More students will now have access to education surrounding the denim industry’s shift to sustainability. Transformers: ED, a student- and consumer-facing denim education series organized by Transformers Foundation, is expanding to Mexico next month.
The organization is marking its expansion with an online denim event hosted entirely in Spanish, and is working with education institution Centro Mexico to do so. Held May 4-8, all panels and presentations are free and open to all.
This marks Transformers: ED’s fourth event after debuting the program at London’s Ravensbourne University in 2019.
“The response to our past Transformers: ED events has been extremely motivating, with students from 30 universities and fashion programs across Europe and the U.S. attending to receive an in-depth and unvarnished crash course on the state of the denim supply chain,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Transformers Foundation and Kingpins Show. “Our goal is to prepare students all around the world to enter our industry and hit the ground running with a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the jeans industry.”
The schedule consists of Spanish content focused on the supply chain, sustainability and design, covering everything from indigo history to waste management and how denim can be a part of the circular economy. Speakers and panelists include Aglaia Gomez of Eco Intelligent Growth, a circular economy advisory and innovation company; Arlethe Sanchez of Tavex, a Mexican denim manufacturer; Begoña García of Spanish finishing technology company Jeanologia; and others.
Though several industry events are geared toward American and European markets, organizers are beginning to cast a wider net. Just last week, Trippin’ Blue, a Spanish-language digital event, debuted an immersive denim experience in denim fashion, education, sustainability, supply chain strategies and more.
Providing students with in-depth education on the denim industry is the focus of the Transformers Foundation, which recently underwent its own evolution. Originally known as Kingpins Transformers, which started in 2014 as a way for denim professionals to discuss ideas for change, the organization launched Transformers: ED in 2019.
Now a nonprofit entity, Transformers Foundation aims to tackle industry challenges with collaborative action through events, annual reports, white papers, consumer testing and industry honors for outstanding achievements in denim. Since its inception in 2020, the foundation has launched a supply chain ethics report, a code of conduct that enforces ethical business relationships throughout the supply chain, and submitted an EU Policy Submission calling for sustainability to be embedded into corporate governance framework.