Munich Fabric Start

Texfash - Interview

The Biggest Disruption is the Switch from the Seasonal to a Timeless Conception

An Interview of texfash.com with Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director of Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH

9. November 2022

The turnout and excitement at this year’s Munich Fabric Start matched pre-pandemic levels. What were the changes that you noticed in terms of buying practices? What were buyers looking for? Were they more circumspect? Were people taking more measured decisions?

Sustainability has become even more important than before. Many exhibitors have told us that the first questions buyers ask them are: Are your business practices are sustainable? Are your plants certified? Are your products recyclable? Those are no longer questions of marketing; they are questions of the market. Moreover, the conflict situation of skyrocketing energy prices, the current geopolitical unpredictability plus ever imminent shortages of some raw materials are necessitating fast and even further transformations towards more efficient technologies and processes. Everyone at every single position of the supply chain knows that they can no longer afford to waste resources. So yes, people are taking more measured, circumspect decisions.

Another main topic is the discussion about prices. Especially, Germany is a very price sensitive market. There are fixed retail prices brands do not want to change. Now that raw material and energy costs are rising, buyers and product managers are searching for solutions. This is quite challenging if they at the same time want to maintain their high quality and create collections with exciting, fresh and new looks, colours and materials.

This is also the first time Munich Fabric Start was held since the announcement of the EU Textiles Strategy. Were its overall and long-term implications already reflected this year at MFS? How are companies gearing up?

Many mills and manufacturers are in the midst of or have already shifted to processes that are in accordance with the EU Textiles Strategy. Many denim manufacturers, for example, have adopted dyeing and finishing technologies that work with no or little to no water and entirely without chemicals. Whether it be Muze’s drop dye, Sharabati’s recycling system, Wiser’s oxygen-based, pumice free bleaching process—many have already taken steps to fulfilling the EU’s requirements. In terms of recycling and recyclability, we see that lot of new ideas come up to join forces to use consumer waste as new raw materials to create fashion in circularity. Many countries are looking for solutions. There is a lot to come.

 

The other thing that has happened, and is still happening, is the Ukraine war. Has it had any impact on Munich Fabric Start in terms of visitors? What was Russian participation like in the earlier years?

To be honest: in this specific case, the first thing we as trade show organisers care about is the people, not our performance indicators or visitor numbers. For sure, this war has an impact on all of us on a way deeper level. During the last couple of days, I had several talks to long-time friends who are affected on a personal level by having relatives in regions that have turned into a war zone, or knowing business partners who had to flee, or just personal memories of travels to places that have now become battle fields. Hearing those stories is heart breaking and it frightens me. On a personal level as well as a professional. Our industry is an exceptionally international one—conflicts are never good for globalisation; armed conflicts and wars even less so.

 

The Bluezone is a big canvas in itself. It’s a good place to pick up denim trends. How has denim changed since the pandemic?

On an aesthetic trend level, the biggest shift that we see is the concurrency of different trends. Denim is an absolutely ageless phenomenon. And while young generations might be willing to lever heavy qualities from the heritage scene to a wider market, those brands focussing on mid-agers probably tend to source more stretchy ones. The same applies for finishing options. Having said that, we see multiple parallel trends going on in denim. Nevertheless, our own trend forecasters once again identified a meta trend that was able to encompass multiple actual social characteristics and merge them with contemporary ones that move the fashion and design scene—which is why Bluezone’s seasonal theme is ‘Campus’. Under that term we’ve been able to condense a lot of the things that are going on in the denim world right now. And to stimulate education within a community that has a growing mindset and is able and willing to learn and change.

As I have already made apparent earlier, the biggest shift for our whole sector—including the denim universe—is the huge increase in consciousness. Everyone has realised what raw materials are really worth. There is more education around those contexts and a growing interest in details such as social issues or efficiency. We are aware of this demand, which is why we had an extensive series of seminars, lectures and talks at MFS this year, most of which have been centred around circularity, recycling, new materials, traceability and innovations. And we take this matter seriously—we’ve even reached out to enable a ‘coopetitive’ (cooperative competition) cooperation with the Transformer Foundation, resulting in a specialised on stage programme of trans-sectoral discussions and round table talks.

 

What was the need for The Source, so much so that it needed to be a sub-event and not part of the main Munich Fabric Start?

We actively decided to make it a show-in-show because we wanted to raise awareness for the potential synergies that the simultaneity of a trade show focusing on sourcing and one for fabrics make possible. Think about visiting designers or product managers, and being able to hold meetings with their brand’s fabric producers or even pattern studios and the CMT companies. Our vision is the one of a kind one-stop sourcing ecosystem.

Discover more industry-changing innovations at our upcoming trade shows:

BLUEZONE

24/01 – 25/01/2023

www.bluezone.show

MUNICH FABRIC START

24/01 – 26/01/2023

www.munichfabricstart.com

THE SOURCE

24/01 – 25/01/2023

www.thesource.show

The New EU Textiles Strategy: 15 Things You Need To Know

The New EU Textiles Strategy: 15 Things You Need To Know

A contribution of Muchaneta ten Napel, Founding Editor-in-Chief FashNerd.com

6. September 2022

The fashion industry produces 92 million tonnes of waste. It is also responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. The ugly truth is that the way that the fashion industry does business is making an unsustainable impact on natural resources and the environment at each stage of the supply chain.

So what can be done to minimise an industry-wide problem’s carbon and environmental footprints? Well, this is where the new EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles comes into play.

Is It Empowering the Green Transition?

More than just another set of rigid rules, the new EU textiles strategy is driven to address the need for businesses to take responsibility and act to minimise their carbon and environmental footprints. Proposed by the EU Commission, the plan has been set up to help the EU shift to a circular economy that can tackle fast fashion, textile waste and the destruction of unsold textiles. The strategy also aims to encourage businesses to participate actively in the co-creation process through their commitments to circularity and circular business models.

As part of the EU Green Deal, the strategy proposes to make sustainable products “the norm in the EU.” Pushing forward the idea that all production fully respects social rights, the plan also calls on companies to make textiles more durable, repairable, reusable and recyclable.

Bringing attention to a product’s lifecycle, the strategy focuses on design through to end-of-life. The agenda is to kickstart actions that ensure that by 2030 textile products placed on the EU market will be more eco-friendly and long-lasting.

With so much change promised, the Commission’s proposal of new rules can be complex for some to unpack. So here are ten things you need to know about the new EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles.

15 Things you need to know

  1. The new strategy is part of a much broader package, including as many as 16 new legislative actions and other policies that will directly impact the textile value chain.
  2. Create a model of thriving green and digital transition in manufacturing.
  3. The strategy will require manufacturers to give consumers more information on how to reuse, repair and recycle clothing.
  4. The goal is to phase out fast fashion and have more businesses commit to business models that allow for the reuse and repair of products to be widely available.
  5. In the textile sector, the strategy hopes producers will take responsibility for their products along the value chain, including when they become waste.
  6. Promoting the circular textiles ecosystem, the EU textiles strategy aims to support and accompany the textiles ecosystem throughout its transformative journey.
  7. By supporting innovative fibre-to-fibre recycling, the plan is to reduce, to a minimum, the incineration and landfilling of textile waste.
  8. Solutions and measures include more precise information, a Digital Product Passport and a mandatory EU extended producer responsibility scheme.
  9. The strategy highlights the need for accuracy regarding green claims by proposing new consumer rights and a ban on greenwashing.
  10. Reverse overproduction and overconsumption, and discourage the destruction of unsold or returned textiles.
  11. Propose mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility for textiles with eco- modulation of fees.
  12. Address the unintentional release of microplastics from synthetic textiles.
  13. Restrict the export of textile waste and promote sustainable textiles globally.
  14. Incentivise circular business models, including reuse and repair services.
  15. Adopt favourable taxation measures for the reuse and repair sector. Lastly, the new EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles end game is to make the EU market more friendly to the environment, circular, and energy-efficient and bring balance back to global supply chains. So to conclude, yes, the EU textiles sustainability strategy is very ambitious, but this is why it is critical that it is implemented correctly.

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About the author

Founding editor-in-chief of FashNerd.com, Muchaneta has worked in the fashion industry for over 14 years. She is currently one of the leading influencers speaking and writing about the merger of fashion with technology and wearable technology.

Muchaneta ten Napel | editor@fashnerd.com

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Blue Lenz Denim Video Awards

CARVED IN BLUE/ BLUE LENZ

The winners of the second BLUE LENZ DENIM VIDEO AWARDS are out now!

31. August 2022

Beginning back in 2021, the BLUE LENZ DENIM VIDEO AWARDS is an annual celebration of creativity, technical excellence and innovation in the denim industry.

The Awards take place at Bluezone, the Munich Fabric Start international trade show for denim, street and sportswear.

The BLUE LENZ YouTube channel was launched in January 2020 with the aim to capture and curate all the latest original video content cover stories, education, sustainability initiatives, fabric innovations and trends from the denim community.

Currently hosting more than 430 videos and with upwards of 1,000 followers, the aim is to shine the spotlight on the best and the brightest blue videos, and recognize the best ones with an awards competition in collaboration with Bluezone.

For those of us who grew up in the era of MTV we recall the launch of music videos.  It was at that time that music and videos came to life and that eventually led onto the birth of the MTV Music Video Awards in 1984.

We asked ourselves “Why can’t the denim industry have the same?”

As a category of textiles that boasts some of the deepest roots and richest of histories, denim has been an influential component of popular culture and fashion for centuries. denim is ubiquitous. Denim has impacted music, art, politics, culture – and that is what we hope is reflected in the content of the Blue Lenz Denim Video Awards.

In an effort to highlight and champion the best in our industry, as well as to credit people and teams behind each of the denim videos, we nominated videos in 8 categories.  We enlisted a group of esteemed judges from around the world to debate and deliberate the winners, and it was those winners that were recognized today at the Bluezone/ Munich Fabric Start event.

Our judging panel consisted of:

Margherita Verlicchi
Menabo
(ITALY)

Michelle Branch
Markt & Twigs
(USA)

Wouter Munnichs
Long John Denim (NETHERLANDS)

Panos Sofianos
Bluezone
(GERMANY / GREECE)

Kara Nicholas
Denim Expert
(USA)

Best Educational Video/ Series 

WINNER

Transformers ED Series by Transformers Foundation

2nd place: Kingston University MA Fashion – Denim Project

3rd place: Ever Evolving Talks by Calik Denim

Best Denim Design/ Collection

WINNER

2nd place: WASSSH! SPAIN IS DIFFERENT by Jose Medina

3rd place: “NAVEENA DENIM MIILLS X ENDRIME® X OFFICINA + 39 “FUTURE CELLULOSIC COLLECTION””

Best Sustainability - Connection to the UN SDGs

WINNER

2nd place:  Blackhorse Lane Ateliers – ‘Community Membership’ APRIL 2022

3rd place tie: Celebrating Women at AGI – Women’s Day

3rd place tie: Collaboration with the Textile Institute of Pakistan

Future Forward

WINNER

2nd place: ORTA – ALWAYS TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE

3rd place: Advance Denim – Jeans Redesgin

Honorable Mention

WINNER

NAVEENA DENIM LTD ( NDL) X

SALLI CONSIDERED FIBRE TO FINISH

Best Overall Video

WINNER

2nd: Hempy Colleciton by Bossa

3rd : NDM X OfficinaX Endrime

We also want to thank our hosts, Blue Zone at Munich Fabric Start.

Photo images available upon request from the live presentation.

For more information contact:

Tricia Carey
Lenzing
t.carey@lenzing.com

Discover further industry-disrupting innovations at our upcoming shows:

BLUEZONE

30/08 – 31/08/2022

www.bluezone.show

MUNICH FABRIC START

30/08 – 01/09/2022

www.munichfabricstart.com

THE SOURCE

30/08 – 01/09/2022

www.thesource.show

The twenties are taking shape

“The Twenties are taking shape”

Trend analyst Carl Tillessen on the start of a new macro trend and the new awareness of the clientele

30. August 2022

Trend analyst Carl Tillessen not only observes; he anticipates. As a member of the management and chief analyst of the Deutsches Modeinstitut, he knows the textile and fashion to the smallest detail. Here he reveals the upheavals and trend changes that are in store for us.

How can you foresee which trends will develop?
What role does culture play, do current events play?

As part of an association of the most important trend institutions in the world, DMI always sets the key directions for a season two and a half years in advance. To think that far ahead, it is not enough to sell people something as a trend that is already visible in Milan, Paris and New York. You have to recognise trends before they become visible. Let me explain it this way: A bad trend analyst and a good trend analyst go to a bar. They see that the guests are nibbling salty biscuits. The bad trend analyst says: ‘People are eating savoury biscuits. We need savoury biscuits.’ The good trend analyst says, ‘People will get thirsty soon. We need drinks.’


Are people consuming more again right now? If so, why? Does compensation (e.g. for the time lost during the pandemic years) play a role?

Yes and no: No, little is being consumed at the moment. Yes, compensation plays a big role. Before the pandemic, people had increasingly spent money on experiences and less on things. Then the pandemic came and many experiences were not possible or not allowed. So people spent more money on things again. Accordingly, retail sales in the last two years have been much higher than before Corona. Now people are trying to make up in one summer for everything that was cancelled in the last two summers – trips, weddings, festivals, concerts … That costs a lot of money. And this money is missing from the shopping budget.

Carl Tillessen

In view of the very contradictory developments – sustainability and minimalism on the one hand, hedonism and expression through consumption on the other – what forecast would you make for the next few years?

The pandemic has polarised our society in this respect as well. While the majority of people simply wanted their old lives back and to continue exactly where they left off, it became apparent after only a few weeks that the powerful cultural elite took the sitting-at-home-and-cleaning-out-the-closet as an opportunity to rethink their overconsumption and to make a resolution to live more frugally after the pandemic. This idea of consumerism is now in the world, and it is only a matter of time before it becomes mainstream.


What are the challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry?

So far, fashion companies have been able to answer the demand for more sustainability with a more sustainable quality of their products. They replaced cotton with organic cotton, for example, and customers simply bought the same thing in green. But now customers are additionally questioning the quantities. It is less and less about what they want to buy and more about how much they want to buy. Adapting to this new situation is currently the big challenge and opportunity for the industry.

Do your trend analyses differ for the different price segments?

Yes, also. But due to people’s hybrid consumption, this is becoming less and less important. Luxury fashion is increasingly being bought by people who can’t actually afford it, and cheap fashion is also being bought by people who don’t actually need it. In this respect, buying decisions are determined much less by how much someone earns than by what style world they want to live in.

What long-term changes do you see in the next few years?

We are actually just at the end of a macro trend and the beginning of a new one. It’s about more than just a fashion variant. It’s about a new style, a new music direction, a new attitude to life. The twenties are taking shape. But more on that elsewhere.

Get informed & inspired at the MUNICH FABRIC START at DMI:

TREND LECTURE: Should we slow down or speed up?
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
in room K1 in front of Hall 1, MOC


TREND BRIEFING:
Ask our analysts in a personal conversation specifically about impulses, colours and materials that are relevant for your products,
your target group and your brand essence.

Tuesday, 30 August from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 31 August from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Discover further industry-disrupting innovations at our upcoming shows:

BLUEZONE

30/08 – 31/08/2022

www.bluezone.show

MUNICH FABRIC START

30/08 – 01/09/2022

www.munichfabricstart.com

THE SOURCE

30/08 – 01/09/2022

www.thesource.show

Back with furore

BACK WITH A FURORE

The organisers of MUNICH FABRIC START on the joy of coming together again,
the challenges of the present and for the future.

29. August 2022

1. The industry is finally coming together again after two years.
From 30 August to 1 September 2022, the MUNICH FABRIC START will be
held without restrictions – What are you particularly looking forward to?

Sebastian Klinder: The answer is quite clear: to finally gather the entire industry in one place again – and with a big impact. With almost 900 exhibitors and 1,500 collections on a total exhibition area of around 45,000 square metres, MUNICH FABRIC START now comprises eight areas: Fabrics and Additionals with international material innovations for all apparel segments, Resource and Sustainable Innovations for innovative developments, Design Studios with fabric designs and novelties for prints on an enlarged area, the KEYHOUSE innovation hub, the BLUEZONE and the new sourcing area THE SOURCE for international, vertical integration.

Frank Junker: To expand as a trade fair in such challenging times is anything but a matter of course. However, we dared to do so and are happy to say: it was important and right. That is why we are all the more pleased to launch THE SOURCE this year. The One Stop Solution for holistic fashion sourcing is being launched for the first time – and was already fully booked far in advance. 65 selected international manufacturing companies will present their offerings from cut-make-trim (CMT) to high-end production there. A cluster of the most important sourcing countries such as Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Bosnia and Vietnam creates a business-relevant mix for risk diversification, the right product mix and for every genre.

Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director MUNICH FABRIC START; left

Frank Junker, Creative Director MUNICH FABRIC START; right

2. The motto of the upcoming edition is FURORE. What can exhibitors and visitors imagine by this?

Frank Junker: The origin of the word FURORE lies in the Italian language: ‘Far furore’, which means to arouse enthusiasm. We get excited about new worlds, like the metaverse, a new sense of community or innovative biomaterials. But FURORE also stands for a bit of frenzy and anger about all the things that are going on in the world right now. Outside as well as inside our common industry, which we don’t want to close ourselves off to, but want to and will face up to.

Sebastian Klinder: For this season, we expect over 20,000 trade visitors at MUNICH FABRIC START, including designers, product managers and buyers from the textile, fashion, denim, sports and outdoor industries. They all come to Munich to find out about colour and material trends, innovations and current market developments. The trend worlds for Autumn.Winter 23/24 reflect this in a controversy – from almost invisible to maximally striking. 

3. Time for an outlook: How will MUNICH FABRIC START
develop and position itself in the future?

Frank Junker: MUNICH FABRIC START is a family business. We are firmly convinced that a trade show can only be successful if everyone pulls together, because only then a trade show does acquire an identity, a soul. That is exactly what our visitors appreciate about us – and that is what we want to maintain. At
the same time, it is time to think bigger, as we have already done this season.

Sebastian Klinder: At MUNICH FABRIC START from 30 August to 1 September 2022, we can already show that we have the courage to exploit our potential
and go beyond borders – and we will continue to do so: with growth, a broader portfolio and the internationalisation of our visitors. We are currently stronger than ever – and we want to build on this.

Discover further industry-disrupting innovations at our upcoming shows:

BLUEZONE

30/08 – 31/08/2022

www.bluezone.show

MUNICH FABRIC START

30/08 – 01/09/2022

www.munichfabricstart.com

THE SOURCE

30/08 – 01/09/2022

www.thesource.show

Vifrex Studio - Experts in Fabrics Design and Production from Barcelona

Vifrex Studio - Experts in Fabrics Design and Production
from Barcelona

An interview with Luigi Maria Cialdini, VIFREX STUDIO

23. August 2022

This season we are profiling some of the exhibitors showcasing at MUNICH FABRIC START 2022. We are excited to present you VIFREX STUDIO.

With years of professional experience in the textile sector and the main Spanish retail group, Joan Vilalta founded VIFREX STUDIO in 2017. Located in Barcelona and Istanbul, the company covered all the needs from design, commercial area, planning and quality control, expanding to the vertical production of garments.

Known for the design, production and sale of fabrics, we decided to take a moment with Luigi Maria Cialdini of VIFREX STUDIO to discuss the company’s drive, challenges and newest developments.

You are specialists in textile design; what services does VIFREX Studio offer? 

We are a team of fabrics designers and textile engineering. We provide our customers with a personal fabric designer that can help and assist in all the developments, proposing trends and mood boards for their needs.

What would you say your strengths are?

Quick development process starting from trends, colours, and base qualities proposals.

When it comes to sustainability, can you elaborate on your green strategies so far?

All our items meet the highest sustainable standards. We possess all the certifications like OCS, GRS, BCI, and CARE FOR WATER. More than 90% of our last year’s productions were sustainable.

You have a garment production base in Turkey; what do you do differently? 

We assist our customers in the entire development process. We can produce for any size Brand, from the big retail chains to the slow fashion brands.

SLCP audited your fabric, and you are JOIN LIFE certified; how important do you think certification is in the Textile industry?

More than 90% of our last year’s productions were sustainable, and Join Life. We believe that the textile industry needs to be committed to the highest social value to improve the earth’s condition.

How important is it to be unique yet still have a recognizable factor in your work?

Being unique and quirky is the key to this business s success. We continually experiment with new colours, bases, and constructions to look attractive. The creative part is where we invest most of our time and effort. We are surrounded by a team of experienced designers always aiming for the newest and best product construction/combinations. Our motto is: YOU ARE THE REASON WE CREATE FABRICS.

Did you face challenges during the pandemic? And how did you deal with them?

We had a lot of time to think and reshape our business model. We concluded that being unique and attractive is the key.

Luigi Maria Cialdini – VIFREX STUDIO

Is it hard to stay innovative?

Not at all; innovation and creation have always been our goals since we started in 2016. Without breaking boundaries, our day-to-day job will be useless.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

This could be the tricky part of our business model, but our team of engineers is constantly building new bases and constructions to be commercial and attractive.

What’s next for VIFREX Studio? What direction do you see your company taking in the coming years?

We are about to launch Vifrex Atelier. Our garment studio design centre. We will assist our customers in the development process. Form Fabric to garments.

Come along and meet the VIFREX Studio team at Hall S1 Stand E106.

MUNICH FABRIC START will be taking place from 30st August 2022 until the 1st September 2022.

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Get your Autumn,Winter 23/24 Trend Forecast now

Now available: FURORE Trend Book & Colour Code

TREND FORECAST Autumn.Winter 23/24

19. August 2022

The MUNICH FABRIC START Autumn.Winter 23/24 will be staged in the seasonal theme FURORE. Catch the eye, cause a stir and get excited about new worlds like the metaverse, a new sense of community or newly developed organic materials. But FURORE also stands for a bit of frenzy and anger about all the things that are going on in the world right now. Outside as well as inside our common industry, which we do not want to close our minds to, but want to and will face up to. The world is changing faster than we are used to.

Let’s join in; from totally invisible to maximum visibility – let’s far furore!

WHAT’S NEW?

The key colours of this season are warm, earthy ochre and a digital-electric blue. Natural hues set the tone – cool or warm – along with deep blue, sulphur, and turquoise contrasted with rainbow highlights.

Materials amaze through new extremes – from maximum padded cosiness to ultra-light fluidity. Patterns blow up to an ultimate size and checks and camouflage are oversized. Wool and fake furs offer an enhanced tactile sensation.

Progressive silhouettes make statements with extreme lengths and oversized cuts. Skinny shapes and cut-outs create a sexy contrast, while new coordinates meet ski-wear influences.

These 5 FURORE trend themes as well as the 4 denim, street and sportswear trends of BLUEZONE under the leading theme CAMPUS can be found as a comprehensive trend analysis with detailed colour cards, inspiring materials, moods, prints and styles in our TREND BOOK and COLOUR CODE.

Our COLOR CODE supports you with a high-quality yarn selection in key seasonal colours when designing the colour palette for your next collection.

You can purchase the TREND BOOK and COLOR CODE individually, or together as a TREND PACKAGE for full information and inspiration to support your collection development.

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FURORE presents 5 trend worlds for the Autumn.Winter 23/24 season:

WITHSTAND

Picture credit:
OAMC RE-WORK

ECOPOLIS

Picture credit:
ZIETA

METAHAZE

Picture credit:
KRI STA KIM
by THE FABRICANT

WINTER FANTASIES

Picture credit: 
BOB MARTIN

BETTER BASICS

Picture credit:
CASPER SEJERSEN

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Polopiqué - Innovating Textile Production

How Polopiqué has managed to distinguish itself through its innovation

An interview with Rosario Rodrigues

18. August 2022

With more than 80 years of experience in the textile industry, Polopiqué is considered to be a leader in the textile industry. The company  has managed to distinguish itself by mastering all phases of the textile production process, from spinning, weaving and finalization, to garment and commercialization of high quality products.

MUNICH FABRIC START had the opportunity to have a one on one interview with Rosario Rodrigues on how the Polopiqué has managed to distinguish itself through its innovation.

Polopiqué is an exhibitor at MUNICH FABRIC START 2022 in the new Hall 8 – THE SOURCE.
Already booked out for weeks, THE SOURCE is the new European One Stop Solution for holistic fashion sourcing. 65 selected international manufacturing companies will present their offers from Cut-Make-Trim (CMT) to High End Production. A cluster of the most important sourcing countries such as Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Bosnia and Vietnam creates a business-relevant mix for risk diversification, independent of genre and price level. MUNICH FABRIC START has developed the new Hall 8 with around 2,500 square meters of additional space for this purpose. The recently restored Lokhalle, a listed building directly adjacent to the former MUNICH FABRIC START site, is the perfect location. With its gigantic dimensions and spectacular architecture, it is one of Europe’s largest cantilevered historic steel halls.
The result is a unique new venue for flexible sourcing services and rethought value chains.

How does Polopiqué distinguish itself in the textile industry?

Polopiqué is one of the few complete vertical textile industries worldwide, controlling production from spinning, weaving/knitting and finishing to making high-quality garments. At Polopiqué, we don’t just deliver the garment; we also provide the ideas, the solutions and the designs. We include creativity and design in everything we do.  

Why has Polopiqué chosen Portugal for its production?

Polopiqué is a Portuguese family company with decades of tradition in the textile industry. In addition, Polopiqué was created and established in the most relevant geographical area in terms of textiles in Portugal. Therefore, we privilege this know-how and proximity, and we should consider the many benefits of local production in terms of sustainability, agility and quality guarantee.

How does Polopiqué optimize processes to improve the quality of manufactured products? 

“Investing in Research and Development activities to constantly adopt new and innovative raw materials and production processes. It is also imperative to stay up to date regarding more agile and ecological modern technology and machinery.”

 Polopiqué is a member of the Better Cotton initiative; what does that mean?  

Better Cotton is the world’s leading sustainability initiative, presenting the mission to help cotton communities survive and thrive while protecting and restoring the environment. The better cotton initiative makes global cotton production better for producers, the environment, and the cotton sector’s future. It is about interacting with the whole supply chain to transform how cotton is sourced, ensure the improvement of the working conditions and a higher standard of living for farming communities, and spreading knowledge, support and resources for more sustainable practices in cotton production and other crops. 

What are your thoughts on certification used in the textile industry?

We believe it is vital to convey trust and transparency to customers and consumers in their purchase acts to make informed choices. It is also relevant to involve them so that they feel an essential part in choosing brands with better practices throughout the chain of the production cycle. 

Did you face challenges during the pandemic? And how did you deal with them?

Yes, of course, and at that stage, we invested in the production of personal protective equipment and products related to medicine and health, proving our ability to adapt to new situations and the flexibility of our team and production processes when developing new types of products.

What’s next for Polopique? What direction do you see your company taking in the coming years?

Continuing to surprise the market with innovations through constant R&D practices, taking advantage of new raw materials and production processes. Also reinforcing the weight and presence in new markets and business areas, namely in home textiles.

How important is it to be unique yet still have a recognizable factor in your work?

Very important. Polopiqué is flexible and proud to find solutions to most of our customer’s requests. Furthermore, by controlling all stages of the production process, we can guarantee higher quality standards and better agility.

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Accessories, ribbons, zippers and more Made in Germany

4 additionals manufacturers from the DACH region

14. June 2022

Piping, cords, ribbons, waistbands and fringes to complete your collection. There are no such manufacturers in the DACH region?

We will prove the opposite to you and present four of our exhibitors of the upcoming MUNICH FABRIC START who produce accessories MADE IN GERMANY and MADE IN AUSTRIA: FRIEBA, GEBE, INDUSTRY PERFECT and INSIDE Textil.


FRIEBA

FRIEBA Textilwerk Carl Friedrich: Production

Textilwerk Carl Friedrich – FRIEBA

The medium-sized family company FRIEBA has been producing in Wuppertal (DE) for over 100 years – now with around 25 employees. The location of the company is no coincidence, Wuppertal has always been an important textile location.

The product portfolio includes piping, cords, braids, ribbons, braids and fringes made from a wide variety of materials: viscose, cotton – GOTS certified, linen, merino wool, metallic yarns, effect yarns, polyester etc. Extensive color charts are available for every material. Only certified yarns are processed.

Owners and descendants of the company founder Mrs. Annegret Jarminowski and Mrs. Ingeborg Markowski with the managing director Mr. Uwe Hein.

“FRIEBA has been producing in Wuppertal for over 100 years and is therefore firmly rooted in the beautiful Bergisches Land. Our products reflect the skill, love and time that our employees give the products. That is why FRIEBA quality is inextricably linked with the people who are involved in the creation of our articles. The skills of our employees and the production on site not only correspond to the understanding of our social and ecological responsibility, but ultimately also bring the decisive quality advantage.”

Anja Albrecht, product development and design

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GEBE Textil Technik GmbH

Quality from the Black Forest

Since 1988, GEBE has been producing high-quality “labels and more” with conviction and reliability. Exclusively in Pfalzgrafenweiler, the manufactory cuts, embosses, punches, lasers, sews and finishes products made of microfiber, leather and imitation leather qualities. Great importance is attached to the choice of materials: REACH-compliant and certified with the Öko-Tex Standard 100.

The product portfolio includes high-quality labels, piping and ribbons, zippers and accessories, technical embossed and stamped parts, promotional items, products for home textiles.

“Pfalzgrafenweiler: A location for many industrial and handicraft businesses for generations. The proximity to innovative machine manufacturers, etc. is also very important to us and ultimately ensures high product quality standards, short distances, fast delivery times and this all at fair prices. A healthy climate and the attractive surroundings in the Black Forest, good transport connections and the high level of motivation of our long-standing employees – all this contributes to the overall structure that we appreciate at our long-standing location and think that all of this is also suitable for our grandchildren.”

Michael Beichel, Managing Director

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INDUSTRY PERFECT

As a specialist for ribbons, waistbands, pocket and body linings, Industry Perfect has been a reliable partner to the fashion industry for years. Founded in 1997 as a bandmaker, owner-managed and from the heart of Munich.

Industry Perfect accompanies textile processes from the initial brainstorming to punctual delivery, from the briefing to the sewn-on label. Industry Perfect stands for product and service quality from Germany. Partnership, creativity, perfect.

“Industry Perfect was founded in the heart of Munich. Producing locally corresponds to our quality standards. Precision, speed, short distances, accessibility, quality you can touch – you can only find all of that together here.”

Holger Amende, managing director and owner

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INSIDE TEXTIL

Inside Textil GmbH with its subsidiary Emig GmbH & Co. KG based in Großostheim is an internationally successful company in the textile industry of special products, linings and ribbons. Customers include internationally active customers from the fields of clothing, home textiles and the automotive industry as well as medical and environmental technology.

At the site in Großostheim, trouser waistbands, perfo tapes, edging tapes and tapes with print are produced and other services are offered in the following process technologies: cutting processes in various technologies, punching and endless punching, sewing and packaging (endless), laminating of narrow textiles (endless), hose production, bias tape production etc.

“By keeping the production in Großostheim, we can offer our customers the best possible service, i.e. flexibility, transparency, speed and short distances.”

Leander Hein, Managing Director

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Agency WILDE TRADITION

At the upcoming MUNICH FABRIC START you can also meet the WILDE TRADITION agency, which represents partners who produce exclusively in Germany and Austria:

  • FRIEDRICH SEIBT from Kaufbeuren (DE): Glass buttons
  • Ribbon factory Gebr. Stuhr from Wuppertal (DE): ribbons and trimmings
  • Gmundner Metallwaren Schrabacher from Gmunden am Traunsee (AT): metal buttons and accessories

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We invite you:

Network, get inspiration and establish long-term and professional partnerships.

Discover national and international exhibitors at the upcoming VIEW Premium Selection as well as at MUNICH FABRIC START and BLUEZONE. We look forward to seeing you in Munich!


Highest wool and loden craftsmanship? Made in Austria!

4 wool and loden experts who produce 100% in Austria

2. June 2022

What does MADE IN AUSTRIA stand for?

Clearly: For the highest loden and wool craftsmanship!

We present four of our exhibitors at the upcoming MUNICH FABRIC START, who have been producing 100% in Austria for generations and will continue to do so in the future: Gottstein, Leichtfried Loden, Seidra and Steiner1888.


GOTTSTEIN

The manufactory of noble wool.

Gottstein was founded in 1926 and has always been producing fine, high-quality walk wool in Tyrol (Austria). The family business has specialized in the processing of wool and has been family-run for four generations. From knitting to fulling to quality control, all processes are carried out in Austria – and have been since day one! In harmony with nature, Gottstein attaches great importance to sustainable, regional production, with a conscious focus on short transport routes and premium wool yarns from Austria and Europe. The product portfolio currently includes more than 45 different walk wool fabrics, along with matching wefts that are also produced in-house.

“Sustainable value creation has been deeply anchored in our roots since the company was founded. We secure jobs by concentrating on regional procurement channels and environmentally friendly and sustainable production. Because we are not only responsible for what we do, but also for what we don’t do.”

Philipp Gottstein (Managing Director)

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LEICHTFRIED

The constant pursuit of the highest quality is Leichtfried‘s passion, daily task and drive. For more than 130 years, this has guaranteed the production of the finest wool and loden fabrics in the heart of Europe.

The Leichtfried factory, based in Möbersdorf near Zeltweg in Styria, has been in existence since 1884 and specializes in the production of high-quality woolen cloth and loden fabrics, primarily from extra-fine Australian merino wool.

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SEIDRA

SEIDRA is one of the last linen weaving mills in Austria and one of the last European companies to combine weaving and knitting under one roof. Seidra’s high-quality fabrics are made from fair, non-toxic and sustainable production exclusively in Draschitz, Carinthia.

Twice a year, SEIDRA develops new collections for the fashion and traditional costume industry, as well as interior and home textiles. The main focus is still on the production of fabrics made of linen, wool and cotton in current designs and colors, as well as fabrics with GOTS certification.

“Why do we produce in Draschitz, Carinthia? Simply because we are deeply rooted here. All our employees come from the region and produce the highest quality fabrics for the textile industry with a lot of commitment and passion. In addition, proximity to Italy is a great advantage for us, since the majority of our refiners are based there. Not to mention the beautiful view of the mountains. 😊”

Klaus Gutenberger & Martina Santner (Management)

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STEINER 1888

The Loden Steiner family business has been manufacturing the finest wool fabrics with great care and love for over 130 years. Loden fabrics are created from the natural and high-quality materials according to old craftsmanship tradition, which combine the Austrian attitude to life with modern design and creative design power.

Master craftsmanship – Made in Austria – natural & sustainable – since 1888 in family hands.

These core values ​​make up the uncompromising quality of Loden Steiner and drive constant further development. The focus is on producing the best fabrics from pure new wool in harmony with nature.

“When we let something get very, very close to us to warm and touch us, we want to know exactly where it came from and what it’s made of.”

says Johannes and Herbert Steiner, managing directors of Loden Steiner (Steiner1888) about the selection of the raw materials and the production site.

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We invite you:

Network, get inspiration and establish long-term and professional partnerships.

Discover national and international exhibitors at the upcoming VIEW Premium Selection as well as at MUNICH FABRIC START and BLUEZONE. We look forward to seeing you in Munich!