Jacket Required puts sustainability on its agenda with expert panel discussion

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With a line-up of leading brands and exciting up and coming designers poised to showcase their new collections, premium menswear and womenswear show Jacket Required is looking buoyant as it prepares to open its doors at 10am this Wednesday.

Visitors are set to see the latest offerings from brands including RÆBURN, G-Star Raw, BenKlark, Native North, Haar, Sneaker Lab, Oliver Sweeney, Ben Sherman, TOMS, Fjallraven, Chatham, London Brogues, Chrome, Didriksons, Cheaney, Grenson, Musto, Gloverall, Hunter, Tretorn, Hummel, Weekend Offender, K-Way, Sperry, Le Mont Saint Michel, Knickerbocker, Colorful Standard, Quoddy, Armor Lux, Dickies, Guess, Happy Socks,  Karl Kani, American Trench, Craighill, Monokel and Blackhorse Lane Ateliers with demos of their denim repair service, plus many more.

In addition, Jacket Required will shine a spotlight on the growing emphasis and importance placed on sustainability within the fashion sector. In an industry all about supply and demand, there is a growing number of brands, buyers and consumers placing innovation and transparency at their core. For this reason, the show will present a panel discussion providing insight into sustainability and responsibility to our environment, as industry leaders share knowledge about best practice.

At 2pm on Wednesday 23 January, British fashion commentator and Professor of Diversity Caryn Franklin M.B.E. MSc (Psych) MBPsS will moderate a session titled Crafted to Last – the movement towards slow fashion. Taking part in the discussion will be a panel of industry experts including:

• British fashion designer Christopher Raeburn, who is known for his re-appropriation of military fabrics

• Stacey Wood, Founder of King & Tuckfield, a men’s and women’s collection where premium material, provenance and a sustainable approach are key to the brand

• Han Ates from Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, makers of ready-to-wear selvedge and organic raw denim with a focus on sustainability, community and unmatched quality

This is followed by G-Star RAW For The Planet: Our Journey Towards Positive Impact where Sofie Schop, who manages the brand’s Global Sustainability Team, will be sharing insights into how it works towards positive impact on the environment and the people involved in G-Star’s production processes. The team set and implement a sustainability agenda, engage and connect internal and external partners and communities, and drive transformation through innovation, transparency and collaboration.

Meanwhile, visit TOMS for a view of its new footwear collection alongside coffee, cocktails, and cake. The label’s Fall/Winter ’19 footwear is inspired by timeless design and tomorrow’s change makers, with  winterised sneakers and boots for both women and men.

Jacket Required will take place at The Old Truman Brewery in London from the 23 – 24 January 2019; visit www.jacket-required.com for further information.