FashionSustain Berlin
3 & 4 July 2018 KRAFTWERK BERLIN Information now

FASHIONSUSTAIN – The incubator for responsible innovation in fashion and textiles

Sustainable fashion technologies and responsible innovation – step out of your routine at FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN and get ahead by learning more about the new drivers that will revolutionise the future of the textile and fashion industry. This unique incubator platform brings together international keynote speakers and new formats for multidisciplinary, hands-on exchange against the impressive backdrop of Kraftwerk Berlin.


This was the programme of the first FASHIONSUSTAIN in January, 2018!

On day one FASHIONTECHBERLIN by the Premium Group focuses on digital solutions for marketing and retail, as well as general digital market trends.

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Both conferences will be enhanced by a THINKATHON and underpinned by the SHOWCASE of smart fashion.

10.00 am: Doors open   

11.00 am: Opening
Olaf Schmidt (Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt)
Jana Kern (Moderation, kernkommunikation)

11.10 am: Opening Keynote/s
Alexandra Cousteau (Good Impact Foundation)
Why exploit when you can explore?
Ellen Karp (Anerca)
The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability—Attitudes, Changing Behaviors and Outlooks (by Oeko-Tex)

11.50 am: Break

11.55 am: Material Innovation I — Better know your source and waste.
Peter Bartsch (Lenzing)
Nicole Espey (Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie e.V. (BSI))
Verena Bahlsen (Hermann´s)

01.00 pm: Break

01.45 pm: Material Innovation II— Cooperation is the key.
Lara Delle (Vaude)
Sylvia Happel (Lenzing)
Anke Domaske (Q-milk)
Herbert Lindenmaier (Primaloft)
Caroline Mitterlehner (EcoPaXX, DSM)

02.30 pm:  Circular Processes. About Bottlenecks & Loopholes.
Evelyn Mora (Helsinki Fashion Week)
Matteo Ward (Wrad) & Alice Fortuna (Perpetua We Had To Invent It)

03.10 pm: Break

03.30 pm:  Run for Circularity.
Javier Goyeneche (Ecoalf)
Timo Perschke (Pyua) & Jutta Vo Quang (Freudenberg)
Gustav Sandin Albertsson (Mistra Future Fashion)

04.30 pm: Break

04:45 pm: Panel discussion 'Perspectives and Visions'
Herr Dieners
Aaron Bittner
Walter Wählt
Ellen Karp  

05.15 pm: Break

05.30 pm: Thinkathon Team-Pitches       

06.00 pm: Informal Networking   

07:00 pm:  Fashion Show of Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom




The fashion and textile industry is currently undergoing a period of fundamental transition. Technological developments and the strategic implementation of sustainability are showing how a collaborative approach to innovation makes this shift beneficial to all stakeholders. Messe Frankfurt and Premium Group have joined forces to create a new home for the future of fashion. The cooperating platforms FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN + FASHIONTECHBERLIN are offering a source of inspiration where stakeholders from all textile and fashion disciplines can exchange ideas about applied innovation.


Responsible innovations on many levels: As a complementary addition to the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and the Greenshowroom, which present sustainable fashion, shoes and accessories ranging from casual streetwear to elegant styles, the FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN and FASHIONTECHBERLIN conference duo will make Kraftwerk Berlin the biggest green hub for fair fashion and a sustainable lifestyle, not only at Berlin Fashion Week but also within Europe.

Jade Buddenberg Corporate Responsibility Manager, Zalando SE

We firmly believe that the best solutions are found by thinking together and conducting an open dialogue – the Thinkathon is an optimum format for this. With their ideas, the two participating teams have inspired and supported us in our search for a more transparent system for sustainability information.

ONE platform. TWO conferences. THREE pillars.

Former power station Kraftwerk Berlin will be the venue of the two conferences FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN and FASHIONTECHBERLIN. Top-class talks will be enhanced by the edgy and creative environment of a THINKATHON and a highly inspirational SHOWCASE of smart fashion. These three pillars, CONFERENCES, THINKATHON and SHOWCASE, are forming a completely new and cutting-edge conference model.

FASHIONTECHBERLIN by the Premium Group focuses on digital solutions for marketing and retail, as well as general digital market trends. FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN by Messe Frankfurt will be putting the spotlight on materials and processes, innovations, circularity concepts and industry applications.


A two-day THINKATHON will be going on behind the scenes. It mimics the dynamic Berlin start-up ecosystem and offers a creative environment. Interdisciplinary teams will be working on specific industry tasks in a design-thinking challenge. It kicks off parallel to FASHIONTECHBERLIN and the results will be presented at the end of FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN.


The input from the conference duo FASHIONTECHBERLIN and FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN will be underpinned by a parallel two-day SHOWCASE of smart fashion. This open-plan exhibition space is a common ground where the exhibitors and professional visitors can delve deeper into an interdisciplinary discourse.


The second FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN conference will turn its full attention to shoes, sneakers and other footwear. Get involved in this gathering of the world’s leaders of future-oriented business and design approaches and find out more about what sustainable innovations for the future of fashion will look like.


FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN is organised by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH in collaboration with the Techtextil and Texprocess Frankfurt trade shows.

Falco Fuchs
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Phone: +49 69 75 75-59 38
Fax: +49 69 75 75-65 41

Press Contact

Thimo Schwenzfeier
Director Marketing Communications
Phone: +49 69 75 75-62 91
Fax: +49 69 75 75-67 81


Sustainability, innovation and technology go hand in hand – FASHIONSUSTAIN and FASHIONTECH will bring together the different protagonists of future thinking and create new formats for an interdisciplinary dialogue.