Conference draws more than 700 participants

The conference which was held on October 14th brought together an audience coming from over 25 countries, from North America, South America, Europe and Asia. They were treated to keynote speeches from, among others, Hugo Boss’s CBO Christophe Auhagen and Topman’s Creative Director Gordon Richardson.

The theme of the Convention, ‘Making it Better’, was reflected in all sessions. Hugo Boss showed it had indeed implemented 3D digital product development drastically reducing the average number of physical samples they need. Ahler’s Jan Hilger presented innovative forms of horizontal collaboration to make things better, including shared ‘platforms’ for complex products and shared technological knowledge through informal networks. GT Nexus’s Kurt Cavano showed how the use of innovative financial instruments can free working capital caught in inventory, creating money for investments improving further the supply chain. In this session, led by Roland Shuler of Peek & Cloppenburg, Achim Berg of McKinsey showed the ability of Turkey to play a major role in fulfilling the industry’s needs for fast response, also by coordinating production outside of Turkey, in countries close by.

Han Bekke of Modint, Leyla Ertur of H&M and Murat of Attun of Inditex showed in their session the power of collaboration to improve company’s individual efforts to improve CSR and Sustainability. Large retailers are working together in many ways, also on the ground in projects in Turkey. IAF is making connections between Associations, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, international organizations and groups of large retailers and brands. Joint efforts and alignment will make the industry better.

Turkish companies such as Lia Lea, Les Benjamins, 2Wins and Kiğılı provided strong cases of brand building in an emerging economy. Clearly, Turkey shows that continuous industry development can lead a country’s industry from low value added manufacturing to high margin brands and retailers, given of course the right knowledge infrastructure and climate.

And finally, having started with the very big brands and retailers, the last session focused on the role of small designers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers in making the industry better. The Worth Project, presented by IFM director Dominique Jacomet and by director at London College of Fashion, Wendy Malem showed how innovative ideas and manufacturing capabilities inside Europe (and including Turkey) must be brought together to form strong combinations. IAF Designer Award winning designer Andrea Landa from Colombia and established Turkish designer Asli Filinta presented how a mix of inspiration from native roots and international connections make their designs better.

31st IAF World Fashion Convention / 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference: Highlighting emerging brands and young designers

The IAF Convention/Istanbul Fashion Conference highlights positive global developments in the fashion industry under the title ‘Making it better’. Istanbul is a good location to see directly a number of positive developments in the global fashion industry.

Emerging brands session
The conference part of the Convention on October 14th covers supply chain, CSR and sustainability, raw materials and marketing and branding. In the emerging brands session, upcoming successful Turkish brands share their success stories with the apparel world. Their development from manufacturer to brand to retailer to cross border success shows how in emerging economies such as Turkey, the apparel industry continues to evolve and create more value added. Brands such as Kigili, Lia Lea, Les Benjamins and 2Wins will demonstrate how in practice it is done.

Young designer session
In the young designer session,  Dominique Jacomet, the Director of the Institut Francais de la Mode and Wendy Malem, director of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, will present the unique Worth project, that has spawned a number of great new and innovative products and that has brought together the designers with manufacturers, including Turkish producers. IAF and TCMA have brought this project to the stage because it shows such a good combination of a new generation of fashion companies, with new methods of financing, creating new business for manufacturers. But also, Colombian designer Andrea Landa, winner of the IAF Designer Award 2014 and Turkish designer Asli Filinta will share with the audience how they are growing a new fashion business.

About the 31st IAF World Fashion Convention /8th Istanbul Fashion Conference:

On October 13th to 15th, key players from the apparel industry will gather in beautiful Istanbul to talk about the current state of the fashion industry. The Convention location, the Hilton Bosphorus Istanbul, ensures a grand setting for the Convention. With visitors from typically over 20 countries, Istanbul will be the place where the global fashion industry meets.

Many IAF members and non-members have already registered and many more are invited to do so at www.iafconventionistanbul.com  Along with event partner Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (TGSD) we are preparing an excellent event.

 

 

 

 

New speakers and discussion session announced

The start of the 31st World Fashion Convention and the 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference is getting closer. On October 13th to 15th, key players from the apparel industry will gather in beautiful Istanbul to talk about the current state of the fashion industry. The Convention location, the Hilton Bosphorus Istanbul, ensures a grand setting for the Convention. With visitors from typically over 20 countries, Istanbul will be the place where the global fashion industry meets.

Many IAF members and non-members have already registered and many more are invited to do so at www.iafconventionistanbul.com. Along with event partner Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (TGSD) we are preparing an excellent event.

Excellent speakers
The conference day on October 14th is rapidly filling up with top speakers. We announced earlier that Christoph Auhagen, CBO of Hugo Boss will be a keynote speaker. Next to that we have other great names lined up like Gordon Richardson, the creative director of Topman, Jan Hilger, COO of Ahlers (Pierre Cardin, Baldessarini), Leyla Ertur, Country Manager Production, Europe Region of H&M and Murat Akkun, CSR Country Manager of Inditex.

Discussion session on future of the industry
The 15th of October offers a matchmaking program connecting delegates to the Turkish garment industry and specialized workshops. During the IAF General Assembly we are organizing a unique discussion session on the future of the industry. This session will be lead by World Bank’s lead specialist Emiliano Duch, who was also a keynote speaker at last year’s Convention held in Medellín, Colombia. Industry Association Executives and Board Members from major associations from five continents will be in the panel. World Bank is collaborating with the IAF on forming a clearer picture of what are the most successful strategies and policies to create a stronger fashion industry globally. Hearing the visions from industry leaders from five continents will be a fascinating experience.

This session is open to all delegates to the Convention, but seating is limited, so please send an email to crietee@iafnet.com to reserve a place.

CBO of Hugo Boss, Christoph Auhagen, key note speaker at IAF’s 31st World Fashion Convention

IAF and its partner, the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (TCMA) are proud to announce that Christoph Auhagen, the Chief Brand Officer (CBO) of Hugo Boss, will be the key note speaker at the IAF’s 31st World Fashion Convention.

At Hugo Boss, Mr. Auhagen is responsible for Brand Management, Creative Management, Sourcing and Manufacturing. Rahul Mehta, IAF President, states that: “with Mr. Auhagen of Hugo Boss as key note speaker the IAF Convention in Istanbul is establishing itself again as the major conference in the global fashion industry. Hugo Boss, everybody in the industry would agree, is a well respected company, combining solid marketing with strong respect for product quality. The theme of the Convention, ‘Making it better’ is obviously in good hands with Mr. Auhagen and Hugo Boss.”

The 31st World Fashion Convention will be held in the Hilton Bosphorus in Istanbul. It starts on October 13th with a spectacular Gala dinner in the Raffles hotel. October 14th will be the conference day wilth Mr. Auhagen as key note speaker. On October 15th delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for a number of parallel workshops and also to engage in B2B meetings with Turkish companies. All is included in one, very competitive price. More information can be found on www.iafconventionistanbul.com

Don’t forget to register for the study tour!

In addition to the convention, IAF traditionally organizes the study tour again this year. The study tour is traditionally a combination of factory visits and social and cultural activities.
The objective of the Study Tour is twofold:

1. To offer participants a quick but valuable insight into the apparel industry of the host country.
2. To offer a unique and memorable experience as a great backdrop for creating lasting business and global relations in the apparel industry.

This year, Istanbul itself will be a world class location for a memorable study tour. The city lends itself perfectly to a combination of gaining industry insights and impressive cultural sights.
The Study Tour will start on Friday, October 16th, immediately following the Convention. It will last until Sunday Lunch time, October 18th. 

Program

  • Friday: Visits to three Turkish clothing manufacturers/brands/retailers in the vicinity of Istanbul
  • Saturday: Citytour including visit of some main sights and of upcoming and fashionable area, an exclusive boat cruise on the Bosphorus, traditional Turkish dinner
  • Sunday: Farewell Brunch, freetime.

Registration for the studytour is possible while registering for the convention.

Earlybird Registration now open!

IAF is proud to announce that the registration for the 31st World Fashion Convention and 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference is now open. Please visit our registration page to read about one of the most important conferences in the global fashion industry and to register now to benefit from the substantial early bird discounts.

Istanbul will be a perfect backdrop for this Convention; a city that has always been excellent in bringing people together and one of the major global centres of the apparel industry. The Convention will take place at the Hilton Bosphorus, with views of the Bosphorus and the Old Town, a location that offers the best of Istanbul directly.

About the Convention
The Convention starts on October 13th with the traditional IAF Golf Tournament. This is followed by the spectacular Gala dinner, where the top of the entire Turkish fashion industry meets, over 500 people strong and to which all international delegates are invited. October 14th will be the conference day and feature a satisfying mix of keynote speakers and panel discussions. As you may expect from IAF, the conference will bring top speakers and a clear storyline helping you to connect the different speeches and discussions to a number of major issues shaping our industry’s future. The theme of the Convention is ‘Making it better’. The day will end with a pleasant cocktail reception in the Convention hotel. On October 15th delegates may choose. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a number of parallel workshops and also to engage in B2B meetings with Turkish companies. For IAF (Board) members there are Board Meetings and the IAF General Assembly.

 

IAF to host 31st World Fashion Convention in Istanbul

The International Apparel Federation is heading to Istanbul this year to host the 31st IAF World Fashion Convention. With organizing partner TGSD, with support of IHKIB, this year’s World Fashion Convention will be hosted alongside the 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference on 14-15 October 2015, simultaneously with the Istanbul Fashion Week.

President Rahul Mehta recently visited Istanbul to meet with President Hikmet Tanriverdi of the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) and President Şeref Fayat of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TGSD).

Mehta: “IAF is creating bridges between continents. We aim to provide maximum value to our members in international cooperation. Manufacturers, retailers, brands, solution providers and associations are working together to improve ourindustry together. That is why we are hosting this year’s convention in Istanbul, close to the bridge that is literally connecting the continents.’

In the meeting at the İHKİB building, IAF President Rahul Mehta said IAF, representing more than 20 million employees in over 50 countries, is happy to use this opportunity to support Turkey’s 30 billion dollars export target in 2023.

The theme this year is ‘Making it better’. The industry faces multiple challenges which combined create downward pressure on clothing’s value perception of consumers. The IAF World Fashion Convention will look into the future and highlight the current positive developments that are rejuvenating and strengthening our industry. We will look at investments in local skills, investments in CSR and sustainability, in products, in supply chain management and in marketing.
With the 31st edition of the IAF World Fashion Convention coming to Istanbul, Turkey will be the center stage of the international apparel industry.

IHKIB President Hikmet Tanriverdi expressed his happiness to welcome Rahul Mehta in Istanbul, and drew attention to the importance of the support given by IAF. Tanriverdi said they hope to make significant contributions to the world apparel industry. Board Member Cem Altan will represent IHKIB in IAF.

TGSD President Şeref Fayat is confident about making this convention a success with IHKIB and IAF. ‘I hope our Fashion Conference and IAF Convention will inspire textile and apparel industries to work together. I think this global event will send a very strong positive message. We will bring brands and Turkish manufacturers together and take great steps to improve the potential for cooperation.”

The 31st IAF World Fashion Convention will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 14-15 October 2015. More information about the program and registration will follow soon.