Fashion for Good, a global initiative to make all fashion good, today announced their partnership with Zalando, the leading European online fashion platform, to accelerate and scale sustainable innovation in the fashion industry. This partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to cross-industry collaboration and to integrating disruptive innovation in the fashion supply chain.
Fashion for Good is a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. This platform includes the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, a 12-week startup programme run with Plug and Play, a leading Silicon Valley accelerator, to give promising startup innovators the funding and expertise they need in order to grow. It also includes a robust Scaling Programme, which provides bespoke support to circular apparel and footwear innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase. As an innovation partner of Fashion for Good’s platform, Zalando will have the unique opportunity to engage with innovators at the cutting edge of the future of fashion and will benefit from specialized scouting and screening support for new innovations. In collaboration with other corporate partners, they will participate in the selection of new innovators and provide expertise and mentorship to circular apparel companies.
“Our mission at Fashion for Good is to bring together the entire fashion ecosystem to reimagine the way fashion is designed, made, worn and reused,” said Katrin Ley, Managing Director, Fashion for Good. “We are excited to welcome Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, to our network so we can continue accelerating the transition to a circular fashion industry.”
“Zalando brings a fresh perspective to the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator,” says Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO, Plug and Play. “As the first technology and e-commerce company to join the Accelerator, we are excited that Zalando will be able to assist in discovering new sustainable technologies and work closely with the startups to create a better, more sustainable future.”
“We believe that using new technologies will increase transparency in our industry significantly. We are determined to find our role in accelerating this process for the good of all,” said Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg, Team Lead Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Zalando. “Fashion for Good provides the ideal platform to join forces to identify and grow promising business concepts together, creating sustainable innovations across the global fashion ecosystem. We look forward to the collaboration and bringing in our unique e-commerce competence as the first partner who is a pure online player.”
With an open invitation to the entire apparel industry to join, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders in a pre-competitive space to identify, support and embed breakthrough technologies into the fashion supply chain and jointly transform the industry.
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About Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good is the global initiative that is here to make all fashion good. We are 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-Plug and Play Accelerator, we give promising start-up innovators the funding and expertise 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. Finally, our Good Fashion Fund (in development) will catalyse access to finance where this is required to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods.
Additionally, Fashion for Good acts as a convener for change. From its first hub in Amsterdam, it houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space, creates open-source resources like its Good Fashion Guide and welcomes visitors to join a collective movement to make fashion a force for good.
Fashion for Good was launched in 2017 with C&A Foundation as a founding partner. Its programmes are supported by corporate partners C&A, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering and Zalando, as well as organisations including the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Impact Hub Amsterdam, McDonough Innovation, Plug and Play and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
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