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JETRO to hold two-day event on sustainable textiles

To be held from January 21 to 22, 2019 at the Altman Building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district, the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) will host a two-day event dedicated to sustainable advancements in textiles, featuring two full days of information-packed panels led by notable industry leaders. Established in 1958, the government-adjacent group has been dedicated to promoting trade and investment between Japan and countries around the globe. JETRO’s focus has been helping small to medium-sized Japanese businesses maximize their export potential globally by unlocking new opportunities.

The discussions at next week’s show will center around fashion’s devastating impact on the environment, and explore ways in which the global textile industry can mitigate its role in climate change by perusing supply chain advancements and incorporating innovative new materials. Issues like managing water waste, improving chemical dye profiles and inefficiencies on the factory floor will be explored throughout talks with leading industry experts.

The show’s second day will feature Angela Kramer, senior manager of fabric research and development at 3.1. Phillip Lim; Björn Bengtsson, chief merchandising officer at men’s shirting brand Untuckit LLC and adjunct professor at Parsons; and Katsu Kawasaki, founder of SynZenbe and Katsu New York.

This show’s exhibitors encompass some of Japan’s leading design studios, denim mills, weavers, silk manufacturers, organic cotton manufacturers and purveyors of traditional Japanese embroidered textiles.