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11.9.14

The Responsible Fashion Company...now in English!!

After more than 1 year of intense work for the update and the translation of the contents, we are finally glad to announce that "L'impresa moda responsabile" is now available in English. "The Responsible Fashion Company" is about to be launched!!

I would like to thank Greenleaf Publishing for the incredible work done together.


Here are some great praises from the managers and opinion leaders that have already read the book. Thank you all!

“We are at the point of an economic revolution, and consumers are increasingly moved by the injustice of trade and the human and environmental costs of big corporate profits. Francesca Romana Rinaldi and her colleagues' book 'the Responsible Fashion Company' goes a long way to pulling together existing research on sustainable fashion and is full of positive examples of better practice in luxury fashion. An inspiring read for new economists, intellectuals, fashion people and consumers, alike.”

Safia Minney, MBE, People Tree founder and CEO

Today, themes such as ethics and moral values are getting to the heart of society. Not only as an individual approach but also from a corporation’s perspective. This coincides with the will of driving change in the social environment. Companies in particular play a key role in this, and it is essentials for managers, professionals, researchers and students to have access to in-depth data ... I love this book because it provides a clear framework of how the fashion industry is moving, business and managerial models, and rich case studies.”
Rossella Ravagli,
Head of Sustainability Gucci

"Full of inspiring ideas and concrete case studies, this book is for anyone who wants to know how ethics and fashion can work together to define a new social agreement.  It is actually possible to go beyond the capital/labour dichotomy and reconcile environmental conservation and personal dignity, without renouncing either to profit or beauty."
Sara Tommasiello,
Finance, HR & CSR Manager Monnalisa Group


"All the ideas and cases shown in this book highlight how aesthetic is linked to ethics.  In a world where natural resources are getting close to an end each day more, it doesn't make any sense to think about fashion as a linear economic activity, despising its social, cultural and environmental aspects . More than ever it's necessary to see that the fashion industry - if well oriented- can work as a contemporary tool towards the development of an awareness trough which sustainability is central. And this book represents a breaking point against false dichotomies that , many times, lead to shallow analysis about what is fashion and its potential. Thanks to it, we can see how is possible to conciliate one of the most important activity in the world - that generates more 30 million jobs - with best practices."
Oskar Metsavaht,
Founder and Creative Director of Osklen and Instituto-E


“This book fills a gap in the market for students and employees of fashion that want to understand the industry's current cultural context and the role sustainability now plays within this. It also provides a good overview of sustainability models and initiatives that are relevant to fashion, as well as a breadth of brand case studies which help underline that strong ethics and environmental considerations now underpin the success of leading commercial companies.”
Allanna McAspurn,
CEO MADE-BY


"Nudie Jeans started as a dream about not having to compromise, making the jeans we want at the same time as bringing a consideration for the environment and human rights into every aspect of products. This book describes many good examples of how this is happening in our industry."

Henrik Lindholm,
CSR Manager Nudie Jeans


“As part of an industry which leaves a massive footprint on people and planet, the growing challenge we face is balancing the fast moving demands of the fashion world with the realities of a production system which struggles to keep pace. The book is a refreshing and relevant overview of the facts, bringing to life the dilemmas and challenges underlined by examples of how businesses can drive positive change whilst using it to their competitive advantage.”    
Rachel Hearson,
Account Manager Fairtrade Foundation UK



“Integrating ethics & aestethics in the value chain. This book provides everything you need to know about how to manage responsibility in the fashion industry.”
Diana Verde Nieto,
Co-Founder and CEO Positive Luxury


“Rinaldi’s and Testa’s book adresses a fundamental but neglected issue inherent in the fashion sustainability debate: the fragile and apparently impossible balance between beauty, values, and the economic imperative; the model it proposes merits plause. The book is a must read for managers  and academia determined to contribute to a better world through responsible fashion business practices and education.”
                                                                                             Michela Ornati, Program Director, Fashion & Luxury Sustainability Summer School, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

“The two authors place sustainable fashion in the wider context of responsible business practice, taking the debate beyond the exclusive construct of the fashion or luxury product, intelligently structuring a  snapshot of where we are now in the evolution of this complex discussion. They include a clear dissemination of the language and tools of sustainable fashion and CSR, and a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry's diverse approaches to ethics, environment, the branding of ethics, and the business case for sustainable business in fashion, with case studies, industry comment, and theory bringing the wider CSR context to the crux of business and sustainability in the  fashion and luxury industries. The Responsible Fashion Company is a book academics and CSR professionals in the sphere of fashion and business have been waiting for.”

Mo Tomaney
Subject Leader, Post Graduate Fashion & Business
University for the Creative Arts
Epsom UK

"An essential read to understand what went wrong in the fashion industry and how to make it right, this book highlights positive examples and clear steps towards a real, effective change. 
I would recommend it to all who are interested in fashion, from students to young designers to established businesses wanting to combine ethics and aesthetics for a more sustainable future, as well as the public looking to understand how positive buying choices can affect our environment. "

Orsola de Castro, creative manager
of From Somewhere and Reclaim To Wear, co-founder and curator of
Estethica LFW


"The Responsible Fashion Company offers a comprehensive picture of the challenges and opportunities of sustainability in the global fashion industry.
The discussion about the role of the neo-consumer, the "LOHAS" practitioners is particularly inspiring. Across industries,  enterprises have seen their sustainability initiatives fail or only develop into  a symbolic action because of a lack of consumer buy-in. The Responsible Fashion Company gives useful examples of how sustainable business models mat by created in the so necessary dialogue with consumers. Read, learn from others and develop your own innovative way of doing business the right way."

Mads Øvlisen, Chairman of the UN Global Compact’s Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability


"As the fashion industry continues to hit the headlines due to its negative impact on both the environment and the people working to make our clothes, this book provides a focused and in depth overview of the challenges affecting the sector.   From cradle-to-cradle processing and triple bottom line strategy to maintaining brand integrity, the authors effectively illustrate the way businesses can address these challenges and move towards a responsible and commercial value chain."

Victoria Waugh, part of Ethical Fashion Forum and Director, SOURCE Consultancy


For those of you who are interested, you can pre-order the book using the promotional banner on the side of this post.

Enjoy your reading!!


10.9.14

Out of fashion!


Oggi presso il CNA di Milano-Monza Brianza si è tenuta la presentazione di OUT OF FASHION, corso di formazione sulla cultura della Moda Consapevole, Etica e Innovativa.
Out of fashion si inserisce all’interno del grande dibattito mondiale sulla sostenibilità e sulla consapevolezza aperto da Expo 2015. Anche la moda deve essere promotrice di comportamenti etici che, lungi da costituire un limite, possono essere propulsivi all’attività imprenditoriale. L’Expo, infatti, nel parere di molti piccoli e medi imprenditori, può diventare l’occasione per le aziende della moda di comunicare una serie di valori che riflettono il meglio del Made in Italy: una filiera trasparente che garantisca la qualità e la sostenibilità dei suoi prodotti, la giusta remunerazione del lavoro, la specificità delle diverse professionalità che operano nei comparti tessile, abbigliamento, pelletteria. Seguendo l’esempio proprio dei settori agroalimentare, la moda potrà porsi l’obiettivo di educare il consumatore a spendere meglio per vivere meglio.
Per questo out of fashion, oltre ai corsi total immersion, prevede la creazione di una community on e offline finalizzata allo sviluppo di un network virtuoso di conoscenza, opportunità e contatti.

Il corso ha una struttura modulare:  da ottobre a maggio 2015 a Milano (Fondazione Gianfranco Ferrè - via Tortona 37) 6 master class tratteranno i temi relativi alla sostenibilità nel campo della produzione, distribuzione e comunicazione di prodotti di moda. Il Corso full immersion si svolge il venerdì e sabato, con cena il venerdì sera aperta a tutti i docenti e i partecipanti. Le lezioni si terranno una volta al mese - il Venerdì e il Sabato - e si rivolgono agli addetti ai lavori, ai giovani diplomati, ai professionisti interessati ad avviare un’attività o a lanciare un proprio marchio con la convinzione che la cultura della sostenibilità rappresenti un valore aggiunto per il successo dell’impresa. L’offerta prevede la frequenza da uno a sei corsi con la possibilità, dopo la partecipazione ad almeno tre moduli, di accedere al programma gratuito di pre-incubazione di impresa, curato dall'associazione Economia e Sostenibilità in collaborazione con la sede provinciale CNA di Milano – Monza Brianza.

Alcune delle attività realizzate in collaborazione con CNA Milano -Monza Brianza, saranno presentate durante EXPO 2015 in sinergia con Padiglione Italia.

Per maggiori informazioni: www.connectingcultures.info/out_of_fashion.html
Connecting Cultures è un’agenzia di ricerca non profit con sede a Milano, fondata nel 2001 da Anna Detheridge, critica e teorica delle arti visive. Dal 2013 è impegnata nella realizzazione del progetto Dencity finanziato da Fondazione Cariplo, con l’obiettivo di valorizzare attraverso pratiche culturali tre aree della zona 6 di Milano. out of fashion è parte del progetto Dencity.
INFO
Connecting Cultures | Via G.Merula 62 | 20142 Milano
Tel.: 02 89181326 | www.connectingcultures.info | www.dencity.info/out-of-fashion
Patrizia Cancelli – organizzazione | p.cancelli@connectingcultures.info




13.6.14

Milano Summer School: Managing Innovation for Growth @ SDA Bocconi - last days for enrollment!!

Are you looking for new ways to manage innovation for growth? Then the SDA Bocconi Summer School is meant for you.
"The Italian Fashion System: managing innovation for growth" will take place from June 30 till July 4 at SDA Bocconi School of Business and will be placed in Milan, one of the leading fashion capitals.


This 5 days intensive course provides an overview of the Luxury & Fashion industry with an emphasis on the Italian Fashion System.
The aim is to address the main strategic issues in managing innovation for growth. Specific focus will be given to the analysis of the challenges that are reshaping the industry: digitalization (social media communication, e-commerce ) and sustainability.

Together with traditional lectures, the learning process will be supported by stimulating teaching methods such as case discussions, guest speakers and field projects, taking advantage from being located in a leading fashion centre as Milan. During the course there will be also some company visits as well.

Enrollment request deadline: June 20, 2014.
For Further information:
SDA Bocconi School of Management
alexandra.cerullo@sdabocconi.it


ph. 0039 025836 2136


27.4.14

Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2014: from mere products to NICE experiences!



Copenhagen Fashion Summit has come to an end also this year with great results in terms of networking, new ideas and possible solutions to make the fashion industry more sustainable.

The 3-day event for the participating students started with the workshops of Youth Fashion Summit on April 22-23 2014. 

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design, KEA - Copenhagen School of Design & Technology and the Danish Fashion Institute gave us a warm welcome.

Dilys Williams, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, managed brilliantly the team of facilitators throughout the different workshops aiming at defining the challenges, solutions, pitfalls, stakeholder path etc..etc...



Of course Milano Fashion Institute was there as well!


The weather in Copenhagen was great, so during the breaks you could see the more than 100 international students from more than 20 design and business schools networking in the garden.


2 days of intense work brought to very interesting "demands" to the fashion industry.


"We demand nothing but state reality: we give 2 get"

"We demand decision makers to re-think the role of a fashion designer"

"We demand you to be brave and stop business secrecy"

"We demand world leaders to help us build a critical society"

"We demand the industry to re-organize into collaborating competence clusters"

"We demand the industry, government and civil society to create a fashion democracy"

"We demand the fashion industry to enable us wearing experiences instead of garments"


Watch here the complete video of the Youth Fashion Summit on stage!


Here are some of the key-note speakers and panelists of the Summit:

- Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO, Bottega Veneta
- Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco Age Ltd and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge
- Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor, Financial Times
- Chantal Malingrey-Perrin, Marketing Director, Premiere Vision
- Marco Lucietti, Global Marketing Director, ISKOTM
- Giusy Bettoni, CEO and Founder, C.L.A.S.S.

- Catarina Midby, Head of Sustainable Fashion, H&M
- Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor, Financial Times
- Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability, H&M
- Jason Kibbey, Executive Director, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2014 was also about glamour with the Runway Show of Nordic brands presenting outfits in collaboration with H&M, isko and C.L.A.S.S..
The participating designers – Filippa K (SE), Designers Remix (DK), Marimekko (FI), David Andersen (DK), JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson (IS), Gudrun & Gudrun (FO), Ivana Helsinki (FI), Leila Hafzi (NO) and Barbara I Gongini (DK) – have used innovative and sustainable fabrics including organic, recycled and renewable ones provided by H&M, C.L.A.S.S., Lenzing, Monocel and Hemp Fortex among others.




 Thank you all for this NICE experience!










12.4.14

CREAtiVITA': la MODA che CREA valore nel rispetto della VITA

Siete tutti invitati al convegno "CREAtiVITA': la MODA che CREA valore nel rispetto della VITA" che si terrà il 17 aprile 2014 al Palazzo Giureconsulti di Milano per parlare insieme alle istituzioni, agli esperti e alle aziende delle condizioni per la crescita della moda responsabile.

Quando: 17 aprile 2014, h9am-4.40pm
Dove: Palazzo Giureconsulti, Milano
Cosa: si veda programma sotto

A chiusura lavori (h17-17.30) seguirà una performance artistica.

FamilyDress Malìparmi@Fuorisalone

One more day left to Milano Design Week and fuorisalone: among the top locations to visit there is Spazio Nomade in Via Tortona 31 where the Malìparmi Family Dress, a relational art project make with patchwork of Tessuto della Memoria (Malìparmi recycling project) will be open to public till Sunday April 13 from 10am till 8pm.
Guarda il video del making of.
Ancora un giorno di Milano Design Week e fuorisalone: tra le top location da non perdere c'è lo Spazio Nomade di Via Tortona 31 dove il Family Dress Malìparmi, un progetto di arte relazionale fatto con un patchwork del Tessuto della Memoria (un progetto di riciclo del brand) sarà visitabile dal pubblico fino a domenica 13 aprile dalle 10am alle 8pm.
Watch the making of.