News on the Authentic Luxury Network


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It’s been a busy season for authentic luxury pioneers,as our selection of news items from the last 2 months highlights below. ALN members have been active, making some breakthroughs. An organic denim Sherwani designed by Prema Florence Isaac (with some input from yours truly) was featured in Magnum Photos Fashion Yearbook, snapped by world famous photograph Paulo Pellegrin (see The Eco Brigade ). Another member, Anna Zegna, celebrated the centenary of luxury menswear company Zegna, and took the opportunity to explain her family’s enduring commitment to sustainability, from hydro-powered factories or support for sustainable livelihoods in Peru through their Vicuna sourcing. Member Federica Ricci organised a seminar on sustainable luxury, with myself, and artist Michelangelo Pistoletto for companies in the textile area of Northern Italy, as part of their BEST initiative. Member Christopher Cordey announced ‘The Atelier for Sustainable Excellence’, which meets next week in Lausanne, while member Michael Low announced sustainability to be the theme of this year’s Wellness Summit in Singapore in October, where I’ll be keynoting. This booming Asian shopping and style hub is also host to Qi-Global, a summit on sustainable lifestyles and innovation, which as a member of ALN you have a 50% discount on tickets.

The world movement continues: in the coming months I’ll be speaking at the pre launch of the world’s first sustainable luxury institute, in Buenas Aires, on 5th November, and in Brisbane on November 16th at a specialist sustainable enterprise centre.

Tired eyes? Then listen to a discussion of authentic luxury, with myself and Beth Gerstein, the Co-founder and CEO of responsible jewelry company, Brilliant Earth, on Sea Change Radio this week.

If you want your news to be featured in the next bulletin, either blog about it on ALN, or tag it “authenticluxury” on

Regards, Jem Bendell
Founder, Authentic Luxury Network / Director,Lifeworth Consulting

Jem Bendell and Angelo Zegna at Zegna Centenary, Milan 2010

Selection of news on authentic luxury in last 2 months:

BBC News – Rising clothing production costs mean ‘fast fashion’ is out

BBC News – Can high street fashion have a conscience?

The Future of Luxury: Can we have our world and sustain it too? | Sea Change Radio / Reports – Education: Design schools aim to make environment a matter of course Reports – Luxury goods: Premium brands respond to growing consumer awareness

Nick Clegg’s wife becomes poster girl for sustainable fashion | Life and style | The Guardian

Edun Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week – Heard on the Runway – WSJ

Bio-Friendly Bentley Leads Luxury Car Surge – TheStreet

Luxury goods firm predicts return for UK manufacturing – Telegraph

Star names try to beat slump in eco-clothing – Green Living, Environment – The Independent

Bono & Wife Ali Hewson Louis Vuitton Core Values Ad Campaign

Varanasi Weavers | From the cradle of civilisation

The rise and fall of American Apparel | Business | The Guardian

Luxury and Sustainability: Is it possible? | Event Planning Magazine 07

Fields at Selfridges | From Terra Plana

Eco Fashion, Green, Organic, Sustainable Apparel Ethical Clothing Guide and Directory News and Newsletter

New website brings crowd sourcing to fashion | Reuters

How Green Is My Sneaker? –

Fashion Tries on Zero Waste Design –

Demand for luxury goods returns – Foreign Direct Investment (fDi)

Emma Watson unveils eco-friendly collection! | InStyle UK

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