Lewis’s talk will give an overview of how traditional crafted materials meet McLaren’s modern luxury, introduce McLaren’s philosophy, the design development of leather at the brand, as well as give an overview of product line collaborations. She will also outline what leather means for McLaren and how the company sees the future of the material. During her talk, Lewis will also present the new McLaren GT, which will be exclusively showcased live at the event, and talk about the interior design behind one of the brand’s flagship models.
This year’s one-day event takes place on May 12, 2020 at the prestigious Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, with an extended programme featuring high-profile speakers, a buffet lunch and several networking sessions, culminating in a complementary tour of the impressive Porsche Museum itself.

About Jo Lewis
Lewis has been responsible for all colour and material design delivery across all McLaren products, including McLaren Special operations. She is responsible for the creative colour & materials design vision and strategy for all current and future products at McLaren Automotive. Her career journey began in textile design, graduating from the RCA (Royal College of Arts) in 2007, then establishing various roles within design industries including fashion design at Stella McCartney, product design, materials design, innovation and engineering at TWI in Cambridge, followed by the leap into automotive design, having worked with brands such as JLR and Lotus.

Since joining McLaren in 2016, Lewis has developed and implemented new CMD processes and delivered CMD for 11 McLaren products, with particular focus on re-defining ‘the pinnacle’ of colour & materials through the customer journey for the company’s Ultimate series Hyper-GT, Speedtail. Through the development of this project Lewis has driven innovation, being first to market with unique and innovative materials design, as well as increasing the opportunity for truly bespoke customisation to a level never seen before at McLaren. In 2017, she was awarded the winner of the Autocar Women Designer of the year award.

Conference details at a glance:
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
10.45 Registration will open;
11.30 Welcome and conference presentations Part 1
13.00 Buffet lunch
13.45 Conference presentations Part 2
15.30 Conference ends/coffee break
16.00 Tour of Porsche Museum
17.30-18.00 End of event (the tour takes between 90-120 mins approx.)
Venue: Porsche Museum, Germany
Delegate Price: £420/€495/US$545, plus any applicable taxes and fees*
Delegate bookings and payments via PayPal can be made by clicking here.
*Prices advertised exclude a 3.5% booking fee. UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT.

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All presentations will be in English only. The conference is organised by International Leather Maker (ILM) and is lead sponsored by TFL, Smit & Zoon and sponsored by Zschimmer & Schwarz. theSauerReport is an event supporter. Click here for more information.