A monthly series of talks featuring the world's brightest minds dissecting the future of fashion. 



Launched in 2018, the Pioneers speaker series aims to both inspire the FashMash community and nurture the next generation of industry talent. They were previously held each month in central London - during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have moved to a virtual format allowing us to bring a broader spectrum of international voices to the stage.


Interviews to date have included Matthew Woolsey, then MD of NET-A-PORTER, talking about the customer experience; Livia Firth, co-founder of Eco-Age, discussing fashion's impact on the climate crisis; Jess Christie, CBO of, exploring the role of experience in retail; Bandana Tewari, former editor-at-large of Vogue India redefining sustainable leadership, and Nick Knight OBE on the future of fashion imagery. See below for more, as well as who's coming up next. 



Centring justice in fashion with the #PayUp campaign

When COVID-19 hit last year, fashion brands refused to pay for an estimated $40 billion worth of finished goods. The catastrophic result saw millions of garment workers laid off around the world, resulting in the largest humanitarian crisis the sector has ever seen.


The #PayUp campaign was introduced in March 2020 to try and combat that. It held brands to account for paying for the orders they had cancelled, recouping an estimated $15 billion in the process. It's a huge achievement, but there's still a long way to go. The latest incarnation of the campaign, #PayHer, accordingly zones in on the role of gender justice and regulatory reform around wages.


Join us for an evening with the brains behind the work. Ayesha Barenblat, founder and CEO of non-profit organisation Remake, will talk about why centring justice in the fashion conversation is so crucial and how she is lobbying brands to change the way they operate.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

5.30pm BST

We are also currently running a new virtual series called FashMash Focus for our founding members, and hosting frequent recap conversations via Instagram Live.

SOME OF OUR previous speakers

Bandana Tewari, activist
Dior Bediako, The Junior Network
Lucinda Chambers, Collagerie
Nick Knight OBE, photographer
Holli Rogers, CEO, Browns
Livia Firth, co-founder, Eco-Age
Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty Intl
Arizona Muse, activist
Sandrine Deveaux, MD, Farfetch
William Tunstall-Pedoe, Amazon Alexa
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO, BFC
Anna Gedda, sustainability, H&M
Antoine Nussenbaum, partner, Felix
Laurence Haziot, MD, IBM
Matthew Woolsey, former MD, Net-a-Porter
Jess Christie, CBO,
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"We only have one planet, and the toll the fashion industry has on resources today is simply unsustainable.”

Anna Gedda, head of sustainability, H&M Group

"The store of the future is about solving the problems of today in an innovative and meaningful way for the customer."

Sandrine Deveaux, MD Farfetch Store of the Future

"The vision of voice technology for retail is a superhuman sales assistant that you can have a conversation with."

William Tunstall-Pedoe, founder of Amazon Alexa

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