The Fashion and Race Database Conversation Series launched in October with a three-part series entitled, ‘Retail as a Portal,’ to explore how retail can empower us to produce and consume with positive, social impact and ignite systemic change. Professor Kimberly Jenkins was joined by figures in the fashion constellation who are leading through visionary thinking and doing. Special thanks are due to our title sponsor, Holt Renfrew and their H Project which carries a mandate of connecting consumers, causes and communities to inspire a new generation of purposeful luxury and drive positive change in the world.

Part 1 (15 Oct): ‘Designing New Marketplaces for Systemic Change’ featured an acclaimed design duo and an ethnobotanist who are transforming retail in both concept and practice.

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Part 2 (22 Oct): ‘Image-making as a Blueprint for Systemic Change’ featured two global artists who are transforming the industry in both beauty and retail campaigns.

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Part 3 (29 Oct): ‘The Way Forward to Systemic Change’ featured both an esteemed fashion critic and an acclaimed luxury retail entrepreneur who are broadening the horizons of fashion leadership.

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