The Speakers

Authentic Radicalism: The Speakers

For the inaugural event in our Authentic Radicalism series at luxury publishing house, Maison Assouline, NJAL sought out a panel that would share our passion for creativity, our thirst for innovation, and our dedication to paving the way towards a more sustainable and responsible future for fashion.

Sophie Hackford, Director at WIRED consulting boasts a highly interdisciplinary professional background that spans the worlds of business, technology and fashion. She speaks regularly on the merging of man and machine, and the impacts of technology on industries, companies and consumers. As the curatorial consultant for the V&A’s ‘Future Design’ exhibition opening in 2017, Sophie is a highly felicitous speaker for our ‘Authentic Radicalism’ panel.


Martin Raymond, Co-Founder of The Future Laboratory, is Editor-In-Chief of LS:N Global, the global online lifestyle news and consumer network for the retail, luxury, and technology sectors. Martin has penned and co-edited a number of books on the topic of future consumers and trend forecasting, bringing a wealth of knowledge to our board of speakers.


Orsola de Castro is a pioneer and internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. She is the founder of ethical fashion label 'From Somewhere' and the co-founder of ‘Estethica’, London Fashion Week’s showcase for labels designing sustainably. Orsola is also the Founder and Director the global campaign, Fashion Revolution. Sustainability is a fundamental element of NJAL’s manifesto for a more responsible fashion industry and so it is with great pleasure that we invite Orsola onto our ‘Authentic Radicalism’ speakers panel.


Hugh Devlin, Consultant at Withers LLP is recognised as a leading adviser in the Luxury Brands sector with experience overseeing a number of high profile acquisitions in the industry, including advising Natalie Massenet on the sale of Net-a-Porter. He has provided legal guidance to top designers such as Christopher Kane and creative directors from Alexander Mcqueen, Chloé and Givenchy to name a few. Hugh brings a unique business perspective to the panel, and key knowledge on what it takes for a designer to be commercially successful in an industry that is becoming ever more competitive.


Our moderator for the evening, Angela McRobbie is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London. She is holder of the AHRC Award, ‘CREATe: Investigating Fashion Start Ups’ and she will be Mercator Fellow at University of Oldenburg 2016-17. Angela is the author of ‘The Aftermath of Feminism’ and ‘Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries’. We are extremely proud to introduce a moderator who shares our passion for pioneering fashion talent and vision for a society in which they can grow unfettered by cuts to creative education.



The event is by invitation only, NJAL designers can apply for tickets by filling out this application form.

Watch Live:

The event will be live-streamed at the following times on the NJAL homepage: 
6:30pm London
1:30pm New York City
7:30pm Paris