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Explainable AI based Interventions for Pre-season Decision Making in Fashion Retail

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Future of sustainable fashion lies in adoption of AI for a better understanding of consumer shopping behaviour and using this understanding to further optimize product design, development and sourcing to finally reduce the probability of overproducing inventory. Explainability and interpretability are highly effective in increasing the adoption of AI based tools in creative domains like fashion. In a fashion house, stakeholders like buyers, merchandisers and financial planners have a more quantitative approach towards decision making with primary goals of high sales and reduced dead inventory. Whereas, designers have a more intuitive approach based on observing market trends, social media and runways shows. Our goal is to build an explainable new product forecasting tool with capabilities of interventional analysis such that all the stakeholders (with competing goals) can participate in collaborative decision making process of new product design, development and launch.