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NEONYT: A Global Hub For Fashion Sustainablity & Innovation


The global hub for fashion, sustainability and innovation – this is the claim that Neonyt aims to live up to from 15-17 January.

The Neonyt Trade Show will thus be supported with a broad-ranging fringe programme. This will examine the sustainable transformation of the fashion industry along the entire value chain from different perspectives.

Four stages, three days, two conference formats, one goal: a paradigm shift in the fashion industry towards a fairer future that saves more resources.

 ‘The current change in consciousness’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, ‘is not taking place in a vacuum.

 It’s hasn’t just appeared from nowhere.

Rather, it is the result of discourse and discussions, competition and collaboration.

The aim of Messe Frankfurt as a global player in the fashion and textile industry is to accompany this process of change and give it a platform.

This is why we’ll be expanding the fashion trade show Neonyt in a consistent manner to include an even more broad-ranging fringe and conference programme whose content will partly be generated from our global Texpertise Network and will in turn be reflected in it’.

Neonyt, which is taking place for the first time, is the synthesis of the two successful formats Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and will take place from 15-17 January 2019 as part of Berlin Fashion Week at the Kraftwerk, thus continuing the tradition.

The highlights of the fringe programme:

Technology, sustainability and innovation are important drivers of the fashion and textile industry and will revolutionise the industry and its processes and production methods. On 16 January 2019, the international conference format Fashionsustain will be dedicated to precisely these issues, focusing on the ubiquitous challenges to sustainable water management currently facing the textile industry. The conference, which is organised by Messe Frankfurt, will highlight how the interplay of cooperation and competition relating to new and sustainable technologies leads to innovations that drive the industry’s paradigm shift. Fashionsustain will be opened by Clare Press, Sustainability Editor-at-Large of Vogue Australia, author and fair fashion activist, with her keynote speech ‘We are Water. Inspiration & Respiration’. The subsequent conference programme comprises excellent international speakers, including Global Fashion Exchange, Greenpeace, Remei, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Sympatex, Tchibo, We are Spin Dye and the WWF. Ticket required.

Fashionimpact is a counterpart to Fashionsustain and goes even more in-depth in order to give more space to topics relevant to smallholders: what glocal influence does the fashion industry have along the global textile value chain? Activism, empowerment, diversity, traditional craftsmanship, organic farming and fair trade – the Fashionimpact conference format on 17 January 2019 will discuss a broad range of current topics. Its patron is Bandana Tewari – editor-in-chief of Vogue India and columnist for The Business of Fashion. Among the topics discussed will be questions such as ‘Fair Trade Modern Thinking’ and ‘Will the future of denim be organic?’ With: African Fashion Reception, Folkdays, Mimycri, Osklen Rhumaa, WFTO, Yunus Social Business and others.

The Thinkathon connects forward-looking companies with the Neonyt network, which is unique in terms of its diversity and professional expertise. During a period of 48 hours, 40 participants will work in six multidisciplinary teams on prototype solutions for three challenges using system-oriented methods. Sourcebook, which organises the Thinkathon on behalf of Messe Frankfurt, selected the experts from 19 countries, including India, the USA, Japan, Ghana, Israel, France, the UK and Germany, each with qualifications in areas as diverse as research, development, science, consulting, design and business development. The results will be presented to challenge hosts Otto, Bikini Berlin and TCBL first behind closed doors and then on the Fashionsustain stage at 4.30 p.m. on 16 January 2019.