We are very happy to welcome Kavita Parmar, founder and creative director of The IOU Project. Kavita Parmar is a designer, serial entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for change in the fashion industry. She was born in India and was educated in India and England.
At the age of 18 while attending university, she started her own studio working as a freelance designer for various international clothing brands. After building up and running several successful clothing brands, she founded the IOU Project in 2011, her most ambitious project to date.
The IOU Project is an e-commerce social networking platform that manufactures and retails one-of-a-kind handmade clothes. It seeks to empower the artisan, celebrate uniqueness, re-vindicate the right to transparency and believes that technology can make it happen. Consumers can see the people who where producing the item, and when consumers upload a picture after purchase, the producers also see who is wearing it..
See a short, inspiring video about The IOU Project here:
The second edition of the international Beyond Fashion Summit 2012, taking place at the STATION-Berlin on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November 2012, presents it’s programme and a first list of speakers.
This year’s theme Hypernature explores the interaction between ecology and technology in the fashion industry. With a strong focus on technological innovations in it’s programme, the Beyond Fashion Summit 2012 dares to investigate the future of sustainability in fashion beyond what we might see as sustainable today, and beyond a romantic view of nature.
On Thursday the 15th of November 2012, the Beyond Fashion Summit offers an intensive conference programme with lectures, keynotes and a discussion panel “Hypernature, the future of sustainable fashion”. The Beyond Fashion Summit 2012 welcomes a very international, high profile selection of speakers here. The list of speakers with their biographies can be viewed on the website here: SPEAKERS.
On Friday the 16th of November 2012, the programme will be more interactive, offering a series of workshops, with titles such as “recycling, the new organic?”, “Hacking for fashion: how new technologies can support transparency and traceability in the supply chain” and “Cotton futures: what will the cotton industry look like in 2025?”. More details on the programme and theme can be found PROGRAMME and the programme schedule here: SCHEDULE.