FashionForward is an intimate gathering of industry leaders, known for thought-provoking conversations and high caliber networking.

Welcome to the new-age conference.

November 5, 2015
Crosby Street Hotel


“This event is like the TED for the fashion and retail industries. Really impressive.”
– Apple


“Thank you for an amazing day, as always I came away feeling richer in inspiration and energy!”
– J. Crew


“I was really impressed with the quality of content and the way you host, curate and facilitate. You are so respected and I can see why!”
– Westfield


“The caliber of speakers + attendees is unlike any other industry event.  I walked away with SO much new information for my team.”


“I attended the FashionForward event on behalf of the Michael Kors organization and I must say it was phenomenal. I wanted to thank you for putting together such an interesting group of people with great expertise and a deep vision for where the industry should and can go. It was thought-provoking, pervasive in scope, and really well done. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!”
-Michael Kors


“Founded on education, innovation and leadership, FashionForward was a one-day event that sprouted in October, 2011 and has since become one of the “it” gatherings for thought provoking industry leaders including Brad Lande of Birchbox and Jonathan Pelosi of Google.”
- PRCouture




High quality content is what sets FashionForward apart. Our agenda topics and presenters are selected with the goal of delivering an enlightening, practical and cohesive look at the most pressing issues. This year's topic has been mindfully chosen to provide attendees with the following:

1. An edited, succinct look at the key technologies, business trends and consumer shifts that will change the face of the retail industry over the next 3-5 years.

2. The core fundamental practices, platforms and strategies to ensure your company has the agility needed to adapt now.

FashionForward is for 107 guests, ensuring high-caliber conversations from a variety of perspectives, from the top brand decision makers, to the most promising start-ups, acclaimed agencies, think tanks and technologies.

Please arrive promptly to allow time for check-in, coat-check and a hot coffee. Arriving on time pays off, our attendees are highly curated and by invitation only, so chances are you'll enjoy meeting each one of them, and having the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations before the day gets started.

For retailers, today's operating environment is becoming more and more complex. It's not just about solidifying a place in the market, it's also about the continued fight to remain relevant and retailers must now find ways to effectively extend their unique brand experience beyond their physical and virtual four walls to wherever and whenever consumers demand.

Li & Fung, Demandware, and EKN partnered to survey 300 retailers in North America, Europe, and APAC to assess the changing retail landscape and address what organizations must do to seamlessly interact with consumers in the increasingly distributed and democratized world of retail. This session will unveil surprising, important and actionable research insights regarding where commerce will occur in the future and the emergence of disruptive channels and technologies.


Those that are tapped into the budding and blooming shifts in the consumer psyche, and can translate that to experiential and commercial experiences are most noteworthy. In this session, we look at the marketplace model and what it has meant to the customer, to the business and to the industry at large.

The excessive use of the term "disruption" has forced many to turn-off to the reality of it's impact to our industry. While the concept of disruption has existed in any changing economy, the current pace of technology rapidly speeds up it's implications and changes the opportunity landscape for businesses.


In this session, we will learn and explore what makes a message memorable and effective, in a way that is backed by science and relied on by some of the world's leading brands to ensure their campaigns deliver real return.

Do you know the precise moment at which your marketing message resonates with your audience? Chances are, it may not at all be what you'd expect. Advances in how we observe the human brain can now pinpoint the exact moment of stickiness, and, more often than not, it is the complete opposite of what many brands and advertisers invest in.


Caffeine with a kick! Enjoy meeting fellow attendees and presenters while sipping something special.

What is the true power of an influencer to your brand, your business and your bottom line? Does it make sense to spend more to work with one of the big names or it it wiser to scout someone more under the radar?

Finding and retaining the influencers who deliver the right value for your brand image, your audience and your objectives can be a tricky dance that does not always end with the return brands had hoped or needed. In this session, Fashion and Beauty Monitor unveils an all-new tool that captures more than 30 data points for over 5,000 influencers, and shares some of their insider dos and don'ts for brand/influencer partnerships.


What are the fundamental practices needed to grow and stabilize ecommerce now? And what are some of the most advanced brands doing that will impact your customer's future expectations? This session will cover both the fundamental and critical components of your coming 2016 strategy, as well as the advances to keep in mind to drive your ecommerce into the future.

Is your brand hitting industry benchmarks for ecommerce performance? In fashion and retail, that means generating 8% annual revenue from your own ecommerce channels. In this session, we will look at the critical and straight-forward improvements that can be made to your 2016 strategy to bolster performance, as well as hear about the most innovative, forward-reaching activations in product personalization and concierge technology that will shape future health and success of ecommerce.


Correlations from last year's report proved to be a powerful indicator of brand health and profitability, making this year's update a must-see.

Consumer sentiment is often a more accurate indicator of revenue and growth than competitive benchmarking. As one of the most talked about sessions from last year, Pernille Bruun-Jensen will be back again to unveil an all-new report on the precise changes in sentiment consumers have toward luxury brands.


Sometimes, sharing a meal is the best way to connect with people. In fact, at the last FashionForward, 78% of attendees said it was highly likely they would do business with someone they met that day. At FashionForward, we serve a farm-to-table lunch, courtesy of the Crosby Hotel's head chef, Anthony Paris. The rooftop garden supplies fresh produce for our meal and comfortable communal tables provide the perfect setting to get to know everyone in the room.

We'll hear about what works, what does not and where leading brand innovation groups are looking to scout most promising investments.

It's no secret that companies that operate with an eye toward the future having more staying power and report higher success rates. However, how a company discovers future trends, technologies and behavioral shifts, how they interpret them, and what action they take is the make or break factor in the value of an innovation lab.


This year's mobile session will focus on what needs to be addressed here and now in order to capitalize on consumer activity in the next 1-5 years.

Everyone knows mobile is becoming a more significant source of traffic and revenue and potential growth rates are incredibly promising. Yet, for most brands and retailers, mobile strategy and execution is still stunted when it comes to adequately taking advantage of this potential growth.


The first of it's kind communication network, LinkNYC will be setting the new global standard for connected cities. This will inevitably and dramatically open up opportunities for brands and retailers to connect with consumers in all-new ways.

This session will unveil a first look at the game-changing initiative and what it means for our industry.


This session will uncover and share key findings from POPSUGAR Insights division.

There’s never been a more dynamic time where consumer behavior and expectation is changing so rapidly. Consumers are expecting to be able to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device. They want a more intuitive and personalized shopping experience, online or offline. And they want connections that feel more authentic. What does this mean for retailers? In this session we will look at how mobile, social, and demographic trends will impact the future of shopping.


Sustainability is a topic that doesn't get enough attention, but is increasingly important in our inter-connected world.

In this session, one brand that is leading the way in best practices passes the torch to another as they discuss shaping the future of our industry.


In this session, we will hear from the top partner in this area on why and how companies should organize internally to meet today's digital demands with as little friction as possible.

One of the most requested topics from our Inner Circle board this year centered around how companies should be re-structured so that digital was not a separate silo, and any internal gaps didn't show up in the consumer experience. The trouble is, digital transformation at companies is an incredibly tangled subject, and successful, new-age examples are hard to come by.


In this session, we will look specifically at three substantial models that represent different examples of where retail is headed.

Technology, consumer expectations and disruptive business models are re-forming how retailers operate today. With these changes come new opportunities for brands, technologies and retailers.


We end with some time to unwind, make plans with new contacts, and discuss the day's learning.


Director, VP and C level executives from top brands, retailers, technology companies and pioneering agencies. Attendees are typically in the marketing, eCommerce, creative and digital disciplines.

Access to cutting-edge intelligence from speakers that are highly vetted by Fashion's Collective/The FC Tech Group and presented only at FashionForward. A day filled with thought-provoking conversations and high caliber networking. A full list of attendees will be provided exclusively to those present so you can easily stay in touch.

The most critical topics to our industry right now. These will include: big data, the global marketplace, eCommerce performance, connected cross-channel experiences, in-store technology, wearables, mobile and changes to internal infrastructure. For each topic, we will address the industry game-changers and their impact on the industry, as well as the fundamental strategies required to ensure your company has the agility required to adapt in coming years.

FashionForward is a full day conference in an intimate atmosphere. We serve breakfast, lunch and have cocktails to celebrate the end of a thought-provoking day. For each of the topics, we will be curating several speakers for each to give dedicated, impactful power talks and presentations. At times there will be 1-on-1 conversations taking place on stage, panel discussions and at times conversations with the audience.

We want the room to be filled with the people who are actively leading our industry forward. We want every person you meet to be a valuable connection. We are not a typical conference. FashionForward is intimate, conversational and highly focused to provide best in class content, a superior atmosphere, and a high power group of industry movers and shakers.

No. FashionForward always sells out, and we continue to receive invitation requests up until the last minute, so the only way to guarantee your spot is to purchase your ticket while tickets are still remaining. Once your request has been approved, you will receive an invitation code, which will give you access to purchase your ticket. All tickets are first-come, first-served for approved attendees.

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“I attended the FashionForward event on behalf of the Michael Kors organization and I must say it was phenomenal. I wanted to thank you for putting together such an interesting group of people with great expertise and a deep vision for where the industry should and can go. It was thought-provoking, pervasive in scope, and really well done. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!”
Michael Kors
“The caliber of speakers + attendees is unlike any other industry event.  I walked away with SO much new information for my team.”
“Thank you so much for inviting me. I truly enjoyed every minute.”
Prabal Gurung
"This event is like the TED for the fashion and retail industries. Really impressive.”
“Amazing day! Ideal venue, perfectly organized, fascinating presenters... In short: beautifully done! Thank you for including me in a wonderfully stimulating day.”
The Look Now
“I was really impressed with the quality of content and the way you host, curate and facilitate. You are so respected and I can see why!”
“Thank you for an amazing day, as always I came away feeling richer in inspiration and energy!”
J. Crew
“I had so much fun (at FashionForward), thank you for including us! The day went so smoothly and your line-up was seriously impressive, congratulations!”
CA Creative
“I just wanted to thank you again for putting together such an amazing day! It was truly a pleasure to hear from such an esteemed group of speakers as well as be surrounded by a like-minded 'tribe'….”
Tender Creative
“I wanted to take a minute to thank you for putting together such a stellar program.  If you remember I brought my entire team and we all loved it.  By attending your event our viewpoint towards our digital marketing strategy was broadened and elevated. I am certain that the information we gathered will help us to stay ahead of our competition and relevant in the digital universe.  It also gave us much to aspire to and grow towards.  As a single store independent all of the above will directly contribute to our success in the coming years, as our access to this level and amount of expertise and vision is more limited than it may be for larger companies.”
Greenwich Jewelers


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