The International Apparel Federation will host the 36th IAF World Fashion Convention in Antwerp, Belgium on Monday, November 7. The Convention presents a great opportunity for delegates to meet face to face and to obtain a high-level, uniquely relevant global and European perspective on the extreme challenges the apparel industry is facing today.
The Convention will bring together senior apparel industry representatives from across the supply chain. On the IAF’s convention day of Monday, November 7th, delegates will again be able to join a ‘live’ conference at the convention hotel, the Antwerp Hilton Old Town. On that day, speakers will approach the Convention’s theme, ‘Transition of the Global Fashion System’ mostly from the crucial perspective of buyer-supplier collaboration.
David Sävmann, head of supply chain at the H&M Group will address the topic of supply chain collaboration with various manufacturers from different parts of the world. Next up will be extensive coverage of the crucial topic of digitalization. Each from their perspective, a global brand, major manufacturers, solution providers, and educators will answer the question of where the digitalization drive will have led the industry in five years. IAF will also look into the need for standardization of processes and communication that underpin digital product development.
Then, leading industry analyst John Thorbeck will present a current business case highlighting the strong link between more efficient and effective business processes and improved sustainability. And of course, IAF will not skip the major global topic of a more transparent and circular supply chain. The industry needs a better grip on the origin and impact of the materials it uses. Through circular models, the apparel industry needs to be part of its raw material base. Again, brands, manufacturers, solution providers, and educators will put their minds together to provide the latest and best insights into this topic.
Social event at the Antwerp Fashion Museum, Monday, November 8IAF Conventions are renowned for their mix of high-level conference content and pleasant social events that provide a great backdrop for global and industry-wide networking. This year, being in one of Europe’s leading fashion cities, IAF will invite attendees for drinks and a stand-up dinner in the Antwerp Fashion Museum (MoMu).
This museum, located in Antwerp’s fashion district and within walking distance of the convention hotel, will have just been reopened after an impressive reconstruction, strengthening its position as one of Europe’s premier fashion museums. All delegates will have the opportunity to browse through the impressive collections of the museum. This social event will take place on the evening of Monday, November 8 and IAF will be hosting it together with EURATEX (European Apparel and Textile Federation), who will host their annual convention on Tuesday, November 9.
It is best to book a hotel room in the Convention hotel, the Hilton Antwerp Old Town through the Convention website at https://conventionantwerp.com/registration-entry-tickets/hotel/. For IAF Directors, Sunday morning, November 7, features the Board of Directors Meeting, and the evening of Sunday will see the Board of Directors dinner take place. On Sunday afternoon, all IAF members are invited to the IAF General Assembly.
Monday, November 8 is the IAF conference day (see ‘speakers and conference content’ above) and in the evening all delegates are invited to drinks, a walking dinner, and the fashion museum visit.
IAF strongly recommends their delegates also attend the EURATEX conference day on Tuesday, November 9. Visiting both the IAF and the EURATEX conferences provides a unique overview of the main industry developments and insights. The events are strongly complementary with the IAF Conference on Monday focusing on global supply chain developments and the EURATEX conference on Tuesday focusing on groundbreaking European legislation with a major expected impact on the global apparel industry.
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