More new sessions and initiatives have been announced for next week's Fashion SVP apparel sourcing event, including the launch of the first 'Fashion Visionaries' networking forum and panel discussions on sustainability and Brexit.

The invitation-only 'Fashion Visionaries' meeting will take place on Tuesday (15th November) with the aim of encouraging debate and information exchange among senior industry executives.

It will be opened by Harold Tillman, CBE, former owner and CEO of Jaeger, Aquascutum and former head of the British Fashion Council, who will also participate in a private discussion among senior industry executives on topical issues such as Brexit, discounting, online retailing, ethical issues and other opportunities and challenges facing the UK industry.

"We've created this exclusive network to bring together senior people to discuss current issues impacting the fashion industry right now," explains Fashion SVP founder Buzz Carter. "Leading brands have already confirmed their support and attendance."

Tillman will also be taking part in the Sourcing Briefing seminars, joining Tamsin Lejeune, managing director of Ethical Fashion Forum, and Catarina Midby, sustainability manager for H&M UK, in a panel on sustainability.

Seminars lined up for Wednesday (16 November) include two sessions looking at Brexit: 'How we should deal with it now' and 'Opportunity or threat?' Participants include Michael Wolff, MD of J4 Apparel and former chairman of The Fielding Group; Musto president Nigel Musto; and Clothesource director Mike Flanagan.

Flanagan will also be taking a closer look at 'Cost control & negotiation: getting the best for the company while nurturing a mutually beneficial supplier relationship,' in a separate presentation.

The importance of compliance and 'Sourcing ethically as well as commercially,' will be addressed by Elissa Lloyd, head of quality and sourcing at White Stuff; while Vanessa Green, MD of CVUK, Matthew Vohs, MD of Vohs and Co, and Kenny Kelly, former head of production at Jack Wills, will be talking about 'Sourcing and supply chain as a career.'

Along with an exhibition featuring more than 100 manufacturers from Europe, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Mauritius, visitors can see live demonstrations of the fashion manufacturing cycle in the 'Fashion Made Better' feature produced in association with Fashion Enter and the Ethical Fashion Forum.

Fashion SVP takes place at London Olympia on 15-16 November. Click here for more information.