Monday, May 16, 2022

Kering supports ChangeNOW for the 4th year in a row

In 2018, Kering supported ChangeNOW for the first time when they hosted their second edition at Station F. This year too, Kering will support ChangeNOW, "the largest event for the planet", for the 4th year in a row. The summit will take place from 19-21 May at the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris.

ChangeNOW Live TV
Kering x Epiterre: Regenerative Agriculture and Biodiversity

Yoann Regent, Head of Sourcing and Nature Initiatives at Kering is in conversation with Gilles Baraize, Project Manager at Epiterre.

Kering x Vestiaire Collective: New Business Models and Circularity

Fanny de Bretagne, Head of Circularity and Environmental Excellence at Kering is in conversation with Dounia Wone, Chief Sustainability and Inclusivity Officer at Vestiaire Collective, where they discuss the need to rethink current business models and move away from the idea of take-make-waste.

Kering x Peelsphere: Sustainable Innovation and Alternative Materials

Anne-Gaelle Lamort, Sustainable Innovation Lead at Kering is in conversation with YouYang Song, Founder at Peelsphere.

To promote sustainable innovation solutions, Kering has invited five innovative companies and start-ups to showcase their work in the Fashion Innovation Hub. The companies are:


  • Peelsphere: PEELSPHERE® is a circular material made from fruit waste and algae through advanced material engineering. They were given the Kering Generation Award in China in 2021.
  • Epiterre: Epiterre focuses on increasing plant diversity to create positive ecological and social outcomes. The project targets extensive pasture-based systems covering 200 hectares of land in Southwestern France and features an innovative mechanism for payment for ecosystem services, with direct payments to small-scale producers. Epiterre is also one of the 7 winners of Kering’s Regenerative Fund for Nature.
  • Imbotex: Imbotex Lab works on innovative materials aiming to close the loop and achieve a circular economy. They also work with our Material Innovation Lab (MIL) based in Milan to develop innovative and sustainable materials.
  • La Tannerie Végétale: They are developing the only plant-based and recyclable alternative to imitation leather, designed and manufactured in France using a responsible industrial process.
  • MycaNova: It is a next-generation biomaterial made with sustainably grown mycelium. MycaNova is a strong, durable material with a smaller ecological footprint that is an alternative to leather.

In this edition, Kering has also created a new prize in partnership with ChangeNOW called the Kering x ChangeNOW Award in Responsible Fashion. 8 entrepreneurs from across the world will pitch their solutions for a more sustainable fashion industry on Friday May 20th 2022 at the Grand Palais Éphémère.  A jury of experts from Kering and ChangeNOW’s ecosystem will select the most promising solution as the winner. ChangeNOW will offer the winner qualified introductions with potential investors, partners and clients while Kering will offer them tailored support with their internal experts.


Finally, Kering will also be dedicating an hour to the ChangeNOW Live TV to discuss topics such as second-hand fashion, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity and sustainable innovation with guests such as Vestiare Collective and internal experts.


About Kering


A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods and Jewelry : Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow’s Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”. In 2021, Kering had over 42,000 employees and revenue of €17.6 billion.