Workspace are delighted to be hosting a Business Insight Dinner: A Fashion Revolution: the future of the industry and your wardrobe at China Works in Vauxhall, London on Tuesday 18th September from 5.30pm until 8.30pm.

Workspace Business Insights is an exciting events programme, bringing together industry leaders to discuss current business trends and topics. Past speakers have included guests from Facebook, McKinsey & Company, Moon Pig, Pret a Manger, LinkedIn, Microsoft, IBM Design, Monzo Bank, UCL and O2.

Directors, founders and other senior leaders from customers across Workspace’s portfolio are invited to register their interest in attending this complimentary event.

According to Accenture’s Global Change Award Report, “Consumers, particularly Millennials and Gen Z’s, are becoming increasingly attuned to sustainability challenges, leading to changing shopping habits and expectations for better, more sustainable products and new ways of consuming fashion. This is putting an emphasis to fundamentally re-examine the entire fashion value chain, opening up for game-changing circular business models.

Smart clothing will change the customer experience of fashion significantly, where clothing will be individualized based on your personal taste, measurements and needs. Another game-changing advantage is the transparency - always knowing where your clothes have been produced and the origin of the material.”

Join this Workspace Business Insight Dinner for critical insight for business leaders and a thought-provoking discussion. Our panel will look at these key questions:

  • What are smart textiles and fabrics, and are they the future of a sustainable fashion industry?
  • What is circular fashion, and do consumers really care?
  • How should leaders of fashion focused businesses approach redesigning their visions, strategies, supply chains, and practical procedures to ensure their organisations are sustainable?  


5:30pm to 6:00pm | Welcome Drinks

6:00pm to 7:00pm | Panel Discussion and Q&A: A Fashion Revolution

7:00pm to 8:00pm | Networking #WBIDinner

8:00pm to 8:30pm | Welcome to Unmade: Featuring the Founders of Unmade, Chaired by Brooke Roberts-Islam, Fashion Tech and Sustainability Expert

A Fashion Revolution

Joanna Dai, Founder of DAI, Workspace customer based at E1 Studios @JoannaDai

Founder Joanna Dai’s eight-year finance career in New York and London instilled a style of polished attitude and smart sensibility, but the Californian ease from her upbringing remained unshaken. Yet, when it came to workwear shopping, she felt increasingly discouraged by the market where effortless style, function, quality and value rarely coexisted. She had the vision of a brand where none of these factors were compromised – a brand of performance wear that empowered the professional woman.

DAI is performance wear for women who mean business. Innovative, technical fabrics meet elegant tailoring and timeless, functional design. Beyond products, DAI is committed to sustainability and social impact that empowers women. DAI are proud to partner with Positive Luxury, who awards the interactive Butterfly Mark to brands in recognition of their commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Kate Goldsworthy, Co-Director for Centre for Circular Design @kategoldsworthy

Kate is Reader in Circular Textile Design and Co-Director of the Centre for Circular Design at the University of the Arts London. She is a designer and academic working to bridge science, industry and design through multidisciplinary & practice-led research. She joined UAL as a researcher in 2005 with Textiles Environment Design (TED), and the Textile Futures research Centre (TFRC). In 2012 she completed the first UK practice-based doctorate focused on ‘designing for the circular economy’ and continues to explore future manufacturing and recovery contexts towards effective circular systems.

Her design work has been exhibited internationally at the Science Museum, the ICA and Crafts Council, (London), the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (USA), The Museum of Fine Art Boston (USA) and the Audax Textile Museum (Tilburg). She is a member of the EPSRC EC Forum in Manufacturing Research and was recently named by the Guardian as one of the UK’s top ten circular economy experts. 

Laura Balmond, Project Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Make Fashion Circular  @CircularFibres

Laura is a project manager in the Make Fashion Circular team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and as part of this role co-authored the report. A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning fashion’s future. Her previous projects include the report, Circular Economy in India: Rethinking Growth for Long-Term Prosperity and also supporting the New Plastics Economy innovation workstream during its early stages. Laura also managed the Foundation’s contribution to the EU co-funded project ResCoM (Resource Conservative Manufacturing). Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Laura worked as a management consultant. Laura has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master's in Environmental Engineering.

Welcome to Unmade: Featuring the Founders of Unmade, Chaired by Brooke Roberts-Islam, Fashion Tech and Sustainability Expert

Transforming the fashion industry and creating a revolution in how people buy their clothes, Unmade is a global fashion software company driving innovation through customisation and delivering an end-to-end digital solution for on-demand production at scale. Unmade works with some of the most innovative fashion, lifestyle and sportswear brands to foster a new level of customer experience through customisation.

Founded in April 2013 by Hal Watts, Ben Alun-Jones and Kirsty Emery. Unmade was born out of a desire to reimagine both the design and manufacturing processes within the fashion industry, so brands only make what is actually sold, resulting in minimal waste.

Brooke Roberts-Islam, Co-Director at BRIA - Fashion Tech and Sustainability Expert @Thetechstyler

Brooke Roberts-Islam is a digital knitwear designer and consultant, who also has over a decade of experience as a diagnostic radiographer within the NHS. She is Co-Director of the Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA) who create materials-tech and sustainable material collaborations and products with brands from both the fashion and technology sectors, directly combining her knowledge of the latest developments in the fashion-technology sector with her cross-discipline approach to developing new materials. Brooke is passionate about combining science, technology and fashion in her own work and has also achieved this through collaborations with the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, amongst others, and is regularly invited to speak about the latest in fashion tech at events, including the Wired Next Generation conference and the launch of London Technology Week in 2016. In addition to her design and materials development work, Brooke is a fashion-technology writer for the Huffington Post and her own blog, Techstyler, lending opinion and sharing interviews from the crossroads of fashion-technology, from a fashion designer’s perspective. In 2013, Brooke was voted onto The Hospital Club’s 100 list of the most influential and innovative creatives in the UK, as well as being voted onto KPMG's Shift 100 list for retail technology entrepreneurs in 2017.

Audience Resource

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Natalia Rymaszewska, Head of Membership at the Heart of the City Foundation  @HOTC_UK

The Heart of the City Foundation Programme, designed specifically for SMEs, offers an all-round introduction to responsible business activities covering community, environment, workplace and marketplace. Through a combination of events, 1:1 support, online resources and networking building this two-year programme enables business leaders to tailor a bespoke strategy and do well by doing good.

What to Expect?

The insight events combine an interesting mix of ‘live’ case studies of senior directors from companies who have encountered a relevant challenge, together with Q&A with industry experts.

Our insight events focus on what you can learn and how it might impact you or your business. We don’t spend that much time talking at attendees and we build in plenty of opportunities for attendees to question case study subjects.

How to Join?

Register for a complimentary spot at our #WBIDinner, A Fashion Revolution: the future of the industry and your wardrobe on Tuesday 18th September at China Works from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. This #WBIDinner is open to Directors and Senior Leaders from current Workspace customers and Club Workspace members and selected guests.

By taking part in this event you grant Workspace and Knowledge Peers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming for publicity or other purposes to help achieve our aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.