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DAY ONE 08.15

Registration and Refreshments





WIRED x Luxury Greg Williams, Editor, WIRED UK

Modern Luxury Alessandro Bogliolo, Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co., in conversation with Suzy Menkes

Welcome Remarks Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Alessandro Bogliolo will speak with Suzy Menkes about combining New York glamour with a modern sensibility, consumer transparency, the company’s activities in Africa, and how a 182-year-old jewellery house can appeal to tomorrow’s customers.

Welcome Remarks Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive, Condé Nast International

Welcome to The Nature of Luxury

Speed Session: The Inspiring Possibility of Baobab

Suzy Menkes, Editor, Vogue International, Condé Nast International

Andrew Hunt, Co-Founder, Aduna

Gucci’s Nature of Luxury

The Baobab Tree is a symbol of Africa – discover its magical properties, its journey to global superfood status, and its potential for delivering transformation across the continent.

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO, Gucci, in conversation with Suzy Menkes In this opening conversation, Suzy Menkes will discuss with Marco Bizzarri the role of business in society, inclusivity in fashion, and the secrets of Gucci’s ongoing success.

Stopping Violence Against Women Rosario Perez, Board Director, Kering Foundation, in conversation with Suzy Menkes

Naomi Campbell in conversation Passionate about Africa, diversity and inclusivity, Naomi Campbell will be in conversation with Marco Bizzarri and Suzy Menkes.

The mission statement of the Kering Foundation is to combat violence against women. Board member Rosario Perez will discuss corporate citizenship and highlight specific projects and results achieved.

Authenticity and Storytelling in Africa

Inclusive Global Beauty

Hanneli Rupert, Founder and Creative Director, Merchants on Long and Okapi

Susan Akkad, Senior Vice President, Local and Cultural Innovation, The Estée Lauder Companies

Committed to luxury from the African continent, Hanneli Rupert combines her work for her own brand, Okapi, with her retail activities at Merchants on Long, guided by craftsmanship, ethics and sustainability.

Linked to aspirations and desire, beauty and cosmetics have a deep significance to consumers across the world. Combining inclusivity and diversity with commercial insights, Susan Akkad will share her view of a multi-ethnic world of beauty.

Contemporary African Culture Laduma Ngxokolo, Founder and Designer, MAXHOSA AFRICA

12.50 Lunch

Combining heritage with modernity, Laduma Ngxokolo will share how he uses colour, dynamism and energy to bring traditional Xhosa culture to the world stage.


Bringing Nature into High Jewellery Nicolas Bos, President and CEO, Van Cleef & Arpels Overseeing both the business and creative sides of the high jewellery house, Nicolas Bos will discuss how Van Cleef & Arpels has become synonymous with nature, and explore the evolving jewellery buyer. 11.00



Morning Refreshments


FUTURE LUXURY The Afrocentric Luxury Opportunity Uche Pézard, CEO, Luxe Corp. Group; Founder and Chief Curator, Luxury Connect Africa With one of the youngest populations, the African continent provides the global luxury and fashion industry with a tremendous market opportunity. But Afrocentric luxury also includes the wider African diaspora. How can global luxury brands be part of this? And how is luxury and creativity from Africa going global?

Greg Williams will turn the future-oriented gaze of WIRED magazine on to the luxury industry. He will outline the direction of digital and technological development – and how it impacts luxury and fashion.


Afternoon Refreshments



FROM AFRICA TO THE WORLD African Style and Creativity on the Global Stage

Speed Session: Noonoouri

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairperson, African Fashion International, in conversation with Suzy Menkes

Joerg Zuber, Creator, @noonoouri; Managing Director, Opium Effect With her attitudes of cute, curious and couture, the digital influencer Noonoouri is fast-becoming a fixture on fashion’s front row. Her creator, Joerg Zuber, will discuss how pixels and creativity unite, and what this means for the luxury industry.

In this conversation, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe will share her ambitions for the role of Africa in the global luxury and fashion market, and her vision for African creativity, manufacturing and retail.

Speed Session: The Future of Luxury

Shaping Fashion’s Future

Johan Maree, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Wildlife ACT

Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director, Lagos Fashion Week; Style House Files

Jo Maree will bring a unique perspective on what luxury will truly mean in the future.

The future of luxury fashion in Africa lies in moving the conversation beyond the beauty of craftsmanship to the significant role it can play in creating more value within the gradually evolving ecosystem. Omoyemi Akerele will explain how collaborative working can help build a network of thriving luxury businesses that positively impact Africa’s economy through creative exchange, knowledge transfer, skills development, and wealth creation.

The Power of African Inspiration Laudomia Pucci, Deputy Chairman and Image Director, Emilio Pucci The Florentine house of Pucci has long taken inspiration from Africa for its prints and fabrics, as well as promoting diversity on the runway starting well over 50 years ago. Laudomia Pucci will talk about how Africa motivates the house today.

Artistry, Business and Transformation in African Fashion

From Accra to the World, via New York – Fashion as Agent of Change

Folake Coker, Founder and Creative Director, Tiffany Amber

Abrima Erwiah, Co-Founder, Studio One Eighty Nine, in conversation with Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

Celebrating her 20th year in business, Tiffany Amber Founder and Creative Director Folake Coker will discuss her journey, her inspirations and her ambitions for African fashion.

Turning sustainability into a vibrant and energetic style, Studio One Eighty Nine Co-Founder Abrima Erwiah will share how she and Rosario Dawson are creating fashion with meaning, and an enterprise that brings to the fore craftsmanship, handmade luxury and a social sensibility.

Education, Opportunity and Inspiration Lupo Lanzara, Deputy Chairman, Accademia Costume & Moda Growth in the fashion and luxury industry must be supported by a foundation of knowledge. Lupo Lanzara will share his views on the evolution of fashion education, heritage vs. internationalism, and his thoughts on the next generation of designers and creative figures.

Laurence Graff OBE, Chairman and Founder, Graff, in conversation with Suzy Menkes In an extremely rare on-stage interview, Laurence Graff will discuss with Suzy Menkes Graff’s work in Africa, his philanthropic initiatives, and his passion for art, as well as sharing insights into a life in diamonds.

Contemporary Art and Culture in Africa Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Zeitz MOCAA; Co-Founder, The B Team; Founder, Zeitz Foundation and The Long Run As a passionate art collector and one of the driving forces behind Cape Town’s landmark museum of contemporary art, Jochen Zeitz has a unique insight into the significance of Africa’s artistic and cultural landscape.





DAY TWO 09.15


Speed Session: The Cape Floristic Region/ The Business Case for Sustainable Business


Yumnaa Firfirey, Chair, Table Mountain Fund; Head of Sustainabilty, Scatec Solar


The Cape Floristic Region is one of the world’s natural wonders. Yumnaa Firfirey will talk about her passion for the natural environment, sustainable development and entrepreneurship.

Day Two Welcome Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Day Two Welcome Remarks Suzy Menkes, Editor, Vogue International, Condé Nast International




Morning Refreshments CONFERENCE CONTINUES:

Bruce Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer, De Beers Group


Bruce Cleaver will speak about the meaning of luxury and why social and environmental sustainability sits at the heart of ‘A Diamond Is Forever’.

Building Brand Loyalty with the Luxury Consumer of Tomorrow

Investing in Luxury Wendy Yu, Founder and CEO, Yu Holdings Interviewed by Lauren Indvik, Chief Editor, Vogue Business Investor and philanthropist Wendy Yu has brought a new energy and dynamism to the international fashion and luxury community. She will give an insight into her investment strategy and principles, as well as her thoughts on the modern luxury consumer.

Reinventing Florentine Luxury Micaela le Divelec Lemmi, Chief Executive Officer, Salvatore Ferragamo Recently anointed CEO Micaela le Divelec Lemmi will share her plan for Ferragamo, her views on the luxury consumer, and the role of ‘Made in Italy’.

Thoughtful Luxury: How Business and Creativity can Drive Sustainability and Growth • Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director, RÆBURN and Timberland • Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Zeitz MOCAA; Co-Founder, The B Team; Founder, Zeitz Foundation and The Long Run • Sylvie Bénard, Environment Director, LVMH

Moderated by Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes What actions should the luxury and fashion industry take to reduce its environmental impact? How can business growth be reconciled with sustainability at the top of the agenda? Designer Christopher Raeburn, Environmentalist Jochen Zeitz and LVMH insider Sylvie Bénard will discuss what different fashion and luxury stakeholders can bring to the table.

• Alison Bringé, Chief Marketing Officer, Launchmetrics • Morin Oluwole, Global Head of Luxury, Facebook and Instagram

Moderated by Greg Williams, Editor, WIRED UK This discussion will explore the evolution of the luxury industry, global consumer behaviours, and the different roles of various digital channels in brand communications.

What is Luxury Today? Simone Cipriani, Head and Founder, Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Centre The Ethical Fashion Initiative develops ethical supply chains in the global fashion and luxury industry, bringing together artisans and craftspeople with international brands. Simone Cipriani will talk about his work, investment in social capital, and the true nature of luxury today.

Investing in Creativity and Empowerment • Roberta Annan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Impact Fund for African Creatives • Yvonne Fasinro, Founder, Adara Foundation

Moderated by Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes At the helm of a new €100 million fund that has a mandate to invest in fashion brands across Africa, Roberta Annan is part of the financial and business community putting support behind creativity. Yvonne Fasinro’s Adara Foundation is part of a movement of empowerment and development, bringing together Nigerian fabric workers as well as investing in education and arts. This session will explore the growth and development of creativity in Africa.

13.20 Lunch 14.50

Learnings Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies


Closing Remarks


Suzy Menkes, Editor, Vogue International, Condé Nast International

Speed Session: The ‘Luxury’ of Water Kholosa Magudu, Freshwater Project Manager, WWF South Africa Water is essential to life. But the supply of water is under greater pressure than ever before – in this session, WWF South Africa’s Kholosa Magudu will share her thoughts on what needs to be achieved if water is not to become a ‘luxury’ item.

Closing Remarks Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive, Condé Nast International 16.30


South African, from Materials to Manufacture Justine Schafer, Creative Director, Cape Cobra Leathercraft Cape Cobra is one of the world’s leading leather goods manufacturers. Creative Director Justine Schafer will speak about how she harnesses local resources, talent and production skills to bring South African luxury to the world stage.

The Dynamics of African Retail • Ituen Basi, Founder, Ituen Basi • Reni Folawiyo, Founder and CEO, Alara • Tope Edu, Owner, O3X Ltd; Franchise Director, Ermenegildo Zegna Lagos

Moderated by Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes In this discussion, designer Tope Edu, retailer Reni Folawiyo, and business leader Tope Edu will explore the evolution, practicalities and future of retail in Africa.

The Gateway to Luxury Arthur Arbesser in conversation with Suzy Menkes Vienna-born, Milan-based designer Arthur Arbesser is making his mark on the global fashion world with his own brand and his work for Tod’s Group. Combining a sweet sensibility with sophisticated fabrics, he represents a new generation of luxury, which he will discuss with Suzy Menkes.

© 2019, Condé Nast International. The organisers reserve the right to change the programme without giving prior notice.

08.30 Morning

Profile for CNI Luxury Conference

Programme for Condé Nast International Luxury Conference  

Programme for Condé Nast International Luxury Conference