Welcome to the In Pursuit of Luxury conference 2018. The conference's themes revolved around luxury, sustainability and waste.

Keynote Speaker; Jessica Helfand

Is sustainable luxury attainable or is it an oxymoron?

Within the conference we welcome debate on what Luxury means on an individual, social and cultural level. Can this be enhanced through consumption, and if so how do we deal with materials in a way that aspires to zero environmental impact? The implications of circular economies, supply chains and a reassessment of the actual value of materials, are considered in the context of Luxury. Why for example, are diamonds more valuable than recycled plastic?

The 2018 conference provided a platform to examine and expand our understanding of luxury within the sustainable context. By inviting contributions from various disciplines, we aim at generating a lively debate on the past, present, and future of luxury. For the first time, we welcome submissions of Fashion Films that explore luxury through visual storytelling as part of the conference.

Learn more about our other themes and strands of the conference.


This event is a collaboration between The School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and the Yale School of Management.

When and where

The conference was held on 16 and 17 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

View our conference programme.