Exclusive Event

London: Wednesday 23rd March at 1pm GMT / 9am EST
New York: Wednesday 30th March at 5pm GMT / 12pm EST

DISCUSSIONS OF TODAY’S EVOLVING LANDSCAPE:

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF LUXURY?

Issa PR will host its second annual “Future of Luxury” symposium in London and New York City this March. The event will include strategic dialogue among global leaders from some of the world’s top luxury companies. The speakers will discuss the future of the ever evolving luxury industry, sharing trends, forecasts and important industry themes such as sustainability, D&I, and the future of luxury in fashion, film, music, travel and entertainment.

Moderated by …

VIET N’GUYEN, FOUNDER & CEO OF ISSA PR

A dynamic leader & strategist with over 20 years experience, which includes working at Edelman, #1 agency in the world building their luxury & lifestyle division. Vanity Fair named her on the “Downtown 100” list of most inspirational people in NYC. New York Business Journal voted her a “Woman of Influence” in 2018. She has lectured at New York University’s School of Business, Stern on “The Intersection of Luxury & Philanthropy”, and future of the industry. PR Week selected Viet for their Power Book of most powerful people in PR in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Meet your speakers …

BERRY ENGLISH |
Creative Director & Filmmaker

Berry English is a multi-award winning Creative Director and filmmaker with over fifteen years of experience in the media industry. English has orchestrated highly engaging, inspiring and impactful campaigns, and held leadership roles at VICE Media and other Fortune 500 companies. During that time, English spearheaded the growth of both editorial and branded entertainment teams, bringing together groups of creatives from across the industry to develop work for partners such as Adidas, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Puma, Michelin, AB-Inbev and Urban Decay, among many others. His career accomplishments include achievements in film and television; English produced some of the biggest shows and documentaries in modern entertainment, spanning networks such as the BBC, NBC, Fox, ABC, Channel 4, ITV and Bravo. Furthermore, English has worked intimately with the largest stars of the screen and stage, including Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Aoki, Jennifer Lopez and Keanu Reeves, among many others.

JONATHAN SAW |
VP – Diversity & Inclusion, Pernod Ricard North America

Jonathan Saw is Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for Pernod Ricard North America, a position he has held since September 2021. Prior to Pernod Ricard, he held a number of senior roles leading D&I efforts, including at Tiffany & Co., and operated his own D&I strategy and communications consultancy, with clients as diverse as Johnson & Johnson, Bumble.com, Bank of America and KPMG. Prior to opening his consultancy, he led marketing for Edelman’s Global Healthcare practice and strategic planning for Canada and Latin America. He lives in New York City, with his husband, Geoff.

DR HELEN CROWLEY|
Partner, Pollination

Dr Helen Crowley is a Partner at Pollination, a global climate and nature- focused investment and advisory firm. Formerly the head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at Kering SA, Helen advised luxury clothing brands on best practices in sustainability. Prior to this, Helen worked with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for over a decade on conservation strategy. ​Helen has a PhD in Zoology from the Australian National University and is on the Boards of non-profit organizations including Textile Exchange and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. She is also on the advisory boards of the GEF Privates Sector Advisory Group, The Fashion Pact, London College of Fashion and Alante Capital. Helen contributes to the business and biodiversity work of the World Economic Forum as an advisor and member of the Global Futures Council.

HUGO WODDIS |
International Model

Hugo Woddis is an international model who has worked in the industry since 1990. He has worked on campaigns across the globe, including Europe, US, Asia, Australia and South Africa. He’s been represented by over 30 agencies globally, including M Management in Paris and I LOVE Model Management in Milan currently. Hugo has worked with some of the most iconic luxury brands from luxury fashion through to travel, lifestyle, technology, automotive and property. Throughout his career, Hugo has also shot with many pioneering fashion photographers, such as Ellen von Unwerth, known for her work with top models and artists like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Rihanna, to name a few. He has also worked with award-winning British photographer, Rankin. Hugo has shot campaigns and walked in runway shows for numerous prestigious brands including Armani, Valentino, Etro, Katherine Hamnett, Billionaire, Savile Row tailor – Huntsman & Sons, Samsonite and Stefano Ricci. He is currently in Audi’s eTron commercial.

TIMO WEILAND |
Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur & DJ

Award-winning fashion designer, Timo Weiland was born in Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City. With an early interest in fashion from his upbringing in urban and pastoral environments, training from his mother in sewing at an early age, and an understanding of fabrics, Weiland was led to his eventual design pursuits. Weiland created the first men’s and women’s ready- to-wear collection for Spring/Summer 2010. The collection firmly established their romantic, yet modern edge to dandy downtown dressing. Taylor Swift, Sophia Bush, Tina Fey, and Pharrell support Timo Weiland, and are often seen wearing their designs on the red carpet. Beginning with the Spring/Summer 2020 season collection, the Timo Weiland brand is now working with GROUPE, a new NYC fashion collective and platform, for production and distribution of the label. Most recently, Timo launched The Lead, an executive industry organization that bridges Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, and Retail with Innovation & Technology. Weiland won the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund award in January 2014 and was a finalist for the International Woolmark Prize in 2013 and 2014. The brand was also part of the CFDA Incubator for 2012 and 2013 years and was the inaugural winner of the CFDA Retail Lab grant in 2016.

CHRIS ATLAS |
EVP – Urban
Music & Marketing,
Warner Records

Chris Atlas began his career at Tommy Boy Records. During his tenure at Tommy Boy, Atlas served as a Product Manager, National Director of Rap Promotion, A&R and founder of Tommy Boy black label, and General Manager of Urban Music Promotions. Atlas has been involved in the corporate strategies and execution for clients and partners such as Sprite, Reebok and Boost Mobile, among many more. For just over a decade, Atlas also served as EVP of marketing at the iconic Def Jam Recordings, where he oversaw the marketing and brand identity as well as it’s roster of artists. In 2017 Atlas joined Warner Records as SVP Marketing/Head of Urban Marketing, working to build out the urban presence for the label’s developing roster and helming projects on Lil Pump, Saweetie, YFN Lucci, Wale and NLE Choppa to name a few. In July 2020, Atlas was promoted to EVP Urban Music and Marketing for the label. Atlas was recently listed as one of XXL Magazine’s Hip Hop Heavyweights of 2022.

JONATHAN ROSEN |
Artist & Head of Creative Nasdaq

Jonathan Rosen is an international language-based artist working with mixed- media, interactive digital technologies and NFTs through which he explores human possibilities. Rosen received a B.A. from University of Florida and a M.S. from VCU Brandcenter for advertising – launching the next 10 years of his career as an award- winning advertising creative and commercial film director. Since Rosen transitioned into visual art, he’s had exhibitions around the world and participated in museum shows in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Miami, NYC with a solo show at the Smithsonian in DC. His work lives in collections around the world – including pieces in the permanent collections of The Museum Kitchener in Ontario, The LiveStrong Foundation, Bloomingdales, Colette in Paris and Pandora Music where his work was shown at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. After living overseas in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Rosen pursues his passions in his hometown, NYC. Jonathan was recently appointed as Head of Creative for Nasdaq.

TANSY KASCHAK |
Editor in Chief,
A Hotel Life

Tansy Kaschak is a New York-based, Brazilian-Italian editor, journalist, artist, and advocate for sociopolitical and environmental urgencies. A polyglot communicator, Kaschak uses writing, art, video, and public speaking as means to build awareness, foster community, and encourage dialogue and action. She works on global creative projects and contributes to a variety of international media outlets. Kaschak is the Editor In Chief of the award-winning travel and culture website A Hotel Life. Her reportage work has been featured in numerous prestigious publications. Motivated by her innate commitment to environmental respect and social justice, Tansy consults worldwide, helping businesses, individuals and communities identify and tackle their social, cultural, and ecological responsibility with innovative and purposeful solutions.

To join the discussion or for key insights following the symposium, please email info@issa-pr.com.