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February 20, 2018updated 12 Apr 2021 2:23pm

Kering and LCF launch first open-access digital sustainability course

Kering has partnered with London College of Fashion (LCF) to launch what it claims is the world’s first open-access digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability.

By Beth Wright

Kering has partnered with London College of Fashion (LCF) to launch what it claims is the world’s first open-access digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability.

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Entitled ‘Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World’, the course aims to strengthen sustainability education in the luxury and fashion realms in order to promote the wider adoption of more sustainable practices.

Co-developed by LCF academics and sustainability experts at the French luxury goods group, the course is built on six key modules including ‘Why Sustainability Matters in Fashion’, ‘Contextualising Sustainability for a Changing World’, ‘Sustainable Sourcing for Luxury Fashion’, and ‘Informed Decision-Making’.

Through a mix of films, podcasts, activities and discussions, it covers both the theoretical aspects of sustainability as well as real-life business cases that luxury fashion brands face when integrating sustainability. Over a six-week period, spanning a total of 18 teaching hours, learners will have the possibility to complete the course at their leisure via the mobile, tablet and desktop-friendly platform.

“At Kering we believe that the shift towards sustainability and innovation in luxury fashion is not only an imperative, in our world of finite resources, but also a goldmine of opportunity,” says Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault. “We actively work with our houses to craft tomorrow’s luxury via our 2025 sustainability strategy, but also wish to contribute to the evolution of luxury fashion as a whole, by sharing our expertise with industry counterparts and educating future generations.”

As part of the platform’s roll-out, LCF and Kering are teaming with the British Fashion Council (BFC) to reinforce the wider adoption of sustainable practices by industry professionals and future talents alike. Via the BFC, young British designers are currently previewing the platform, to ensure upmost relevancy to creative designers and luxury fashion professionals seeking to expand their sustainability knowledge.

Speaking at the course’s launch today (20 February), hosted by the BFC at London Fashion Week, Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion, UAL, notes the move is significant because it “signals a real desire and commitment from the industry to the ‘open sourcing’ of knowledge”.

He adds: “Only through collaboration and the sharing of experience can we face the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead together. Often we can feel overwhelmed or unsure what sustainability means for our industry – we feel disempowered because there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution – but this course aims to empower aspiring and existing fashion professionals alike and help them develop their own manifesto for change.”

Registration for the course opens here today, with the first six-week edition to begin on 9 April. It is openly available to all those who wish to partake, with the specific aim of educating future talents, designers, luxury fashion professionals, and members of the public with an interest in fashion.

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