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C.L.A.S.S., the global platform for sustainable materials, fibres and textiles for the fashion business, is ready up for its world tour in some of the most cutting-edge venues and events committed to creating a better future. The first appointment will be the Textile Exchange conference, the influential annual event organised by the eponymous certification agency and non-profit association, held in Vancouver, Canada, from 15-18 October.



Textile Exchange is a non-profit that works closely with its members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity, standards and responsible supply networks as well as introducing participants to the ultimate eco-tech innovations, many of which debuted in Paris at Première Vision.

“This year’s theme is Driving Impact Through Integrity and Perfect Fibers & Materials. Such a motto! We simply couldn’t miss it,” said C.L.A.S.S. founder Giusy Bettoni.

C.L.A.S.S. will be bringing to Vancouver some of its partners’ ultimate innovations, such as the precious regenerated cellulose fibre Bemberg by Asahi Kasei, Candiani Denim presents a range of market fresh responsible denim products – from the rigid ReGen to stretch ReLast developed with Roica premium stretch fibres— each fabric features ennobled post-industrial recycled materials, representing a 100% transformed innovative solution.

The smart capsule collections by Co.Lab, the innovative business model for responsible fashion focusing on water-saving, sustainable chemistry, PETA-certified ingredients and traceability, will be on display. On show will also be the E.C.O. Kosmos ‘cross collection’ and sustainable path by textile, leather and fashion components manufacturer Italian Converter, the Eastman Naia bio-based yarn is made from fully traceable and sustainably sourced wood pulp, Filpucci’s responsible collections of pure contemporary luxury able to represent a new level of smart innovation linked to a transparent, sustainable and certified production and Iluna Group’s precious smart laces.

Manteco presents the unique BiBye, Woolten and Project43 fabrics, together with the Next Generation of Recycled Wool, where sustainability combines with beauty. Premium stretch fibre Roica by Asahi Kasei presents its Roica Eco-Smart family, the multi-certified range of sustainable stretch yarns. Supreme Green Cotton by Varvaressos is the new generation of smart cotton, granting sustainability from the cotton seed to the garment. It is certified, GMO-free, 100% traceable, water-saving cotton fibre harnessing an advanced satellite-powered drip irrigation system at the foot of Mount Olympus in Greece.

Tintex introduces WEME, a Naturally Advanced jerseys offer that represents a multifaceted world and the fully tested and award winning Colorau Natural Dye commercial innovation. YKK company’s founding philosophy is the Cycle of Goodness, meaning that corporate responsibility, transparency and respect for the world.

For the first time, Smart Materials Bank, C.L.A.S.S.’ educational platform and samples’ e-shop will make to British Columbia. Like a seed-bank for a better future, it has been conceived as an inspirational source to allow brands, designers and researchers to discover and experiment with a fine selection of sustainable textiles, yarns and fashion components.

After Textile Exchange, C.L.A.S.S. World Tour 2019’s next pitstops are in New York, Amsterdam and London.

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