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Fair fashion in the heart of the Fashion Week Berlin

Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom at the ‘Kraftwerk’ event centre

New location. Exclusive evening event, ‘Nightshift’. ‘Salonshow’. ‘Fashionsustain’ conference. Although Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom have been a component part of the Fashion Week Berlin for many years, the trade-fair duo will have a new look when they next return, from 16 to 18 January 2018.


Incubator for responsible innovation in textiles and fashion

During the Berlin Fashion Week, the decommissioned power station ‘Kraftwerk Berlin’ will become the venue for the two conferences FASHIONSUSTAIN and FASHIONTECH. For this pioneering duo of events, Messe Frankfurt are involved in a collaborative venture with the Premium Group, organisers of FASHIONTECH. The subject at both of these conferences, on 16 and 17 January 2018, is nothing less than the future of the textile industry.

Female Power

Strong statements by women in jobs impacting sustainability

Female power and sustainability – two megatrends stimulating each other. Who are the women in jobs where their decisions impact on sustainability and the interfaces which have a decisive influence on the sector? And what is their statement in the face of a change towards more sustainability in the textile and fashion industry? Jana Kern asked the questions.

Upcoming brand: Renli Su

Play of opposites

Dynamism versus calm. Alienation versus a firmly established place in women’s history. The sustainable high-fashion label of Chinese fashion designer Renli Su, based in London, plays with opposites in a virtuoso way. The result: collections full of grace and beauty.

Store to watch: A better Story, Munich

New eco-concept store in Munich

Brigitte von Puttkammer, Kurt Raffeiner and Barbaros Blatter-Aslihan have something to tell: narratives of a better future. Full of rebellion, justice and visions. Since October they have been doing this with their new concept store for fair fashion, accessories and lifestyle.

H&M Foundation

Breakthrough in closed-loop recycling

A research project of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and the Japanese universities of Ehime and Shinshu, financed by the H&M Foundation, has succeeded for the first time in fully separating mixed-textile fabrics in a chemical recycling process providing full segregation.

O Ecotextiles

Two sisters on a mission

Two sisters, Leigh Anne Van Dusen and Patty Grossman, are on a mission. Their aim is to make the fashion industry take a re-think. Not through campaigns, but by working to enlighten others and to share their own experiences and research successes with others in their blog and newsletter.

Gender-free clothing: John Lewis

John Lewis abolishes gender-specific clothing for children

Bye-bye sexual stereotypes! The British department store chain John Lewis is the first British fashion retailer to abandon the categories of „Boys” and „Girls”, thus causing a bit of a fuss.

Event: Gender Forum ILO & FWF

Against violence and discrimination in the apparel industry

A forum against injustices in the apparel industry. The Fair Wear Foundation brings together international players from the fashion sector to clarify, connect and take action.

“The future is urban”

The next Heimtextil, International Trade Fair for Home and Contract Textiles, will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 9 to 12 January 2018. With almost 3,000 exhibitors, the last edition of the fair attracted around 70,000 trade visitors. Thus, it is only logical that sustainability should hold an important position at Heimtextil.

May we introduce

Annette Koch, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility GERRY WEBER International AG.

At this point we present personalities who shape the eco fashion industry with their work. Annette Koch is responsible for the sustainability activities of Gerry Weber International AG, which recently got GOTS certified.

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