Source Fashion’s three-day summer trade show, which is taking place at London’s Olympia on Sunday 16 July to Tuesday 18 July, will feature seminar panels and keynote presentations on the topics impacting the fashion sourcing world right now as well as fashion suppliers from around the world.

Suzanne Ellingham, director of sourcing at Source Fashion says: “For many of our exhibitors, it’s their first time showcasing in Europe, making their stories and capabilities a true gem for visitors. I encourage everyone to explore the show floor and engage with these businesses. Don’t miss the incredible catwalk show and the wealth of invaluable information available in our free seminar sessions.”

Source Fashion seminar programme

The sessions on Sunday (16 July) include sustainable stylists Rebekah Roy and Sarah Regensburger exploring the creation of a sustainable range and a vegan fashion brand. Plus, Jack Stratten, head of trends at Insider Trends, will present ‘From sustainability to transparency: the future of responsible fashion.’ He will use statistics, fresh perspectives, and global case studies to shed light on the industry’s shift from sustainability to transparency. Attendees will also gain insights into consumer expectations, the evolving fashion production landscape, and the significance of these factors for brands.

Monday’s programme features an in-depth discussion on what the UK’s new unilateral preferences trade agreement will mean for global sourcing. It will include UK policymakers sharing valuable information on how to leverage the recently announced Developing Countries Trading Scheme, which aims to reduce import duties from 65 developing countries, stimulate trade, and drive prosperity.

Corporate wear specialists Project Plan B and charity-owned textiles collector Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) will also showcase the “world-first” commercial-scale polyester textile recycling tech. it is claimed to be the first of its kind and the session will show how to successfully recycle polyester textiles into raw materials.

Angela Gaskell, group sourcing, sustainability, quality & fit director at fashion brand N Brown, and Lucy Peacock, head of pre-loved at resale site eBay will be talking about responsible sourcing and addressing where a garment starts versus where it should restart. The duo will explore various strategies for brands and manufacturers to adopt to embrace material reuse and stay ahead of the curve.

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Later on, Zoe Bayliss-Wong, a Forbes 30 Under 30 retail expert and former director of resale site Depop, will address the commercial aspects of sustainability in her session. She will explain how sustainability can become a driving force for businesses, rather than just an optional obligation, and share how to create a balance between sustainable intentions and commercial goals.

Source Fashion explains its commitment to sustainability and transparency ensures that every exhibitor has undergone a thorough audit, guaranteeing their dedication to responsible practices.

Source Fashion will showcase an array of global suppliers and producers from:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • India
  • Italy
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Ethiopia
  • UK

The Ethiopian and Filipino pavilions are a new part of the show’s line-up of over 300 exhibitors from 30 countries.

Plus, it says that from custom-made apparel to circular knitted industry solutions, Portuguese manufacturers will also be taking centre stage.