At the beginning of December of this year, I’m attending my first conference since Covid, but I won’t be leaving the comfort of my couch. I’ll be strapping on an Oculus Quest 2—a virtual reality headset produced by Facebook— to attend one of the first fashion metaverses. Inside, my avatar will brush digital elbows with Vogue editors and network with other fashion professionals; I’ll explore exhibition booths and attend workshops and panels led by some of the industry’s most innovative thinkers and changemakers.
The Circular Fashion Summit is an annual event produced by lablaco. While the conference was scheduled to take place earlier this year, supply chain disruptions caused shortages in headsets, which is the main gateway to the event in this case. CFS will now move forward on the 9th thru the 12th of December, 2021.
In episode 128 of the Electric Runway podcast, I speak with Paula Vega, Founding Member and Global Partnerships Manager at Circular Fashion Summit. Our conversation touches on everything from the opportunities of social VR to the importance of diversity in the metaverse. She also shares how the summit is walking the talk when it comes to activating a more circular fashion industry by activating partnerships like their recent pilot with H&M.
If this all sounds a little too far out, check out this video where I take you inside last year’s conference.
If you’d like to learn more about the Circular Fashion Summit, follow the link. If you would like to attend but don’t own a headset, I suggest reaching out to a friend who does, or borrowing/renting one from a local virtual reality arcade or VR Facebook community in your local area. This is how I attended last year without having to buy one myself. Just be sure to get an Oculus Quest 2, as this is what’s compatible for this year’s event.
Stay tuned to our YouTube channel where I’ll be taking you inside this year’s conference. See you in the fashion metaverse!