Vogue.co.uk’s Jessica Bumpus to Speak at the Hay Festival

This May Industry member and Vogue.co.uk fashion features editor, Jessica Bumpus will be speaking at the Hay Festival. If you haven’t heard of it already, the Hay Festival is the biggest literature and arts festival in the world, nestled in a tented village on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Amongst expert thinkers, world-class writers and award-winning entertainers from the stage and the screen, our Jessica will be speaking about the future of sustainable fashion in a panel compered by Dilys Williams, director of the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

Jessica will be joined by H&M’s Margareta van den Bosch and Catarina Midby – both of who are known for leading H&M’s very successful sustainale fashion line – and pioneering fashion designer and co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day, Orsola de Castro.

In this quick-fire interview, Jess tells us more.


Jessica Bumpus in coversation with Mark Fast for The Industry
Industry member, Jessica Bumpus in coversation with leading London designer, Mark Fast for Industry members in 2013

The Hay Festival brings together some of the best writers in the world – how does it feel to be a part of a mix that includes the likes of Stephen Fry, Jacqueline Wilson and Jessie Burton?

It’s very exciting and I’m very much looking forward to being a part of it!


What can festival go-ers expect to see from your talk?

I’m on a panel talking about sustainable fashion with some very brilliant minds – Orsola de Castro, Margareta van den Bosch and Dilys Williams – so there’ll be lots to talk about in terms of how sustainability and fashion work together now and in the future. We’ll also be talking about the final pieces made by 12 students from the H&M Garment Recycling Programme.


When you’re not reading Vogue, what are you reading?

Currently I’m being seduced by all books Cormac McCarthy, which are just incredible and harrowing and beautiful all at the same time. And you’ll also always find me reading a million e-mails, text messages or WhatsApp alerts!


Watch highlights of Jessica in conversation with knitwear designer Mark Fast at The Industry on IND-TV.