COSH! brings the fashion sector together with an event on textile legislation and current themes such as upcycling and inclusion.
The fashion industry is at a turning point. A circular economy is on the rise and the importance of diversity and inclusion increases. Via the Fashion Community Night, COSH! brings the sustainable fashion sector together during the Fashion Revolution Week.
On Thursday, April the 22nd COSH! organizes In collaboration with Schone Kleren Campagne, Fairtrade Belgium, Creamoda and Mode Unie; an inspiring evening with 8 experts from different parts of the fashion industry and 7 emerging circular designers. The event gives brands, retailers and sustainable fashion enthusiasts knowledge about chain care, new trends and inclusion.
To make the fashion industry resilient to future challenges, it is crucial to embrace circularity and diversity, says founder Niki de Schryver. We are very proud that we can let voices from different corners speak with this event.
The planning for the evening
Unfortunately, due to COVID we can not offer you a drink, but feel free to crack a bottle of your favourite beverage to enjoy this evening even more!
How can we make the production chain more sustainable? (Panel 1: EN)
Legislation and policy are crucial to make global production chains more sustainable. In the first panel, which will be held in English, we will talk to Sara Ceustermans (Clean Clothes Campaign), Bruno Van Steenberghe (Kalani), Jo Van Landeghem (Creamoda) and Koen Van Troos (Fairtrade Belgium). These experts will take you through the policy-making and regulations at the European and federal level. You will learn more about the Due Diligence laws, the Fairtrade system and how companies can be held accountable for their actions. Transparency and traceability are also discussed. Together with these four speakers, COSH takes a close look at the entire chain.
New challenges: PR, inclusion and after COVID-19? (Panel 2: NL)
The future of the fashion industry is circular and inclusive, says Niki De Schryver. In the second panel, she explains why a circular economy is so important. She also emphasises why the sector must embrace diversity, in addition to sustainability. Today, the sustainable fashion sector is still largely white, it is about time this changed.
To learn more about the new trends, COSH! invited PR expert Ikram Annouri. Subsequently, researcher Dounia Bourabain will explain her research on subtle discrimination in the Belgian retail sector. We learn useful insights on subtle discrimination in the fashion industry with action-oriented tips for a more holistic sales approach. The talk will be closed by Aurélie van de Peer (researcher UGent) who will outline the future of the fashion industry after Corona. Thanks to these 4 experts, you will not only have new insights, but also a view on the future.
NOTE: THIS PANEL WILL BE IN DUTCH!
Discover emerging fashion talent
After the talks, you can get to know 7 upcoming circular designers via 'It's Showtime'. They all work with upcycled materials, which makes their collections more sustainable by using fewer raw materials. For an earlier project, COSH calculated that upcycling can save up to 90% in CO2 emissions. An enormous win for the environment. The seven inspiring entrepreneurs of 'It's Showtime' are happy to share their stories and collections with you.
Through Conversation Starter, participants can network online with designers, retailers, and other key players in the sustainable fashion landscape. This allows participants to expand their network from home. Conversation Starter is limited to 100 people and free for (brands/shops/producers) members of the organizing partners, others can participate through a free contribution.