The three themes raised in the event: circular systems, local ecosystems and impact measurement, will shape the discussion of what the future of fashion will look like.

Break with traditional understandings and seek new solutions.

This past 7-9th October, Dcycle was part of the 202030 Berlin Fashion Summit, a collaborative platform to shape the future of fashion in partnership with Berlin Fashion Week.

This event has made us reflect on the future of fashion: where are we going?

The critical debates crossed different themes, with people from a multidisciplinary background  participating in the discussion:

Day 1: Circular Systems

This first day dealt with topics such as fashion ecology and circularity.

New and revolutionary concepts appearing in the fashion scene such as the Anthropocene or the Humanocene were discussed. Moreover, the necessity of asking ourselves “what does the Earth need fashion to do” was raised. This is quite challenging, a call to shift the paradigm and place the ecological crisis at first. This is a discourse and debate that many people from academia and the industry are joining, but how can this be done within our system?

We have to think differently, redefine markets and stay away from the reliance on techno-fixes to solve sustainability. We need to put Earth at the center of every decision and reflect on the impact of every action taken.

Circularity is a priority due to the challenge of waste. Waste has to be redesigned out of the system and strategies need to be incorporated at the beginning and end of the supply-chain to transition from linear to circular. Some great examples of circular brands were introduced: Renewcell, Circulose or Ocean Safe.

Day 2: Local Ecosystems

Strengthening local ecosystems is key for a sustainable future. Whilst still keeping globally-connected, we need to foster localism and drive change. The term “slowbalization” was raised: how can we slowly move away from global production? This is quite a challenge for the industry, which has been for the past decades driven by the pursuit of a global presence.

Localism is of urgent eco-importance within the industry. Collective relationships have to be built, and networks created to do things locally, together.

Day 3: Impact measurement

The keywords “quality, measurement and impact” guided the structure of the session. Questions such as how to measure true quality or how to define quality and measure impact guided the discussion. These are interesting debates, since in the last decades new parameters have entered the industry and now, impact is not measured only based on economic pillars. Environmental and social parameters have come to play, and now, companies with environmental and social values have become more impactful. Same with quality, before it was measured based on long-lasting luxury materials, but what is quality today? The understanding of quality is shifting. Perhaps, quality today means including social and environmental parameters in the system as well.

Today, it is important to put belief in small companies trying to do things differently and see these as an opportunity for the planet. Break with traditional understandings and seek new solutions. These will shape the understanding of quality and impact measurement.

Thank you for reading! We strongly believe that these themes should be prioritized within the system. Have you checked the latest events we have attended?

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