A new cluster alliance has been created to promote green and digital transition for the fashion industry
CLOTH project – “CLuster Alliance fOr the Transition to green and digital fasHion” – is the newest European alliance within the fashion sector, aiming to create a favorable ecosystem of relevant stakeholders, from a cross-sectoral perspective, that lead to a greener, smarter and more competitive and innovative European fashion sector.
Fashion platform dedicated to SME`s and relevant stakeholders
During this project it will be designed as a Fashion Platform to support clusters’ members to share know-how, experiences, best practices and advance towards a more competitive, greener, smarter, and international Fashion sector. At least 50 SME`s and other relevant stakeholders are expected to participate in the Fashion Platform at the end of the project.
Also, the consortium will define and implement a ClusterXchange programme. During this programme it will be offered an integrated training programme addressed to the Clusters managers and other clusters members to improve their management skills, as well as technical and entrepreneurship knowledge.
Obtaining a picture of the ecosystem
During the first phase, the consortium will analyze the trends and challenges of the textile and Fashion sector in each one of the participating regions and countries and will create a map of the industry. The objective is to obtain a real picture of the textile and Fashion ecosystem and to identify the solution which might help the Fashion sector to become more circular and sustainable.
Using the map and the analysis of data, the consortium will build a roadmap for long-term cooperation. This will be worked through updating the individual clusters strategy to align its content to the common partnership strategy, improving the Clusters labeling level, defining and approving a common partnership strategy and a roadmap for its implementation, defining and implementing the capacity building program to advance towards cluster excellence.
A cross-sectoral partnership
The CLOTH project is integrated by a cross-sectoral partnership of 5 partners from 5 European countries (Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark and France) that are working on different value chains: “Fashion and Textile”, “Circular Economy”, “Creative Industry” and “Digital”. In order to achieve these objectives, CLOTH partners will develop and organize a series of activities.
Short-term exchange during the Fashion ClusterXchange programme
During the Fashion ClusterXchange programme there will be organized minimum 100 short-term exchanges between targeted members of clusters located in other countries. These exchanges include SME`s (75), cluster organizations (10), Scaling-Up support organizations (5), large companies (5), public companies (5). This activity will facilitate the exchanges of experiences and best practices among SMEs and clusters. Also, the exchange programme will create and promote business opportunities in the Fashion industry from a cross-sectoral dimension, including Fashion value chains, circular economy and digital ecosystem. The clusterXchange programme will offer an attractive set of activities that address real needs of SMEs.
Cluster for the Catalonian fashion & textile industry. Read more here.
Cluster for the Bulgarian fashion & textile industry. Read more here.
French cluster for circular businesses across sectors. Read more here.
Romanian cluster for the interactive new-media industry. Read more here.
Join out ClusterXchange study trips in 2023
- The consortium worked together to define the content and scope of the ClusterXchange programme, and to plan the calendar of missions and visits, presented below, in coherence with the Cloth activities.
- The visits will be organised following specific topics related to the three cross-sectorial ecosystems related to the Fashion Industry: Fashion value chains, circular economy and sustainability and technology/digital.
- The organisation of matchmaking and networking activities for the partnership’s members, SMEs, and other strategic stakeholders (B2B, B2C, networking activities, peer to peer activities) will contribute to promote the exchanges of best practices, know-how as well as to identify new business and investment opportunities and to reach new collaboration alliances.
- The organisation of B2B will also contribute to engage SMEs into the project’s activities.
List overview of upcoming trips in 2023
“Circularity within clothing & textile production” 19th – 21st April 2023, Bulgaria & Romania
- Ethical and innovative clothing production – women’s fashion, men’s fashion
- New business models – made-to-measure and made-to-order
- Sublimation printing and print-on-demand
- Digital fashion, VR application in fashion
- Stimulate the collaboration between different organizations
- Explore Bulgarian fashion brands
- READ THE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM FOR BULGARIA HERE
“New technologies” 21st – 27th May 2023, Vienna, Austria
- New technologies, digitalisation and green solutions for the fashion industry
- Visit to the Austrian Fashion Association
- New business models
- Strategic interregional collaboration
“Textile recycling” 13th – 15th September 2023, Helsinki, Finland
- Circular economy – bio-based raw materials and smart technologies, circular design especially fiber-to-fiber recycling
- Trends in contemporary design
- Learn about new business models
“Innovations in energy & environmental challenges” 10 – 13th October 2023, Lyon, France
- History of textile in Lyon region
- Learn more about innovations on energy efficiency and environmental challenges (water management, waste management, contamined sites & soils, air quality etc)
- Attend Pollutec Lyon fair
“Textile recycling” 1st – 3rd November 2023, Turkey
- Circular economy focus
- Knowledge on fiber-to-fiber recycling
- Visits to manufacturers working with recycling
Trips in 2022
“New Materials” June 2022, London, UK
- Visiting companies and organization that works on the future of materials also visit the material fair
“Textile Waste Management” 27 – 29th September 2022, Netherlands
- Visit industrial plants for the classification, sorting and recycle textile waste
- Public-private initiatives for the textile waste recovery
- New business models around the circular economy
“Sustainable Textile Production” 8-10th November 2022, Rimini & Ancona Italy
- Sustainable solutions for the textile industry
- What can policy makers do to improve the industry
- Read programme HERE
“Sustainable fashion & textiles” 1st – 3rd February 2023, Milan, Italy
- Sustainable textiles
- Sustainability in fashion education and possibilities for internships. Visit Milano Fashion Institute/Raffles Milano
- Fashion trends Spring/Summer 2024
- The Pointex cluster and identify the potential of joint actions
- Read the program about the trip HERE
Project Manager, Internationalization & Circular Textiles
The CLOTH project is integrated by a cross-sectoral partnership of 5 partners from 5 European countries (Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark and France) that are working on different value chains: “Fashion and Textile”, “Circular Economy”, “Creative Industry” and “Digital”.
- Modacc, Cluster for the Catalonian fashion & textile industry, Spain. It has 150 associated companies, technological centers, Universities, around the fashion business. Read more here.
- Bulgarian Fashion Association (BFA): Cluster for the Bulgarian fashion & textile industry, Bulgary. It has more than 4000 registered companies – clothing manufacturers, fashion designers, brands, retailers. Read more here.
- EA Eco-enterprises Association (EA): French cluster for circular businesses across sectors. Read more here.
- Asociata Iconic Cluster (ICONIC): Romanian cluster for the interactive new-media industry. Read more here.
- Lifestyle and Design Cluster (LDC) – Denmark
The CLOTH project is funded by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), under the powers delegated by the European Commission, COSME programme, call COS-CLUSTER-2020-3-03 / COS-CLUSTER-2020-3-03-1 (European Cluster Excellence Programme with ClusterXchange scheme connecting ecosystems and cities).