COVID-19 has shaken the foundations of the textiles, apparel and fashion industry. Global supply chains have been disrupted, retailers are restructuring their sourcing options, consumer behaviour is changing. At the same time, public authorities are introducing new environmental standards, and digitalisation is rapidly changing the nature of our business.
To understand above mentioned trends and address its impact on our industry, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the European Confederation of Apparel and Textiles (EURATEX) have decided to organise a double convention:
- the 36th IAF World Fashion Convention on 7-8 November
- the 9th European Textiles and Apparel Convention on 8-9 November
IAF and EURATEX cordially invite representatives from the industry, but also public authorities, NGOs and academia to join us in Antwerp, to provide an answer to these challenges, but also to meet again – after so much time – to share ideas and develop new business opportunities.
Digital Pre-Convention Event: movie clips and various online sessions
In the digital event of November 2020, prominent speakers from the IAF member network representing a wide range of supply chain links (brands, producers, technology solution providers, educators and NGOs) shared their vision on the theme “Transition in the Global Fashion System”. On November 10, 2021, short movie clips by 6 prominent IAF members from across the world and from across the industry, became available online. Together, these influential speakers provided a unique collection of visionary statements on the industry’s future, during a time where transition is so necessary and also where the need to collaborate across the industry has become so great.
On November 10 and 11, IAF hosted four online sessions on topics strongly related to the ‘transition’ theme.
Session 1 - Education and Technology in the Apparel Industry
Information and Q&A Session
FT Alliance is a major project bringing together educators, large and small brands and fashion technology solution providers. Some of the participants are London College of Fashion (UAL), Technical Universities of Delft (Netherlands), POLIMI Milano and University of Borås (Sweden), Decathlon and PVH. Several intensive workshops have uncovered very interesting insights about the human capital needs created by the digital transformation of the fashion industry.
This session is an exchange of ideas about the interaction between fashion companies and fashion educators in the face of rapid technological change. FT Alliance shares with the audience their findings so far and asks the audience to actively share their own experiences and questions.
Session 2 - Shared Risk and Reward in the Fashion Supply Chain
Creating a better retail margin, at less risk, requires investment in process innovation. What investment should retailers and suppliers make, and how can it create value both upstream and downstream? How does a faster, leaner and more agile sourcing relationship help to balance risks and rewards? Is our industry business model capable of overcoming its low profit, low growth and low tech reputation? Isn’t the balancing and sharing of risk ánd reward among buyers and suppliers one of the keys to unlocking a better overall performance of the supply chain? Listen to speakers John Thorbeck (Chainge Capital), Liz Simon (Fashion3) and Anne Patricia Sutanto (VP PT Pan Brothers). This is the 2nd in a series of three webinars that IAF has organized together with e-learning specialist MOTIF.
Session 3 - Digital Fabrics Roadmap -
The Future of Fabrics
Round table discussion
3D digital platforms have revolutionised the way the industry approaches design and development, but it still falls short when it comes to materials simulation based on physical and mechanical properties. Why? It is the lack of uniformity in how materials are measured across different software systems. In an ideal world, measurements would be standardized to the point that fabric suppliers can provide a swatch of materials complete with all general properties needed to simulate in all and any 3D environment without ever needing to buy a material sample.
This is a round table discussion, co-organized with MODINT, aimed at finding concrete ways to accelerate, expand and formalize the global standardization work needed as one of the foundations of the digital transformation.
Session 4 - IAF’s and ITMF’s Standard Convergence Initiative
Information and Q&A Session
IAF’s and ITMF’s Standard Convergence Initiative – Audit and Standard Fatigue: IAF and ITMF run the SCI (Standard Convergence Initiative) project aimed at reducing audit and standard fatigue. Together with ITC (International Trade Centre) IAF and ITMF are initiating a monitoring instrument that will measure to what extent standard holders are contributing to solving the problem of audit and standard fatigue. We have developed 4 criteria for the measurement that we will present.
In this session, IAF and ITMF explain the concept of SCI, the progress so far, the goals for the coming year and they answer questions from the audience.