V&V is the brainchild of Victoria & Vanessa. Having met and worked together at the Fairtrade Foundation, we have a shared vision and passion for sustainability in the fashion & jewellery sectors . We have over 15 years hands on experience – from designing and manufacturing products for leading brands, to developing the strategies behind key certification and traceability tools used by businesses to source responsible materials. We have visited mines, cotton fields and factories across the world, supported businesses of all sizes to improve their sourcing practices, drive sales and more effectively communicate with their customers.
Our commercial background means we understand our clients and speak the same language. We can help you decode the jargon that surrounds sustainability and develop practical ways to improve your business.
As one of the founders of V&V, Vanessa brings together a wealth of commercial fashion and sustainability experience. She has specialist expertise in developing and implementing transparency into global supply chains.
Vanessa was instrumental in creating the UK market for Fairtrade Cotton. Pioneering work which paved the way for the sustainability agenda within the textiles sector. She then went on to lead business development in apparel for Historic Futures’ online supply chain mapping and product traceability tool String3.
She offers a creative and innovative approach and is accomplished at leading projects across diverse stakeholder groups. Her insight and passion about the potential for transparency to transform the industry, puts her in a unique position to support businesses in achieving their sustainability objectives.
With a background across the manufacturing, retail and NGO/accreditation sectors, Victoria offers a holistic approach to business growth. She is passionate about supporting fashion and jewellery companies to source and produce responsibly whilst maintaining commerciality.
Victoria has a proven track record in establishing long term, profitable relationships, developing systems and building supply chains to bring product to market for leading brands. Most notably she led development of Fairtrade Gold and was responsible for a business development strategy that saw the scheme grow from concept to industry leader in artisanal gold.
She is now one half of V&V, sits on the Board of Ethical Fashion Forum, is the Women’s Jewellery Network Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability, and author of the Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador course.