October 11, 2020

Fashion and Tech Intersect at Black Tech Fest 2020

Fashion and tech are more connected than ever, and the popularity of wearables and smart fabrics will ensure that this duo grows even stronger in the future. Black Tech Fest, held virtually on Oct. 13-15, will host a 20-min. panel titled 'Fashion, Tech and the Power of Saying ‘Yes' ' to dissect this powerful partnership and examine why they need each other. Esteemed speakers Alex Williams, Fashion Publisher at The Guardian; Vanessa Spence, Menswear & Womenswear Designer at ASOS; and Sian Keane, Chief People Officer at Farfetch, will speak with moderator Susannah Clark, Vice President of Communications at Farfetch, about their careers in fashion and how they have navigated the uncharted waters of this intersection so far.

Today, we're excited to introduce our fashion and tech speakers to you. Make sure to register for Black Tech Fest and tune in to the 'Fashion, Tech and the Power of Saying ‘Yes' ' panel on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 PM.

Alexis Williams is Fashion Publisher of The Guardian, which he joined in 2017. Previously, he was Head of Arts Advertising and Global Client Director for Men's Fashion at the Financial Times (FT). A specialist in fashion and arts sectors, Alexis relaunched the FT arts website in collaboration with advertisers, and launched the Art of Fashion magazines as part of the refreshed FT Weekend portfolio.

Vanessa Spence is the Menswear & Womenswear Designer at ASOS, where she has been since 2007. Starting out with a team of just two, she has grown her team to 65.

Sian Keane joined Farfetch in December 2012 and is currently the Chief People Officer. She guides the company's global people strategy and champions a focus on culture, engagement and the development of people by managing the implementation of company values, global career ladder and global employer brand.

Susannah Clark is Vice President of Communications at Farfetch, responsible for corporate and consumer communications globally. Prior to joining Farfetch, she served as Communications Partner at EQT Ventures, working with portfolio companies to define their communications strategies and help with storytelling and PR.

There's so much more in store at Black Tech Fest. To register for free and learn more, please visit the website.