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Let’s talk about the issues facing the fashions of tomorrow, in the heart of the Smart Square!
To promote discussion, compare experiences and share ideas with experts and international organizations. Theme of the edition: tomorrow is Here!
3 days of exchanges and debates that promise to be exciting!
The program will be enriched by the end of August: stay connected!



  • 10-10.30 am | Euratex Prospering in the Circular Economy | Dunja DRMAČ, Sustainability Officer


  • 1-2 pm | Changing the Fiber Landscape through Performance and Environmental Advantages | Stacy Flynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Evrnu and Christopher Stanev, CSO and Co-Founder of Evrnu.

    Evrnu has invented and is deploying innovative technologies that are transforming the fiber landscape.  Benefits include extending the natural cotton fiber lifecycle 5X, adding a high-quality waste-based feedstock, and opening markets with new engineered materials.  Join the Co-Founders in a dialog about these capabilities and their impact.

  • 2-3 pm | Francois Souchet leads Make Fashion Circular, an initiative by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    For fashion to thrive in the future, we must join forces and design a circular economy for clothes. Francois Souchet, Lead, Make Fashion Circular will share insights from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report ‘A new textiles economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future’, and a positive vision for a circular economy for clothes. Make Fashion Circular drives collaboration between industry leaders and other key stakeholders to create a textiles economy fit for the 21st century. Its ambition is to ensure clothes are made from safe and renewable materials, new business models increase their use, and old clothes are turned into new.

  • 3-4 pm | What Happens When You Put a Scientist and a Designer in the Same Room? | Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel, Founder of Descience

    Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel, Founder of Descience, focuses on the intersection of design and science. She will showcase examples and outcomes from the Descience program, which paired scientists and designers from different global backgrounds and regions to problem-solve meaningful human challenges. She will discuss the global science network and examples of newly formed companies, such as Bolt Threads, that are a true testimony to science in search of new sustainable systems.

  • 4.30-5 pm | Re-verso Transforming fashion systems to design waste out toward a circular economy | Federico Gualtieri, President Filpucci


  • 5-5:30 pm | PINATEX : A New Material for a New World. | Carmen Hijosa Founder and Chief Creative & Innovation Officer Ananas Anam


  • 5.30-6 pm | Saga Fur : Nordic values provide a natural foundation for circular economy of fur | Tia Matthews / Business Director

    Nordic values provide a natural foundation for circular economy of fur


  • 9.30-10 am | Stahl Life Cycle Assessment Methodology applied to leather | Michael Costello / Director of Sustainability


  • 10-11 am | Crafting tomorrow’s Luxury | Cecilia Takayama Director of the Materials Innovation Lab, Kering Geraldine Vallejo Sustainability Programme Director, Kering


  • 11-11.30 am | PARLEY / Purpose in the new luxury | Alexandre Taylor

    Ocean Plastic® is a range of materials created from upcycled plastic waste intercepted from open ocean, remote shorelines, beaches, underwater and in coastal communities before it reaches the oceans.

    Parley understands current plastic is a design failure, seeing the long-term solution for marine plastic pollution in the redesign of the harmful material. In the meantime, Parley created  Ocean Plastic® as a catalyst innovation that provides an immediate replacement for new, virgin plastic and transforms plastic waste into symbols of change.

    Join Parley Ambassador, Alexander Taylor, leader of an industrial design studio and innovation consultant to adidas, to hear how Purpose is the Luxury.

    Cyrill Gutsch / Parley for the Ocean, Founder & CEO

    Alexander Taylor, leader of an industrial design studio and innovation consultant to adidas

  • 12-12.30 pm | CICB : Design and Sustainability - An overview on Brazilian Leather Industry continuous improvement protocols | Rafael Andrade

    Design and Sustainability – An overview on Brazilian Leather Industry continuous improvement protocols

    Rafael Andrade, International / Strategy, Design, and Planning Consultant | CICB, DNP and CSCB

  • 1-1.30 pm | Centrocot | Omar Maschi PhD Centro Tessile Cotoniero e Abbigliamento SpA

    The ENTeR Project: an innovative approach to circular economy through a platform for the industrial symbiosis

    Omar Maschi PhD Centro Tessile Cotoniero e Abbigliamento SpA

  • 2-3 pm | Circular Design Guidelines: an end-to-end approach to making | Rebecca Earley and Elin Larsson

    Rebecca Earley and Kate Goldsworthy, Co-founders of the Centre for Circular Design at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and their team are creating a circular design guide for a circular economy. The concepts have been tested with Elin Larsson, Sustainability Director at Filippa K, and her team in Stockholm over a period of 18 months. Rebecca and Elin will join us to share their insights with attendees.

  • 3:30 – 4.45 pm | Sustainability and traceability in the leather supply chain | John Graebing , Director of Materials - Deckers USA, Chiara MORELLI, Kering, Group Operations Sustainability Manager Thierry PONCET / CTC, Head of Leather & Sustainable Development Department Cédric VIGIER / CTC, Innovation Manager

    Moderated by ILM Content Director, Martin Ricker, the seminar will feature several short presentations from leading industry experts representing major brands and retailers, technical institutions and tanners.

    Building Consumer Trust through Supply Chain Transparency
    Understand the business case for building a transparent supply chain and learn of practical steps on how to systematically track the source of all animal hides to its origin. During John Graebin, Chiara Morelli, Thierry Poncet and Cédric Vigier’s presentation you will have a better understanding on why transparency is becoming so crucial for business and especially important for leather made products, what can be done today to create a platform for tracing the animal hides used in your products.

    John Graebin, DECKERS Materials director

    John Graebin is a supply chain professional and has been working in the leather and footwear industry since 1992. Having graduated at the Tanning School SENAI RS in Brazil, for the past 26 years he has worked in various positions within the industry with roles in R&D, Sourcing and Operations. John has featured as a guest writer for ILM (International Leather Maker) and more recently had actively contributed to the creation of the RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) Protocol by the Textile Exchange and acted as an Advisory Member for the GRS (Global Recycled Standard) International Working Group on Implementation Manual 4.0. 
    John is a member of the Environmental Sustainability & Ethical Sourcing Committee and currently works as Sr. Director of Materials at Deckers Brands, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California where he resides.


  • 5-5.30 pm | C.L.A.S.S. : Smart Innovation, the new standard for fashion | James Mendolia, Co-founder C.L.A.S.S. Education

    Fashion Designers, Merchandisers, Sourcing Experts, Educators and Fashion Students of all majors, this is your invitation to see, feel and understand why brands are sourcing smart innovations. James Mendolia, Co-founder C.L.A.S.S. Education, will engage the attendees’ senses as they realize smart innovation as the new standard for fashion. Smart innovation optimizes creativity through means of responsible sourcing alternatives that offer a new generation of values.


  • 10.30 - 11 am | Bluesign: Reusable, Recyclable, Circular. Sustainable? | Christian Dreszig, Head Marketing & Communication


  • 11.30 am -12.30 pm | VF Corporation Moves Toward a Circular Business Model | Julian Lings, Sustainability Manager for The North Face in Europe, Middle East and Africa

    Julian Lings will share key values of VF’s Made For Change strategy, focusing on the Circular Business Model’s pillar of the strategy. Julian will have a good collection of case studies to share. The two main focuses will be: new business models and a new role for design. 

  • 1-1.30 pm | Sedacor | Albertino Oliveira, Commercial Director

    The amazing natural “spices” for the 21st century eco-friendly Fashion: Innovative Cork solutions

  • 1.30 - 2 pm | ROICA™ BY ASAHI KASEI | Stephan Huette, Development Manager


  • 2-3 pm | Blockchain in the era of transparency: a tool to connect products to data | Neliana Fuenmayor - Founder & CEO of ‘A Transparent Company

    In partnership with Provenance.org 

    Fashion supply chains are complex and often opaque, with limited interoperability and information is siloed. We work with fashion businesses to help them transition from linear supply chains to open and circular models, by creating product engagement at the point of sale, by connecting the product journeys with Provenance TM software-based solutions woth blockchain technology. We will discuss the roadmap towards transparency in fashion, from end-to-end traceability to the point of sale and beyond purchase to achieve full circularity. 

  • 30-2 pm | Smart Materials : The biocompatible protection for leather and fibres | Gianfranco Mazzarella, Sales Manager

    The biocompatible protection for leather and fibres


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