FashionSustain Berlin

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.



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 turned its full attention to shoes, sneakers and other footwear. Our visitors got involved in this gathering of the world’s leaders of future-oriented business and design approaches and found out more about what sustainable innovations for the future of fashion will look like.


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

Andreas Streubig Director Global Sustainability, HUGO BOSS AG

‘We live in times of increasing overuse of global resources, and hence closing material cycles is an imperative in order to ensure the quality of life of future generations on our planet. To adress this we need sophisticated ideas and pragmatic concepts with a high chance for implementation.’

ONE platform. TWO conferences. THREE pillars.

Former power station Kraftwerk Berlin was the venue of the two conferences FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN and #FASHIONTECHBERLIN. Top-class talks were 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, formed 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 puts the spotlight on materials and processes, innovations, circularity concepts and industry applications.

THINKATHON: Call for Participants

A two-day THINKATHON went on behind the scenes. It mimicked the dynamic Berlin start-up ecosystem and offers a creative environment. Interdisciplinary teams were working on specific industry tasks in a design-thinking challenge. It kicked off one day before the shows started on 02. July and the results were presented on the day of FASHIONSUSTAINBERLIN.


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

This was the programme of July 2018

MODERATION & REFEREE FASHIONSUSTAIN: Ian Welsh (Director), Innovation Forum

10.15-10.30 Pre-OPENING: Welcome & get to know NEONYT

  • Olaf Schmidt (Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies), Messe Frankfurt
  • Thimo Schwenzfeier (Show Director Neonyt), Messe Frankfurt
  • Magdalena Schaffrin (Creative Director Neonyt), Kaleidoscope Berlin
  • Max Gilgenmann (Programme Director FashionSustain), Kaleidoscope Berlin
  • Michael Stracke (Chief Business Development Officer #FashionTech), Premium Group

10.30-10.50 OPENING: Passion & compassion is key – fashion's inner quest

  • Bandana Tewari (Editor-at-Large), Vogue India & (Contributor), Business of Fashion

10.50-11.20 PITCH'N'PANEL: Material & process innovation

  • Anne-Christin Bansleben (Founder), Deepmello
  • Desmond Ko (Director), LiteHide
  • Olivier Grammont (Business Developer), Recyc Leather
  • Sara Bonomi (EMEA Channel Marketing), FormLabs
  • Vera Günther (Co-Founder), Mimycri

11.20-11.35 SUPPLY CHAIN CASE STUDY I: Upcycling ocean waste

  • Carolina Álvarez (PR & Communication), Ecoalf

11.35-11.55 SUPPLY CHAIN CASE STUDY II: Leather transparency 'cow to shoe'

  • Josefin Liljeqvist (Founder), Josefin Liljeqvist

11.55-12.10 SUPPLY CHAIN CASE STUDY III: Scaling sustainability

  • Sebastien Kopp (Co-Founder), Veja / Centre Commercial

12.10-12.40 PITCH'N'PANEL: Footwear innovation

  • Galahad Clark (Managing Director), Vivo Barefoot
  • Henning Siedentopp (Managing Director), Melawear
  • Noel Klein-Reesink (Founder), Ekn Footwear
  • Sebastien Kopp (Co-Founder), Veja / Centre Commercial
  • Sebastian Thies (Founder), Nat-2

12.40-13.10 PITCH'N'PANEL: Digital innovation to increase supply chain transparency

  • Christoph Wiesen (CPO, Data Analytics), Sustainabill
  • Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg (Lead Corporate Responsibility), Zalando SE
  • Ina Budde (Founder), Circular.Fashion
  • Laureen van Breen (Programme Manager), WikiRate

13.10-13.55 LUNCH BREAK

13.55-14.15 PANEL: Money is key

  • André Meyer (Credit Advisor), GLS Bank
  • Henning Siedentopp (Managing Director), Melawear
  • Michael Oehler (Founder), Trippen
  • William Allbright (Managing Director), MyMarini

14.15-14.30 SUPPLY CHAIN CASE STUDY IV: Industry cooperation & standards

  • Manfred Junkert (Managing Director) HDS/L & cads

14.30-14.40 SUPPLY CHAIN CASE STUDY V: Industrial footwear recycling

  • Pailak Mzikian (Head of Business Development and Innovation), I:Collect

14.40-15.00 PANEL: Collaboration is key

  • Dieuwertje Nelissen (Venture Builder), Enviu
  • Pailak Mzikian (Head of Business Development and Innovation), I:Collect
  • Patrick Mainguené (Managing Director), Insoft & Ector
  • Rüdiger Fox (CEO), Sympatex


15.05-15.35 WRAP-UP PANEL: What's next for international fashion business?

  • MODERATION: Kristina Schulze (Editor), Step & Schuhkurier Magazine
  • Heike Hess (Head of Business Office), IVN
  • Dr. Jürgen Janssen (Head of the Partnership Secretariat), Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien
  • Noel Klein-Reesink (Founder), Ekn Footwear
  • Sandra Capponi (Head of Business Development), Good On You
  • Stephanie Klotz (Senior Communications Manager), C&A Foundation 


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 5855
Fax: +49 69 75 75 65 41

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‘There is an urgent need to move away from conspicuous consumption to an era of conscious consumption, where we uphold the values of empathy and respect, for not only the artisanal, indigenous crafts of the world, but the millions of faceless people working from tiny villages or big factories, who make them.’

Bandana Tewari, Editor-at-Large at Vogue India & Contributor at Business of Fashion


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