Sustainability seminars at Concours on Savile Row: Fuelling the future of tailoring and motoring

Concours on Savile Row (London, May 22-23, 2024) is to host two seminars debating the sustainability in the automotive and tailoring world alike, and how we fuel our mobility – whether it be classic, modern or yet to be built.

These fascinating seminars take place in the prestigious Benjamin West Lecture Theatre at the Royal Academy of Arts. Entry is free, although places are limited – register your interest via this link

On Wednesday, May 22, at 10:00am,  join us for ‘Restoration and Preservation: How Tailors, the Automotive Market and the Art World Approach Sustainability’. 

With an increased mainstream and social media focus on how the earth’s resources are consumed, and the way in which cultures around the world are impacted, a panel of experts will discuss the approaches to restoration and preservation that are taken by the art, automotive and tailoring worlds.

Join Hannah Higham, Royal Academy senior collections curator; Mark Henderson, chair of the Savile Row Bespoke Association; Marc Allum, from BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow; William Medcalf, founder of Vintage Bentley Ltd; and Jonathan Wells, chief design officer at Morgan Motor Company, for a wide-ranging conversation discussing preservation versus restoration in the art and automotive worlds, recycling, upcycling, fast fashion and sustainability in tailoring and the materials of the future.

Join us for pastries and coffee at 9:30am before the seminar starts, with Simon Taylor on moderating duties. 

On Thursday, May 23, at 10:00am, join us for ‘The Future of Fuel: The Road to Zero Emissions’.

 The future of mobility has never been more controversial – and in particular, how we fuel our cars and bikes, whether new or classic. Guy Lachlan, executive director of the Historic and Classic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA); Simon Sutcliffe, customs and excise duty partner at leading tax and business advisory firm Blick Rothenberg; Patrick Fairfield of Lunaz Applied Technologies; Vintage Bentley Ltd’s William Medcalf; and a representative from Cranfield University, will come together to discuss short-term versus long-term solutions, lifetime carbon impact, hydrogen, electric, synthetic fuels and classic car conversions.

Pastries and coffees are again available at 9:30am, before Simon Taylor kicks off proceedings. 

Sponsored by Blick Rothenberg.

To register your interest, click here.