Dear Shaded Viewers,
The Berlin Fashion Summit closed the 4th Edition bringing together industry innovators and sustainability change-makers. The Summit gathered together 1900 visitors over the three day event took place during Berlin Fashion Week with talks and exhibitions in the Colosseum Berlin.
The theme this edition was “Fashion for Positive Impact: Regenerative Transformation.” The two-day conference, complete with networking events and fashion installations welcoming 1956 visitors. It included striking input from more than 60 speakers from around the world; the program included 32 formats. Highlights were amongst others Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart (BRAUNGART EPEA – Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH) inspiring rethinking rather than recycling materials, Kiran Cheema (UN Office for Partnerships) introducing the global Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network, Dr. Rüdiger Fox (Sympatex) calling for business and CEO leadership and Dr. Luke Haverhals (Natural Fiber Welding) passionately explaining how next generation materials empower the regenerative transformation of the global fashion industry.
“This edition of 202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit was a real success. We are happy to see how this event brought together a growing international audience from diverse communities, and to see such high engagement in the discussions on stage. The atmosphere felt unique for new connections, collaborations, and ideas to unfold.”
– Magdalena Schaffrin, studio MM04
One of the highlights of the first day, which focused on fashion’s impact in the biosphere, was a look into cutting-edge sustainable materials, such as Mykita’s renewable acetate, and Natural Fiber Welding’s bio-based products, which have been sourced by BMW, Ralph Lauren, and Camper shoes. For the first time, the conference took a deeper look into the topic of regenerative culture, featuring a keynote from Dr. Erica de Greef, “Notes Towards
Decolonizing Fashion” in which she stated that efforts begin by listening to those affected. The panel “Pluralize Fashion” gained much interest, and brought together Dr. Francesco Mazzarella (London College of Fashion, UAL), Cora Hamilton (Uns*), Axel Hahn (Platte.Berlin), and Manpreet Kaur Kalra (Art of Citizenry), moderated by studio MM04’s Lou Croff Blake, in a conversation about fashion as a tool for activism and equity. The day finished with a tour of the on-site exhibit “Estethica: What Lies Ahead,” led by Orsola de Castro (Estethica) and a networking reception by VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub. The second day focused on the technosphere and metasphere, starting off with a keynote taking a critical approach to LCA’s by Veronica Bates Kassatly (independent consultant and analyst) . This edition of 202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit also went deeper than ever before into digital fashion, including input from Beata Wilczek and Ilg Alexander (The Dematerialized), leaving us to think about the future of regeneration in the future of fashion.
The content from the #4 Edition will be recapped in 202030 on The Berlin Fashion Summit’s upcoming podcast.
Edition #5: Save the Date
January 16 – 18 2023, 202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit will once again create the meeting ground of sustainable fashion’s most innovative projects and thinkers.
202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit is funded by the Senate for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and would like to thank its partners:
Berlin Fashion Week, All Good(s) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Estethica, VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub, Staiy, Circular.Berlin, Rebound Stuff, Fashion Revolution Germany, Lemonaid, ChariTea, Rheinsberg Preussen Quelle, Sips, Altomayo and Values Real Estate for the interim use of the location.
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202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit is organized by studio MM04 in cooperation with Sqetch and The Beneficial Design Institute.
studio MM04 is a Berlin-based creative strategy consultancy with an international network that supports companies and organizations in shaping their future with a radical passion for fashionable aesthetics and profound sustainability expertise. www.studiomm04.com
Sqetch is an innovation agency and IT company that connects fashion brands with producers and suppliers worldwide on their B2B online sourcing platform sqetch.co and helps them establish transparent supply chains. Sqetch is based in Berlin and Amsterdam. www.sqetch.co
The Beneficial Design Institute GmbH is a design research and development institute for sustainable and circular products with a focus on fashion and textiles. The BD-I researches, develops and tests holistic innovation concepts. It designs fashion, textiles and products from prototypes to series production. www.bd-i.de