As many trade shows are hit by the pandemic, also Future Fabrics Expo (FFE) is reframing its plans and has announced its roadmap of linked events for 2021:
In March the showcase for responsible and sustainable materials will relaunch its Future Fabrics Virtual Expo, the digital version of the event usually held in London. Here, visitors can get access to more materials from exhibitors of the Future Fabrics Expo online with additional educational information and content. According to show organizer The Sustainable Angle, currently the FFE features more than 5,000 commercially available fabrics and materials from over 150 suppliers who are offering innovative solutions with a low environmental footprint.
The next physical event is planned in London again in June 2021 with Future Fabrics Expo 9½: the concept is building upon FFE’s previous 9th Expo back in January 2020 (also read here). FFE will host Open Days in its new London showroom for 9½ days–a live showcase tailored to COVID-19 restrictions.
This special June edition will also feature online conversations, workshops and master classes with FFE’s partners and experts (where COVID-19 restrictions allow some of these can also be accommodated in the showroom).
In October, FFE wants to return to its known London event and run the 10th Future Fabrics Expo (as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow the exact date will be announced). As The Sustainable Angle already unveils, the trade show will be held in a new, “more expansive venue well suited for managed people flows”. It will also feature a stronger digital dimension, connecting sourcing materials physically to the online platform.
Additionally, The Sustainable Angle has launched EduSeries, which it calls a “new suite of tools and resources designed to support university tutors and course leaders in teaching their students about the significant environmental impacts of materials, the commercially-available sustainable material alternatives and emerging innovations”. It seeks to inform and educate on the place of specific fiber categories in a preferred materials mix, and their important place in reshaping and creating a responsible, sustainable and restorative fashion industry.