Sri Lanka has led the way with its eco-friendly factories

Sri Lanka has led the way with its eco-friendly factories

The agenda is starting to take shape for this year's Sri Lanka Design Festival (SDLF) and South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum, with reshaping the future of fashion manufacturing a key topic for discussion.

The 'South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum' – a knowledge sharing platform and B2B networking opportunity – will be chaired by Kurt Cavano, the founder of GT Nexus. Other speakers will include Adrian Elliott, president of global apparel & footwear at Coats Plc, Robert Cromb, managing director of Kookai, and Jane Rapley OBE, Professor Emerita ex-head of college at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

"All business strategies and operational models reach a point in time when they become obsolete," says Linda Speldewinde, founder of Sri Lanka Design Festival. "This is why the most successful businesses mention constant innovation as their winning formula.

"Given the current business landscape influencing monumental changes triggered by shifting consumer mindsets, this lesson in 'managing change' becomes a make-or-break factor for any industry."

In response, this year's South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum (SAALF) aims to bring together thought leaders from around the world to share their insights and experiences on how creative disruption and innovation can help reinvent and transform business.

SLDF's 2016 theme 'Disrupt, Reinvent, Transform – a New-age Paradigm for Industry' highlights the forces that are wreaking change in the business landscape and how the industry can make transformation an opportunity rather than a challenge. 

With an in-depth analysis of the shifts in the market, the psychology behind the consumers of the future, and the economic forces that will affect fashion buying, SAALF aims to present an accurate landscape of the future of the fashion business. The forum will also use the experience of successful fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers and supply chain leaders to discuss how they remain relevant and agile in an ever-changing business climate. 

Organisers are hoping that buyers, retailers, sourcing specialists, opinion leaders, designers and fashion brands will attend the event, which takes place from 3-6 November at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre in Colombo. Click here for more information.