Join us in April and celebrate Earth Day with CLASS Education. Demonstrate your commitment to activating change by participating in this must attend workshop that brings together like- minded participants from around the globe to network and exchange ideas.
Aimed at fashion designers, merchandisers, production managers, fabric sourcing, marketing, product developers, and fashion decision makers.
Advance your career as you learn about a new generation of textile technologies and innovations that can provide improvements to the supply chain. A new way of design thinking will inspire participants to challenge the existing design development process to set change in motion. Participants learn about the importance of marketing and new communication strategies related to these innovations in order to add brand value.
This is a great opportunity to learn first hand about the latest innovations in Eco-smart materials and technologies that provide significant reductions in CO2, water and energy. Participants visit a spinner and weaver and engage in discussions regarding design responsibility and their role within future fashion systems. This workshop starts in Milan at CLASS’ Materials HUB and includes visits to CLASS partners and suppliers in Biella and Torino that will enable you to understand the technology first hand through onsite visits.
DAY ONE: SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT
This workshop examines the current apparel and textile supply chain from fiber production through finished garment.
DAY TWO: BIELLA MILL/SPINNER VISIT
Participants will be taken by private motor coach to Biella an important textile- processing city.
Organic Wool Production – Participants will be given a guided tour of an organic wool mill to understand the steps in organic wool production. They learn first- hand how eco-leaders are improving the supply chain.
“Smart” Cotton Production
In this second mill visit participants discover a new player in eco-smart textiles within the cotton market that sets a new quality standard for smart. Participants learn about a new smarter production cycle.
DAY THREE: KEY ISSUES IMPACTING FASHION
An excellent opportunity to learn about the current issues that make the lifecycle of textiles and clothing unsustainable. Participants are asked to assess their brand and determine which issues can be confronted by design.
Water Misappropriation, Chemicals, Energy, Asset Stripping, Waste and Transport
DAY FOUR: TORINO MILL/SPINNER VISIT
During this visit participants will explore a system of recycled polyester filament yarn coming 100% from postconsumer bottles sourced. This certified mechanical process for production of recycled yarn, rather than a chemical method for producing yarn that is 100% Italian made. This unique process cuts down on toxins previously generated from the conventional system.
DAY FIVE: EARTH DAY 2017
Sustainability is no longer a new conversation but a new generation of eco- smart textiles is.
Researching the depth and breadth of eco-textiles and the amount of information or misinformation can become overwhelming and confusing. C.L.A.S.S. Education brings together participants and experts to facilitate an open discussion regarding the role of the fashiondecision maker, communication and future fashion systems.