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Maria Silver | Decoded Future Summit | London


2017 NFFF Recipient

I'm still buzzing from my trip to London where I attended the Decoded Future Summit. The summit’s focus this year was the oh-so-important and unavoidable (for the sake of our planet’s future) topic of sustainability. There were panels on sustainable packaging, switching to a circular economy, the rise of the niche brand, successful Eco-brands (with CEOs and representatives present to speak about their brands), and so much more. The summit even scheduled networking breaks throughout the day which allowed me the opportunity check out other businesses exhibiting their sustainable products and services. From the moment I arrived, I was immersed in information and inspiration that continues to turn my creative gears at high speed.The whole week was so full of inspiration and insight. It was like opening a window to a new world of ideas. From the wealth of knowledge I gained from the summit and the empowering meetings I had with other like minded independent designers, to the once-in-a-lifetime visit to the V&A museum for the chance to see the Mary Quant exhibit and also the Barbican museum for the Lee Krasner exhibit (If you know me, you know I can't leave a museum without a full collection in my mind ready to be designed and produced). The trip proved fruitful beyond my expectations.

I’ve returned to Nashville with a brand new perspective and with so many new plans for my business. BBMS is definitely  getting a whole new and sustainable face lift by Fall. I can't thank the Community Foundation of Tennessee and Nashville Fashion Week enough.