Westfield Grand Prix: Rebecca Morter Joins Esteemed Panel of Judges.

London, 26th September 2023 - Lone Design Club (LDC), the prominent fashion and lifestyle omni-channel platform known for its unwavering support of independent and sustainable brands, is delighted to announce its official partnership with the Westfield Grand Prix. Furthermore, in a significant development, Rebecca Morter, the CEO of LDC, has been appointed as a distinguished judge for this prestigious sustainable fashion competition. The Westfield Grand Prix is poised to uplift emerging talent and small businesses across various sectors, spanning fashion, beauty, lifestyle, wellness, health, food, home, and more, by offering the remarkable prize of a one-year free-of-cost kiosk or pop-up shop in Westfield London or Stratford for the competition winner. This partnership underscores LDC's unwavering commitment to support environmental responsibility and sustainability across diverse industries.

The Westfield Grand Prix competition is a beacon for encouraging and celebrating innovative, sustainable product design across a wide array of sectors. By aligning with this competition, LDC reaffirms its dedication to promoting sustainable practices and driving positive change within the fashion landscape. This platform will serve as a launchpad for an emerging brand to showcase their eco-conscious creations, thereby advancing the discourse on sustainability within the fashion industry.

Rebecca Morter, a prominent figure in the realms of retail innovation, fashion and sustainability, brings her extensive expertise and fervour for ethical fashion to her role as a distinguished judge. Her involvement underscores LDC's commitment to nurturing and supporting emerging talents who prioritise sustainability and responsible practices. As a judge, Rebecca Morter will assess the submissions based on their environmental impact, innovative use of materials, and overall sustainability efforts, plus give valuable advice on the practicalities of executing a pop-up store from the ground up.

Joining Rebecca Morter on the panel of judges are industry experts:

Sophie Catto, Head of Partnerships at AllBright.

Alyson Hodkinson, General Manager of Westfield Stratford City and UK Head of CSR at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.

Jacinta Rowsell, Director of Operations, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Kate Orwin, Leasing Director UK, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Philip Salter, Founder, The Entrepreneurs Network

Coco Khan, Commissioning Editor, Guardian B2B

These illustrious judges, each distinguished in their fields, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the evaluation process. They will collectively determine the winners of the Westfield Grand Prix competition.

The competition will reach its climax in October when the winners will be unveiled. Two categories of winners will emerge:

The competition finalists, including Fruu Cosmetics, seventy + mochi, Glaize, Known Source, Maeving Electric Motorcycles, The Seam, Trace Collective, and Yard + Parish, will pitch their innovative concepts to the panel of expert judges. These finalists have been shortlisted from a highly competitive pool due to their exceptional contributions to responsible living and sustainable consumption.

Reflecting on the sustainability aspect of the competition, Rebecca Morter shared her insights, emphasising, "Sustainability is no longer a choice but an imperative in the fashion industry. Designers must wholeheartedly embrace ethical practices and prioritise sustainability throughout the entire lifecycle of their creations. As a judge, I am thrilled to witness the innovative approaches and conscientious design solutions that will emerge from this competition. It is truly inspiring to witness the next generation of fashion designers leading the charge toward a more sustainable future."

LDC's partnership with the Westfield Grand Prix competition, alongside Rebecca Morter's influential participation, serves as a testament to their joint commitment to promoting responsible fashion and instigating positive transformation across various sectors. By wholeheartedly supporting emerging talents who champion sustainability, LDC aims to cultivate a more eco-conscious and ethically driven landscape across fashion, beauty, lifestyle, wellness, health, food, home, and numerous other industries.

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About Lone Design Club:

Lone Design Club is a leading fashion and lifestyle platform that champions independent designers and innovative brands. With an unwavering commitment to sustainability, LDC provides a unique retail experience, bridging the gap between online and offline shopping through immersive pop-up stores and an online marketplace. By curating a selection of conscious fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products, LDC aims to redefine the retail landscape, empowering consumers to make responsible choices while supporting emerging designers.

About Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is an owner, developer and operator of sustainable, high-quality real estate assets in the most

dynamic cities in Europe and the United States.

The Group operates 78 shopping centres in 12 countries, including 45, which carry the iconic Westfield brand. These centres

attract over 900 million visits annually and provide a unique platform for retailers and brands to connect with consumers.

URW also has a portfolio of high-quality offices, 10 convention and exhibition venues in Paris, and a €3 Bn development

pipeline of mainly mixed-use assets. Currently, its €52 Bn portfolio is 87% in retail, 6% in offices, 5% in convention and

exhibition venues, and 2% in services (as of December 31, 2022).

URW is a committed partner to major cities on urban regeneration projects, through both mixed-use development and the

retrofitting of buildings to industry-leading sustainability standards. These commitments are enhanced by the Group’s

Better Places 2030 agenda, which strives to make a positive environmental, social and economic impact on the cities and

communities where URW operates.

URW’s stapled shares are listed on Euronext Paris (Ticker: URW), with a secondary listing in Australia through Chess

Depositary Interests. The Group benefits from a BBB+ rating from Standard & Poor’s and from a Baa2 rating from Moody’s.

Notes to Editors

Editors Note:

Lone Design Club are the go-to omnichannel platform supporting independent and sustainable brands that were officially incorporated in 2017.

This marks the third partnership between Lone Design Club and Westfield UK. Coming together to assist independent brands to access premium high-street locations and support them on their journey with comprehensive strategy and marketing plans.

Grand Prix details:

Overall Winner: The recipient of the grand prize, valued at a staggering £400,000, which includes the opportunity to operate a pop-up shop or kiosk for up to one year in Westfield London or Stratford.

People's Choice Winner: Determined by public votes on the Westfield Grand Prix website, this winner will be prominently featured as a highlight attraction at the 2024 Westfield Good Festival. The festival celebrates circularity and sustainable consumption, combining guest experiences, thought leadership conversations, and other activations with retailers, brand partners, NGOs, and local community groups.

For more information, please contact;
Laura McCluskey; mccluskeypr@gmail.com

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