Fashion for Good is expanding to South Asia with the launch of a dedicated regional innovation programme. Leading up to the expansion, scheduled for later this year, we are now calling for innovative start-ups from across South Asia with disruptive sustainability solutions applicable to the fashion supply chain. Selected innovators will have the opportunity to showcase their solutions as part of Fashion for Good’s Innovation Day to be held at the Mercedes Benz Sri Lanka Fashion Week on November 24th.
These innovators will also gain priority access to the Fashion for Good programme, enables access to a network of global partners such as founding partner C&A Foundation, and corporate partners C&A, adidas, Kering and PVH Corp. to name a few, as well as to funding, mentoring and bespoke coaching, providing innovators with the tools needed to grow.
Eligible Innovators can apply to the Programme here: LINK
South Asia is a global leader in manufacturing and one of the largest consumer markets for fashion. The rapidly growing region presents significant opportunities to create value and impact both socially and environmentally from a transition towards a circular economy. With a rich heritage in textile manufacturing and production, Fashion for Good is seeking to spark and scale promising innovations from this region that have the potential to disrupt the current fashion supply chain worldwide. Of particular interest will be the unique perspective of home-grown innovators focusing in key areas including raw materials, dyeing and finishing, manufacturing, retail, end-of-use and transparency and traceability.
“We are pleased to see Fashion for Good expanding to Asia, together we will continue to work on promoting and growing the sustainable technologies originating from the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform. We are looking forward to working with these technologies to fuel the next set of growth in manufacturing for us with the aim of growing with drastically less environmental impact.” Abhishek Bansal, Head of Sustainability; Arvind Limited.
Fashion for Good is already active in Asia, having partnered with Hong Kong based tech incubator The Mills Fabrica and are continuously expanding their activities with local manufacturers such as the recently announced affiliate innovation partner, Indian based textile manufacturer Arvind. This week Fashion for Good established a partnership with the Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF), an initiative of the innovation platform Intellecap, who provide support in their local activities and expanding their partner and innovator network.
Katrin Ley, Managing Director of Fashion for Good explains: “Working closely with these local partners enables us to promote the transition of the fashion industry toward more sustainable, circular practices as well as the betterment of social and environmental issues.”
Fashion for Good is actively working on scaling innovations in the region, by catalysing collaborative pilots, which address areas such as making organic cotton traceable and solutions for the treatment of waste water from the apparel manufacturing process. A physical and local presence facilitates a deeper focus on innovators and allows for swifter implementation of pilot programmes with partner brands and manufacturers, including targeted connections to our corporate partner and investor ecosystem.
Leading up to the programme launch Fashion for Good is hosting an Innovation Day in conjunction with MBFW, selecting 10 of the top innovators to showcase their solutions in a series of pitches, concluding with an engaging discussion with industry leaders. The Innovation Day brings together key stakeholders from the region, features discussion forums with panel participants from the regional investor, brand and manufacturer network.
“Fashion for Good has enabled us to build a global network where we work on sustainable innovation in an open source approach. We believe that deepening the connection to incredible Innovators in Asia will unlock more opportunities to collaboratively shape a positive impact on the industry, consumers, and ultimately the planet.” James Carnes, VP Global Brand Strategy, adidas.
About Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good is the global initiative that is here to make all fashion good. It’s a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. With an open invitation to the entire apparel industry, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition.
At the core of Fashion for Good is our innovation platform. Through our Fashion for Good Accelerator Programme we give promising start-up innovators the expertise and access to funding they need in order to grow. Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, with a dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. Our Good Fashion Fund will catalyse access to finance to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods.
Fashion for Good also acts as a convener for change. In October 2018 the Fashion for Good Experience has opened: the world’s first interactive tech museum dedicated to sustainable fashion innovation. In its hub in Amsterdam, Fashion for Good also houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space, creates open-source resources like its Good Fashion Guide about circular apparel.
Fashion for Good’s programmes are supported by founding partner C&A Foundation and corporate partners adidas, C&A, BESTSELLER, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando and affiliate partners Arvind and Nørrona.
The Fashion for Good Museum opens a new exhibition “Fashion Week: A New Era” on May 20. Every year during Fashion Week the latest fashion is shown on catwalks in Paris, Milan and New York and other metropoles across the globe. This iconic event has a major impact on the fashion industry and on our own wardrobes.