The 36th IAF World Fashion Convention, scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Antwerp Hilton Old Town in Belgium, is themed “Transition of the Global Fashion System,” and will be approached through the perspective of collaboration in the global supply chain.
The IAF convention will feature speakers including John Ryder, director general of the International Labor Organization (ILO); David Sävman, head of global supply chain of H&M; Miran Ali, managing director of Bitopi Group and vice president of Bangladesh Garment and Manufacturers Export Association (BGMEA), and Mehmet Kaya, CEO of TYH Tekstil, a Turkish textile and ready-to-wear producer.
At the IAF event, sessions focusing on new business models, digitization, supply chain resilience and transparency will highlight the necessity of buyers and their suppliers working together to create the transition the apparel industry needs.
The composition of the convention’s delegates, from across the world and spanning the supply chain with a strong representation of small to medium-sized (SME) brands and manufacturers, further highlights its core message that brands, retailers and suppliers rely on each other equally to create supply chains that are resilient enough to withstand the rough ride of the apparel industry’s transition.
For example, one of the sessions on new business models, named “E-Fashion in Manufacturing” and led by analyst and adviser John Thorbeck, brings together a U.S. manufacturing brand, a European fashion tech company and an innovative Asian manufacturer. Brad Ballentine of Fox River Mills, Gonçalo Cruz of PlatformE and Stanley Szeto of Lever Style will be interviewed by Thorbeck on the way their businesses reflect the industry’s transition and how risk shared across the supply chain and the quest for zero waste are key elements of that quest.
The World Fashion Congress will run in conjunction with EURATEX’s 9th European Textile & Apparel Convention at the same venue.
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