The Innovation Forum presents a curated community of the world’s leading sustainable solutions and connects them to fashion brands and retailers to drive meaningful transformation. It is part of Global Fashion Agenda’s GFA Academy, providing information, guidance, and inspiration to the fashion industry and its consumers.
Since 2018, the Innovation Forum has turned words into action by presenting a curated selection of the world’s most promising solutions covering the entire supply chain.
This is done through our summit, with physical exhibition spaces. Driving action through connection with our network through matchmaking and activities throughout the year.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Global Fashion Summit or want to get in touch, contact us below.
Alongside the Summit, the Innovation Forum will present a curated exhibition of the world’s leading sustainable solutions. The Innovation Forum is designed to open minds to new opportunities and spur action. GFS Connect will facilitate collaborations between fashion brands and a range of exhibitors from across the value chain.
The following Solution Providers are announced for Global Fashion Summit: Boston Edition 2023
Founded in 1891, Cone Denim is a worldwide leader in denim innovation and delivers unparalleled expertise and advanced denim capabilities to service and inspire the global market.
Cone promotes sustainable practices through its Sustainblue™ denim fabrics representing the highest standards in responsible manufacturing and Cone’s commitment to making a positive impact in its communities. Cone Denim operates as part of Elevate Textiles, Inc., with manufacturing capabilities in Mexico and China and a global network of sales, product, and merchandising professionals based out of Greensboro, N.C., New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.
Read more about Cone Denim here.
What if you could stop textile waste from ending up in landfills and incinerators and instead capture the value of their precious raw materials? That’s what Infinited Fiber Company’s groundbreaking textile-to-textile recycling technology does. It breaks down the cellulose in cotton-rich textile waste and regenerates it into a brand new, virgin-quality fibers that look and feel like cotton and go by the name Infinna™. Endorsed by leading fashion brands, Infinna™ can be used on its own, to create 100% circular garments, or blended with other fibers.
Read more about Infinited Fiber Company here.
Human activities in the ocean is unlimited, yet the self-healing ability of the marine ecosystem is limited. InResST is a low-carbon , environmentally friendly company that focuses on the feasibility research, development, production and promotion of ocean plastics used in textiles. InResST’s recycled nylon staple fiber products, mainly derived from ghost fishing nets generated by deep-sea fishery activities, are mechanically recycled and then produced by a zero-carbon factory. Its performance is very similar to virgin nylon and can be directly applied to all types of yarns and fabrics. Their mission is to reduce carbon emissions, reduce dependence on oil, protect marine life, protect the marine environment, and clean up microplastic pollution in the ocean.
Read more about InResS here.
Inspectorio is a supply chain management platform that empowers global brands and retailers to manage their supply chain quality, sustainability and compliance, and sourcing operations directly from a centralized tool. From in-factory self inspections and CAPA recommendations to comprehensive sustainability audits and risk assessments, Inspectorio helps brands and retailers improve the quality of their products, reduce compliance risks, and streamline market access to drive revenue growth.
Read more about Inspectorio here.
PDS Ventures is the Innovation arm of PDS Limited, a Global Fashion supply chain infrastructure Platform. It was formed 7 years ago to back early-stage entrepreneurs disrupting the fashion industry with the aim is to feed innovation to the PDS ecosystem which consists of 320+ retailers, Global co-investors and a group of Global collaborators. At PDS ventures, the core investment themes are in line with the Global targets towards sustainability. We invest across ESG Tech and Tech Business enablers along the fashion supply chain. Coming in at an early stage, we can do strategic value add and help the portfolio companies on the back of the expertise and networks we have across the Group.
Learn more about PDS Ventures here.
POSITIVE MATERIALS is a textile company operating at the intersection of design, technology and manufacturing.
POSITIVE MATERIALS’s team of scientists, product developers and production specialists collaborate with an international network of textile supply chain partners, innovative start-ups and consumer brands to develop and create low-impact textiles. Operations are based in Portugal, a privileged cluster for innovation in textiles, where our lab and factory are located. POSITIVE MATERIALS is part of PDS, one of the world’s leading textile groups and strategic investors in relevant start-ups in the field of textile innovation, sustainability and technology.
Read more about POSITIVE MATERIALS here.
Recurate is a technology-enabled resale service founded to help brands move towards a more sustainable business model while attracting new customers, growing repeat purchases, and avoiding the disposal of non-new inventory. Recurate enables brands to create a circular eco-system by fully integrating peer-to-peer (low impact and reduced up-front cost), take-back (utilizing brands or localized partners), and several other resale models into a brand’s ecommerce site. This helps brands connect with the 74% of consumers around the world who shop pre-owned.
Read more about Recurate here.
Sourcemap provides state-of-the art software that allows global retailers, manufacturers and brands to map their supply chains down to the raw materials and ensure operational best practices every step of the way. Sourcemap technology encompasses the full suite of supply chain due diligence requirements, including supplier discovery, supply chain mapping, supplier risk assessment, transaction traceability, resilience planning, real-time visualization and consumer-facing transparency. With more than 500,000 business entities registered, Sourcemap has been used to drive decisions on more than $60B of purchasing spend.
The ID Factory is a supply chain traceability platform (SaaS) that, through the creation of a digital ID, allows fashion companies to gain end-to-end transparency over their global supply chain. The ID Factory digitises operations like quality control, compliance, extended procurement and traceability through a dynamic database integrated with any management system. A digital product passport enabled by a physical and digital traceability at scale.
Brands such as Geox, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Tamaris, s.Oliver and more than 600 supply chain stakeholders in 22 countries worldwide embraced full transparency thanks to The ID Factory’ solution. Because Transparency doesn’t need trust. The ID Factory is a Benefit Company and a B Corp.
Read more about The ID Factory here.
Innovative patent-pending technologies to accelerate fashion’s transition from a linear to a circular business model.
Learn more about Upcycle Labs here.
Waste2Wear recycles plastic waste into products for a circular economy consumers can verify. They manufacture post-consumer plastic bottles (RPET) and plastics retrieved from the insides of appliances and food containers (RPP) into high-quality shopping bags and textile products. Powered by award-winning blockchain technology, Waste2Wear provides complete transparency of a brand’s entire supply- chain. This blockchain not only verifies the origin of the materials but also monitors the environmental impact of each production batch, thus providing an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. By scanning the QR code on each of their products, consumers immerse in the journey from Waste2Wear. Every QR code shares the complete supply-chain process, allowing buyers to measure their impact with each purchase, and even watch a video of their product being made. Waste2Wear’s vision? A future where the earth comes first.
Learn more about Waste2Wear here.
Worldly is the planet’s most comprehensive impact intelligence platform, trusted by 40,000+ major brands, retailers, and manufacturers in fashion, outdoor, home goods, toys and more.
Worldly uniquely high-resolution primary data specific to companies’ value chains, operations and products, providing insight into true impacts across carbon, water, chemistry and labor. Featuring the most comprehensive source of ESG data for global manufacturers and the largest library of materials and product impacts, Worldly empowers businesses to scale responsibility into their global operations, faster and more accurately. Hosting, connecting with, and supporting the leading industry solutions and methodologies including ZDHC, Bluesign, and the Higg Index, Worldly delivers the insights businesses need to reduce their impact and comply with emerging regulations and disclosure requirements.
Learn more about Worldly here.
Learn more about how you can be part of the Innovation Forum by exhibiting at Global Fashion Summit or getting matched with a Solution Provider.