First edition of Re-Barcelona, the international forum on sustainable fashion, proves a success

9 December, 2019

During November 29 more than 300 visitors attended the professional Summit in a day dedicated to sustainability in the textile and fashion industry

Re-Barcelona Sustainable Fashion Global Event, which celebrated its first edition on November 29, and on November 30, at Disseny Hub Barcelona, concluded with a high number of visitors. The pioneering event, organised by Moda Sostenible Barcelona and promoted by Barcelona City Council, exceeded expectations and was a success, which promises a second edition.

Industry professionals and citizens joined in an enthusiastic way the celebration of Re-Barcelona. During two days the event offered conferences, presentations, film screenings, talks and workshops. Visitors discovered innovative initiatives related to the challenges that the fashion industry faces regarding sustainability.

Warm welcome with more than 300 industry professionals

The first day of Re-Barcelona, celebrated on the 29th November, brought together more than 30 international speakers of different fields to discuss the present and the future of fashion to achieve a more sustainable industry. More than 300 attendees, among which there were executives and influential people from the sector, attended the professional Summit achieving an almost full attendance at the auditorium of the Disseny Hub Barcelona, where there are 320 seats.

Opened by Miquel Rodríguez, Commissioner of 2030 Agenda of Barcelona City Council, the event kicked off with Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs of Kering, who said: “If we want to survive as humanity it’s a shared responsibility to push together, there is no magic.” Some of the speakers were Rossana Orlandi, gallerist and founder of RoGuiltlessPlastic; François Ghislain-Morillion, founder of Veja; Manuel Martos, general manager of Nextil; Aldo Sollazzo, CEO of Noumena; Kavita Parmar, founder of IOU Project; and Mariona Sanz, director of Girbau LAB; among others.

The Open Space, opened during the two days of the event for the general public, counted with innovative projects such as clothing pieces that purify air from CO2 by Noumena, designs with sustainable dyes by Nextil, the alternative to dry cleaning of Girbau, ecoinnovative start-ups of Reimagine Textile and local brands of Moda Sostenible Barcelona, which caused a huge interest among visitors. The event included a variety of activities such as Moda-Fad Sustainable Challenge, the Hula Hoop: the experience in circular design and the exhibition of dresses awarded by Fondazione Mondo Digitale and AltaRoma. In addition to this, citizens could also attend roundtables, film screenings and talks celebrated with the aim to be conscious about the importance of rethinking consumption habits.

A reference in sustainable fashion in Southern Europe

Re-Barcelona is a space of debate, reflection and exhibition of sustainable and ethical fashion. The event positions Barcelona as a reference and epicentre of the sector at an international level. With the celebration of this first edition, Re-Barcelona projects itself as the major gathering of sustainable fashion in southern Europe.

Mónica Melero, director of Re-Barcelona, gives a positive balance of this first edition. She claims that “the first edition has been a great success”. According to Melero: “Re-Barcelona consolidates itself as the principal discussion forum of the best and most innovative practices in sustainability that are redefining the industry of fashion.” Additionally, she expressed thanks to “the support of companies, institutions and brands of the sector.”

The attendance and participation success in this first edition proves that sustainability in the textile and fashion sector is a reality and the unique possible future. Currently, Re-Barcelona is considering a new edition.

Re-Barcelona is organised by Moda Sostenible Barcelona, promoted by Barcelona City Council with the support of Disseny Hub Barcelona. The event counts with the main sponsor of Nextil, as well as La Roca Village and Girbau; and the participation of as the official media partner. It also counts with the support of institutions such as the British Council, the General Consulate of France and the General Consulate of Italy; and of companies and associations such as MODA-FADBCD Barcelona Centre de DissenyRemagine TextileTexforHPFoundation Apunts, Organic Cotton Colours, ModaccCCAM and the creative agency McCann.

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