IAF World Fashion Convention for the first time ever held in China
The 29th IAF World Fshion Convention (September 23 -27, 2013 in Kunshan, near Shanghai, China and for the first time in its 40 years of history, the convention takes place in China)
Some 200 delegates from nearly 20 countries attend the convention and IAF President Harry van Dalfsen addressed in his opening speech the economic situation in the worldwide fashion sector: “Unfortunately, many of the consumers in the world are not feeling well. They are confused, they are dealing with uncertainty. Particularly Europeans realise that old certainties are not coming back, and they don’t know yet what their new world will look like.” He urged the fashion industry to think in chances, not in threats, to break out of this cycle of negative sentiment. It was the reason for IAF and co-organiser CCCT Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel to focus the convention on the motto to add value to the international fashion supply chain.
CCCT Chairman Jiang Hui underlined the development of the Chinese apparel industry focusing more and more on branding and innovation in textiles.
Topics of the convention are on branding, sourcing and innovation, with speakers from Chinese and foreign brands like Texhong, Lily Brand, Shangtex, Jiangsu Sainty Group, Bosideng and Brax.
Harry van Dalfsen announced at IAF’s general assembly taking place also in Kunshan, that the federation is working intensively on a global framework for sustainability. The framework should be connected to the UN United Nation’s Ruggie guiding principles betting on support of global cooperation, for instance in Bangladesh. IAF is helping to build a bridge between the European Accord and the US Alliance for Bangladesh by IAF’s global responsibility committee.
IAF is representing more than 250000 apparel companies, national composed of national apparel and textile associations and individual companies in more than 40 countries. Through IAF, companies and national associations representing them, they have a clear voice in international coalitions such as the SAC and The Accord in Bangladesh.
The assembly also decided in favour of a new programme of IAF’s education committee, including the IAF student award in order to build up a closer relationship between business and education. The programme is aiming to create a closer cooperation between IAF and IFFTI International Federation of Fashion Technology Institutes. In addition a member benefit programme for the IAF members was launched, initiating a concept to reduce logistic costs in the fashion supply chain.
Rajhul Mehta, chairman of CMAI Clothing Manufacturers Association of India was elected vice president of IAF, and Carlos Botero, director of Inexmoda (Columbia) became member of the IAF’s executive committee.
It was also decided that the 30th edition of IAF World Fashion Convention will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2014 in Medellin, Colombia.