During the past few years, the fashion industry has been thinking about the best ways to become more eco-responsible. The sector is generally considered as the second most polluting one in the world, after the oil industry.

Initiatives are multiplying. The American group PVH Copr. (owner of brands such as Calvin Klein) is working with the NGO WWF to limit its water use as much as possible. LVMH has created its own ecological impact measurement tool and, for example, has set itself the target that 70% of its cotton should be organic by 2025. Gucci uses its Equilibrium platform to be transparent on this topic. And so on.

Consumers’ awareness of the “responsible quality” of their purchases is at an all-time high. It is in this context that the event “Fashion forward, a sustainable fashion journey” will be held on the evening of 9 October, at the initiative of the Junior Chamber International (JCI, the organiser of the Creative Young Entrepreneur Luxembourg), with the support of Docler Holding and Luxinnovation.

A round table discussion, moderated in French by Jean-Michel Gaudron (Luxinnovation), will bring together Flavia Carbonetti, creative director of Einfühlung and winner of the Coup de Coeur CYEL 2019 award; Lydia Leu-Sarritzu, designer of the vegan shoe brand Blanlac, Stylianee Parascha, a fashion designer who offers clothing in organic cotton or linen and recycled fabrics (she is also Country Coordinator for Fashion Revolution Luxembourg and a conscious fashion designer and activist), and Charles-Albert Florentin, the manager of the Luxembourg CleanTech Cluster.

The exchanges, which will be interactive with the public, will focus on the issues of transparency, costs, politics, the fashion revolution against fast fashion and a more “conscious” shopping mode (applications, shops, workshops, etc.).

“It is important for us all, in our role as consumers, to have information about the level of circularity of various products, depending on the types of fibers and natural production processes used,” explains Mr Florentin. “This will help us make wise choices that contribute to the circular economy.”

During the evening, local fashion items made with a sustainable approach will be presented (not available for sale). Two of these items will be offered as gifts to two participants drawn at random among the audience.

Photo: Studio Panoulis

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