Sustainable design trailblazer Samata Pattinson takes us on a journey in search of connection through the intertwining of sustainability, culture and design. Rooted in the questions of what, how, and why we wear our clothes across the globe, this narrative unfolds through the eyes of the British-born Ghanaian entrepreneur with a diverse background spanning fashion, film, education, and media. ‘The Thread That Binds Us’ artfully weaves the connections between apparel and a range of vital topics, including health, the environment, and even children’s curricula.
Presenting an opportunity for collective introspection, Pattinson encourages us to scrutinise the impact of our clothing on both people and the planet. Her insights inspire profound reflection, foster meaningful conversations, and drive impactful decisions. Samata Pattinson is an entrepreneur working across fashion, film, and media and the CEO of Black Pearl. She is passionate about cultural sustainability and educating to connect the dots between people, communities, and the planet. Samata has delivered design initiatives at the Oscars, collaborated and connected with design businesses from across the world, and most recently, wrote and delivered the first Sustainable Style Guide for the 95th Annual Academy Awards known as the Oscars.
She has been invited to address the UN for COP26 and COP27 on Designing for Sustainability. She holds mentor roles at Cambridge University’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership alongside having spoken at Yale School of the Environment, and has been invited to Number 10 Downing Street to address two British Prime Ministers on the subject of apparel, design and entrepreneurism.