British Fashion Council announces David Pemsel as its new chair. The tenure is for three years. David, previously had a seat on the BFC Executive Board and is the co-founder and CEO of both ScienceMagic.inc (SMI) and ScienceMagic.Studios (SM.S). SMI is a strategic and creative company that connects brands and talent to their communities by combining the power of strategic science, creative magic, and digital experience. SM.S is a digital asset venture studio that advises and implements the creation of digital assets and web3 economies for brands, talent and their communities.
The role of Chair will support Caroline Rush, CEO with the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy and building the profile of British fashion globally.
“On behalf of the Board of the British Fashion Council, we are delighted to welcome David into his new role as Chair, and we look forward to working with him to strengthen and elevate the BFC with a focus on creativity, business, and innovation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Stephanie Phair for being a fantastic chair and setting us up for the next chapter.” – Caroline Rush, Chief Executive British Fashion Council.
“It is a privilege to take on the role of Chair of the British Fashion Council and to champion the British fashion industry – arguably our country’s most creative sector – at a time of significant change. It is important to the Board that creativity, innovation, and responsible business are at the heart of our strategy now and in the future. The intersection where creativity and business convene has long been my passion, I hope my experience in this space can make a demonstrable impact on an industry that drives such vast economic and cultural value.” – David Pemsel, Chair British Fashion Council.
Last week, BFC announced NEWGEN RECIPIENTS 2022
NEWGEN is a BFC initiative that supports the very best emerging talent and aims to build global, high end fashion brands of the future. It is the most established designer development scheme globally and designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference.
The 2022/23 NEWGEN recipients are:
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NEWGEN offers designers financial support, showcasing opportunities and mentoring to develop critical business skills to future proof their businesses. The BFC, with support from the NEWGEN committee led by Sarah Mower MBE, delivers individual mentoring and business training sessions to assist the designers as they develop their business infrastructure and skills.
NEWGEN encompasses accessories (including all categories such as shoes, bags, hats, jewellery & fine jewellery). Different product categories are judged by specific panels focused on Ready to Wear and Accessories. Sarah Mower MBE will lead the RTW panels and Stephen Jones OBE and Stephen Webster MBE will lead the Accessories panel alongside other accessories experts.
IPF Minimum Standards 2022
This year, the Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF) has developed a set of Minimum Standards, as a permanent framework, that will put into action social and environmental change across its NEWGEN designer participants and programme of events. These Minimum Standards align with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and shape the Bronze Standards to be upheld by the best of the UK’s emerging talent.
These Standards apply to the seven key focus areas of a garment’s life cycle: strategic direction, design, smart material choices, manufacturing & distribution, working conditions, consumer engagement and fashion shows.
“Our aim is for all NEWGEN participants to comply with the stipulations of each focus area by integrating the Minimum and Bronze Standards into the criteria, allowing us to assess and monitor. We are grateful to Copenhagen Fashion Week Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022 for taking the lead in devising these sustainable requirements which have helped to shape our Standards.” – British Fashion Council.