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Europe's Source Fashion unveils diverse lineup

Europes Source Fashion unveils diverse lineup


The third installment of Source Fashion, Europe’s foremost responsible sourcing exhibition, kicked off with a bang, boasting its largest and most diverse array of manufacturers, suppliers, and artisans from over 20 countries. The event, held at Olympia London, featured a special appearance and keynote discussion by renowned British fashion designer Patrick McDowell, whose captivating collection, 'Marie Antoinette Goes to Liverpool', graced the Source Fashion Catwalk.

At the heart of Source Fashion lies a commitment to responsible fashion practices, aiming to foster positive change within the retail industry. Suzanne Ellingham, Director of Sourcing at Source Fashion, emphasized the event's mission to facilitate better business practices and serve as a catalyst for ethical transformation within the fashion realm. Ellingham stated, "Our purpose is to create a safe buying space for buyers and to bring good, reliable manufacturers and suppliers from around the world to Olympia London."

Connecting the global sourcing community

With a focus on forging connections and fostering innovation, Source Fashion serves as a hub for the global sourcing community. The event brings together a diverse array of material suppliers, artisans, and manufacturers dedicated to crafting exceptional quality garments in an ethically conscious manner. Leading brands and retailers, including Canada Goose, Swarovski, and John Lewis, among others, converged at the exhibition to explore new opportunities and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Prominent figures within the fashion industry, such as Touker Suleyman of Low Profile Holdings and visitor Antonio De Pasquale, lauded Source Fashion for its role in facilitating invaluable networking opportunities and promoting sustainable practices. Exhibitors, like Ettos, a textile traceability platform, expressed optimism about the growing interest in product traceability and transparency.

A highlight of this year's event was the debut of the Source Luxury section, featuring a curated selection of premium exhibitors showcasing high-quality garments and fabrics. From UK-based material suppliers to off-shore exhibitors, Source Fashion provided attendees with access to an extensive range of sourcing options, including near-shore and luxury materials.

Sustainable fashion takes center stage

The Source Catwalk Stage showcased a sustainable and immersive catwalk experience, featuring designs that embody the ethos of responsible fashion. Patrick McDowell's collection, inspired by 'Marie Antoinette Goes to Liverpool', seamlessly merged classic silhouettes with contemporary twists, underscoring the designer's commitment to sustainability and storytelling.

The event also offered attendees a glimpse into the future of fashion, with insightful talks by industry experts such as fashion futurist Geraldine Wharry. Wharry emphasized the importance of embedding future foresight into current practices and highlighted emerging trends, including AI transparency and the shift towards sustainable business models.

As Source Fashion enters its second day, attendees can look forward to a lineup of engaging sessions covering topics ranging from retail transparency to the circular economy. Suzanne Ellingham expressed her satisfaction with the turnout on day one and anticipates continued success throughout the remainder of the event.

Source Fashion stands as a vital platform for the fashion community, offering a unique opportunity to engage with industry leaders, discover innovative sourcing solutions, and champion responsible fashion practices. As the event continues to evolve, it remains a beacon of inspiration and collaboration for those committed to shaping a more sustainable future for the fashion industry.



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