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The Textile Library Circular Symposium

Cycle of digital education sessions of the Textile Museum of Prato and C.L.A.S.S. ecohub tells about responsible textile culture

How to recognize truly sustainable fashion? How can responsible recycling of garments and fabrics – as well as new circular economy formulas – make a difference to combat the climate emergency? These are just some of the issues addressed during THE TEXTILE LIBRARY CIRCULAR SYMPOSIUM, the open program of virtual meetings with some of the most influential experts in fashion and sustainability organized by the Textile Museum of Prato in collaboration with C.L.A.S.S. ecohub.

The museum and the international platform that creates awareness and supports professionals who believe in fashion and sustainable textiles have joined forces to speak not only to fashion enthusiasts but to everyone, and to explore a hot and often underestimated topic that involves everyday. The series of meetings deepens and integrates the new section entirely dedicated to circular textiles in the museum’s Textile Library. The Library is an advanced archive of materials (fibers, yarns, fabrics, accessories …) that documents innovation and research in contemporary fabrics.

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As for a real symposium, THE TEXTILE LIBRARY CIRCULAR SYMPOSIUM is a conversation arena involving 10 game changers who have been able to innovate not only with high-tech and responsible products and materials but also with new formulas, business models and systems products that respect the planet and people. Among the speakers of the cycle, visionary innovators who generate change at all levels: from the entire production system and in addition to retailers, internationally leading brands, research companies and communication experts, up to
final consumer.

“Being part of a district that has always been recognized for the excellence of its textile production, as well as a key body in Italy for sharing textile culture, the museum’s mission is to create broad awareness of the world of textile innovation. The new Textile Library allows you to learn about the state of the art of circular innovation starting from the raw materials and fabrics we wear every day. For this reason we have involved C.L.A.S.S. to give life to a symposium that offers a further study in direct contact with people and companies on the front line against Climate Change. ” Comments Francesco Marini, President of the Textile Museum.

FrancescoMarini Presidente MdT“We are enthusiastic about this important collaboration to create culture in order to make responsible textiles and its new generation values known not only among professionals in the sector but to all people who believe in sustainability. For over twenty years C.L.A.S.S. fights to convey the new values of sustainability in order to raise awareness among the contemporary final consumer, who today is increasingly attentive and in search of responsible, circular and ethical fashion. We do this with education and communication activities and projects that give a voice to companies, designers, students and the main players who operate and innovate for change. ” Adds Giusy Bettoni, CEO & founder of C.L.A.S.S. ecohub.

The first appointment is Wednesday 13 May at 17.00 CEST with the talk THE SUSTAINABLE PERSPECTIVE. True sustainable fashion is a choral and widespread system in which each actor has a fundamental role. During the meeting, professionals from various fields from cultural institutions to industrial production, from marketing to retail share their perspective on sustainability. Giusy Bettoni of C.L.A.S.S. and the president of the Textile Museum of Prato Francesco Marini converse with Maria Fernanda Hernandez Franco, Head of Sustainability & Global Communications of LUISAVIAROMA.COM and Antonio Achille, Senior Partner and Global Head of Luxury of the strategic consulting agency McKinsey & Company.

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Recycling is the key word of THE SECOND CHANCE, the second meeting scheduled for June 10th h. 17.00 CEST. “Unfortunately, many of the clothes we wear every day and the materials we wear them make up do not go to heaven at the end of their life, but remain on earth for centuries. ” On 29 September, again at 5.00 pm CEST, appointment for the talk A TICKET TO FASHION… AND BACK entirely dedicated to the new models of the circular economy. Because if ‘nothing is created, nothing is destroyed and everything is transformed’, even for fashion, a linear economy model that does not respect the planet is no longer acceptable. During this session, internationally renowned experts will share their virtuous and circular case histories.

THE TEXTILE LIBRARY CIRCULAR SYMPOSIUM cycle is entirely free. The sessions will take place in Italian, but the recordings of each of them will be made available on the sites of the Textile Museum and C.L.A.S.S. with subtitles also in English. To participate in the first meeting on Wednesday 13 May at 5 pm CEST, it is necessary to register at the following link  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151928483183. The meetings last about an hour and the participants will have time and space to ask questions and converse with all the speakers.

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The Textile Museum of Prato is the largest cultural center in Italy dedicated to the enhancement of ancient and contemporary art and textile production. Tuscan center of excellence for educational activities aimed at schools of all levels, the museum pays particular attention to specialized training in fashion, textiles and design by making available its heritage of ancient and contemporary fabrics and the skills of professionals of the sector. In addition to the proposals for schools, the museum involves families and adults with a program of experimental activities and workshops that are renewed throughout the year with ever new activities, connected to the exhibitions or exhibitions in progress. Furthermore, the museum continuously participates in European Projects that enhance the heritage of fabrics and clothing, artisanal and industrial production, know-how and European manufacturing excellence.

L.A.S.S. is the international ecohub founded by Giusy Bettoni in 2007 which has established itself as a reference point in the fashion and textile sector for brands, designers, producers, students and all those who are determined to make fashion smarter. The mission of C.L.A.S.S. is to provide professionals with the strategic tools to trigger change and to grow both in terms of responsibility and competitiveness. The ecohub pursues its objectives by blending design and innovation with the new sustainable values ​​that the contemporary consumer seeks. The service portfolio of C.L.A.S.S. includes: SMART TOOLS, a platform of responsible and traceable materials, cutting-edge technologies and innovations for both production processes and communication, which inject sustainability into fabrics, fashion collections and companies’ performance.

The SMART ACADEMY, a rich program of events, conferences, lessons and services with a very important goal: to educate, raise awareness and inspire professionals, students and even final consumers. Because there is no sustainability without knowledge.

The SMART shop, the bank of inspiration materials and the e-shop of samples for students, designers and brands who want to explore and test sustainable fabrics.

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