Anna Bance – Keynote Speaker


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Specialist Subjects

  • Sustainability in retail and Circular Fashion
  • The Changing Landscape of Luxury
  • Living in an 'On Demand' Society
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Starting a company
  • The Rise of Clothing Rental
  • Sharing Economy


  • English


Anna Bance is the founder of Europe’s leading online rental website,, that gives millions of women the ability to hire designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the price.

Girl Meets Dress started out whilst Anna Bance was working for Hermes as Head of UK PR when she noticed there was a gap in the market for luxury clothing and accessory rental for women. She quickly jumped on the idea becoming the first company in the world to hire luxury fashion online.

Bance’s background is in Fashion, Journalism and PR with her degree in Fashion Promotion from London College of Fashion and her skill sets meant she could start up, generate world-wide press attention and launch Girl Meets Dress.

Since launching, the business has scaled throughout Europe, and the Bance has been busy pioneering the way forward for rental as a new and exciting ecommerce category of its own.

Anna Bance was chosen as Management Today’s Top 6, 35 under 35 cover stars and has won many awards, including the Drapers Innovation Etail award, the Natwest Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Award as well as being in the ‘Online Fashion 100’, ‘Top 100 Web Start Ups’ and ‘Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year’.

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