Rachel Sheila Kan
Fashion sustainability specialist at Circular Earth & Ecosystem Architect at The Ecosystem Incubator
My name is Rachel Sheila Kan, I have been working in the fashion Industry for over 2 decades in design and design /project management. Very much a hands on practitioner working with supply chain, and designing brands from identity, through to development, supply, landing and into promotion. I have worked on multi product with a specialist knowledge in kidswear womenswear and project management.
I moved into sustainability around 8 years ago where I developed in action with brands and small businesses, and I then finally focused on my consultancy Circular Earth. At Circular Earth we help brands to create parallel sustainable brands or start up with Circularity at the heart – let us be your mission control. I also lecture on sustainability and ethics in business at university level.
Throughout my studies I realised that the very things that we were creating in the sustainability space were a mere sticking plaster to the systems that we were standing on, therefore often counterproductive and coming back to the old systemic ways that do not have them thrive. Indeed, fashion can be a competitive cut throat industry, so we wanted to turn this on its head and have many come together for lasting change.
So, I started to work with the regenerative structuring and new economics that I had learnt in my studies to create a collaborative called ‘’The Ecosystem Incubator’’ where different players in the small fashion and business space start to collaborate on many of the things that they find tough to do in isolation. The Ecosystem is based on living systems thinking where we model the workings of a forest – to create a forest of fashion – in a metaphorical sense.
Co-Founder of Real Circularity with Cradle to Cradle specialist Mr Ken Alston who worked with the originators of the system. With Real Circularity we cut the talk and get into action with your brand. Join a Forum, Join our Academy or link for a virtual coffee to discuss our projects and consultancy.
’’True innovation occurs when things are put together for the first time that had been separate’’
Arthur Koestler and John Smythies (1969)