Join us to explore what it takes to create a world built with integrity. Our founder, Jodi Muter-Hamilton talks to the people behind the ideas and brands who are making fashion, beauty and lifestyle business more sustainable, innovative and human-centred.
#43 It’s time to rewire the future with Faith Robinson, Claire Yurika Davis and Florence Huntington-Whiteley of creative ethics consultancy CogDis
Faith, Claire and Florence have come together in a beautiful triangle formation to bring to life, creative ethics consultancy, CogDis (https://cogdis.studio/).
Their mission is to ease cognitive dissonance. Which is the discomfort felt when we behave in contradiction to our beliefs. And in doing so it’s their aim to rewire the future.
Blending their unique talents and experiences, they guide brands, non-profits, talent and agencies towards solutions in communicating ethics and impact across the fashion industry.
CogDis recently released their Manifesting Utopia guide, which shares community insights on how to energise sustainability & ethics in fashion via spirituality.
In this podcast Jodi Muter-Hamilton finds out:
How Faith, Claire and Florence came together to form CogDis
What a creative ethics consultancy does
How we can create projects that operate in service to Earth as well as our energetic selves
What does it mean to really manifest something and how that relevant to business, life and our collective future
#42 DEFINING SUCCESS - how to recognise and nurture creative and talent with Sara Maino
Sara Sozzani Maino is a curious seeker of emerging creative talent. As head of Vogue Talents, deputy director of Vogue Italia and international brand ambassador at Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Sara supports creativity to be recognised in an increasingly competitive fashion landscape.
Sara began her fashion career in 1991, alongside her mother, Carla Sozzani, founder of the legendary 10 Corso Como boutique in Milan. In 1994, at the age of 19, Sara began her internship at Vogue Italia, which at the time was under the guidance of her aunt, the iconic editor in chief Franca Sozzani.
In this podcast Jodi Muter-Hamilton and Sara Maino explore the less tangible subject of how to recognise and nurture creative potential. We also discuss:
* What kind of support systems and tools we need to have in place to help nurture creativity
* How culture and global influences shape creative vision
* Why we all must support the new generation to create responsible brands
#41 DEFINING SUCCESS - talking money with Mehjabeen Patrick, Anna Sofat and Lottie Leefe
I’m delighted to welcome you to our the first of our two special podcast episodes which accompanies our Defining Success report. For this first podcast we tackle a tricky subject for creatives: money.
In search of expert guidance around what makes a creative venture attractive to financial investors and how we should plan for our personal financial future, Jodi Muter-Hamilton speaks to three incredible women for this podcast:
Mehjabeen Patrick, chief financial and investment officer at Creative England and Creative Industries Federation
Anna Sofat, associate director of wealth at Progeny
Lottie Leefe, founder and director of DURA Private and The Dura Society
Mehjabeen Patrick is responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across Creative England and Creative Industries Federation. With extensive experience as a finance director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for the United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.
Often referred to as “the voice of women’s wealth”, Anna Sofat, has been helping women invest their money for decades. Anna has changed the culture of wealth; by empowering women through advice & investment. As the pioneering founder of Addidi and now associate director of wealth at Progeny, we learn from Anna how to find your financial number. A number which creates a comfort point, been where what you need and want is sufficient.
Lottie Leefe is a qualified wealth planner that advises UHNW/HNW individuals, as well as Next-Gen wealth, on their global assets and investments including art, real estate, wine, luxury goods and philanthropy. Lottie Leefe, who is the founder of DURA Private, a private client wealth consultancy, and founder of financial wellbeing platform The Dura Society. Both of which champion another kind of wealth.
Each of these women has caved a path that is individual to them, but also one that supports others to gain an understanding of the many different ways in which we can create a more financially secure future for ourselves, our businesses and future generations.
As creatives, we tend to leave money matters at the bottom of the to-do list. Maybe that’s because to us creativity comes first and financial reward second. Or perhaps it’s because throughout our lives we have not been taught how to manage our personal and business finances. However, we have the ability to gain knowledge and meet money matters head-on.
“After all, as the saying goes, if you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin.
This podcast is part of our Defining Success report and two accompanying podcasts. In our second Defining Success podcast we explore the less tangible subject of how to recognise and nurture creative potential with Sara Maino, head of Vogue Talents, deputy director of Vogue Italia and international brand ambassador at Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.
#40 WILSON ORYEMA - shares thoughts on Regenerative Futures
Wilson Oryema is an Artist, Writer, and Entrepreneur. His endeavours are primarily concerned with “Human consumption and its effects on Human behaviour and the planet”.
As part of SHOWstudio x Fashion Roundtable takeover our founder Jodi Muter-Hamilton spoke with Wilson and Jamie Windust about Fashion Activism. This left us intrigued to find out more about the social change initiative Wilson Co-founded called Regenerative Futures.
Regenerative Futures is a four-year social change initiative which is working to bridge the intergenerational gap through collaboration and conversation. Working towards this goal they have created several realisations of their work including; The Regenerative List, is an open call to find 100 young pioneers from around the world whose innovative ideas will protect our people and our planet. This list is not like other kinds of lists we maybe familiar with that showcases certain people for arguably self-promotion of the organising body. The Regenerative List is not intended to rank people, but facilitate dialogue create innovative solutions between who want to design and live in a world built upon the principles of equity, fluidity, and sustainability.
In this podcast we talk about Regenerative Futures, explore human ingenuity, ideas around responsibility and vulnerability and discuss what markers of success could look like.
#39 THE MORE THE MERRIER - exploring the biggest challenges and opportunities for fashion’s rental revolution with the founders of Loanhood, Nuw and Onloan
In order to turn an idea into a business, there are several exercises that entrepreneurs need to undertake to assess if their idea has the chance of success. A key element is to solidify the product-market fit by conducting competitor analysis.
Imagine if you found there’s currently little competition for your amazing business idea. Then seemingly overnight more and more ‘rivals’ came onto the market all deemed to be fashion’s answer to our sustainability issues.
Well, that’s precisely what happened in 2020 with fashion’s rental revolution. We pinned our hopes on rental as something that could fundamentally change fashion’s relationship with ownership. Of course, there were rental businesses who had previously launched and closed due to the fact that consumers weren’t quite ready to rent a few years ago. 2020 was the year that rental was beginning to take hold not only in our existing communities but in traditional retailers such as Selfridges with the Hurr pop-up and Liberty with My Wardrobe.
Sadly, last year our hope of seeing fashion rental become mainstream was crushed by the pandemic. After all, we need somewhere to wear our new rented outfits, but what has not changed is the potential of rental. Post-pandemic, we will have lots of places to go and people to see, and we will want to reflect how we now feel as we emerge into the world. This is where rental has a real opportunity to flourish. It can offer new without being costly and give us fun, short-term wardrobe options without leaving us feeling guilty about contributing to social or environmental issues.
Something that we feel is necessary to further action towards a more sustainable fashion industry is to collectively and openly discuss ideas, challenges and solutions. We feel a key part of our role at Black Neon Digital is to create a space that cultivates ideas, relationships and movements.
It’s quite rare that founders of direct rival businesses embrace being so open with one another, yet is the very thing we need to see more of within fashion. On a purely practical level, if you know what your competitors are doing you can make sure your business offers something different.
For our latest podcast, we invited the founders of three incredible rental businesses to come together and discuss where the rental market is heading and also what their business’s role is within the change. After all fashion rental is all about sharing, so let’s share our struggles and hopes too.
Join our founder Jodi Muter-Hamilton, Jade McSorely Co-founder Loanhood (https://www.loanhood.com/), Aisling Byrne Founder Nuw (https://www.thenuwardrobe.com/) and Tamsin Chislett Co-founder Onloan (https://onloan.co/) to explore the biggest challenges and opportunities for fashion’s rental revolution.
#38 VALUABLE TO ME - exploring value by repurposing meaning with Aniela Fidler, Ariana Chede and Clemence Grouin-Rigaux
Making diamonds from mum’s cake, recycling precious metal to forge new memories and turning discarded abattoir waste into something beautiful useful. Meet three contemporary designers who are exploring the concept of value by repurposing meaning.