FOUNDERS

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Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most respected cultural forecasters, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces design and colour tools for strategists and creatives alike. She is also a magazine publisher, a champion for craft, a design educator and an exhibition curator. In 2015 her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry, calling for a total overhaul of the system. She is currently Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons School of Design where she has founded a Masters in Textiles, joining together craft and tech for a sustainable future. Her work as an agent for change culminated in the founding of the World Hope Forum in 2020 as a platform to inspire the creative community to rebuild a better society.@lidewijedelkoort


Philip Fimmano is a design consultant, curator and writer, contributing to Trend Union’s forecasting books, magazines and strategic studies for international firms working in fashion, interiors and lifestyle. With company partner Lidewij Edelkoort, he has co-created exhibitions for museums and cultural institutions around the world. In 2011, he co-founded Talking Textiles; an ongoing initiative to promote awareness and innovation in textiles through touring exhibitions, a trend publication, a design prize and free educational programmes – including New York Textile Month, a citywide festival celebrating textile creativity each September. Fimmano teaches a forecasting masters at Polimoda in Florence and is also on the board of directors for the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.@philipfimmano