Future Fabrics Expo at Magazine London

In June, The Sustainable Angle brought its annual Future Fabrics Expo to Magazine London for the second consecutive year. Future Fabrics is the largest dedicated showcase of sustainable material solutions for the fashion industry, a fitting match for this state-of-the-art space, which was built to encourage innovation and creative ideas.

As the industry strives towards a planet-positive fashion future, the Future Fabrics Expo aims to be a catalyst for positive change. This year's invitation-only expo made a comeback with some of its most ambitious goals to date, featuring a seminar series with esteemed speakers from industry giants such as LMVH, Fashion for Good, and the British Fashion Council. These thought-provoking leaders shared their insights and provided inspiring awareness on how the fashion industry can prioritise sustainability and make a positive impact on the planet.

'London is an international fashion capital, and although the pandemic has presented real challenges to the industry, it will play a crucial role in our economic recovery. The Future Fabrics Expo has helped to showcase the use of sustainable materials in our capital for the last 10 years, and it continues to inform, promote and connect designers and brands with suppliers so they can use the power of fashion to positively impact on our world.'

New to the event this year was a curated display ‘Revival of the UK Textile Supply Chain: Through a Sustainability Lens’, supported by iconic designer Alexander McQueen. With an aim to inspire and educate the industry, the display showcased innovative Next Gen material solutions with a goal to protect ancient and endangered forests. Magazine London flexed to accommodate a variety of elements across its blank canvas spaces, enabling The Sustainable Angle to curate an entirely bespoke expo.

Set over an expansive 3,200 square-metre site on the banks of the River Thames and neighbouring the iconic O2 arena, Magazine illustrated its shape-shifting abilities for the occasion. With dozens of exhibitors, including mills and suppliers from various fibre categories, the expo showcased over 10,000 materials and solutions. Visitors were able to explore effective and sustainable solutions throughout the entire supply chain, from sourcing to production.