#15 KREFELD’S LAUFMASCHE – THE FUTURE OF FASHION!
Dionysius Square 47798 Krefeld
It was all about the Sustainable Future of Fashion!
Krefeld Fashion awakened! After a three-year hiatus, the popular event centered around fashion and lifestyle trends returned to the city center during the Laufmaschen Wochenende (Runway Weekend).
The silk industry first emerged in Krefeld in the late 17th century, and by the 18th century, it had become a prominent center for silk weaving and velvet manufacturing in Europe. Krefeld, once renowned as a thriving hub of textile craftsmanship, particularly distinguished itself in the production of exquisite silk and sumptuous velvet fabrics. This historical city bore a legacy of skilled artisans and flourishing looms, weaving intricate patterns and luxurious textures that found favor across Europe. The mastery of Krefeld’s weavers became legendary, earning the city a lasting reputation for the highest quality in silk and velvet production.
The decline began in the late 18th century and continued into the 19th century. It was primarily due to various economic and industrial factors, including changes in fashion trends, competition from other textile-producing regions such as Asia, and the advent of new manufacturing technologies. Nevertheless, this heritage remains an integral part of Krefeld’s rich cultural tapestry.
For its 650-year city anniversary, Krefeld organized an open-air fashion exhibition, Krefelder Laufmasche during the PUR weekend, allowing young designers to showcase their own collections in 20 containers. Numerous designers were present with their extraordinary pieces in front of the Behnischen House, on Dionysius Square, Ev.-Kirch Square, Joseph-Beuys Square, and Neumarkt. Additionally, they competed for the Golden Silk Ribbon, which was awarded on September 23, at the corner of Königstraße and Marktstraße. The winner of this year was Lea Theres Lahr-Thiele who convinced the jury with her extraordinary collection. This award had been previously bestowed upon fashion icons such as Pierre Cardin, Wolfgang Joop, and Karl Lagerfeld. We made you curious about the event? Click here for more information.
Paneltalks about the Future of Fashion
From September 20th to 24th, the Design Weekend not only discussed societal topics in fashion, such as colors, patterns, and fabrics, but also shed light on the future of the fashion industry.
Change Room, with a clear mission to connect sustainably driven fashion entrepreneurs and innovators, was also present at Krefelder Laufmasche on Saturday, September 23rd and organized the “Future of Fashion”, presenting progressive sustainable fashion designers and innovative craftsmen as well as moderating two panel talks with fashion industry experts.
The Dionysius square was transformed into a stage for all aspects surrounding sustainability and innovation that the fashion industry face.
The first panel discussion, entitled ‘Looking Back and Preparing for the Future’, was moderated by our founder Dr. Monika Hauck. Lawyer and Fashion Model Dr. Vera Geisel, Ulrike Kähler from Igedo Company and Nenoyt Düsseldorf, and Lukas Puender from Retraced GmbH and Cano clothing Company attended the panel for deeper insights. The panelists engaged in insightful discussions on various topics, including the future of fashion and potential solutions for fostering sustainability within the industry. Emphasizing the pivotal role of transparency, the conversation began with a focus on implementing strict criteria, particularly within the textile supply chain, to drive positive change.
The second panel discussion, titled “Circularity in Fashion: Rent, Resell, Repair, Rewear & Repeat!” showcased insights from industry luminaries Jasmin Manai-Huber, the visionary founder behind WeDress Collective, and Robin Balser, the dynamic mind behind VinoKilo. The dialogue centered around their ingenious strategies to combat the overconsumption of Fast Fashion, subsequently curbing textile waste. Their mission: to transform second-hand shopping or rental into a chic and eco-conscious alternative, with the allure of acquiring brand-new apparel.
Dr. Monika Hauck also expressed the importance of reviving the repair culture in Germany in order to reduce textile overconsumption. While acquiring a new pair of jeans may be convenient, Repair Rebels ensures that these jeans maintain their fresh, new appearance look for years of continued use.
Future craftsmen & designer
Sustainable fashion extended far beyond the establishment of a sustainable fashion label. Most often, reusable textiles for re- and upcycling, repairs, donation programs, reuse, or resale were the keys to a sustainable wardrobe. The goal was to close the loop and recognize that linearity in the fashion industry is not an option. Herefore, Local Heroes & Friends of Repair Rebels, participated in”The Future of Fashion” market:
Designer, Sophia Schneider-Esleben: She combines fashion, art, and sustainability. Each collection is a timeless, gender-neutral collaboration with diverse artists. The entire process is plastic free and cruelty free, proudly made in the EU. Check out her collection here.
Bagdesigner, Sharokina Esgaghi Golpashin from Sharokina: Sharokina embodies sustainable handbags and accessories, designed and handcrafted in Düsseldorf. She exclusively uses plant-based or ecologically tanned leather. Check out her unique bags here.
Sustainable Textile Specialist, Laura Stertenbrink: She is passionate about textiles and advocates for regenerative textile systems. Her creative endeavors lie at the intersection of craftsmanship, art, and mindfulness.
Shoedesigner, Sabine Moormann from 8beaufort.Hamburg: It is the brand for sneakers made from recycled sailcloth, convincing with a timeless design from Hamburg. Authentic, straightforward, modern, and mindful regarding sustainable design principles. Check out their sneakers collection here.
Repair Rebels and Fashion Revolution: It is a sustainable fashion tech startup that offers a repair platform where anyone can easily book fashion repairs online. They promote a ‘circular economy’ approach to fashion production and consumption. Repairing is cool! Book your repair service so easily now.
Goldsmith & Designer, Katja Voscht from Kleineverzierung: In her small studio in Düsseldorf, Katja makes jewelry from recycled gold or silver. This includes repairs and upcycling of existing or inherited pieces. Find more information about Kleine Verzierung here.
Shoemaker, Rolf Preußer from Repair Your Pair & Turn Shoe: He aim to make shoe repair more accessible and straightforward. Shoes are only sustainable when they are worn, cared for, and repaired for as long as possible. For further information about their work and service, have a look on their website.
With their creative minds at work, each designer poured their passion for the environment into their collections and artistic creations. They believe that fashion should be a force for beauty without causing harm to our planet.