Investing in Fashion’s Eco-Friendly Future: Kering x London College of Fashion

Kering, one of the biggest names in fashion and home to quintessential designers like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, is showing the forward-thinking prowess that has helped develop its immovable place in the industry by investing in the fashion industry’s eco-friendly future. Via their newly-formed partnership with the esteemed London College of Fashion, they are offering a free, open-format digital class on sustainability as it relates to luxury fashion. The course, entitled “Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World,” makes its debut on April 9th, and will be available on a platform that’s compatible with mobile phones, tablets and computers alike for easy accessibility.

Kering has been a driving force in eco-friendly luxury fashion in the past years, with several of its brands launching pieces and collections composed of sustainable materials, from Gucci’s Liquid Wood sunglasses to Bottega Veneta’s sustainable shoulder bags. With this open-source class, this global fashion house, in partnership with the London College of Fashion, is bringing knowledge and an exemplary drive for a more sustainable future to the next generation of fashion designers, entrepreneurs and art directors.

Professor Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, UAL, comments: “Over a year in the making and based on the research, teaching and practice of Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, UAL as well as the expertise and leadership of Kering’s Sustainability team, we are delighted to present the world’s first luxury fashion online course developed between higher education and industry.”

Eco-Friendly Fashion Gucci Bag

This eco-friendly fashion course itself is broken down into six components: Why Sustainability Matters in Fashion, Contextualising Sustainability for a Changing World, Sustainable Sourcing for Luxury Fashion, and Informed Decision-Making. It utilizes podcasts, films and other media to give students an approachable, easy-to-follow look into these pressing subjects affecting not only the future of fashion, but also the future of the environment. Registration is currently open, but the class starts soon and another start date has not yet been announced, so prospective students need to act fast.

For more information, visit the course’s homepage at Futurelearn.com

Images courtesy of Kering