Today, Ellen MacArthur has been announced as a member of the Business of Fashion (BoF) 500, the professional index of people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry. Hand selected by the editors of Business of Fashion, based on nominations received from current BoF members, Ellen joins the likes of Emma Watson, Eva Kruse, Livia Firth, and Mark Parker on the highly regarded index.
Business of Fashion (BoF) was founded in 2007 and hosts a network of savvy writers and fashion insiders in style capitals around the world. It delivers fashion business intelligence on emerging designers, disruptive technologies, and global brands that are making their mark on the industry at a time of unprecedented change.
Ellen joins the sixth annual BoF 500, which focuses on change agents this year – those addressing fashion’s most critical issues during a period of great flux and tumult within the industry and wider world. Ellen becomes a member of the BoF 500 following the Foundation’s launch of Make Fashion Circular. This initiative drives global collaboration between industry leaders and other key stakeholders, designing a circular economy for clothes.
I am honoured to be a member of the BoF 500 in 2018 when the focus is tackling the fashion industry’s most critical issues – exactly what Make Fashion Circular aims to do. I look forward to bringing the concept of the circular economy to the global fashion agenda and working closely with brands to make the transition.
This year, the list of new members is more diverse than ever before, seeing 96 new names from 63 nationalities joining forces.
Make Fashion Circular was formed following the launch of the report A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashions future with Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney in May 2018. The initiative is supported by core partners; Burberry Group plc, Gap Inc., H&M, HSBC, NIKE, Inc., and Stella McCartney and made possible with the support of C&A Foundation and Walmart Foundation.