Copenhagen Fashion Week unifies with European Fashion Alliance

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A powerful new network of fashion organisations has been announced, aiming to unite and change the European fashion landscape

The Alliance is created to strengthen and enlarge a new network of councils and institutions to develop a common understanding of practical objectives of how the fashion industry and its multiple actors, support organisations and indirectly SMEs and large companies and professionals, can collectively help to transform the industry and protect the planet and all its inhabitants better. With this Alliance, the European fashion organisations who are representing a large and unique part of the fashion industry, aim collectively to reinforce European fashion on a sustainable, inclusive, innovative and promotional level and to accelerate the translation of these objectives in to realistic actions and policy recommendations.

With this one-of-a-kind network of European fashion councils, promotion institutions, incubators and clusters the new Alliance aims not only to share, educate and research market knowledge, contacts and best practices but also to advocate at European level with different economic, political and social stakeholders for a prosperous future.

During a two-day summit in Frankfurt at the end of March 2022, Fashion Council Germany brought together the most leading European fashion organisations to form a coalition of change, with the support of Messe Frankfurt and its global Texpertise Network.

With the Frankfurt Agreement, the European fashion organisations decided to join this new industry coalition and the intention to develop collectively an active and reactive strategy for the industry’s need to change in the next months.

“The new European Alliance echoes the New European Bauhaus and the major challenge it represents : Fashion can and must pave the way. It is at the crossroads of economy and culture, of the noblest hand-made know-how and of the most advanced technologies, of aesthetics and functionnality, of inclusion and diversity. Creativity is its breathing and sustainability henceforth its unsurpassable horizon. It is even more important now to share, carry and materialize these values at the European level and this is why the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has joined the new European Alliance” Pascal Morand, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

"Today it is more important than ever that the fashion system demonstrate cohesion in affirming the European common values, with sustainability, social responsibility, creativity, high product quality and durability at the forefront. These are inalienable values, which for years have been at the core of CNMI's strategy through many initiatives and projects to encourage major changes in the fashion industry to actively respond to contemporary issues. We are very happy to join forces to pursue these values together."- Carlo Capasa, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.

"As obstacles to the fashion industry become more and more critical and urgent, never before has connection, collaboration and commitment been as important as it is now.As such, we are proud to announce our partnership in the European Fashion Alliance, taking this opportunity to unite with our fellow organisational institutions and enact meaningful, proactive and lasting change. Having seen the change we can bring about with our Sustainability framework, that has been adapted and utilised by a number of international organisations and fashion councils, we are ready to explore and implement what change could look like with 24 likeminded member institutions behind it, all striving towards the same goals for the fashion industry at large.” Cecilie Thorsmark, Copenhagen Fashion Week.

The EFA members invite other similar mindset organizations to support its mission and ambition to create abetter future by joining the alliance.The next summit of the European Fashion Alliance will take place during Gran Canaria Swim Week by Mode Cálida from the 18th till 21st of October 2022.

Asociación Creadores De Moda de España (Spain)
Austrian Fashion Association (Austria)
Baltic Fashion Federation (Latvia)
Bulgarian Fashion Association (Bulgaria)
Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana (Italy)
Copenhagen Fashion Week (Denmark)
Council for Irish Fashion Designers (Ireland)
Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
Fashion Council Germany (Germany)
Fédération de la Haute Couture de la Mode (France)
Fédération Français du Prêt-à-Porter Féminin (France)
Flanders DC (Belgium)
Icelandic Fashion Council (Iceland)
Global Fashion Agenda
Gran Canaria Moda Cálida (Spain)
MODA-FAD (Spain)
Modesuisse (Switzerland)
Modalisboa (Portugal)
Norwegian Fashion Hub (Norway)
Slovak Fashion Council (Slovakia)
Swedish Fashion Council (Sweden)
Finnish Textile & Fashion (Finland)
Taskforce Fashion (Netherlands)
The Prince’s Foundation (UK)
Wallonie Bruxelles Design Mode (Belgium)