On Sept. 14-16, the denim education program will provide three days of comprehensive information on the denim supply chain geared toward students in the region who are entering the fashion industry. Organized in collaboration with two of Pakistan’s vertically integrated denim companies, Crescent Bahuman and Diamond Denim by Sapphire Group, the event is free and open to all.
The English-speaking program will take place online, following growing Covid-19 concerns that recently forced Kingpins New York to cancel its winter show, which was slated to be its first in-person event in two years. Participants can register via the events page on the Transformers Foundation website. The webinar runs from Sept. 14-16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Karachi, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and EU, 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. EST.
Transformers ED Pakistan will feature presentations and panels focused on denim production, what makes a responsible denim supply chain, logistics for successful textile recycling and circular business models, and creative branding and denim trends. Each day has its own theme, starting with “Technology Day,” which will home in on the first step in the supply chain from fibers to dyeing. Topics include natural, man-made cellulosic, and synthetic fibers and chemical management in fabric production.
“Sustainability and Responsibility Day” will cover the latest textile recycling developments, Cradle to Cradle approaches, social responsibility and a special presentation from the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the Conscious Fashion Campaign on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Design and Trends Day” will feature tips for conducting research and finding the best sources of inspiration, as well as the evolution of denim trends.
Speakers include Alberto de Conti, head of marketing and fashion division at Rudolf Group; Ali Abdullah, founder, Diamond Denim; Alice Tonello, marketing and R&D manager at Tonello; Amy Leverton, founder of Denim Dudes; Andrea Venier, managing director, Officina+39; Ariadna Alcalde, circular fashion consultant at Eco Intelligent Growth; Ayesha Barenbladt, founder and CEO, Remake; Ebru Ozaydin, strategic marketing director at Lycra; Jean Hegedus, director of sustainability at Lycra; and more.
Transformers ED is a student- and consumer-facing denim education series organized by Transformers Foundation. Recently, it expanded to Mexico, where it worked with education institution Centro Mexico to host the event entirely in Spanish, and held a Portuguese event for Transformers ED Brazil.
According to Transformers Foundation and Kingpins Show founder Andrew Olah, the event will continue to make a lasting impact on students around the world.
“Being able to equip students and upcoming denim professionals across the globe with the information they need to change the future of the denim industry is one of my greatest joys,” he said. “We are collaborating with two of Pakistan’s vertically integrated denim companies to foster sustainability literacy for Pakistani students, and we couldn’t be more excited.”