits so that the resources within them can be recycled. Helen is a Circular Economist and rising female entrepreneur, winning the Women of the Future Award for Entrepreneurship in 2017. She uses her business to deliver a much bigger message – that of building a circular economy and understanding the stories and lifecycles of the products we surround ourselves with and the resources that go into making them. Her work proves that profit doesn’t necessarily have to come at an environmental price.

Website: www.davyj.org Instagram: @davyjs Twitter: @davyjs

Rosie Drake-Knight - Founder & Designer, Roake
Rosie is the founder and designer behind 'roake' (formerly 'Rosie Drake-Knight'), an honest and ethical womenswear brand, established in 2013. From the field to her cutting table and on to production, Rosie makes it her business to track the origins of materials, and to deliver a luxury product to love for a lifetime. Roake now supplies over 30 stores internationally and manufactures in ethically accredited factories all over the world. (Rosie also founded @nativemakers - a platform for makers in the south west, running events and workshops to support creative entrepreneurs)

Website: www.roake.studio Instagram: @roakestudio Twitter: @roake_studio

Sophie Glover - Studio Manager, Makers HQ, CIC
Sophie Glover is the Studio Manager of Makers HQ CIC. This is a commercially-viable, functioning sampling unit, alongside education and training facilities to help to reinvigorate the fashion and textiles industry in the South West. Sophie has a BSc in Clothing Product Development from Manchester Metropolitan University, and has worked in product development and technology for Topshop, Gap, M&S, asos.com, and Finery London. She has been interviewed by the BBC and Financial Times as an authority on UK fashion manufacturing. Sophie recently completed her PCGE, acquiring invaluable skills that will help her in her mission to reignite the fashion sector within the South West and use Makers HQ as a platform to increase fashion and textiles training and employment opportunities within the region.

Website: www.makershq.co.uk Instagram: @makers_hq

Chaired by Professor Ian Cook

Ian Cook is a Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter. He researches the making, discussion and impacts of 'who made my stuff' cultural activism, and showcases that research on the spoof online store followthethings.com. Ian lends this expertise to the Fashion Revolution movement, is a member its Global Coordination Team and ran its free online 'Who Made My Clothes?' course which was taken worldwide by 16,000 people in 2017 and 2018.

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So if you're looking for some expert opinions on sustainable fashion or the opportunity to ask leaders and brand owners directly how they made it work don't miss out on this talk. Can't wait to see you all there for our penultimate event of fashion revolution week!

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