Our Future Fabrics Expo returned on the 24-25 January 2019 for its greatest showcase yet!
The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo is the largest dedicated showcase of sustainable materials for the fashion and textile industry in Europe.The expo featured thousands of commercially-available fabrics and materials from suppliers who are offering innovative solutions with a low environmental footprint.
Our biggest-ever edition was at a new venue of 22,000 sq ft at Victoria House in London, WC1.
Through the resources and activities showcased at the Expo, The Sustainable Angle aims to promote and connect materials suppliers with visionary designers and brands, who realise that fashion can have a positive impact upon nature and communities by working with safe, renewable materials and responsible practices throughout the supply chain.
2019 Future Fabrics Expo Event Summary:
Over 5000 commercially-available fabrics and materials with a reduced environmental impact on display.
Popular Seminar Programme series running alongside the expo, featuring speakers from some of the most influential organisations in sustainable textiles and fashion.
Best-practice core exhibitors and manufacturers with individual booths.
Innovation Hub, including a collaboration with Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator Programme.
Two curated areas dedicated to fashion brands who are integrating sustainability at the core of their businesses (one supported by Lenzing Group and one curated by Arizona Muse x RCM Studio).
Educational background information and sustainability criteria displayed alongside all materials.
Information zone featuring industry partners such as GOTS and Fashion Revolution.
Hangout areas including a plant-based café and bookstore.
Our annual Seminar Programme featured panel discussions and presentations with key thought leaders, innovators, industry insiders, textiles producers and designers. This year’s guests speakers included:
24th January 2019
9.30am: Professor Dilys Williams, Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion
11.00am: Panel on Waste and Recycling:Besim Özek,Director, Bossa Denim and Hideaki Nakano, Chief clerk, Toyoshima and Fabrizio Tesi, Comistra
12.30pm: Orsola de Castro, Co-founder of Fashion Revolution,in conversation withClaire Bergkamp, Global Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Stella McCartney
2.00pm: Matthew Drinkwater,Head of Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion, in conversation withEmma Scarf, Ventures Analyst, Fashion for Good- Plug and Play Accelerator
3.30pm: Krishna Manda, Senior Manager In Sustainability Integration, Lenzing Group, on the company’s approach to circularity
5pm: Edwina Ehrman, Senior Curator at the V&A and Curator of Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned From Nature in conversation with Ben Gleisner, Co-founder- Connecting Good (CoGo) and Conscious Consumer Guide on “Is a labelling system going to help shoppers to buy clothes that don’t cost the planet?”
25th January 2019
9.30am: Michael Kininmonth, Lenzing Group, on the microplastics problem in fashion
11.00am: Arizona Muse, modelandsustainability campaigner, moderating theconversation betweenTiziano Guardini,Designer, andAdriana Galijasevic, DenimandSustainability Expert, G-Star RAW,about the challenges and opportunities they face integrating sustainability
12.30pm: Lukas Fuchs, Research Analyst – Make Fashion Circular, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, introduction to circular economy and “How to Make Fashion Circular” followed by a conversation withSergi Masip,Sustainable Development, Hallotex, on circular fashion in practice from the perspective of a supplier
2.00pm: Seminar panel on innovation:Paulo Amaury, Nova Kaeru,Matthias Foessel, CEO, Beyond Surface Technologies andIna Budde, Founder of Circular Fashion
3.30pm: Panel discussion about the realities of producing materials in China: Enrico Forin,Advance Denim, Thecla Loh, ShokayandTommaso Rull, Profits Fund Global
4.30pm: Amanda Johnston, Curator, The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo, presenting a lecture to students
Panels will be moderated by Clare Press, presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast and Australian VOGUE’s Sustainability Editor-at-Large, Arizona Muse, model and sustainability campaigner, and Bel Jacobs, ethical fashion journalist and former fashion editor for Metro.
See the core exhibitors and sponsors that were shown alongside the curated showcase of 5000 materials:
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