The upcoming edition of Munich Fabric Start, Bluezone and other connected events is ready for a new debut after the pandemic times. Munich Fabric Start is ready for a big comeback and will take place from August, 30th to September 1st in Munich’s MOC Center. Similarly, Bluezone wants to set a new clear statement for the market presenting the hottest novelties from the denim market from August 30th to August 31st, in the Zenithalle and nearby areas.

MFS inspiration image
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MFS inspiration image
For this edition featuring f/w 2023/2024 novelties, the show has chosen as main inspiring theme “furore”, an Italian word meant to express a state of mind full of contrasts ranging from highly innovative, impulsive and provocative, along with almost invisible and maximally striking highlights.





The show, taking place for the first time in the post-Covid era, will host almost 900 exhibitors and 1,500 collections on a total exhibition area of around 45,000 sq. meters.





The event will occupy eight areas: Fabrics and Additionals offering international material innovations for all apparel segments, together with Resource, Sustainable Innovations and Design Studios, presenting fabric designs and new developments for prints, the Keyhouse innovation hub, the Bluezone denim powerhouse and the new The Source, an area showing some of the most interesting players within the international vertical sourcing.

The Source
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The Source
“Now is the time to think big. It is the time to move forward with courage, to exploit potential and to grow beyond limits. That is exactly what we have done this season: with growth and a broader portfolio. We are stronger than ever,” commented Sebastian Klinder, managing director, Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH, underlining how the new show has accelerated on various new initiatives including the new pavilion dedicated to sourcing a wider offer of talks and seminars, new partnerships and the celebrations of the show’s 50th edition.
Sebastian Klinder, Munich Fabric Start
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Sebastian Klinder, Munich Fabric Start
“We are firmly convinced that a trade fair can only be successful if everyone pulls together, because only then does a trade fair acquire an identity, a soul. This spirit will be felt more than ever in Munich,” explained Frank Junker, creative director and partner, Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH.
Frank Junker, Munich Fabric Start
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Frank Junker, Munich Fabric Start
The Source is debuting
The Source will host 65 selected international manufacturing companies specialized in the “cut-make-trim” (CMT) segments and high-end production.





This new section will be hosted in the Hall 8,The Lokhalle, an about 2,500-sq. Meter additional space that has recently been restored and is directly adjacent to the former Munich Fabric Start site. With its gigantic dimensions and spectacular architecture, this new venue, one of the largest cantilevered historic steel halls in Europe, will host specialists offering flexible sourcing services and rethought value chains from countries like Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Bosnia and Vietnam. 





Their presence within the show aims to offer a relevant mix of specialized companies operating within the industry offering risk diversification, different product genre and price level.

The Source location
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The Source location
 A fully booked MOC
For this edition Halls 1 to 4, the atria and studios at the MOC will also be fully booked. While presenting a broad and deep range of products including international fabric and ingredient exhibitors, renowned agencies, top European weavers and selected textile designers – the show wants to further underline its identity as an international and European textile fair. 





Among other sections, the show hosts ReSource, a sourcing platform for sustainable material developments, bio-certified, bio-based, recycled, and recyclable or regeneratively sourced fabrics and ingredients.





How Keyhouse houses innovation
Information and interactions will rule at Keyhouse. This section occupying more than 1,000 sq. meters will spot trend-setting projects alongside sustainable innovations spanning in most different directions including sustainability, digitalisation, traceability, technology or finishing. 





A series of exclusive panel discussions, trend presentations, Q&A sessions & expert talks by international industry insiders will take place in this location. 





Among others, as part of a collaboration between the show and Transfomer's Foundation on August 30, at 2PM, they will host “Energy, the silent but giant Raw Material and Key Resource in Denim” with Alberto Candiani, president, Candiani Denim; Andrew Olah, founder, Transformers Foundation; Talha Khan, Pakistan Environmental Trust; and Yucel Bayram, sales & marketing director; Kipas Holding.

Manteco collaboration with Alessandro Vigilante f/w 2022/2023
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Manteco collaboration with Alessandro Vigilante f/w 2022/2023
Also noteworthy, on Wednesday, August 31st, at 1pm, will be “Manteco X Marc O'Polo – Recycled Wool as a Key for Circular Fashion”, a talk hosting Simone Sommer, head of sustainable materials & innovation, Marc O’Polo; Prof. Marzia Traverso, full professor and director of Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB), RWTH Aachen University; Marco Mantellassi, CEO – Manteco, and Maria Cristina Pavarini, senior features editor international, Textil Wirtschaft, moderating the talk.

(See our dedicated piece of news about other talks and seminars)






Back to school with Bluezone
The Bluezone area hosted in Hall 6 & 7 will present around 100 international denim mills, weavers, manufacturers and finishing companies in the Zenith Hall and the Coal Bunker.

Bleuzone uniform
Photo: Saatmunich/Evlox
Bleuzone uniform
Under the motto “Campus”, Bluezone will beam the denim industry into an imaginary high school revival featuring a Yellow Bus, a basketball court and a Charity Store where Bluezone caps, socks, bags and other gadgets will be available for purchase. A 50% of the proceeds will go to the Fair for Ukraine charity project, an initiative of Munich Fabric Start.
Bluezone bomber jacket supporting a charity for Ukraine
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Bluezone bomber jacket supporting a charity for Ukraine
Saatmunich and Evlox have partnered with Bluezone to dress the hostesses of this section of the fair, creating uniforms inspired by the campus retro classic theme.





More blue initiatives
Right at the entrance to Bluezone an automated high-tech machine park will wait for visitors. Through this exhibiting project, Wiser Tech will explain how cloud- and AI-based solutions can revolutionise denim finishing while presenting a fully traceable and sustainably optimised finishing processes.

A past edition of a Transformers Foundation event
Photo: Transformers Foundation
A past edition of a Transformers Foundation event
For this edition, Bluezone has signed a partnership with Transformers Foundation and will host a series of talks and initiatives coordinated with them. (See a more detailed description in the piece of news)





Made in Italy will also be a protagonist of this section of the show. “The Italian Luster” will host key denim value chain players from the “Bel Paese”. Among them there will be ACM Trims, Berto Industria Tessile, the Elleti Group, Fashion Art and Olimpias.





Munich Fabric Start celebrates its 50th edition
At the end of the first day, on August 30, in the Zenith Area, opposite the MOC, an after-show party will take place starting from 6.30pm. The event will host a Munich Fabric Night with a DJ session, networking and dancing.





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