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BFW & CPHFW partner for fashion sustainability


Berlin Fashion Week (BFW) and Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) have forged an innovative partnership, marking a pivotal moment in the industry's shift towards sustainability. The newly announced alliance sees BFW adopting CPHFW's Sustainability Requirements framework, a move set to revolutionize the fashion landscape.

Originally introduced by CPHFW in collaboration with Knowledge Partners InFuturum and Dansk Fashion & Textile in January 2020, the Sustainability Requirements have since evolved to reflect the latest industry trends and EU policies. Now, BFW is embracing these standards as a mandatory criterion for brands participating in its shows.

Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy, and Public Enterprises, this initiative underscores Berlin's commitment to becoming a global leader in responsible fashion. With an investment of €180,000 until 2025, Berlin aims to integrate sustainable practices like upcycling and the use of recycled materials into its fashion ecosystem.

Scott Lipinski, CEO of Fashion Council Germany, lauded the partnership as a catalyst for innovation, emphasizing the importance of meeting society's evolving expectations. CecilieThorsmark, CEO of Copenhagen Fashion Week, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the global impact of the Sustainability Requirements.

Approximately 35 brands participating in BFW's official show schedule will undergo a phase of onboarding and piloting before the Sustainability Requirements take full effect by February 2026. This collaboration between BFW and CPHFW sets a new standard for the fashion industry, driving meaningful change towards a more sustainable future.


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