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Our strategic foresight experts specialise in trend forecasting, consumer insight, foresight, brand strategy and innovation across a variety of key industry sectors.

Drawing on a workforce of 50+ specialists, our team are on hand to offer expert commentary and data-driven validation for your latest feature or to inspire your newsworthy stories with future-facing insights. 

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Luxury Society

Hyperphysical Stores

The Future Laboratory's foresight editor, Kathryn Bishop, provides insight to Limei Hoang of Luxury Society on the trend of elevating store spaces to enhance the consumer experience.

Image credit: Balenciaga for Luxury Society

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City A.M.

Gen Z's Influence on Color Trends

The Future Laboratory's Emily Rhodes is cited in the discussion of millennial pink and the rise of "optimistic" tones, thanks to Gen Z. 

Image credit: David Shrigley for Sketch Mayfair / City A.M.

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Business of Fashion

The Age of Acceleration

The Future Laboratory's founders, Martin Raymond and Chris Sanderson, returned last year at BoF VOICES 2021 to speak on the pandemic's impact and business pace shifts in this decade. 

Image credit: Business of Fashion 



Men’s Health

20 Fitness Trends in 2022

The Future Laboratory foresight editor Kathryn Bishop spoke with Men’s Health to discuss the fitness trends of 2022, from wearable tech to fashionable hobby sports.

Image credit: Carolina Carballo for The Future Laboratory




The Future of the Home

The Future Laboratory foresight editor Kathryn Bishop spoke with Richard Godwin of The Guardian to discuss a more sustainable future for the home.

Image credit: Material Futures for The Future Laboratory




The beauty of fluidity

The Future Laboratory senior strategic researcher, Momo Amjad, spoke with Bel Jacobs to discuss the history behind third-gender communities.

Image credit: Carolina Carballo for The Future Laboratory



Business of Fashion

BoF's VOICES 2021

BoF VOICES returned last year from Dec. 1 to 3 with a stellar lineup of speakers including The Future Laboratory's co-founders Chris Sanderson and Martin Raymond.

Image credit: Business of Fashion



Adobe Chats

The Alt-Experience series

The Future Laboratory co-founder Chris Sanderson features in episode one of the series as he discusses the future of retail and customer experience with Tina Daheley.

Image credit: Carolina Carballo for The Future Laboratory




Celebrity beauty brands this decade

Over the years we have seen many celebrities use their power and influence to sell products. Now, as our futures director, Victoria Buchanan, explains people want something more authentic, someone they can see has put the work in behind the scenes.

Image credit: LoveSeen




Post-pandemic workplaces

The Future Laboratory's foresight editor, Kathryn Bishop, discussed the future of the workplace and the physical office with Stylist's editor-in-chief Lisa Smosarksi, from new office designs to circadian rhythms.

Image credit: PHYD and Il Prisma, Italy




The phygital future of fashion retail

Foresight writer, Abi Buller, spoke with Drapers on the new hybrid approach to fashion, merging both the physical and digital worlds. Hear from Abi on the latest virtual fashion trends.

Image credit: Gucci Garden Archetypes, Florence. Photography by Agnese Bedini, Italy



Financial Times

Caffeinated rituals

Savannah Scott, The Future Laboratory's creative researcher, spoke with the Financial Times to discuss how caffeine is here to stay. Amid a rising trend of decaffeinated coffee, Savannah explores how adaptable, experimental and innovative caffeine can be.

Image credit: Panera, US


Our team of researchers, analysts, strategists and editors are available for expert commentary, thought-leadership events, specialist interviews and editorial partnerships.

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Chris Sanderson (He/Him)

Chris is responsible for delivering the company’s global roster of conferences, media events and LS:N Global Trend Briefings, which he co-presents with the team in major cities around the world. Clients who have booked his inspirational keynotes include Gucci Group, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo and H&M.

Martin Raymond (He/Him)

Martin is editor-in-chief LS:N Global, the online lifestyle news and consumer insight portal. Having written several books on trend forecasting, including The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook and The Tomorrow People, Martin contributes regularly as an expert on trends and business for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.

Cliff Bunting (He/Him)

Cliff is responsible for devising a strategy that ensures the commercial and operational performance of our business, creating new partnerships, and working with our clients to help them create their most prosperous future. He has helped clients such as Spotify, Nike, BSkyB and Amazon to anticipate the future and capitalise on the opportunities presented to them.

Fiona Anderson (She/Her)
people director

Fiona joined The Future Laboratory in 2016 to lead people management and talent acquisition. Her interest in people management began at Macmillan Publishers where she worked in an administrative capacity. As The Future Laboratory continues to grow, Fiona is committed to creating an environment where the team can do their best work while ensuring their professional ambitions are realised.

Rodrigo Tobal (He/Him)
head of marketing

Rodrigo is responsible for developing a 360-degree marketing strategy across The Future Laboratory and LS:N Global. He leads a team focused on maximising the company’s brand awareness and marketing reach in a bid to generate new demand for all services. With more than 10 years’ experience leading high-performing marketing teams, Rodrigo has a proven record of advising, planning and implementing B2C and B2B strategies.

Kathryn Bishop (She/Her)
foresight editor

Kathryn joined The Future Laboratory in 2016, beginning her career in trends producing client-facing Strategic Foresight reports, working with organisations including Microsoft, Monotype and Legal & General. In 2018, she joined the LS:N Global team as deputy editor before becoming Foresight editor in 2020. Today, Kathryn leads the team as a managing editor, overseeing the daily operation of LS:N Global, alongside production of the platform's macrotrends, webinars and reports.

Matt Poile
deputy foresight editor

Having worked in forecasting since 2016, Matt has developed a deep subject specialism in gaming, youth culture and digital futures, helping companies of all sizes navigate bleeding edge trends. As well as contributing across sectors, Matt is responsible for helping set editorial direction and commissioning articles across the LS:N Global platform.

Abi Buller (She/Her)
foresight analyst

Abi joined The Future Laboratory in late 2019 and writes across LS:N Global, including the daily Need to Know section. She has a background in fashion and continues to track industry shifts relating to sustainability and digital innovation. As well as leading the Fashion sector, she also contributes regularly to the Youth and Media & Technology verticals.

Olivia Houghton (She/Her)
deputy creative foresight editor

Olivia joined The Future Laboratory as a junior researcher in early 2018. Now, as Deputy Creative Foresight Editor, she is responsible for leading the creative development of LS:N Global. Her role is to ensure the platform’s written and visual content sets new standards for the digital communication. Contributing regularly as our go-to beauty and wellness expert to publications including Vogue and Financial Times.

Savannah Scott (She/Her)
senior creative foresight analyst

Savannah joined The Future Laboratory in 2020 as part of the LS:N Global team, leading research and design for food and drink and retail content for the platform. With a background in creative strategy, anthropology and graphic design, Savannah curates and contributes to the visual narrative of LS:N Global, alongside leading visual research for a number of annual macrotrends and sector reports. Savannah is a regular contributor to LS:N Global’s daily news and weekly articles.

Lavinia Fasano
foresight analyst

Lavinia joined The Future Laboratory and LS:N Global in 2021 and serves as its in-house luxury expert. In addition to leading the annual Luxury & Hospitality Futures report, she contributes daily articles to LS:N Global, as well as longer features such as microtrends, market analysis, and interviews. During her time with The Future Laboratory, Lavinia has contributed insights to publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Wired, and Jing Daily.

Emily Rhodes (She/Her)
creative foresight analyst

Emily joined The Future Laboratory in 2021 after graduating from her course in fashion communication and promotion at Nottingham Trent University. As a creative foresight analyst, she leads the visual research for the youth, media, and technology sectors as well as contributing to LS:N Global’s daily content and design-led pieces. With a keen interest in the future of urban environments and climate-combative design, she is an active member of the lab’s sustainability taskforce.

Rachele Simms
head of strategy

Rachele plays a pivotal role in nurturing the Strategy team and developing the quality of our strategic thinking. With nearly 15 years of experience, she combines her creative background and strong commercial acumen to define and realise future strategies for brands such as Shiseido, lululemon, Jameson and The Chalhoub Group.

Louise French (She/Her)
strategy director

Louise is one of the lead strategists at The Future Laboratory. With over 12 years’ experience in brand and innovation strategy, she works closely with clients such as Dell, Sony, Selfridges and Gulfstream to identify inspiring and revolutionary opportunities for change, and to develop practical strategic frameworks that provide the blueprints for putting the future first.

Adam Steel (He/Him)
strategic foresight editor

Adam leads the team that creates bespoke reports and thought-leadership content for brands including Adidas, Volvo, Nespresso and IHG. Working across sectors, from retail and travel to finance, media and sport, Adam creates inspiring content that enables brands to develop leading strategies and disruptive innovations.

Darian Nugent (She/Her)
senior strategic foresight writer

Darian creates tailored reports and thought-leading content across diverse industries. Unlocking future-facing strategies and new brand directions, Darian has written bespoke foresight reports for Jägermeister, Samsung and UBS. Before joining The Future Laboratory, she forecast fashion and youth lifestyle trends for Stylus.

Rachael Stott (She/Her)
senior futures analyst

Rachael is responsible for leading research to identify and visually communicate global cultural trends across the lifestyle sectors, inspiring our clients to prepare for the future. As our fashion and retail expert, she speaks regularly at our events, and has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas and the British Fashion Council.

Rosanna Iacono
Managing partner and co-founder,
The Growth Activists

Rosanna is a business leader with 25 years experience working with some of the world’s leading brands. Her career includes 16 years internationally with Nike where she led and launched new business units including Nike Sportswear apparel (now a multi-billion dollar business unit), and Levi’s where she was the Brand Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Global Brand Director for the Premium division. Rosanna has also held C-suite roles in Australia delivering exits for Private Equity-owned businesses like Sheridan and Jurlique. Rosanna is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of strategy consultancy The Growth Activists, where she specialises in Growth, Brand, Innovation and ESG Transformation strategy. Rosanna is also a B Corp-trained B Consultant supporting businesses to attain certification.

Jade Miles
food educator, author and farmer,
Black Barn Farm

Jade Miles is a food advocate and educator, business builder, food co-op founder, author, podcaster and regenerative heritage fruit farmer based in Australia. She’s an active presence in the regenerative space, hosting school programs, permaculture and homesteading workshops while sitting on multiple boards – all in the name of reconnecting people to nature, food and a simpler existence.


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