Day one of Fashion Connect 2021 unites the industry with exclusive networking and thought leadership, providing delegates with the opportunity to share experiences and discover best practise.

We welcome leading retailers to reveal key studies on the difficulties faced during the pandemic, and how the crisis has revealed opportunities and paradigm shifts that will be here to stay. Expect a focus on 2021 performance, and a look ahead to what we can expect within the industry through to 2025.

From unique IMRG data and insight to keynote retail panel discussions; and from roundtable discussions to insight workshops, Fashion Connect will help you navigate industry opportunities and challenges.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fashion review of 2021 in hindsight, including key trends and data detailing market performance 
  • What changes have been observed in fashion retail, and how has the pandemic impacted brands?
  • Speak to experts about expected challenges over the next 5 years
  • Discover where new opportunities lie in 2022 and how you can implement winning strategies
  • Hear from fellow industry peers and leading retailers such as The Very Group, Ted Baker and Vivobarefoot

Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday 09 February - In-Person Event (The Hurlingham Club)

08:00 - 08:45 AM

Entry Badges and Complimentary Breakfast

08:45 - 09:05 AM
IMRG Logo Fashion Connect

Welcome, from IMRG

Introduction to the key themes of the day.

Andy Mulcahy, Strategy & Insight Director, IMRG
09:05 - 09:15 AM
ParcelLab (6)

Introductory Insight

Insight around some of the key themes impacting fashion retailers.
09:15 - 10:35 AM

Roundtable Retailer Discussions

Hear our first thoughts on findings from 2021, providing a basis for table-led discussions surrounding these trends.

Our workshops, with 8 retail delegates per table, give you the opportunity to join your senior peers as IMRG present their latest research on fashion performance, with a focus on the peak-trading period.

  • What did sales patterns look like this year?
  • What did discounting trends look like this year?
  • What changes and trends have we seen in the fashion industry?
10:35 - 11:20 AM

Coffee Break and General Networking

11:20 - 11:30 AM

Insight and Analysis

Further detailed insight around some of the key themes impacting fashion retailers over the past year, as well as a look ahead.
11:30 - 12:50 PM

Roundtable Retailer Discussions

IMRG presents further research, and data insight, related to fashion performance. We’ll focus on the peak-trading period, opening up the room for table-led discussions surrounding these trends.

Our workshops, with 8 retail delegates per table, give you the opportunity to join your senior peers as IMRG present their latest research on fashion performance, with a focus on the peak-trading period.

  • How has conversion rate fared across the past year?
  • Which types of fashion retailers performed best over peak?
  • Was the average basket spend up or down compared to last year?
12:50 - 01:50 PM

Lunch

01:50 - 02:30 PM
Ted Baker logo The Very Group Vivobarefoot logo

Expert Panel with IMRG’s Advisory Board

An expert panel from our Retail Advisory Board spark discussion around the key themes and topics, providing you with insight to enhance your ecommerce strategy.

  • Senior retail directors share their thoughts on current issues and trends
  • What will be the biggest challenges in fashion over the next 5 years?
  • Where will we find the best opportunities in the fashion industry in the future?
02:30 - 03:15 PM

Coffee Break and General Networking

03:15 - 04:00 PM
Ted Baker logo The Very Group Vivobarefoot logo

Hosted Retailer Discussions with IMRG’s Advisory Board

Join top retailers at our topic-based roundtables, where they give you key insight and allow you to enter open discussion around industry opportunities and challenges.

  • Hosted by members of IMRG’s retail advisory board, a deep dive into future and current industry topics
  • Our hosts include The Very Group, Ted Baker and Vivobarefoot.
Jennifer Roebuck, Chief Customer Officer, Ted Baker; Paul Hornby, Digital Customer Experience (DCX) Director at The Very Group; Paul Walker, Chief Customer Officer at Vivobarefoot.
04:00 - 05:00 PM

Drinks Reception

Finish the day with a celebratory drink, and get the opportunity to network with delegates, hosts, and retail panellists.
05:00 - 07:30 PM
ParcelLab (6)

Directors' Dinner

The Directors' Dinner is an exclusive invite-only event, which unites 15-20 senior retailers for further networking and knowledge sharing.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Keynote Speakers

Bio:
Consumer executive focused on transformation, growth and innovation. 23 years in consumer marketing and digital and a more recently board advisory.

Jennifer Roebuck

Chief Customer Officer
Ted Baker
Bio:
Paul re-joined The Very Group in January 2021 as Digital Customer Experience Director, and prior to that led the online business at Matalan for 3 years as their Director of eCommerce.

Within his current role he is responsible for driving the digital customer experience across all of The Very Group’s brands and touchpoints, leading a collection of squads who focus on making data informed decisions to improve the journey and drive forward the technology landscape.

Paul Hornby

Digital Customer Experience (DCX) Director
The Very Group
Bio:
Chief Commercial Officer at Vivobarefoot, Paul is digitally native with 15 years of Ecommerce and Digital experience, and is Chief Commercial Officer at Vivobarefoot.

Pauls current remit and focus is across international trade and channel optimisation, internal and customer facing technology innovation, and exploration of IR4.0 to enhance customer journey and experience.

Prior to his time at Vivo, Paul worked in the central E-commece function for Dixons Retail and Commercial Trading team for Carphone Warehouse.

Paul Walker

Chief Customer Officer
Vivobarefoot

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