GBSB Global Students Organize the 3rd Annual BIT of Fashion Conference

A great experience for Master in Fashion and Luxury Business Management students to Learn by Doing, a methodology that introduces four key points: real-life simulation, the management of non-success and failure, the result condition, and the diverse roles the teachers play in this learning environment.

It is that time of year again in mid-spring for one of the biggest events GBSB Global hosts, the BIT of Fashion Conference. BIT is the acronym for business, innovation, and technology. The conference was the brain child of GBSB Alumni, Rotem Zarfati, an MA in Fashion and Luxury Business Management graduate from Israel.

The primary purpose of the inaugural and subsequent conferences that have since followed its origination three years ago was not only to create a platform where industry professionals, fashion and luxury professors and students could convene, but individuals from all sectors of society were, and are still today, welcome to join, to discuss the themes of the conference and bring varying viewpoints about the trends in business, innovation, and technology to the forefront.

"Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas."
Donatella Versace

GBSB Global fosters a platform that creates a neutral space for

  • Idea sharing
  • Fostering awareness
  • Promoting public attention to the current state of social and environmental issues that the fashion and luxury business encounter in today’s globalized market
  • Expanding network connections across industries and cultures

For students who organize the event, the conference provides the ideal occasion for students to become event managers, to take the reins, engaging actively in their learning by participating in the entire organization and execution of the event from the preliminary groundwork, identifying the theme of the conference and potential presenters to hiring catering, conducting the marketing and promotion of the event. The capstone is the actual two-day conference where students are not only the face of the BIT of Fashion, but act as professional representatives of the school.

Tanja Sredojevic, a GBSB Global Master in Fashion and Luxury Business Management Alumni from Slovenia was one of the three organizers from the second annual conference. Her greatest takeaway from the event was learning how to organize the coordination of such a high-profile event that has gotten public attention. The primary objective Tanja had for the second conference was to build a bridge between students and professionals in the fashion and luxury industry and diminish the gap between the two.

"The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams."
W. Arthur Porter

The BIT of Fashion Conference is one of those events you don’t want to miss. A meeting point for great minds and the nurturing of novel ideas that have the potential to create great change in the world of fashion and beyond. This year’s conference will be held on April 25th & 26th, 2017 from 5:30 pm-11:00 pm on the GBSB Global Aragon Campus.

What does the program look like this year? This is a list of the presenters scheduled and the topics they will be covering:

April 25th

Xavier Gramona, Co-Owner of Gramona Cava & Official BIT of Fashion Sponsor
Presenting "Artisans of Time"
Gramona Cava is the fifth generation of family operated vineyard producing quality wines for over 130 years.

Natalie Capell, Owner of Natalie Capell Atelier and Designer at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week
Presenting "Capell Fashion -Modern Vintage Design"

Llorenç Fluxa, Founder of Med Winds, a Mediterranean inspired brand founded in the urban neighborhood of Raval, Barcelona. Head of Catujano, Camper & Med Winds
Presenting "Pure Mediterranean Lifestyle"

Niko & Theo Nikolaidis, Founders of the fashion label Charles Chapeau
Successful Internationally Recognized Artists from Germany
Presenting a Live Fashion Painting Show

April 26th

Pablo Zea, Director of Advertising & EMEA Brand Communications Manager at Nike Iberia
Presenting "Copy or Inspiration? Where do you draw the line?"

Matther Zorpas, Founder of The Gentleman Blogger
Earned British GQ Award for being "One of the Top 10 Best Dressed Men on Instagram"
Presenting "A Perspective on Digital Targeting. Blogging: Wave of a Better Future"

Christina Bifano, Trend Researcher, Educator, Textile Designer, and Fashion Historian
Presenting "The Exhibition of David Bowie at the Design Museum Barcelona"

Dafne Patruno, Founder of the blog "BCN Cool Hunter"
Blog Manager for the Italian fashion page
Presenting "Cool Hunting"

Written by Emily Dawn Szajda, GBSB Global Content Manager

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