Category Archive: Luxury Plus 2022

Tiago Valente

Tiago Valente is a Creative Director, Designer, Strategist, Professor and Artist.

With more than twenty years of experience, his practice has expanded through different mediums, industries and experiences, and has been commissioned by and manifested through highly reputed brands, institutions and organizations, such as Missoni, Zara, Urban Zen by Donna Karan, Lane Crawford, Google, Unilever and The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Publications such as Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vice Magazine and Aesthetica have published a number of articles about his work. In addition, he’s earned international awards and exhibited worldwide in a rich contrast of cultures.

Besides his current role as the Associate Director of Parsons MPS Fashion Management – Partnerships & Culture, he also teaches in the areas of Fashion Design, Luxury Experiential, Storytelling and Experience, Materiality Design Studio and Visual Communication at Parsons School of Design, while serving as the BFA Materiality Innovation Leader, and simultaneously consulting and crafting masterclasses and workshops for executives in the Luxury field.

Both in corporate and academic settings, he follows an experiential, interdisciplinary and holistic approach, with a focus on Innovation and geared towards, Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice initiatives.

Tiago is often approached by organizations such as the United Nations Office for Partnerships, to share his vision and ideas to boost solutions and positive change, with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has lived in Spain, Brazil, Australia, China, Argentina, India and currently in the US, and commands six different languages. In addition, he has developed an intensive research practice through anthropological expeditions to study human behaviors and sustainable practices in remote areas of the South Pacific Ocean/ Melanesia. (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). All these experiences have helped him to further expand his understanding of various Indigenous knowledge systems, the impact of environmental racism, and responses to colonialism and invasion articulating different expressions of rebellion through creative expressions. All this learning has significantly impacted his career allowing him to hone his sharp instinct to better understand human behaviors and identifying cultural trends, both globally and locally.

Having such a global and multifaceted experience has allowed him the ability to think holistically and critically, in order to gather and connect original ideas + scientific data to forecast early business opportunities, develop strategies and establish meaningful partnerships, while maintaining a sharp sensibility for artistic creations in the context of commercial landscapes, fair labor practices and supply chain, as well as environmental and social responsibility to lead the creation of ethical practices, unique

products and memorable experiences.

He has been invited to talk about his holistic approach and creative journey at Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design, Istituto Europeo di Design and Istituto Marangoni.

Tiago is currently based in New York and operates globally.

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Paul Foulkes-Arellano

Paul founded Circuthon Consulting to accelerate his work on sustainability and circular economy projects across the globe. His area of expertise is raw materials, apparel and footwear. His particular focus is NextGen fibre recycling, composting, biomaterials, and new material development in tree-free fibres.

Paul is also founder of the Sustainable Design Alliance

and heads up The Circular Footwear Initiative

and The Circular Fashion Initiative

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Dr Shaun Borstrock

Shaun is Associate Dean; Business, Innovation and Projects and is Head of the Digital Hack Lab, In Pursuit of Luxury and Creative Ideas in the School of Creative Arts. He is interested in design-led innovation where design comes first—not as a service to fulfill a business strategy but as a visionary path where design is considered to be an intrinsic part of decision making. This invites a new kind of multi and trans-disciplinary collaboration from around the world. He also works as an independent consultant to luxury brands and associations around the globe. They have included Unity PR, Ford, Finpro, John Lewis, The Cape Town Fashion Council, Ford, Thomas Pink, Fortnum and Mason, Asprey, Dolce Gabbana and Gucci. He is a regular Keynote speaker at events around the world as an authority on luxury branding and fashion, consumerism and brand strategies.

Shaun’s research evaluates notions of luxury that seem far removed from today’s world of excessive consumption. He explores how technology is changing the perception of the hand made in the context of how luxury brands have grown as a result of being able to supply historically hand-crafted products en-masse through technological innovation. His practice, in collaboration with Professor Mark Bloomfield, includes the development of Modeclix, the world’s first fully customizable 3D printed textile. Modeclix has been nominated for a numerous international 3D print awards. Shaun is the Editor of Luxury Studies; The In Pursuit of Luxury Journal and co author of Crafting Luxury published by Intellect books. He also hosts the In Pursuit of Luxury podcast.

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Keanan Duffty

Keanan Duffty Director of Fashion Programs, Parsons Executive Education Drawing on his years of experience in fashion retail, design, branding, and marketing, Keanan Duffty teaches you how to create effective retail operations plans to maximize omnichannel sales. An award-winning fashion designer, musician, and author, Duffty is the director of Fashion Programs at Parsons School of Design and leads our Fashion Retail Transformation program. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), he has created co-branded collections and products with Aveda, Reebok, Gola, and Dr. Martens and served as design director for Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B, John Varvatos, and Ben Sherman. Duffty established his namesake collection with a client base including Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, Harvey Nichols, Lane Crawford, Baycrews, and Journal Standard in Japan. Duffty also had a multiyear contract with Target and engaged in a major collaboration with David Bowie, which sold out upon its debut. Duffty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Saint Martins in London. His writing is regularly featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Women’s Wear Daily and the Business of Fashion.

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Gordon Ritchie

An early career in retail in Scotland and a drive to succeed led Gordon up the ladder with large retailers before running independent stores in Aberdeen where he was free to shape the overall direction of the businesses.

A switch into the music business for a period brought Gordon to London, eventually returning to retail working for Joseph Ettedgui at designer brand Joseph. An inspirational figure.

Moving on to other brands where he built and drove new business, Gordon built a reputation as a highly regarded and connected Brand professional with international market expertise, positioning brands with the most prestigious retailers in the world. across Menswear, Womenswear, Footwear and Accessories.

Crombie – (the first time,) Developing and implementing a new wholesale operation at Crombie, taking the brand from 1 wholesale account to trading in 35 countries in less than 3 years. In the first season the collection was sold in 22 countries.Kirk Originals – As Managing Director revamping and relaunching a new updated version of Kirk Originals. The new version of the brand has been, and still is, hugely influential in the sunglasses market.

As a Consultant Gordon has continued to work for various brands in MD roles as well as writing for publications like the FT Weekend before leading the acquisition of historic Scottish brand Crombie which was completed in February this year.

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Dr Catherine Willems

Catherine Willems (PhD) combines her work as designer, lecturer and researcher. She teaches footwear design and design anthropology at the design department KASK & Conservatorium, school of arts of HOGENT and Howest (Belgium). With an educational background in Comparative Cultural Sciences at Ghent University (BE) and Footwear Design at Ars Sutoria in Milan (IT), Willems graduated with a PhD in the Arts in which she combines biomechanics, anthropology, and design sciences. She explores the relation between materials, skills, and design methods in various communities in different 

geographical areas, including Namibia, India, Finland, and Belgium, and questions the conventional thinking on design, production, and creativity. Inspired by the convergence of traditional wisdom and modern technology, Willems aims to bring sustainable production and individual needs closer together. In 2017 she founded the ‘Future Footwear Foundation’ to scale up local activities to global impact and to sustain the convergence beyond term-limited research. She fosters collaborations between artisans, students, and synergistic units in academia and private sectors around the world (with Vivobarefoot as main collaborator). An overview of her work can be found in her book ‘Do you want your feet back?’, link to pdf: 

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Cédric Vanhoeck

Cédric Vanhoeck is Resortecs’ co-founder and Executive Lead. Cédric holds an Industrial Design Engineering bachelor’s degree from TU Delft (The Netherlands) and a Brand Management master’s degree from Domus Academy (Italy). After joining the Antwerp Fashion Academy, he saw first-hand the huge disconnect between fashion and the circular economy. For over 5 years, Cédric has dedicated his time and expertise to using technology to address the environmental challenges of the textile industry. 

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Dr Dirk Reynders

dr. Dirk Reynders is currently a lecturer and researcher at LUCA School of Arts (Belgium). He lectures about ‘Media Studies’, ‘Visual communication’, ‘Semiotics & Art’.  His research focuses on gender studies & media culture from an inclusive perspective. His interests lay in visual arts, fashion culture and pop culture created by and for various groups .

He is also interested in educational leadership & innovative educational practices. He works internationally in education and was photography chair at the Maastricht Institute of the Arts (Zuyd University, NL) and program director, and developer of the master program intercultural media & innovation. On a part-time basis, he was also connected with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam as seconded professor Visual Arts. He was also a visiting scholar at the City University of New York, University of California Riverside & New York Film Academy campus Los Angeles. In addition, as a networker by heart, he initiated art projects in Barcelona, New York, London, Seoul, Berlin, Brussels, Tokyo, Kobe, Maastricht, Hasselt and Los Angeles.

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George Bouvier

George Bouvier is the Executive Director of Academia Cerebra – a multidisciplinary education consultancy for the luxury, fashion and creative industries- and advises companies and organisations as a retained consultant and/or non-executive director.

He read Management Sciences at Manchester University (MSc award) and Business Analysis at Lancaster University and has worked for European luxury brands including Yves St. Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood.

He has held a number of academic leadership posts for international universities in the UK (Director of Executive Education at the London College of Fashion) and Italy (International Development Director at Polimoda) and has advised national institutions (University Central Admissions System in the UK), and international institutions (European Commission) as a consultant on Higher Education Fashion and Creative industries.

He has contributed to Vogue magazine, Times, South China Morning Post and academic events and conferences. He is based in Milan and chairs the Luxury Plus Summit promoting inclusivity, innovation and visionary Higher Education that prepares the next generation of 21st Century luxury fashion executives.

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