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The next edition of national trade show Moda, which takes place this Sunday to Tuesday at the NEC in Birmingham will once again deliver engaging content across the full three days of the show, with high-profile speakers making up the strong line-up. New topics include fit in womenswear, styling athleisure for the new season and delivering customer service online, as well as leading expert advice on boosting business sales.

Stacey Jackson will take to the stage with her insights on the trends that are here to stay in the world of athleisure. Mother of four Stacey is an international singer-songwriter, social media influencer, author, founder of her own active-wear label StaeFit and self-confessed Athleisure convert. During her engaging seminar, she will share her own personal and recent experiences from within the fitness apparel industry, together with her insights on the trend that is here to stay.
Monday, 7 August, 1pm.



Emma Hayes has worked in fashion for 35 years and, during this time, she has become absorbed by the body shape diversity amongst womenswear consumers. Whilst working in plus-size fashion, she commenced a study of the interface between body shape and fit, undertaking over 20,000 individual apparel fittings over a 26-year period. Presently, she is working with Fits.me, a company leading the field in fit solutions to fashion ecommerce. She writes on fashion and body diversity issues, gives talks, broadcasts on BBC radio, and takes to social media to campaign for a more inclusive approach to fashion. Her talk will draw upon some input from Fits.me, a Rakuten company contributing to the innovation of IT solutions for fashion ecommerce.
Sunday, 6 August at 3.30pm.



For ten years, Rachel Peterman’s focus was the luxury goods sector. Her impressive career spanned buying and selling positions at Gucci, Bloomingdales, Michael Kors and Coach, and her expertise knew no bounds when it came to aspirational selling, and positioning brands within a global market place. Last year however, Rachel had a change of focus. She realised that her expertise and insider knowledge could be used to help smaller businesses find their own niche in the fashion market. Carousel & Co was born and, despite still being a young business, the company has already helped hundreds of retailers through its consultancy work, workshops and business advice.
Tuesday, 8 August at 11.45am.



There’s no denying that the fashion industry is changing. But for innovation research and advisory company Stylus, analysing the changes and turning them into positive opportunities for the industry is a way of life. The company’s beauty editor Lisa Payne will present a seminar entitled New Fashion Landscape; a thought-provoking look at the climate chaos, fast-fashion fatigue, depleting natural resources and underserved demographics that are all having an influence on the fashion sector of today while outlining the biggest opportunities for growth throughout all of this change.
Sunday, 6 August at 1pm.



Founder of Statement Agency, Dan Conboy is no stranger to guiding independent retailers through the potential pitfalls of e-commerce. Complementing their fashion know-how with his own digital expertise, he has helped businesses in a variety of fields find their niche within the biggest marketplace in the world. Prior to launching Statement in 2010, he worked with global brands including Philips and OSRAM, and also lectured at Leeds University business school. He has spoken at the Houses of Parliament, and has been awarded numerous business accolades including being shortlisted for the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, and being selected as one of Insider Magazine’s 42 under 42. In person however, he is an approachable down-to-earth Yorkshireman with a desire to help small businesses replicate and develop their business model online – don’t miss his talk “Multichannel for Independents: How to get it right”.
Sunday, 6 August at 10.30am.


Moda will return to the NEC on 6-8 August this year. Click here to see the full seminar schedule.


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