Innovation in Luxury Fashion

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Farfetch HQ London

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We are very excited to announce a series of collaborative events between Farfetch and #Fashhack. At these open events you will have the opportunity to engage with the Farfetch Community and the wider Fashion Tech ecosystem on a range of burning industry topics.

The luxury retail market is rapidly changing, forcing the biggest fashion players to urgently innovate. From smart inventory management to virtual reality and "stores of the future", high-end retailers are recognising that having a clear innovation strategy is key to winning customers.

Join us at Farfetch HQ London to hear from the leaders in luxury fashion!

Panellists:

Matthew Drinkwater, Head of Fashion Innovation Agency at London College of Fashion

Matthew works at the crossroads of Fashion, Retail and Technology to head up London College of Fashion's Innovation Agency. Using emerging technology to alter the way that the fashion industry is making, showcasing and retailing, Matthew and his team are building a pathway for truly digital designer businesses. Matthew has delivered a stunning range of projects that have captured the imagination of both the fashion and technology industries, including what Forbes described as 'the first example of truly beautiful wearable tech'.Most recently, he worked alongside Lucasfilm's immersive entertainment division ILMxLAB to bring their new performance-driven augmentation technology, LIVECGX, to London Fashion Week. Matthew was named as a 'fashion-tech trailblazer changing the course of retail' by Drapers and a 'pioneer and visionary' by Wired.

Eva Neumann, Senior Manager Growth Initiatives at Farfetch

Eva joined Farfetch in 2015 and is working in the Strategy & Innovation team focusing on different strategic projects and start-up engagements. She is also part of the leadership team of Fashion Concierge, a start-up that was acquired by Farfetch in 2017 and won the Drapers Award 2018 for "Best Innovation in Fashion Retail", running strategy and innovation. Prior to Farfetch, Eva worked for 4.5 years at the global management consultancy Bain & Company across different industries and geographies.

Janosch Amstutz, Founder of HoloMe

Janosch believes HoloMe could be the biggest advance in communications since Skype. The company, which he founded and runs, has developed a high-definition augmented reality platform that brings humans into your space through your smartphone. So far, HoloMe has developed its platform for entertainment, fashion and education—imagine watching Fashion Week unfurl live in your living room, or an interactive session with a famous footballer.

Rajeev Aikkara, Global VP of Technology at Burberry

Rajeev Aikkara heads technology for Burberry’s Digital platforms, Creative Media, Marketing and Customer. Rajeev has 18 years of experience in technology. Before joining Burberry in 2017 he spent 9 years at ASOS, playing various technology roles during their rapid business growth. Rajeev recently joined the advisory board of LUKSO, which is a blockchain startup aiming to provide a blockchain ecosystem specifically created for the fashion and lifestyle industry. He lives London with his wife and 8 year old son.

Sasha Astafyeva, Principal at Felix Capital

Over the past few years she has been involved with three successful technology start-ups, in the UK and Brazil. Most recently she was Head of Business Intelligence and Strategy at Lyst, leading online fashion marketplace based in London. Prior to Lyst, she was VP of Finance and Business Intelligence at VivaReal, leading online real estate marketplace in Brazil, where she was one of the earliest employees and was responsible for financial operations, BI, legal, fundraising and investor relations. She started her start-up journey at Dafiti, largest fashion ecommerce player in Latin America, where she helped launch apparel business. Prior to becoming involved in start-ups, Sasha was an investor at TA Associates, covering consumer and retail companies in Europe. She started her career as a part of private equity coverage team at Lehman Brothers in London. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Middlebury College, Sasha is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Portuguese and German.

Moderator:

David Grunwald is Farfetch's VP of Innovation, where he leads open innovation and engagement with startups. David has 18 years of experience in technology, and before joining Farfetch in 2018 spent 8 years at Google in various partnership and business development roles. Most recently, he led Google for Entrepreneurs' partnerships globally with responsibility for building the startup ecosystem around the company, working with startup communities, accelerators and incubators. Before Google he founded three companies, including an e-Commerce startup, and also consulted to leading international media and technology corporations on product and digital strategy. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

We will discuss:

- How do luxury players approach innovation?

- What are the key innovation areas in luxury at the moment?

- How have the biggest players in the industry succeeded with their digital strategies; and what can be learned from them?

Agenda:

18:30 – Meet and greet

19:00 – Panel discussion & Q&A

20:00 – Drinks & networking


*Be advised that we will be taking photographs at the event, which we will be using in the future to promote 'FASHHACK' activities. By registering for the event you are giving us permission to take your picture and post them on our website and social media channels as well as use them in other promotional materials.

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Farfetch HQ London

4th Floor

211 Old St

London

EC1V 9NR

United Kingdom

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