The LSE Fashion Society committee is excited to invite you to our first ever fashion & luxury conference, with speakers from every industry providing their insights into careers in fashion, the changing nature of the business, and their personal career paths. Please find more information about our speakers below.
Career Opportunities in the Exciting World of Fashion
Zoe Souter, Marketing Manager at Condé Nast College
After reading History of Art at Cambridge, Zoe’s first job was PA to iconic fashion photographer Norman Parkinson. She then joined British Vogue, working for three years as Promotions Editor and seven years as Fashion Bookings Editor. She was part of the launch team for Condé Nast’s Easy Living as Bookings Editor, a position she held for nine years. When the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design opened in April 2013 she was appointed Marketing Manager. In her role she is responsible for marketing courses to students in schools and universities, and for inviting prominent and inspiring fashion industry guest speakers to the College. In addition she interviews applicants for the longer courses, takes students on the annual NY study trip and lectures using her 25 years of experience as a Producer in the fashion business. She manages a ‘talent database’ of College alumni and continually works to create opportunities for students to secure jobs, internships and placements after graduation.
The Changing Face of Retail
Ulric Jerome, Chief Executive Officer at MATCHESFASHION.COM
Ulric Jerome is the CEO of matchesfashion.com. He was born in France and at the age of 19 he set up his first company – an options trading business - while completing his studies in Canada. He went on in 2002 to set up Pixmania, the French electronics retailer, that was later sold to Dixons and then to Germany’s Mutares. His expertise in technology and digital retailing, led Tom and Ruth Chapmen, the founders of the luxury retailer matchesfashion.com, to choose him in 2013 to take over the running of matches and to lead its online expansion. Since Ulric Jerome joined, online sales have grown to 85 per cent of the business thanks to a complete overhaul of its online platform and Matchesfashion.com has also expanded internationally, with 72 per cent of sales now coming from overseas markets making it the second largest online luxury retailer.
Digital Entrepreneur and Fashion Influencer
Xenia Tchoumi, Social Influencer and Founder of Chic Overdose
Xenia Tchoumi is a fashion influencer, digital entrepreneur and public speaker based in London. Armed with an economics degree and knack for entrepreneurship, the Swiss-Italian influencer with Russian roots speaks six languages (Italian, Russian, English, German, French and Spanish) and turned down a chance to work at J.P. Morgan to continue her online endeavours for her “blogazine”, Chicoverdose.
The website produces unique and fashionable content that is consumed by hundreds of thousands of readers globally. Xenia has worked with brands of the like of Ferragamo, IWC, Bulgari, Tom Ford and Dior. She regularly shoots with magazines of the likes of L’Officiel, Vanity Fair or Elle. She has recently given two motivational TED talks, she’s a freelance magazine contributor and stands for female empowerment. She is very engaged in charity (shot the Bulgari Save the Children campaign, auctioned her clothes for Small Steps Foundation, etc)