Kering and LCF look to fashion’s next generation


Last night at London College of Fashion’s  John Princes St campus launchpad, head of college Professor Frances Corner OBE, alongside Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault, signed, sealed and are sure to deliver global sustainability to the fashion industry. Coming after the announcement that the international fashion education hub and the worldwide luxury group are combining forces to engage young talent through a five-year partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, the event heralded a truly memorable night. The coalition made it clear that the future of fashion is in the likes of LCF’s hands, stressing the importance of sustainable business models with the suggestion that LCF better be up to scratch, or else.

pin2François-Henri Pinault and Professor Frances Corner OBE

With a number of new initiatives set up which push the idea of sustainable business as smart business, the high-profile collaboration is set to  “challenge” students with specific real-life industry challenges to be rewarded with a monetary grant and an internship placement within selected Kering brands, as well as academic support modules designed to act as tools for future professional lives. London’s high-rolling fashion press, from Suzy Menkes and Caryn Franklin to bloggers such as Susie Bubble and Pinault’s esteemed entourage were all accounted for on the night, wherein the Kering bigwig sensibly stressed the importance of the future generation’s obligation, not option, to promote global sustainability.

Glass itself being all about sustainable luxury, we are fully behind Kering’s new venture and agree with Pinault, who claims  “it’s time to look to the next generation for the next ideas”.

by Liam Feltham