Munich Fabric Start

A Very Successful Industry Reunion

MUNICH FABRIC START & BLUEZONE SUCCEED IN REUNITING THE INDUSTRY WITH A PARADE EXAMPLE FOR PHYSICAL TRADE SHOWS

7. September 2021

A whole year without physical trade fairs, long months without personal exchange: last week the physical International Fabric Trade Show MUNICH FABRIC START and the International Denim Trade Show BLUEZONE took place for the textile industry in Munich. The team at Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH is bringing a bit of normality back to the industry, but also to event management.

More than 600 international suppliers presented their new collections and developments for Autumn.Winter 22/23 in around 1000 collections in the Fabrics, Additionals, Design Studios, Sourcing, ReSource and Sustainable Innovations areas at MUNICH FABRIC START as well as denim, sportswear and KEYHOUSE at BLUEZONE. Around 13,400 international trade visitors were on site in Munich this season, which compared with exhibiting suppliers marked an increase in visiting fashion brands compared to the edition in September 2019. The organisers are more than happy with this result!

“Our team is exhausted, but overjoyed: the biggest challenge in our company’s history lies behind us! We actually managed to realise a comparable MUNICH FABRIC START and BLUEZONE with the usual broad portfolio in these times! Until the very last moment, we focused on making the shows a reality – despite all the challenges, measures and ongoing planning uncertainty. All our efforts were rewarded with all-round positive industry feedback and we can say our Covid-19 compliant trade shows were a complete success. Of course, we kept our expectations cautious due to the situation – which is precisely why we are so overwhelmed by the great result! It seems as if the whole textile industry was cheering and so grateful to be able to experience a few hours of ‘business as usual’ again.”

Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director Munich Fabric Start

A WINNING FUSION OF BLUEZONE & KEYHOUSE & WELL-ATTENDED EVENTS

Under the motto “BACK TO THE FUTURE”, BLUEZONE offered a way back to the tactile experience of textiles and the reunion of the denim community. In addition to international denim weavers and manufacturers, visitors to the Zenith Hall also saw a qualitative selection of KEYHOUSE exhibitors who presented their futuristic innovations for the fashion industry.

“BLUEZONE has always scored with a very special atmosphere – this time we surprised people in the Zenith Hall with an 80’s party feeling. Of course, business was not forgotten: the denim industry is currently brimming with sustainable innovations and new developments, all of which were presented in Munich. And the coal bunker right next door became an inspiring, Covid-19 compliant forum for lectures and panel discussions. Now all we can say is that we are doing everything we can to repeat this success in the following season.”

Frank Junker, Creative Director Munich Fabric Start

The organisers are also very proud of the success of the event program. Across 16 scheduled programs, information was shared on industry innovations and future-oriented topics, especially relating to circular economy, digital tools and production processes.Highlights included the trend presentation by David Shah and the panel discussions “Closing the Loop – How circular can the supply chain be?” and on “Local Manufacturing – A reality or just a temporary green gimmick?“.

“First of all I would like to thank the organisers for the enormous effort – I can imagine how much work it must have been in these times to realise a trade show and then even continue to offer the great service such as free coffee and free lunch for everyone! We are definitely all super grateful to be here, as you could see in the general joy of the visitors. For me, the three fair days were all about meeting again with live contact again. And my expectations were even exceeded: We were able to welcome a very good quality of visitors from all European countries and I am particularly pleased about the many interested new customers. “

Vlad Zisser, Zisser Design Studios (Sweden)

“We had a really very successful trade fair – all the important customers came and you could really feel how happy everyone was to finally meet again live. Now we just hope that it will continue like this and that the following events can also take place.”

Isabelle Hosatte Firmann, Dutel Creation (France)

POSITIVE VISITOR & EXHIBITOR ECHO DESPITE COVID-19 MEASURES

In keeping with the season’s title “RISE”, the visitors were greeted by inspiring, colourful trend forums with unique highlights for Autumn.Winter 22/23 collection development. In the halls, the industry was able to discover a trade show with the well-known and proven pre-pandemic quality with manufacturers and suppliers presenting in all 8 areas. Non-European suppliers were represented by agencies and offered well-attended show in show concepts.

The newly formed ReSOURCE x SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS area also drew in the crowds. In a modern atmosphere, information was shared on sourcing sustainable textiles and additionals as well as innovative concepts. Another highlight was the launch of FABRIC.iD, the innovative process for the complete digitisation of fabrics to greater serve the industry’s digital future.

 “What a goosebumps moment! Since the second edition of Munich Fabric Start in 1997, I’ve been coming from Paris to Munich every season to look for new fabrics, ideas and colours… And I can say – I’ve never looked forward to a fair like this time! It was a lot of fun and my team and I are just happy that it started again. The show has an incredibly pleasant and well-organised atmosphere, in which you simply feel warmly welcomed as a visitor, which is why I was there again on all three fair days! So I can only say: BRAVO and THANK YOU!”

Visitor Anja Seidl (France)

“Many thanks to the BLUEZONE team for organising a show for the denim community that we all longed for! I am sure that all exhibitors and visitors had a great time and we really appreciate your hard work.”

Visitor Robin Meijerink, Robin Denim (Netherlands)


Step into Sustainable Innovations with us

An Interview with Simon Angel, Curator of Sustainable Innovations

26. August 2021

We’re proud to announce the next edition of Sustainable Innovations Forum with soon take place at MUNICH FABRIC START from 31/08 – 02/09/2021 in the MOC, Munich. The inspiring showcase offers sustainable sourcing solutions with a strong focus on alternative design and manufacturing processes. Meant to encourage and support a new way of thinking and approach to sustainable textiles it also provides a unique opportunity for collaboration and conversation.

Holistic, sustainable solutions are presented in the newly designed ReSOURCE X SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS area for the first time together at the show. The close interaction of the innovation platforms offers orientation, depth of information and specific application options for the sourcing of future-oriented textiles.

Where will ReSOURCE X SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS be found at MUNICH FABRIC START? >> Foyer Hall 4, rooms K3 & K4

The new topic for this season is about scale. What’s it all about exactly?

That’s right. Each edition of our Sustainable Innovations Forum draws attention to innovations that are inspiring and shaping the industry. For the past decade, the focus has been on how designers and smaller brands could enter ‘the bigger system’ and connect with the rest of the industry. Now the focus has shifted and we are entering a new phase –the topic on everyone’s lips this year is what we can call: “Suscalability”. We already have a feeling of how the market can grow, but the questions we’re asking now are: What is the best way to grow? What does growing mean in the content of the future? How can we scale up in a responsible way? Suscalability is made up of sustainability and scalability. Ultimately, it is a balance between conscious consuming and how companies will grow their strategies in a sustainable and challenging way.

So, it’s just about growth?

Among other things, It’s more about the questions: What am I doing for whom? All brands and projects are asking themselves this question in their own context. They want to measure their own craftsmanship and skills. Suscalability is about the value of awareness, about mindful growth. There are three types of growth: horizontal, vertical and multidimensional. Vertical growth is about the product itself. Horizontal growth is about the company’s right to be part of the market. And then there is the multidimensional level, which is about the growth of the value itself and how to integrate that value into the whole production process. Suscalability is a three dimensional concept that includes all three forms. Producers need to make decisions to help them reach this point of growth – that’s the challenge.

Simon Angel, Curator of Sustainable Innovations
Fixing Fashion by Alicia Minaard
New Blue by Tim van der Loo and Sandra Nicoline Nielsen
Seaweed Design by Violaine Buet

Why do we need a different approach to growth?

In the past, most companies only chose between horizontal or vertical growth. After years of growth, the question now is: how big can a brand get while remaining flexible? The scale of a company becomes either a problem or a challenge. Big companies are struggling with how to get smaller again. In my opinion, that is the reason why so many brands are launching sub-brands and collaborations at the moment. This is the only way for bigger companies to descale and deliver again. Being big is the problem – the big brands can no longer create real value from this large scale and therefore cannot break out of this vicious circle.

What do you want to achieve with your selection of brands at Munich Fabric Start’s Sustainable Innovations Forum?

Once again we aimed to capture and feel the heartbeat of the market and the work of the designers. Every project is unique and tells its own story within the larger context about the possibilities of sustainable textiles and approaches. From recycled fabrics to fashion made of dog hair to platforms for recycling and upcycling: the brands are demonstrating exactly what I was just talking about –. how to create value from a textile, how to achieve slow and mindful growth with a sustainable idea and how to earn your place in the fashion industry. But most importantly: How to reconnect the user with the resource in order to restore value. The focus on suscalability aims to encourage Sustainable Innovations visitors to interact, immerse themselves and be inspired. We want to motivate people to get involved and start thinking about new approaches.

Modus Intarsia by Ann Cathrin Schönrock und Franziska Uhl
Fixing Fashion by Alicia Minaard
Textielstad Enschede by Annemiek Koster

MUNICH FABRIC START
Tue, 31/08, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Wed, 01/09, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Thu, 02/09, 9.30am – 4.00pm

MOC Munich

Lilienthalallee 40
80939 Munich

BLUEZONE

Tue, 31/08, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Wed, 01/09, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Zenith Area
Lilienthalallee 29
80939 Munich

Germany

SAVE THE DATES – NEXT SHOWS

VIEW PREMIUM SELECTION

30/11 – 01/12/2021

MUNICH FABRIC START

25/01 – 27/01/2022

BLUEZONE

25/01 – 26/01/2022


The countdown is on

Only one week to go until MUNICH FABRIC START AW 22/23 & BLUEZONE

24. August 2021

The time has come: for months we have been working towards welcoming the textile industry back to a physical show in Munich again. We are all the more grateful to be able to realise MUNICH FABRIC START from 31/08 – 02/09/2021 in the MOC Munich and BLUEZONE from 31/08 – 01/09/2021 on the newly designed Zenith area with an international portfolio of around 1,000 collections.

In keeping with the seasonal title of MUNICH FABRIC START – RISE – you are invited to get inspired, meet long-term partners and finally discover materials live again in their diversity and depth.

“We couldn’t be happier at the moment, because in a few days we will finally bring the textile industry back together in Munich! As organisers, we have literally turned every stone in order to create a safe, creative environment for the industry for efficient work and inspiration. In addition to the high-quality supplier portfolio, we are very proud to be able to offer known and valued services such as free lunch and coffee bars despite the situation, as well as numerous innovations: for example, a newly designed sustainability area ReSOURCE X SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS for sourcing of future-oriented materials, an event program with panel discussions and keynotes with international experts and a BLUEZONE with an 80’s atmosphere which is fusioning with the innovation hub KEYHOUSE.”

Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director Munich Fabric Start

Our priority: your health & safety!

We are aware of our great responsibility and have done everything to ensure that the entire event area is Covid-19 compliant. Of course, our extensive hygiene concept meets the official requirements and even goes a few steps further.

Please pay particular attention to the following 3 points for your carefree, safe visit to the trade fair:

COUNTRY ENTRY & EXIT

Please inform yourself proactively about the travel information for your country to and from Germany as well as about the exceptions for trade show visitors.

“3 SCREENING RULES“: TESTED/ RECOVERED / VACCINATED

Please have a valid Covid-19 test, a recovered certificate or a vaccination certificate to hand upon arrival at the show. Compliance with the „3 Screening Rules“ will be checked daily at screening stations.

FFP2 MASK REQUIREMENT

On the entire exhibition grounds, visitors are required to wear a FFP2 mask.

We have summarised further detailed information for you here, e.g. on the validity of the evidence and travel information:

>> Hygiene Concept

>> Reise-Informationspaket

Now online for you: Brand Search, Hall Plans, Trend Book Sale & Event Program

Our new homepage www.munichfabricstart.com offers complete information: Under THE SHOW, you can now use the brand search and detailed hall plans to research all exhibiting suppliers and showcased collections and plan your show visit. Under VISIT you will find helpful tips on travel, parking and hotels.

The new Trend Book presenting the 5 trend topics of MUNICH FABRIC START as well as the 4 denim trend topics of BLUEZONE is already available for purchase online, the Colour Code will also be available soon after the trade show.

 

The coal bunker on the Zenith area will be a Covid-19 compliant meeting point for live speeches, panel discussions and networking. The complete overview of the trend presentations, expert talks, panel discussions and keynotes can be found in the event program.

Some highlights are:

  • Tuesday, 31/08/21, 30am: NEWTOPIA OR DYSTOPIA – How to design and inspire such a polarised world? Keynote by David Shah, Publisher & CEO View Publications
  • Tuesday, 31/08/21, 2.00pm: CLOSING THE LOOP – How circular can the supply chain be? Panel discussion with Adriana Galijasevic, Tricia Carey, Shahar Livne and moderator Sabine Kühnl
  • Tuesday, 31/08/21, 3.30pm: THE VISION OF A NEW TEXTILES ECONOMY. Mini lecture by Muchaneta Kapfunde, Founding Editor-in-Chief FashNerd.com
  • Wednesday, 01/09/21, 10.30am: DIVING INTO THE BLUEZONE DENIM TRENDS. Trend presentation by Tilmann Wröbel, Creative Director & Founder Monsieur-T. Denim Lifestyle Studio
  • Wednesday, 01/09/21, 12.00pm: MATERIAL CHALLENGES – How to make fabrics functional, fashionable and sustainable. Innovations panel by Sabine Kühnl, Executive Editor THE SPIN OFF

MUNICH FABRIC START
Tue, 31/08, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Wed, 01/09, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Thu, 02/09, 9.30am – 4.00pm

MOC Munich

Lilienthalallee 40
80939 Munich

BLUEZONE

Tue, 31/08, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Wed, 01/09, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Zenith Area
Lilienthalallee 29
80939 Munich

Germany

SAVE THE DATES – NEXT SHOWS

VIEW PREMIUM SELECTION

30/11 – 01/12/2021

MUNICH FABRIC START

25/01 – 27/01/2022

BLUEZONE

25/01 – 26/01/2022


Sustainable Season Starts with ReSOURCE

A Sustainable Start to the Season with ReSOURCE

12. August 2021

Discover sustainable innovations and responsible materials at the latest edition of ReSOURCE showcased at MUNICH FABRIC START, 31 August – 2 September 2021. See the water saving, ethical, fair, organic and responsible fashion & textile solutions that are stepping up the latest showcase in sustainable sourcing. Join us in Munich and browse a growing list of over 800 sustainable and responsible materials – save my ticket!

ReSOURCE aims to make sourcing sustainable fashion accessible, reliable and efficient. With the continued growth and importance of ethical fashion, our goal is to lead and support the future of innovative material development and sustainable manufacturing. Dedicated to improving our platform for sustainable sourcing our team will launch ReSOURCE at our next show with a new look, feel and a renewed focus on exploring and experiencing sustainable sourcing to further support our strong community of industry professionals and suppliers. Thanks to the unique link between ReSOURCE and the curated SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS, we achieve a holistic, sustainable showcase in one area at our next show.

 

What’s coming up at ReSOURCE?

In a comprehensive forum, the ReSOURCE area categorises and presents around 800 sustainably produced articles by exhibiting fabrics and additionals suppliers. New GOTS certified materials are added to the showcase such as ribbons in classic neutrals by Klaus Korte Etiketten and various cotton and linen blends by Seidra Textilwerke. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics in a range of blends using organic cottons and bamboo are featured at Carvema Textil – Bloomati. Bottonificio Piemontes showcases buttons made of recycled cotton and hemp fibers using natural dyes and eco binders. Texcart showcase a range of labels made of recycled lycra, natural paper and vegan leather. Calik Denim shows off a full range of denim using blends of recycled, organic and consumer waste cottons, featuring the eco T400 Lycra and the popular Refibra fibers. Nextil Group – Dogi Spain & Ritex offer body hugging stretch fabrics using sustainable Naia fibers.

100% kBT Virgin Wool
Certified: GOTS
Seidra Textilwerke

Natural Paper
Texcart

100% Cotton
Certified: GOTS
Seidra Textilwerke

100% Cotton
Certified: GOTS
Klaus Korte Etiketten

100% kBA Linen
Certified: GOTS
Seidra Textilwerke

50% kBA Cotton, 50% kBT Virgin Wool
Certified: GOTS
Seidra Textilwerke

72% Organic Cotton, 28% Modal
Certified: Oeko-Tex
Carvema Textil – Bloomati

98%Organic Cotton 6%Elastane
Certified: Oeko-Tex
Carvema Textil – Bloomati

Phthalates Free PVC
Texcart

Recycled Lycra
Texcart

49%Cotton, 34% REC Cotton, 9% CLYRB (Refibra), 6% REC PES, 2% Lycra
Calik Denim

80% Pre-C REC Cotton, 20% REC Cotton
Calik Denim

72% Cotton, 20% Organic Cotton, 6% T400 (Lycra), 2 % Lycra
Calik Denim

100% Vegan Leather
Texcart

70%-80% Cotton Fiber, 2-5% Plasticisers and dyes, 15-30% Technical Binders
Bottonificio Piemontes

70% kBA Cotton, 30% KbT Virgin Wool
Certified: GOTS
Seidra Textilwerke

50-60% REC Hemp Fibers, 15-20% Fillers recycled thermosetting, 15-20%technical binders and dyes
Bottonificio Piemontes

36% REC Polamide, 36% Polamide, 28% Elastane
Nextil Group – Dogi Spain & Ritex 2002

95% Acetate Naia, 5% Elastane
Nextil Group – Dogi Spain & Ritex 2002

Discover the latest showcase of sustainable innovations and responsible materials at ReSOURCE as presented by:
Agentur Ronzani │ Fieratex │ Angelo Valera │ Arula │ Bertheas & Cie │ Bornemann-Etiketten │ Bossa │ Bottonificio Piemonte │ C. Tessile │ c.pauli │ CadicaGroup │ Calik Denim Tekstil │ Carvema Textil │ CH.BREUNINGER.LEDER – Blue RenTec.one │ Confetti Textile │ Davaris Textiles │Dresdner Gardinen und Spitzenmanufaktur │ Elastic – LE Textile │ Ercea │Evlox – Tavex │ Feinjersey Fabrics │ Frameless Asia Pacific │ Henitex │ Eurojersey │ i.ma.tex │ Innova │ Ipekis Mensucat Turk │ J.Areal – Artigos Texteis │ Klaus Korte Etiketten │ Kuraray │ Lanificio Roma │ Lenzing │ Lukas Frankenberger │ Manifattura Pezzetti │Medike Landes │MGLab │Michael Bobritz │Mitwill Textiles │MUEHLMEIER Bodyshaping │Nastrificio de Bernardi │Naveena Denim Mills – NDM │ Nesatex │Nextil Group – Dogi Spain & Ritex 2002 │ Nilorn Germany │Olimpias Group – Labels division │Peter Büdel │Piovese Fashion │ Rabek Tekstil │Santa Lucia Manifattura Lane, GB. Studio │SCF – Société Choletaise de Fabrication │ Segovin Tekstil │Seidra Textilwerke │ Sharabati Denim │ Söktas Tekstil │ Stitch & Trim │ Sundag Heinrich │ Tejidos Royo │ Texcart │ Thermore (Far East) │ Tootal Fabrics │ Trimalhas Knit Inspiration │ Troficolor Têxteis, │ Turteks Tekstil Etiket │ Tüsa Denim │ Union 3 Fashion │ Unizip │ Utenos trikotazas │ Valerius Texteis – Clothius Tecelagem │ Varcotex │ Velcorex since 1828 │ Philea │ Verhees Textiles │ Vostex │ We Nordic Label Studios │ Yeniceri Tekstil │ Zeynar

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting sustainability in fashion, we want to improve our online sourcing platform ReSOURCE. Therefore, we want to hear from you! What products do you wish you could find on ReSOURCE? What information are we missing that could your fashion brand enter the next stage of responsible sourcing? Share your thoughts with us via mail to info@munichfabricstart.com

Look forward to new products featured on the ReSOURCE sustainable sourcing platform, coming soon for Autumn.Winter 22/23.

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ReSOURCE: The Denim Edit

Sourcing Sustainable Denim at ReSOURCE

12. July 2021

The denim industry is taking innovative steps towards denim manufacturing that is cleaner, more respectful to our environment and that uses fewer resources. While each mill, launderer and denim service provider who exhibits at BLUEZONE are champions of sustainability in their own right, there is a growing ethos in the denim community and at our shows to support one another and grow towards a cleaner industry together.

Together with ReSOURCE, our online sourcing platform for sustainable materials, we are able to evaluate denim according to different sustainable criteria across the fiber, dyeing and finishing stages of denim production. Understanding how the material is made, under which conditions, from which materials and the production methods will go a long way to deciding which sustainable denim is relevant to you and your brand. Get to know the leading 3 material criteria you need to know about when it comes to sourcing sustainable denim:

Copyright: Lenzing Photographer: Richard Ramos

Lyocell Tencel®

Lyocell is a manufacturing process of rayon which is much more eco-friendly than its relatives modal and viscose. Lyocell is made in a closed-loop system that recycles almost all of the chemicals used. Tencel® is made from eucalyptus from PEFC certified forests. Eucalyptus trees grow quickly without the use of pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation.

Look for denim which contain Tencel if you are interested in:

  • Low water usage
  • Using renewable resources
  • Chemical control
  • GMO free
  • No soil erosion
  • Biodegradable

Eco Stretch

Fiber innovations such as Creora, Eco Lycra and Roica EcoSmart Elastane provide a biodegradable alternative, however stretch denim is synonymous with synthetics and will typically contain a percentage of either polyester, nylon or elastane. Until recently it was not possible for a stretch denim to be 100% biodegradable but soon Canidani, will launch their latest Bio-Stretch fabric Covera™  at BLUEZONE on August 31st 2021.

Look for eco stretch denim if you are interested in:

  • Reducing the time for the product to degrade
  • Reduce the amount of synthetic fibers used in production
  • Blending fibers to produce new qualities

Recycled Polyester Credit: Textile Exchange

Recycled Fibers

A lot of research is underway to making denim using post-consumer and post-production waste. Often, recycled fibers make up only a percentage of the overall composition of the final denim product. Typically the most popular recycled materials used in denim production include: cotton; polyester; post-consumer denim; post-consumer fibers; PET and nylon.

Look for denim which contains recycled fibers if you are interested in:

  • Using waste materials
  • Diverting waste from landfills
  • Reducing waste
  • Low water usage
  • Low energy usage
  • Blending fibers to produce new qualities

Other sustainable fibers you should know about when it comes to sourcing sustainable denim include: Refibra, Ecovero, Creora, Roica, Cupro.

Other sustainable certifications you should get to know when it comes to sourcing sustainable denim are: OekoTex, GRS, BCI, OCS Blended, OCS 100, ISO 14001.

Lyocell Tencel®

100% Tencel
Certified: FSC , SA 8000
Bossa Denim

70% Cotton, 30% Tencel
Certified: Oeko-Tex 100
KG Denim

60% Linen, 40% Tencel
Certified: FSC, Oeko-Tex 100
Velcorex

50% Cotton, 40% Tencel, 7% T-400 Lycra, 3% Lycra
Certified: FSC, BCI
Calik Denim

49% Cotton, 31% REC Cotton, 18% Tencel, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: FSC, GRS
Tüsa Denim

66% Cotton, 32% Tencel, 2% Elastan/Spandex
Certified: FSC, Oeko-Tex 100, BSCI, BCI
Tejidos Royo

93% Tencel, 6% Elastomultiester, 1% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: FSC, Oeko-Tex 100, BSCI
Tejidos Royo

50% Viscose, 25%Tencel, 25% REC Denim Fibers
Certified: Oeko-Tex, GRS
Linas

Recycled Fibers

34% kbA Cotton, 30% REC Denim, 26% Cotton, 5% PES, 3% REC PES, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: SA 8000, OCS BLENDED, ISO 14001
Bossa Denim

48% REC Cotton, 39% Cotton, 6% Ecovero, 6% REC PES, 1% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: FSC , SA 8000, OCS BLENDED, RCS blended, ISO 14001
Bossa Denim

55% Cotton, 30% REC Cotton, 10% T-400 Lycra, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: Oeko-Tex 100, GRS, BSCI, BCI
Tejidos Royo

80% kbA Cotton, 18% Repreve, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS, OCS Blended
Tüsa Denim

74% kbA Cotton, 24% REC Cotton, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS, BSCI, OCS 100, STeP by Oeko-Tex
Tejidos Royo

64% Cotton, 20% REC Cotton, 14% PES, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS, BCI
Naveena Denim

72% Cotton, 20% REC Cotton, 5% PES, 3% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS, BCI, OCS 100, OCS BLENDED, RCS 100, RCS blended
Gediz Kumaş

77% Cotton, 15% Repreve, 6% REC PES/PET, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS, BCI
Naveena Denim

Eco Stretch

98.5% kbA Cotton, 1.5% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GOTS, ISO 14001
Evlox Denim

64% Cotton, 20% REC Cotton, 14% PES, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS, BCI
Naveena Denim

81% Cotton, 18% REC PES, 1% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GRS
Tüsa Denim

55% Cotton, 42% Biodegradable Polyamide, 3% Biodegradable EL
Certified: SA 800, BCI, ISO 14001
Bossa Denim

98.5% kbA Cotton, 1.5% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GOTS, ISO 14001
Evlox Denim

98% kBa Cotton, 2% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: GOTS, Oeko-Tex 100, BCI
Maritas Denim

80% kbA Cotton, 11% Cotton, 6% T-400 LYCRA, 3% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: BCI
Calik Denim

82% kbA Cotton, 15% REC Cotton, 3% Elastane/Spandex
Certified: Oeko-Tex 100, OCS, RCS 100
Orta Anadolu

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting sustainability in fashion, we want to improve our online sourcing platform ReSOURCE. Therefore, we want to hear from you! What products do you wish you could find on ReSOURCE? What information are we missing that could your fashion brand enter the next stage of responsible sourcing? Share your thoughts with us via mail to info@munichfabricstart.com

Look forward to new products featured on the ReSOURCE sustainable sourcing platform, coming soon for Autumn.Winter 22/23.

#resource #onlinesourcingplatform #sustainablesourcing #responsiblefashion #sustainabletfashion #sourcesustainable #letsresource


RISE: Autumn.Winter 22/23

Munich Fabric Start presents the new Autumn.Winter 22/23 seasonal theme: RISE

14. June 2021

Autumn.Winter 22/23 welcomes a new world of connectivity. The guiding theme and dedicated focus for the upcoming edition of Munich Fabric Start celebrates and perpetuates the meaningful connection to unite the industry under the seasonal title ‘RISE’.

A reality bound by a global pandemic stirs the industry to reinvent itself once again. New perspectives bring us closer together and give rise to dreams, visions and collections that brighten and uplift our world. Emotion is infused in our future as we seek out joy and comfort with a warmed sense of connection.

Sensitive and in tune with our surroundings, we are in close touch with our haptic senses as we long for connection on many levels. We are reassured by our analog experiences as we explore the feel and the nature of our tactile world. Be it material or emotional, our textiles reflect a kind of lightness, expressing the joy of celebration and party, we let go and are entertained. A collaborative spirit drives our digital world as we network using 3D technology – we excel our visions, planning and design processes to reach new levels.

With RISE, we strengthen what unites us as part of a global thrivability movement. Holistic and transparent concepts, from fiction to reality, guiding a path towards circular economy, from fiber to fiber. We witness the fusion of nature and technology as hemp becomes the new mainspring for natural fibers and materials. Education plays an important role in the development of anti-greenwashing, climate-friendly visions and inclusion of looks, gender and body shapes, as well as new modular models in order to be able to react more flexibly to the market. All of which embrace the growing feelings that less is more, better quality is more.

We define our limits in order to push beyond them. Pragmatic solutions lead us to discover the joy in reduced colours and collection materials. Thinking beyond what was previously possible. We move forward with digitization, enjoying its advantages with a relaxed ease and assurance we ultimately bring us closer with our natural world.

MUNICH FABRIC START
31/08 – 02/09/2021

BLUEZONE
31/08 – 01/09/2021


Our Upcoming Shows

For your collection planning: Our dates for Autumn.Winter 22/23 are set!

9. March 2021

Our team is ready and excited to get back to doing what we love best: organising trade shows for you. With a healthy mix of confidence and realism, we look forward to the summer months ahead and look forward to seeing you again at our upcoming trade shows for Autumn.Winter 22/23:

VIEW Premium Selection: 13 – 14 July 2021

 MUNICH FABRIC START: 31 August – 02 September 2021

 BLUEZONE: 31 August – 01 September 2021

Working together with our industry partners, our team is committed to meet the wishes and market needs for physical events with this trade fair planning. Using the example set by our FABRIC DAYS event, which we successfully realised in September 2020, we will of course implement the upcoming trade fairs in a Covid-19 compliant manner, because our priority remains to ensure the safety of all those involved.

Our goal is to present the established, premium portfolio of MUNICH FABRIC START again at our show in September 2021: Fabrics, Additionals, Bluezone, Keyhouse, Design Studios, Sourcing, ReSource and Sustainable Innovations. Don’t miss your chance to meet your partners in person and connect with the industry at our shows. Event registration will be available in the weeks leading up to our show but get ready here and create your visitor login.

In the meantime, please take another look at our DIGITAL TREND SPACE with your latest material developments and our newly developed BLUEZONE Living Page – we are also currently working on a new homepage for MUNICH FABRIC START, which we will be launching soon.


Screenshot of the digital trend space by Munich Fabric Start, materials and new trends displayed here

Taking Steps towards Digitisation

Taking Steps towards Digitisation

20. February 2021

Digitisation is more important than ever. Accelerated by the global pandemic, partnerships and workflows between suppliers and fashion brands have become increasingly more digital. Fabric mills focusing on digitisation will not only cater to a brand’s digital product creation but also greatly increase customer service, reduce costs and reduce resources.

In most cases, fashion brands would digitise their fabric swatches in-house, with the swatch ordered and shipped this is a process which can take as long as 4 weeks. To optimise this process, there is a greater push to move the digitisation of fabrics from brands to the suppliers. With this shift, designers can immediately begin their design process, allowing them to move up their ordering schedule for the collections accordingly.

In a move which we hope will encourage and support our exhibiting manufacturers in the potential advantages of fabric digitisation, we have digitised and showcased a selection of new material developments in the WE ARE ALL IN Digital Trend Space for the new Spring.Summer 22 season.

We first introduced the concept that fabric suppliers will offer a digital twin alongside physical swatches at our 2019 edition of Keyhouse. After successfully demonstrating the individual steps of fabric digitisation in the Digital Fabric Lab, we have now succeeded in creating a realistic image of digital fabric samples in cooperation with individual partners from this network.

We are acting on behalf of the industry to enter the next phase of digitisation and communicate the advantages to proactively adopt 3D technology. Thanks to Triple Tree software developers, Vizoo, material visualisation specialists and Caddon as our experts in multispectral colour communication, we could visualize selected fabrics from our exhibitors as digital samples in our Trend Space.

We are planning further exciting projects with our partners in the near future. For now, we invite you to discover the 3D digital fabrics and trend inspirations showcased in our DIGITAL TREND SPACE.


Fashnerd Article IoT impact on Retail - Image Credit- Internet of Business

How IoT is Making A Sustainable Impact on Retail

Could IoT Be The Technology Solution That Drives More Fashion Businesses To Adopt A Circular Business Model?

ARTICLE BY MUCHANETA KAPFUNDE, FOUNDING EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FASHNERD.COM

11. February 2021

Did you know that IoT, Internet of Things, is all around us? With more connected things than people globally, we live in an IoT-enabled world that has the potential to power, a circular future for fashion and retail businesses. Destined to make a quantifiable impact, the Internet of Things has been busy proving itself to be beyond the hype.

Described by experts as a service innovation tool, IoT has been touted as the solution that will help fashion businesses change how they operate when consuming resources and waste production. Designed to make businesses smarter and more responsive, retailers adopting IoT are not only managing to transform their entire value chain; but they are also reducing the impact their business has on the environment. How might you ask? Allow me to elaborate.

Harnessing the Power of IoT

Responsible for automating the world around us, IoT has been described as merging the digital and physical universes. No longer restricted to wearable devices, intelligent cars or smart homes, IoT is a technology solution that offers fashion retailers’ the opportunity to interact and connect with customers, manufacturers and other businesses.

As a solution that presents retailers with the opportunity to reduce their environmental impact, IoT has become vital in supporting the industry to push forward sustainable measures. Sustainably innovating the retail sector and moving fashion towards a new and exciting direction are game-changers, one of them is Eon. The NY based startup, which partnered with Microsoft last year, has developed an IoT software that connects and stores digital identities of connected apparel.

Photo by Mojix

It is no secret that retailers are more adaptors of innovation than innovators themselves. This is why Eon’s IoT platform continues to play a more vital role in everyday business. Redefining fashion and helping the industry scale new circular business models such as rental, resale, digital wardrobing, peer-to-peer exchange, styling services, reuse and recycling, Eon plans to bring a connected and circular economy across fashion to the forefront, which is why in 2020, alongside Microsoft they pledged to have 400 million fashion products online by 2025.

In an interview at Munich Fabric Start’s Keyhouse, in September 2019, I sit down with CEO and found of Eon Group, Natascha Frank. Watch the interview here.

Photo by Xenia Retail

IoT, Playing a Pivotal Role in a New Retailing World

IoT is helping fashion businesses have it all; commercial growth and a strategic system that allows them to keep their environmental commitments. Through IoT sensors and IoT-enabled data analytics, unique opportunities are not only being brought to the forefront; they are also delivering change. Playing a pivotal role in a new retailing world, IoT solutions are positively impacting the fashion industry because they have created conditions that are instrumental in encouraging retailers to increase their sustainability initiatives. Introducing a new awareness, IoT is helping deliver sustainability breakthroughs that include reducing energy use and carbon footprint, optimizing supply chains, sourcing responsibly and minimizing waste.

So it should not come as a surprise that the World Economic Forum estimates that 84% of IoT systems in use have the potential to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Even with the scepticism still being received, IoT is still considered to be one of the largest enablers pushing forward the rise of Internet-enabled retail. Not only has it been improving efficiency and transparency, but IoT’s impact has also helped create conditions that allow for specific shifts to happen in retail. With continuous noise coming from the IoT space it is not without its challenges. Read more on this here.

One of the setbacks arising from this nascent trend is the issue of security and privacy. It is a problem that is slowing down the benefits that the IoT revolution can add to the industry’s sustainability initiatives. With most retailers admitting to not being technology experts, it is this lack of IoT know-how when it comes to security and privacy problems that is hindering the widespread adoption of the solution. IoT brings to the table a different set of privacy issues, separate from the ones we already face with ‘regular’ internet. So what is needed is a realistic approach to privacy and security, that came put in place sooner rather than later.

Photo by Internet of Business

Closing the Gap Between ‘Wanting to be Innovative’ and ‘Being Innovative’

Although not everyone expects IoT to become a universal tool, it does not take away from its tremendous potential to make a pervasive impact on fashion retailers’ sustainability goals. Still considered a relatively young complex technology, IoT has, with time, become a valued digital technology respected for its ability to offer retailers a unique opportunity to tackle some of the most pressing issues like running a greener fashion business.

Accelerated by COVID-19, the gap between ‘wanting to be innovative’ and ‘being innovative’ is growing smaller. It is a change that has come about, mainly due to more retailers starting to invest in IoT for sustainable purposes. As IoT technology goes through continuous improvement, retailers need to be open to playing the long game because I believe that when it comes to the merger of IoT, sustainability and retail, we haven’t seen anything yet.

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 Kapfunde | editor@fashnerd.com


Why It's Time For A Digital Intervention

Why It's Time For A Digital Intervention

ARTICLE BY MUCHANETA KAPFUNDE, FOUNDING EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FASHNERD.COM

22. January 2021

In an increasingly digitised world, the present-day landscape for fashion businesses is changing. The technology tinkerers and digital blacksmiths are challenging the traditional way of designing. Digital activity is no longer just focused on sales; instead, there is a new digital approach transforming existing design practices. Reimagining the process of designing, creating and showing garments, digital tools are arming designers and brands with technology created to eliminate the manual steps usually taken in the traditional fashion design cycle.

A Digital Approach To Garment Creation

With optimism towards technology growing, more brands are becoming open to adopting new business models and beginning to find their footing in the digital economy. As we enter 2021, more fashion designers are starting to understand why digitally managing the back end of their business is essential which has meant that we are hearing less of “We know digital is important, but…”.  Through digital intervention, fashion businesses are not only altering how they operate day-to-day, they are also taking a step back and thinking about how digital tools could add value to their business.

Moving towards a more digital model presents exciting opportunities, especially for fashion houses, grappling with how to move forward post-pandemic. Created to enhance what we want to achieve long term, committing to the digital process will not only eliminate multiple rounds of pattern-making and model fittings; it will also allow fashion brands to identify and unlock opportunities. Yes, going digital can come with a few uncertainties, but with everything going on, there has never been a more perfect moment to change your internal mindset.

Augmented Atelier

Be Inspired To Innovate and Push the Boundaries 

Taking a visionary approach is founder of fashion magazine More or Less, Jaime Perlman. Last year the former Vogue UK creative director teamed up with Microsoft to launch ‘Augmented Atelier‘. The partnership was designed to advocate new tools for an alternative take on design. “It’s really about using technology as a form of imagination and how that reacts with the real world in a physical space. It’s about using technology to innovate and push the boundaries of what fashion can mean,” explained Jaime Perlman on the Microsoft.com blog.

Harnessing the capabilities of Microsoft Azure Spatial Anchors, Pearlman is not defying traditional methods independently; she has Bethany Williams, Phoebe English, Fredrik Tjærandsen, and Rottingdean Bazaar as part of her tribe. Working together, they have been busy bringing forward tools that offer the kind of solutions that bring sustainability, innovation and imagination to the forefront of the industry.

Defining Your Place In The Digital Economy  

Streamlining the design process, pushing boundaries and reshaping attitudes, taking a digital approach to garment creation is not a radical choice but a necessary one. Although the digital journey can be challenging, more and more innovative tools are growing in prominence and being introduced to the industry. It is these tools that are giving fashion brands a better understanding of the opportunities that they present. Yes, digital technology is making it easier for fashion businesses to move towards a more digital model, but the question now is, are you, as a business, ready to embrace the change taking place in the industry?

With startup designers leading the way and defining their place in the digital economy, some still hesitate. If you are unsure if digital tools are the way forward, imagine this, having the ability to transfer real-life fabrics to your design. The good news is that you do not have to imagine anymore, thanks to The Scanatic™ Nuno3D Service. Digitally empowering fashion, the company offers a solution that allows for realistic fabric visualisation by rendering the fabric scan in the most true-to-life. It is an invention that enables designers to import different texture maps, like knitted fabrics, woven fabrics, synthetic fabrics etc.

Then there is CLO. Promising to revolutionise the design process by combating inefficiencies within the fashion industry, CLO is a software that can transform a brands workflow. With CLO, brands could bring their business presence to the next level. Offering true-to-life 3D garment simulation, CLO addresses today’s challenges by providing an efficient 3D design process. By guiding the fashion industry towards a future where designers can seamlessly integrate 3D into their operation, CLO makes it possible to virtualise a garment and transform a designer’s entire workflow.

Read more on this here.

Andrew La Casse, BA, using Clo3D for Accelerating the Future of Fashion Project. LCF X MICROSOFT
Virtuality.Fashion

A firm favourite is TUKATECH. The software company has two digital fashion products, TUKAcad and TUKA3D. Created for designers looking to streamline their production process, the software eliminates the need for physical samples and makes it possible to create life-like digital collections. One of the critical features of TUKA3D is that it includes 3D virtual sampling in 5 visual ways, real-life virtual fit sessions and fabric and trims library.

Last but not least is Virtuality.Fashion. Driven to bring your fashion ideas to life, the company has made sharing creations virtually without sending physical samples easy breezy. Powered by C-Design, the collaborative platform makes sharing and collaborating with potential buyers or internally much more straightforward.

 

Digital Tools, The Ultimate Must-Have?

Presenting new opportunities for an industry that needs to change – digital tools are becoming the ultimate must-have for fashion businesses ready to transform existing design practices. More affordable than ever before, the good news is that the adoption of full-fledged digital solutions has gone from pleasant to have, to need to have. As we enter 2021, the fashion brands that are taking this positive step in the chaotic upside-down world we are currently doing business in are most likely going to be around for the long run, and for those who are reluctant to adopt digital tools, some experts predict that soon it will be too late.