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#NEW #SUSTAINABLE #FASHION We are looking for new talents for a more sustainable fashion @MFI


Crafting innovative business models 
through sustainability
Supported by Vogue Talents
With exclusive Patagonia key-note speech and networking event

Sustainability is reshaping the rules of the game of the fashion industry. Starting the long and complex journey of integrating ethics and aesthetics into the value chain, working on responsible innovation is nowadays not just desirable but necessary. Nowadays the companies need to make a “sustainable” business model also “contemporary”, answering the needs of the Millennials and the future generations. A careful use of technology could catalyze this shift.
The short course “New Sustainable Fashion”, supported by Vogue Talents is aiming at preparing graduate and graduating students, young managers, professionals and young entrepreneurs to deal with the complexity of responsibility in the fashion industry by providing concrete tools and sharing inspiring business practices.

Key facts
Director of the course: prof. Francesca Romana Rinaldi
Start of registration: 19 December, 2016
End of registration: 5 June, 2017
Lectures’ start: 7 July, 2017
Lecture’s end: 27 July, 2017
Duration:3 weeks, 15 days, from Monday till Friday, for a total of 80 lecture hours
Frequency: 80% of overall classes is the minimum required to get the certificate
Location: Milan, Campus Bovisa Politecnico
Value of the course: 2.400€
A reduction of the economic value equal to the 20% for Students and Alumni MFI is provided, while seats last.
The Course is completely in English.

Course Description
The short course “New Sustainable Fashion” aims at sharing with the participants the most updated information and interesting examples on innovative business models in fashion & luxury. The course focuses on the driver of sustainability for the creation of shared value. Creating shared value in fashion means being able to answer the needs of many stakeholders: the environment, society, institutions, art, culture, territory and the consumers. A responsible fashion company has already started the long and complex journey of integrating ethics and aesthetics into the value chain, in constant balance with all the stakeholders.
Here are some of the keywords that will lead the way in fashion responsible innovation and that will be explored during the lectures, class discussions and company visits: circular economy, recycling, upcycling, prosumer-creation, open-source, crowdfunding, wearable-technologies, online-offline integration, transmedia-storytelling, B-corporations and open-innovation among others.

Support & Scholarships
A full scholarship offered by Vogue Talents gives a unique opportunity to attend the course: in order to participate to the selection the candidates need to send a 20 slides business plan on a new product/service in sustainable fashion. The scholarship winner will be awarded by the Vogue Talents team after a careful evaluation of all the business plans received. The winner will be awarded with the free participation to the course and will receive media coverage. The winner will also have the chance to carry out 1 month internship experience in the CSR department of Gucci as leading company in sustainable luxury.
In order to participate to the selection process, please send your business plan to the following email address:
Deadline for sending the 20 slides business plan is 5 June, 2017. Communication of the awarded scholarship will be few days after the deadline.

Company visits
The company visits are a relevant part of the course contents and they provide the practical perspective needed when talking about sustainability.
There will be the following company visits:
-    Candiani Denim 
-    Radici Group
-    Eurojersey
-    Herno
-  Cittadellarte & Biella industrial district, among the most relevant industrial districts present in Italy. Some leading luxury companies will open the doors to the participants of the “New Sustainable Fashion” course and will be discussing about the new challenges in sustainability also during a round table at Cittadellarte

Patagonia and Vogue Talents networking events
The participants will have the chance to attend a Patagonia Networking event in the Milanese flagship store in Corso Garibaldi.
All the participants will also participate to the Vogue Talents event “Who is on Next 2017” during the Milano Fashion Week in September 2017.