Fashion, Identity and Legacy with Simon Ward

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‘Faith unlocks me, everything else fits into place. When I look at the evidence in the Bible and assume it’s real, it makes sense because when you look at me, it’s not because I’m smart that I’ve been able to get to where I am but because I’ve been walking with God for 15 years on this journey.’

- Simon Ward, Former COO, British Fashion Council

Our fashion, legacy and identity roundtable in conversation with Simon Ward was an opportunity for us to discuss and explore how we as a collective, can make a difference in an ever-changing and evolving industry. With sustainability being a number one focus, we also discussed how we should always be the change that we would like to see and the importance of kindness, faith, and peer-to-peer support. Here are some of our highlights and takeaways…

Key Takeaways

  1. In this industry, let's be the change we want to see. More than a cliché, so many of us shared how we'd love to see more diversity, kindness, sharing of knowledge and fun. It's empowering to know that change can start with us.

  2. It's never too late to fall into the lane we're supposed to run in life. 

  3. As an emerging brand or any role you play in this industry, remember that you and your story is powerful and sharing it will help you stand out from the crowd.

  4. Be kind to yourself and prioritise your mental health. It's something a lot of us shared - the challenge of being in such an intense industry where our relevance is often measured on our creativity, it's important to take a step back, take some breaks and look after our minds - our most powerful tool.