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35th IAF World Fashion Convention Brings Top Speakers

iafThe 35th World Fashion Convention, co-produced with the Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), will unite global apparel industry leaders in Lahore, Pakistan, on November 12-13, 2019.

The IAF World Fashion Convention is a unique fashion industry event, bringing the topics that matter and the speakers that count together with both the supply and demand side of the fashion industry. Each country and each city that host the IAF Convention, showcases another aspect of the multi-faceted apparel industry. 

Previous editions were held in Istanbul, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Porto, Shanghai, and Maastricht. This year, the IAF Board of Directors has chosen Pakistan as the host of the 35th IAF World Fashion Convention, because it has significant textile and apparel industries and because the potential for further growth is large following an important improvement in the safety situation in the country. The Convention draws on average 300 delegates usually coming from over 20 countries.

Every year, the quality of the speakers is high and this year is no exception. Previous speakers came from PVH, H&M, Desigual, Disney, VF, Zegna, Esquel, and Escada, as well as BCG, the World Bank and the OECD. This year, among the speakers will be Joachim Hensch, managing director of Hugo Boss Textile Industries; Wilson Zhu, COO of Li&Fung; Stefanie Artman, director international sourcing of Kik, Germany; Erbu Debbag, Executive Director-Global Sales and Marketing at Soorty Enterprises and Christopher Veit, CEO of Veit GmbH.

On Tuesday evening November 12th, IAF and PRGMEA will host a festive fashion dinner for all delegates. The dinner will offer the stage for the award ceremony of the IAF-PRGMEA Global Fashion Award 2019. This competition will be a major catalyst for awareness and education on sustainable fashion for the Pakistani apparel fashion industry.

We are proud to announce that the registration for the 35th IAF World Fashion Convention has now been opened. Special rates apply to IAF members and members of the IAF member associations. Please find more information and the registration button at www.iafconventionlahore.com.

IAF Spring Member Event Frankfurt: Overview Key Outcomes

The IAF held its annual Spring Member Event in Frankfurt on May 13th and 14th back to back with the Texprocess and Techtextil Fairs. In the morning of May 13th, IAF's bi-annual Board of Directors meeting brought together the majority of the Board, representing 12 countries from all continents.

The IAF Board expressed its gratitude to parting Board members Les Miller of American & Efird and Murat Aydin, CEO of Modega and Board Member of the Turkish association TCMA. At the same meeting, the IAF Board also chose their successors, namely Chris Alt, President of American & Efird and Sanem Dikmen, President of European Tshirt Factory and TCMA Board Member.

In the afternoon of May 13th, IAF's mini-conference on 'supply chain 4.0' brought together more than 50 IAF members to listen to presentations by Giuseppe Gherzi and Razvan Ionelle of Gherzi Consultants and by David Schmelzeisen of the ITA Institute of the University of Aachen. On the one hand, the audience was impressed by the amount of disruption that is hitting and about to hit the apparel industry. On the other hand, it was good to hear that technological advances enable SMEs to make affordable smart investments in software and e-learning.

At the Texprocess Fair, on May 14th, the IAF organized a 'manufacturers meeting' bringing together industry associations and manufacturing groups such as Matrix from Pakistan, Aurora from Vietnam and Denim Expert from Bangladesh. This group has its focus on global solutions for common apparel manufacturer's challenges.

Also, at the Fair, the IAF was present at a very well attended press conference to promote the 'Joint Industry Manifesto' to deliver a circular economy in textiles'. The IAF has co-signed the circular textiles manifesto, along with Euratex, the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), Fesi and the SAC. IAF supports the manifesto as it clearly recognizes the importance of a truly global approach to circularity. So, with a consortium that is both European and global from the outset, the necessary connections between the European actions and those emerging in the rest of the world can be made. IAF will actively use its worldwide network to help create the connections for a global approach to circular fashion.

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