"Now in its second year, Ever Evolving Talks by Calik Denim has become a platform where we synthesize and present different point of views, experiences and the future over the course of one inspiring and thought provoking day," says Fatih Dogan, managing director of Calik Denim.

Fatih Dogan, managing director, Calik Denim, opening Ever Evolving Talks
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Fatih Dogan, managing director, Calik Denim, opening Ever Evolving Talks
In fact, the Turkish denim producer brought a mix of speakers on stage that came from all kinds of areas discussing topics such as transparency and blockchain technology, GEN Z consumers, climate change and responsible fashion.

One day ahead of Kingpins Amsterdam about 350 industry members as well as media representatives, academicians and students followed the invitation to the half-day event at Theater Amsterdam, again moderated by entrepreneur BJ Cunningham.

Moderator BJ Cunningham
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Moderator BJ Cunningham
Here are some of the most noteworthy quotes...


Matt Britton, Millennial and Gen Z expert & CEO of software company Suzy, on the young consumer generation:

 "Disruption in companies will happen from inside out because companies will have Millennials in position of power, and they grew up with the Internet-and the disruption it brought-in the household."

"One key trend this young generation favors is ‘access over ownership’. They do not need to own a car any more, they are used to Uber or new rental service models. They expect on-demand-services.”

Matt Britton, Millennial and Gen Z expert, talks about the young consumer generation.
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Matt Britton, Millennial and Gen Z expert, talks about the young consumer generation.
"They grow up with the reality of a barbell economy [an economy that is characterized by growth at the bottom and top of the income ladder, while the middle gets hollowed out] where also the mid price segment is under pressure, not only in the fashion industry."

"In this generation, all action is happening in the cities. Gentrification is happening in major markets everywhere, rents go up and make it difficult for traditional retail."

"They are led by ‘DIFTI’-Do it for the Instagram. Social media is their currency."

"They like collaborative work spaces like WeWork, because the are CEOs of themselves."

"My advice if you want to run a successful business: Go into art or science! Offer things that machines can’t do or learn to invent new machines and technologies."

 

 

Jessi Baker, founder and CEO of Provenance, on blockchain technology:

"We believe every product should come with accessible, trustworthy information about the origin, journey and impact. We use tech to enable great brand to make their supply chains and impact transparent with integrity. If materials are unknown and unvalued, they are wasted."

For Jessi Baker, founder and CEO of Provenance, the digital future is all about blockchain technology.
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For Jessi Baker, founder and CEO of Provenance, the digital future is all about blockchain technology.
"Technology is changing the nature of trust, just think about the relevance that online user recommendations, product ratings etc. have today. That’s why a platform such as Airbnb is a trust broker."

“Blockchain and Web 3.0 are about establishing decentralization and trust from peer to peer to peer. Just imagine the centralized, very organized structure we have right now would change again? Web 3.0 with blockchain technology is in the making and it will decentralize the structures.”



From left: Panel moderator Tamsin Blanchard with fashion designers Imogen Wright, Priya Ahluwalia and Bethany Williams
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From left: Panel moderator Tamsin Blanchard with fashion designers Imogen Wright, Priya Ahluwalia and Bethany Williams
During a panel discussion with moderator/journalist Tamsin Blanchard and fashion designers Priya Ahluwalia, Bethany Williams and Imogen Wright responsible female leadership was discussed. "Everyone can find their own way to be strong, but I think the female empowerment is getting better in the business industry, you see at lot more female CEO’s today. My challenge is to grow strong and steady," said Imogen Wright, while Bethany Williams called sustainability 'boring'. It should be a given. Instead she rather wants to talk about her "designs and techniques." Priya Ahluwalia: "I want to make clothes people have not seen before, but not like a t-shirt made of bamboo. I make forward thinking clothes, by looking back. The biggest challenge when working with recycled clothes is definitely the sourcing."

 

Nathan Gilbert, executive director, B Lab Europe, and Bert van Son, founder/CEO, Mud Jeans, on how business can be a force for good:

Nathan Gilbert: "Business as usual with a focus on shareholder value and maximum profits has not been working, the planet is in jeopardy. We realize that among people there is a decrease in trust of governments or NGOs. So the business world needs to lead, because it can act quicker than governments. That also means that a company needs a public profile, be transparent, and do more than just taking care of shareholder values."

"B Corp is a movement that has been evolving over many decades just like Fair Trade or LEED; it is like a certificate, and meanwhile more than 3,000 companies in different industries worldwide-mostly smaller mid-size, private companies are registered as B Corps. In fashion it is brands such as Athleta, Allbirds, Burton or Patagonia... They want to change the rule of the game and redefine what success in business means. And we see more investors taking action, allocating capital into companies that create social and environmental benefit."

From left: Nathan Gilbert, executive director, B Lab Europe, and Bert van Son, founder/CEO, Mud Jeans, discuss a better cause for business.
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From left: Nathan Gilbert, executive director, B Lab Europe, and Bert van Son, founder/CEO, Mud Jeans, discuss a better cause for business.
Bert van Son: "I have always loved the fashion industry, but at a certain point I saw it changing and establishing a throw-away culture. That made we want to create and invest money in something new. In 2012 we started Mud Jeans, a company where we try to do it better with every step we take. For a month now we have been delivering our denim with bike couriers. We have only one supplier for the jeans and one supplier for the denim. We are proving to larger companies it can be done. That’s why transparency in your supply chain is so important. Feel free to copy us!"


Highlight of the talks was the appearance of former NFL Player and NASA Astronaut Leland Devon Melvin (interviewed by Dio Kurazawa of The Bear Scouts) who talked about the way climate change is affecting our planet and how we should think about the way we use products. But his final call was about women empowerment:
“We need to empower young girls to become what they want. They need a female role model to get out of these dire situations they often find themselves in. We need to engage more girls in our industry.”
NASA astronaut Leland Devon Melvin (r.) is interviewed by Dio Kurazawa of The Bear Scouts
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NASA astronaut Leland Devon Melvin (r.) is interviewed by Dio Kurazawa of The Bear Scouts

 

The next edition of Calik’s Ever Evolving Talks is planned to happen again in Amsterdam on 20 October 2020.




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