FRANKFURT AGREEMENT: 25 EUROPEAN FASHION INSTITUTIONS CREATING THE “EUROPEAN FASHION ALLIANCE”. A POWERFUL NEW NETWORK OF FASHION ORGANISATIONS AIMING TO UNITE AND CHANGE THE EUROPEAN FASHION LANDSCAPE.
© Frank Baumhammel / Fashion Council Germany
Lisbon, 21 June 2022. The first real transnational alliance of European fashion councils and institutions is founded by 25 European fashion organizations aiming to empower a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive European fashion ecosystem. During a two-day summit in Frankfurt at the end of March 2022, Fashion Council Germany brought together the most leading European fashion organisations to form a coalition of change, with the support of Messe Frankfurt and its global Texpertise Network.
Inspired by the words of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth calling for the reinforcement of the fashion industry on European level, the Alliance aims to be a strong common voice advocating for and accelerating the transition of European fashion towards a more sustainable, innovative and inclusive creative future.
With the Frankfurt Agreement, the European fashion organisations decided to join this new industry coalition and the intention to develop collectively an active and reactive strategy for the industry’s need to change in the next months.
The Alliance is created to strengthen and enlarge a new network of councils and institutions to develop a common understanding of practical objectives of how the fashion industry and its multiple actors, support organisations and indirectly SMEs and large companies and professionals, can collectively help to transform the industry and protect the planet and all its inhabitants better. With this Alliance, the European fashion organisations who are representing a large and unique part of the fashion industry, aim collectively to reinforce European fashion on a sustainable, inclusive, innovative and promotional level and to accelerate the translation of these objectives into realistic actions and policy recommendations.
With this one-of-a-kind network of European fashion councils, promotion institutions, incubators and clusters the new Alliance aims not only to share, educate and research market knowledge, contacts and best practices but also to advocate at European level with different economic, political and social stakeholders for a prosperous future.
“Fashion is a key industry for creative design. I know that you have come together today, to discuss amongst others, the possibility of creating the European Fashion Alliance. I personally think this is a brilliant idea. See me as a facilitator and count on my support.”
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, stated in her opening speech at the Frankfurt summit on 23rd of March 2022
The first summit in March was supported by Messe Frankfurt, the world’s leading organiser of textile trade fairs. Messe Frankfurt’s Texpertise Network, a combination of a global network and expertise in the international textile business held in high regard worldwide, currently comprises 60 international events for the entire textile sector including the segments of Apparel Fabrics & Fashion, Interior & Contract Textiles, Technical Textiles & Textile Processing, and Textile Care.
Today the European fashion alliance is using this international platform to present its vision & mission during a panel talk.
“European Fashion needs a united voice. The only way to build an innovative, inclusive and sustainable industry to respond to the transversal challenges of both independent business and forward-thinking creatives, is to build a joint force that has an undeniable impact in shaping future societies. We are committed to shedding light to the power of this blooming ecosystem, knowing that change starts from within.”
Eduarda Abbondanza, President of ModaLisboa
The EFA members invite other similar mindset organizations to support its mission and ambition to create a better future by joining the alliance. The next summit of the European Fashion Alliance will take place during Gran Canaria Swim Week by Mode Cálida from the 18th till 21st of October 2022.
Members of the European Fashion Alliance:
Austrian Fashion Association (Austria)
Baltic Fashion Federation (Latvia)
Bulgarian Fashion Association (Bulgaria)
Copenhagen Fashion Week (Denmark)
Council for Irish Fashion Designers (Ireland)
Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
Fashion Council Germany (Germany)
Flanders DC (Belgium)
Icelandic Fashion Council (Iceland)
Global Fashion Agenda (Denmark)
Gran Canaria Moda Cálida (Spain)
Norwegian Fashion Hub (Norway)
Slovak Fashion Council (Slovakia)
Swedish Fashion Council (Suécia)
Finnish Textile & Fashion (Finland)
Taskforce Fashion (Netherlands)
Wallonie Bruxelles Design Mode (Belgium)