The Revd Dr Richard Sudworth was appointed as the new Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England in 2018.
The post resources the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England in relating to the great world faiths – nationally and internationally, as well as at a local parish level. He advises the Archbishop on his engagement with other religious communities, both nationally and internationally, resources the Archbishop and the Church of England on Inter Religious relations and develops a national strategy for mission and ministry in multi-religious contexts.
Kresse Wesling is one half of Elvis & Kresse a circular company set up in 2005 to solve the problem of material ending up in landfill. They started with London’s decommissioned fire hose. None go to landfill anymore. They also reclaim parachute silk, auction banners, and printing blankets to name a few of the other materials. They upcycle the materials and ethically handmake them into sustainable luxury bags and accessories. 50% of their profits go to charity. To date Elvis & Kresse have rescued over 200 tons from landfill. Their workshop runs on renewable energy and they believe in ethical production and all their pieces are handmade by their craftsmen, who are all treated fairly and equally.
Luxury to me is always grounded in heritage and provenance. My guest on this episode evokes exactly both those qualities. Andile Dyalvane is one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. Guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, Andile’s complex, large-scale ceramic artworks are a metaphorical vessel through which he seeks to honour his cultural traditions and share his journey of healing. His medium of clay or “umhlaba” (mother earth) is, at its most fundamental, a life-affirming connection to the soil. But by providing a medium for storytelling, it is also an essential energetic link to his past, present and future.
If you have ever travelled in a premium cabin on an aircraft it is more than likely that Adam White’s company, Factory Design has been responsible for its design. Adam is a leading product designer specialising in aircraft cabin and product design. He has worked with amongst others, Etihad, Aer Lingus, Four Seasons and Virgin Atlantic and won numerous design awards for his work.
Bobby C. Martin Jr. sets the relentless standard of design and vision for Champion Design, the agency he founded, with Jennifer Kinon, in 2010. He has partnered with a wide range of clients such as Amazon, Apple, MTV and The Studio Museum in Harlem. He recently illustrated his first children’s book “Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter” (Tilbury House). In 2017, Fast Company named Bobby one of the Most Creative People in Business. Champions Design was also named one of the 30 Most Important Companies in Design in 2019.
Casey Campbell is the Managing Director, North America at Gameloft one of the world’s top mobile games publishers. He focuses on connecting brands with a highly-engaged audience through mobile games and compelling rich media. He manages all Sales and Business Development activities in the U.S. & Canada. By turns disruptor and disrupted, Casey has unique insight into this dynamic and growing sector that now includes luxury brands.
Kathryn Sargent started her career in the wonderful world of tailoring at Gieves & Hawkes in 1996, rising to the position of Head Cutter, the first woman to do so in the entire history of Savile Row. She founded her own tailoring house in 2012 and is the world’s only female Master Tailor. Breaking tradition, she offers tailoring for both men and women focusing on the needs of the client rather than a set house style.
This week’s episode of the IPOL Podcast is the second of our Special Visionary Women discussion panels recorded live at the IPOL conference. The panel, made up of 4 of our 8 Visionary Women have shaped our future in a creative and imaginative way, championing new ides that are both bold and empowering. Joining us are Jessica Helfand / Design Observer, Effie Kanyua / Director of Communication and PR at Hearst publications, Charlotte Keasing / Director of Corporate Affairs and International at Walpole and Alison Lloyd / Creative Director at Ally Capellino
Roger Smith is a master craftsman. He is one of very few watchmakers who makes a watch from start to finish. He set up his studio in 2001 with an unswerving ethos to craft watches to a peerless standard of horological excellence. His journey has been one of continual discovery and he has spent the last decade exploring the future of mechanical watchmaking. This has taken him into previously unexplored territory. Today, he is working at the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking performance and he and his team are applying next generation science to what has always been regarded a traditional art form. He believes in staying true to the tradition of British watchmaking which has always been about discovery.
Join Lydia Slater – Editor in Chief Harpers Bazaar, Catherine Scorey – Chief Operating Officer at All Saints and John Varvatos, Bijou Abiola – Director of Strategy and Consumer Insights at L’Oreal Luxe and the designer Maria Grachvogel for this, the first of two Special Issues of the Visionary Women Live podcasts recorded at the IPOL Conference. We discuss vision, women in business and communicating luxury.
As a child Raffaella spent a lot of time watching her father preparing the embroidery, organizing all the materials for the embroiderers, making technical artworks and checking the finished work for some of the biggest fashion houses in the world. She was well prepared for the world of fashion despite this not being her initial career choice. She, however decided to join her father at the family company in 1996 and took over as MD in 2020. Her collaborations include Giorgio Armani, Etro, Versace, Valentino and Dolce Gabbana. Inspired by her father’s love of embroidery she continues to innovate in a world defined by craftsmanship.
In this, the final episode of season two we meet Kyre Chenven one half of the duo who set up Pretziada a creative practice on the southwest corner of Sardinia. Kyre and her partner, Ivano Atzori, work with artisans on resuscitating local craft. Together they work symbiotically as cultural translators: writing and photographing the particularities of the island, reproposing new designs of classic pieces, producing original designs of international creatives and assisting the artisans to shape their future trajectory. They promote the heritage of a territory through words, photography and a collection of design objects made with local artisans.
Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo (CL-Q) is a creative entrepreneur, awarding-winning director of ‘Hertz’ (BFI Future Film Festival: Best Documentary currently on BFI Player) and writer. Operating on the axis of design, politics & film he is the director of THE ADV_™ an immersive forum, developing; empathy, insight and foresight through weaponised empathy. Christopher is also the founder of the research archive Unmaterialised™, which uses design to investigate political influences on global narratives, beliefs & systems.
Sonya Walger is an actor and author, she stared on Broadway in the original production of Frost/Nixon, and she has been in way too many films and TV series to name all of them. Here are a few, Lost, Sleeper Cell, CSI: NY, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. , FlashForward. Parenthood and most recently For all Mankind where she plays an astronaut, Molly Cobb, the first woman on the moon.
Theodore Diehl, horologist at Richard Mille. Theo has had a varied and exciting career. He was originally conservatory trained as a harpsichordist and Early music specialist and worked many years as an A&R manager and producer. In the 1990’s, he made a change to watch journalism, and worked with all the major watch magazines and newspapers including the Financial Times (UK). It was during this time that he met Richard Mille. He joined Richard’s fledgling company as one of the first three people to work there. Theo is the company spokesman, horologist and historian.
Sacha is 3rd generation Rose leading Derek Rose, a leisurewear company specialized in Feel-good Living. Sacha joined in 2003 and has transformed the business into one of the UKs leading leisurewear companies. It is refreshing to speak with someone who is so open about business, his passion for technology and how his business is about more than just making money.
Margaret is the Sales Director for Harris Tweed Hebrides and has over 20-years experience working in textile manufacturing, retail, rural economic development, and community sustainability. As a proud Hebridean and a native Gaelic speaker, she has spent her life surrounded by the Harris Tweed Hebrides® industry which forms the backbone of the fragile island economy in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She is now part of the team at Harris Tweed Hebrides leading the next exciting stage in the lifecycle of Scotland’s most famous handwoven woollen textile.
Kevin Bethune – An accomplished designer and innovator, Kevin started his career as a mechanical engineer working in the world of nuclear power plants. He then turned to work in a different kind of engineering, that is design engineering. Although quite different fields the thinking is much the same. Be innovative and come up with solutions to complex problems. Since then Kevin has designed some of the most iconic Nike sneakers. Not being fulfilled designing footwear, he moved on to pursue a career in design innovation, creative thinking and ‘unlocking human potential through the creation of empathic and holistic experiences.’
Father Andrew More O’Connor is a Roman Catholic Diocesan priest ordained by the Archdiocese of New York in 1996 and is currently the pastor at Saint Mary Grand on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In addition to his service of the Archdiocese, he is a visual artist and feels that church and art must go together like subject and verb, more so now because the paradigms of the sacred shift along with our lives. Andrew is also a designer and founder of Good of Conscience a non profit clothing company.
Christopher J. Berry is Professor Emeritus (Political Theory) and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow. He works at the interface between politics, history and philosophy and has written many books and papers, on Luxury and especially on aspects of the Scottish Enlightenment. On a wider front he has an interest in what he calls ‘the philosophical anthropology of politics’ (what it is about being human that appears to call forth a response that is labelled political).
Catherine is the Chief Operating Officer at Allsaints where she has overall responsibility for all product, men and women. There are many entrepreneurial women in the world of fashion, but very few make it to the highest level of management. Fewer still have contributed so much to the success of a British brand in the competitive world of the international fashion industry.