Challenge the Fabric allows companies to connect, network and listen to invited speakers while also taking part in driving the transformation of the textile- and fashion industry forward. Revisit our previous events below.
The third edition of CTF took place from the 9th until the 10th of May 2023, at Fondazione Cariplo in Milan. With a focus on sustainability, traceability, and material innovation CTF 2023 took place as a full-day symposium with inspiring keynotes and panel discussions focusing on themes such as sustainable forestry; legislation, policies and traceability; the future of fashion and next generation solutions; and the industry’s path forward.
At the Challenge the Fabric symposium in Paris on May 17 at Institut Suédois, barriers to growth and possibilities for collective actions within fashion, textile and forest industries was identified.
For the first Challenge the Fabric Award, ten nominated designers were challenged to create looks made from MMCF fabric, with the final being held September 13, 2018, at London Fashion Week. Six finalists presented their collections at the CTF Award Show and represented some of the most prestigious and best ranked design schools around the world.
Introduction and welcome
The opportunity of Green Textiles
Jonatan Janmark | Partner, McKinsey & Co
Valerie Langer | Fibre Solutions Strategist, Canopy
Forest to fabrics; the importance of sustainable forest practices
This panel discusses the importance of sustainable forest management. Topics
that will be discussed are centered around how sustainable forestry
management is defined, how farmers work with their forests to ensure and
protect the biodiversity, regeneration capacity and reforestation. The panel will
also discuss what sustainable forest management mean for different regions of
the world as well as how it influences sourcing strategies and the demands on
raw material suppliers.
Diana Tuomasjukka | Head of the Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute
Oliver Lansdell | Director, Pulp and Paper, Hawkins Wright
Johannes Bogren | Vice President, Södra Cell Bioproducts
Anna Palmberg | Material & Innovation Developer, IKEA of Sweden
Surya Valluri | Chief Sustainability Officer, Birla Cellulose
Sofia Jorge I Board Member, Sustainability, Risk, Communication, People & Talent, Altri SGPS
Legislation, Policy, and Traceability
Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in legislation related to sustainability in textiles. For example, the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles will require the use of more sustainable and recycled materials as well as identification through the Digital Project Passport (DPP). Organizations such as the Textile Exchange are supporting the industry by developing standards to classify preferred materials. Also new startups are focusing on helping brands achieve visibility on their supply chains. How can fashion brands and suppliers alike navigate this new landscape? What role can stakeholders like innovators, NGO’s and industry organizations play? What is required to educate and disseminate knowledge on legislation, policy, and traceability? This panel will explore these important topics.
Christine Goulay | Founder, Sustainabelle
12:05 – Panel
Amit Gautam | CEO & Co-founder, Textile Genesis
Sara Mariani | Chief Sustainability Officer, OTB
Claudia De Witte | Sustainability Leader, Textiles, Eastman
Committing to the future of Next Generation Solutions
This panel discusses the collective commitment at COP27 by brands such as Kering, H&M, Inditex to purchase over half a million tonnes of fibres stemming from Next Generation Solutions. The panel will address what this commitment means for the innovators in terms of the need for scaling, investments and partnerships and the potential challenges of reaching the scale needed.
Dolly Vellanki | Innovation Associate, Fashion for Good
Brooke Roberts-Islam | Founder, Techstyler; Senior Contributor, Forbes.
14:30 – Panel
Jenny Fredricsdotter | Circular Business Manager, Re:newcell
Erik Karlsson | VC/Impact Investor, H&M CO: Lab
Julia Viner | Investment Associate, Fashion, Closed Loop Partners
Peter Majeranowski | CEO & Co-Founder, Circ
Shaping the path forward
This panel will focus on how we can shape the path towards fashion’s sustainable future and highlight the possibilities within the MMCF field. It will discuss the importance of cross industry collaborations and how we can create long lasting change by engaging different stake holders from different industries. What can we learn from the development of other fibre categories or other industries? What will be critical to continue to grow in an innovative and sustainable way?
Andrea Rosso | Sustainability Ambassador, Diesel
Bella Webb | Sustainability Editor, Vogue Business
16:00 – Panel
Amanda Parkes | Chief Innovation Officer, Pangaia
Dr. Shahriare Mahmood | Chief Sustainability Officer, Spinnova
Christina Iskov | Head of Innovation & Academy, Global Fashion Agenda
Conclusion | Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman
Challenge the Fabric 2023 will take place on May 9 – 10, in Milan