How can brands help solve fashion’s diversity problem?
2 Jan 2024
How can brands help solve fashion’s diversity problem?

The global fashion industry has reached its peak in terms of a dire lack of diversity and inclusion. Cultural rebellion is emerging as people and brands fight against the grain. How can brands stay ahead of the diversity, equity, and inclusion curve in this fast-paced, ever-changing market?

Geraldine Wharry

Geraldine Wharry is a fashion futurist, public speaker, educator, and designer with 20 years of experience working across the fashion industry. Her work has been implemented with global leaders and has influenced agencies and brands in areas as diverse as fashion, sport, PR, tech, beauty, retail, innovation, and youth culture in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Ashwinnie Thushyanthan

Ashwinnie Thushyanthan is a DE&I consultant specialising in the luxury fashion sector, having worked across buying and merchandising, brand management, wholesale, and marketing for brands such as Frasers Group (FLANNELS, House of Fraser, Sports Direct, etc), Tom Ford, and ASOS. She strives to create a fair and equitable fashion industry for those of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences by emphasising employee empowerment within organisations.

Stephanie Thomas

Born an amputee missing digits, Los Angeles-based Stephanie Thomas is a speaker, writer, disability stylist, and the founder of Cur8able, a B2B consulting business. In 2004, she created the award-winning Disability Fashion Styling System: Accessible, Smart, Fashionable, which guides her work. She is a 2021 Create & Cultivate Fashion 100 honoree, a 2019 Business of Fashion #BOF 500 fashion professional moving the global industry forward. Stephanie is also a celebrated TEDx speaker and an academic who teaches one annual fashion marketing college course. Featured in over 30 articles, she is a trusted voice at the intersection of fashion and disability.

Lara Piras

Lara Piras is a copywriter, researcher, and brand strategist. Considered a youth culture expert, her vast industry knowledge comes from working with some of the industry’s best, including MTV, WGSN, Vogue UK, and Vogue US.