Stella, Google and Centre for Sustainable Fashion Get a Jump on Copenhagen Summit 

LONDON — The Copenhagen Fashion Summit hasn’t officially started, but companies are already beginning to feel the heat.
Earlier this month, the latest report by Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group said sustainable progress in the fashion industry has slowed, and if the slowdown continues at the current rate, Paris Agreement climate goals can’t be met.
In his opening remarks ahead of the summit Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, vice president of the sustainable apparel coalition, stressed the importance of collaboration.
“Mid-size companies are actually the ones who are progressing with their sustainability efforts because they don’t have such large dedicated sustainability departments, they’ve found solutions through collaboration and more companies should be banding together,” he said.
Retailers including Stella McCartney are also in favor of collaboration. On Wednesday morning Google, innovation consultants Current Global and Stella McCartney announced they were teaming to provide fashion brands with a data analytics machine learning tool powered by Google Cloud technology.
The tool will provide visibility and measure the environmental impacts of different textiles so that brands can make more responsible sourcing decisions in their supply chain.
McCartney will take part in the first pilot project, which plans to deep dive into the environmental impacts of cotton and viscose.
“Stella McCartney has been a forerunner in the fashion industry

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Centre for Fashion Enterprise Takes on Israeli, Turkish Talents

CLUB MED: London’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise, a fashion-business incubator, is looking to the greater Mediterranean region for a new generation of talent.
In partnership with the European Union, the CFE will be offering residencies to two fashion labels, Muslin Brothers from Israel and Bashaques from Turkey. The designers will move to London in November.
The program offers an opportunity for designers who have been in business for a minimum of two years to receive support from the CFE and extend their networks with key contacts in the U.K. that will eventually benefit their businesses in their home countries.
In total, the CFE will invite four young designers from across the Mediterranean to spend up to six months in residence.
The program includes studio space at CFE incubator in East London; business support delivered through workshops and one-to-one meetings with fashion business experts; accommodation in residential premises in London; material and travel costs.
“Fashion has no borders,” said Wendy Malem, director of the CFE. “We believe that fashion is influenced by diversity, culture and society, which drives our insatiable appetite for new ideas. For this reason we have invited some ‘new voices’ to London, talented designers from Mediterranean countries who will take up a six-month

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London’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise Names Designers to Pioneer Program

YOUNG PIONEERS: The Centre for Fashion Enterprise, a British business incubator, has announced the six London-based designers who will join its New Fashion Pioneer Program, which runs for six months. They are the LVMH Grand Prix scholarship winner Richard Malone; women’s wear designer Min Wu; Lei Sihan of the jewelry brand Lion Studio; the design duo Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe of the sustainable women’s wear label Gyo Yuni Kimchoe; performance active wear designer Charlie Cohen; and Fashion East men’s wear designer Grace Wales Bonner.
“These Pioneer designers represent a new crop of talent who are breaking the mold. They redefine what a fashion business is, and illustrate that today’s new designers can explore design, fashion and product from a range of different angles with sufficient talent to lead new markets,” said Wendy Malem, director of the CFE.
“Since we launched our label, we have faced so many difficulties and problems in various areas and the program and the support it provides will be such a huge help to overcome these obstacles and grow as a sustainable business,” said designer Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe. Among the program’s alumni are fashion labels Erdem, Thomas Tait, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Craig

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