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The 3rd Future Fabrics Expo took place once again in London, in a similar format as the previous two editions (2011, 2012), showcasing several hundred individually selected fabrics with a lower environmental impact from over 50 international mills. In addition, extensive background information on sustainability in fashion and textiles, and the latest textile and processing innovations was included.
For 2013, the expo was hosted in a commercial setting as part of Fashion SVP, the leading fashion event specialising in near-shore fashion manufacturing (Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, on 22nd – 24th September). Fashion SVP, established in 2011, showcased over 70 companies from full-service to CMT, able to produce ladies’, men’s and children’s wear knitted and woven collections.
As well as organising the 3 day long expo, The Sustainable Angle’s curator Amanda Johnston presented one of the most visited seminars, ‘The Sustainable Future of Textiles’, of the 2 day Fashion SVP seminar series.
“It was a really great experience to visit the Expo, as it’s such an opportunity for designers and brands to source their materials from more sustainable mills. The platform you provide makes it a lot easier to get in contact or even discover new mills, such as emerging innovative materials.” – Ana Pasalic from Stella McCartney Ltd
“The 6th Future Fabrics Expo has a great selection of fabrics and fashion materials, and the guided tour!” – COS
“The 6th Future Fabrics Expo is a very visionary and inspiring showcase. It is the future.” – M&S
“This was a great event with a good selection of brands attending and I learned about some new fibre technologies that have recently been released onto the market as a result. If you’re looking for sustainable fabrics the Sustainable Angle has a great library to browse covering all different product types and manufacturing regions.”
“The expo was very good and the cause is really important. The expo was very well put together… I really appreciated the expo, and I would like to visit again.” – H&M
“It [Future Fabrics Expo] is very interesting, and super useful. Anybody who is interested in sustainable textiles should go; it is a great sourcing hub.” – Katharine Hamnett