FashionSustain Berlin
3 & 4 July 2018 KRAFTWERK BERLIN Tickets

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.

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While some of the biggest players in the contemporary fashion industry started out as footwear companies, there is no denying the huge impact of the sneaker trend. In general, footwear has become an integral part of most fashion brands and represents a growing sector within global fashion and textile businesses. Thanks to its complex construction and seemingly endless options of different materials, many brands and producers are pushing innovation in their supply chains to the next level. Mass customization has been introduced to this sector very early on and now the next step is to introduce local and lot-size-1 production. At the same time, some of the strongest fashion brands with a built-in sustainability DNA are footwear and sneaker brands. And some even run industry-wide benchmark projects, including an incredible holistic innovation lab that combines traditional craftsmanship with state-of-the-art innovations. In summary: there is more than enough inspiration in this sector for FASHIONSUSTAIN to dedicate a whole event to it.

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.


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.

THINKATHON: Call for Participants

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 one day before the shows start on 02. July and the results will be presented on the day of FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN. Join the challenge:


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.


Programme to be published soon

On day two  #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.



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

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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.

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