Kering and London College of Fashion Team Up To Launch Sustainable Luxury Fashion Course

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by: Chloe Mac Donnell
22 Feb 2018

The global luxury group Kering, have teamed up with the London College of Fashion to offer the world’s first open-access digital course in sustainable luxury fashion.

Entitled “Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion In A Changing World,” the course aims to strengthen the education around sustainability in the luxury and fashion realms in order to encourage the wider adoption of more sustainable practices. The course is openly available to all those who wish to partake, with the specific aim of educating future talents, designers, luxury fashion professionals, and members of the public with an interest in fashion.

Speaking at the launch event during London Fashion Week, François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering said: “At Kering we believe that the shift towards sustainability and innovation in luxury fashion is not only an imperative, in our world of finite resources, but also a goldmine of opportunity.”

Co-developed by LCF academics and Kering sustainability experts, the online course, is made up of six key modules including: Why Sustainability Matters in Fashion, Contextualising Sustainability for a Changing World, Sustainable Sourcing for Luxury Fashion, and Informed Decision-Making. Through a mix of films, podcasts, activities and discussions, the course covers both the theoretical aspects of sustainability as well as real-life business cases that luxury fashion brands face when integrating sustainability.

Participants can take the course over a six-week period, spanning a total of 18 teaching hours with learners having the possibility to complete it via their mobile, tablet and desktop-friendly platform.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL and François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering

“We actively work with our Houses to craft tomorrow’s luxury via our 2025 sustainability strategy, but also wish to contribute to the evolution of luxury fashion as a whole, by sharing our expertise with industry counterparts and educating future generations,” explained Pinault. “Today I am proud that Kering’s partnership with London College of Fashion takes a new step, making education accessible outside of the classroom with this the world’s first open-access digital course on sustainable luxury fashion.”

Registration for the course is now open here with the first 6-week edition kicking off on April 9th.

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