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Developing Sustainable Products: Raw Material Roadmaps A 2 hour Interactive
Online Class

Live on Tue, June 29 at
  • 9:00 AM New York
  • 2:00 PM London
  • 6:30 PM Mumbai

Event Description

Being more sustainable, is now a must if brands and retailers are to remain relevant and future proof their businesses. The fashion industry recognises that this is not only the right thing to do but it makes complete business sense!

But how are they translating ESG strategies into more sustainable products. In practical and commercial terms is this an easy thing to do? 

Let’s start at the very beginning with raw materials and hear from some of the world’s leading experts from different parts of the fashion ecosystem about the fundamentals for developing a sustainable materials roadmap. 

If you are working in a business who wants to drive the change or somebody looking to launch a sustainable fashion brand, this live virtual class is for you. You will learn how to make the shift from conventional to more sustainable fibres and the future of new generation materials. 

Take the opportunity to learn with the MOTIF community and ask your burning questions to our sustainability champions. 

This is for product developers & designers, either in large brands / retailers or those setting out to start a new brand. For those trying to answer the question about influencing and evolving their raw materials roadmaps.

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Limited Seats: Maximum 30 participants
Less than 3 seats remaining.

Price: US$25 (Free for MOTIF Discovery & All-Access Pass Holders and MOTIF Members; note you must still register!)

The US$25 gives you access to:

  • This two-hour interactive virtual workshop with audience participation
  • At least two small group break-out sessions for discussion
  • Pre-reading material and resources
  • Access to the event community for discussion before and after
  • Access to the event digital digest afterwards

Note: registration & ticketing will be in two steps.

Tickets in step 2 could be sold out anytime now.


  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Setting the Context: Setting the Context: Our top resources
  • Breakout #1: Status quo and Challenges
    • Introduction
    • What are the major challenges you / your company are faced with?
  • Making conventional fibers more sustainable
  • Understanding materials of the Future
  • Breakout #2: Brainstorming Solutions and Best Practices
    • Understanding where to start
    • Principles of approach from our speakers
    • Sharing our experiences so far
    • Hear more specific case studies
  • Breakout discussions recap
  • Wrap-up & Quickfire

Instructors & Speakers

Christine Yu
Co-Founder, AndAll

Christine Yu is Founder and Managing Director of Lapidary Limited, and Co-Founder of AndAll. AndAll is a digital-first, e-commerce brand of gender free, sustainable shirting in timeless prints made for modern life. It is a wholly-owned and incubated brand under Lapidary Limited, an impact investing and venture building platform founded in 2017. Prior to Lapidary, Christine spent the majority of her career in the institutional capital markets space, where she worked on the first green bond in Asia Pacific. Christine has since  focused on investing and impact investing through Lapidary and heading up AngelVest Hong Kong, a regional angel investing network. She is also passionate about women’s empowerment, gender equality and mentoring, and co-founded a non-profit organization Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ which is focused on closing the gender investing gap. 

Jackie Lewis
Chief Content Curator, MOTIF

With a career spanning almost 30 years in technical design and product development with organisations such as M&S, Littlewoods, Shop Direct, C&A and Missguided, Jackie Lewis joined MOTIF in 2018 as Chief Content Curator leading content strategy and the development of MOTIF courses. Jackie also brings her expertise to Alvanon clients as a consultant focusing on 3D, process efficiencies and sustainability. Jackie admits being a retailer at heart, with a passion for textiles, ethical sourcing and sustainability, and new technologies. She is an ardent advocate of professional development in the industry.


Mukul Agrawal
Chief Sustainability Officer, Birla Cellulose

Mukul, as the Chief Sustainability Officer of Birla Cellulose, one of the largest man made cellulosic fibers (MMCF) producer globally, has the responsibility for articulation and implementation of sustainable business strategy across the business and its key functions (manufacturing, product development, and marketing). His responsibilities include accelerating improvements in sustainable business practices and adapting technology innovations by applying collaborative approach with partnerships and engagements across the MMCF value chain. Mukul is actively engaged in leading Multi-stakeholder Initiatives related to Fashion and MMCF industry. He is a Board Member of Sustainable Apparel Coalition and part of the MMCF task force at ZDHC as well as at Textile Exchange. 

Tara St James
Founder, Re:Source(d)

Tara St James has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years. In addition to founding her own sustainable brand, Study NY, she has consulted for both small and large brands and has a broad understanding of sustainable design and supply chain. Most recently Tara worked as Production Coordinator and Research Fellow in the Sustainable Strategies Lab for Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. She has recently built Re:Sourced, a sustainable textile library and sourcing service to help the industry find responsible solutions. Tara is one of the instructors of the Sustainability in Fashion online course on MOTIF and also teaches a sustainable material sourcing course at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Facilitated by Cathy Cole, CEO, MOTIF

Catherine Cole is the Chief Executive Officer of MOTIF, the apparel knowledge hub that connects professionals around the world with the skills and industry expertise they need to transform their business, lives and careers. Based in Hong Kong, Catherine has over 20 years of experience working with multinationals and start-ups across Asia in business development, marketing and strategy roles for companies such as Samsung, Evergreen International Airlines and RacingThePlanet. Her passion is at the intersection of technology and education, especially as it relates to lifelong learning and upskilling in industries as dynamic as fashion.

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The MOTIF Reimagine and Reinvent Learning Series is a new way to learn. These are two-hour virtual formats hosted by MOTIF with guest subject-matter experts from across the industry. The two-hour session involves presentations, break-out small group discussions and a chance to challenge your assumptions and ask questions to practitioners and peers.

Unlike a webinar, this event encourages peer to peer interactions. We encourage all participants to prepare by reading the assigned pre-reading, ask questions in the session community forum and come prepared to engage in a live discussion.

This event is open to any industry professional. Some topics may be more advanced than others but there are no prerequisites to attend.

This event is specifically for you if you hold a senior or executive role within a brand or retailer that manages any part of the DPC process, merchandising and sourcing and are eager to take your company farther along the 3D transformation journey.

The US$25 gives you access to the live two-hour interactive workshop with audience participation, at least two small group break-out sessions for discussion, pre-reading material and resources, access to the event community for discussion before and after, access to the event digital digest post event.

Tickets are non-refundable, and non-transferable to another event within the Reimagine & Reinvent Learning Series or to another person.

Click on the Login / Register button. You will need to be logged into your MOTIF account or register for one if you have not done so already. Once you are logged in, you may select from several options. 1) Purchase a ticket using a credit card 2) Unlock a ticket if you are a All-Access Pass Holder or MOTIF Member.

Due to the interactive nature of the event, and it being structured around discussions, brainstorming and break out sessions, the event will NOT be recorded. A post-event digital digest will be made available to all attendees.

Benefits of the MOTIF Event Pass include:

  1. 1. One year free access to our monthly Learning Series 
  3. Estimated 8 events, seats priced at US$25 for single event ticket purchase.
  5. Topics lined up for 2021 include: The Evolution of Fashion- Building ESG Goals – Building a Sustainable Brand

from Scratch – Branding Communications and Sustainability – How to Build Your
Sustainable Raw Materials Strategy – Sustainable Packaging Trends and
Solutions – The Digital Body

Note: Event registration will be first-come-first served for MOTIF Members and AAP Holders within the
limits of available seats 

2. One year free access to the MOTIF Sustainability Book Club

One year of exclusive invitations to our bi-monthly book clubs focusing on discussion
around our growing Sustainability resources. Each book club event limited to 20
attendees for an intimate virtual discussion with a resource moderator.


Note: Book club session registration will be first-come-first served for MOTIF Members and AAP Holders only.

The Event Pass is non-refundable and non-transferable, in all or in parts, to another individual nor can it be suspended, postponed or extended to a later time period.

Course Community BETA Connect & Exchange with Learning Peers

Think like Socrates, asking and answering questions greatly multiplies the breadth and depth of understanding of any topic. Only when you are able to clearly explain something to someone else should you consider yourself as knowing it.

Ask anything below, look for clarifications, raise edge case scenarios, share your work-in-progress designs or simply contribute to existing discussions.

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT Developing Sustainable Products: Raw Material Roadmaps