NEW INNOVATION LAB READY FOR SUSTAINABLE REVOLUTION
With Copenhagen Fashion Summit rapidly approaching, BESTSELLER is introducing ‘Fashion FWD Lab’ – an experimental sustainability playground, which will identify new and innovative solutions that will help create the future that the fashion industry needs.
In recent years, BESTSELLER has been busy partnering with disruptive innovators and securing seats at important tables with major sustainable textile initiatives and decisionmakers to discuss tomorrow’s challenges. Now, BESTSELLER is taking the next step by creating an innovation lab to display this collective effort. The name, Fashion FWD Lab, refers to BESTSELLER’s ambitious sustainability strategy Fashion FWD.
“Up until now, we haven’t been very vocal about our wide-reaching efforts and contribution to sustainable innovation projects. BESTSELLER engages in numerous ventures worldwide; some with a long-term focus, others ready for large-scale very soon. However, we lacked a place where we could gather and showcase all these projects and that was when we decided to create our new innovation lab,” says Camilla Skjønning Jørgensen, Sustainable Materials and Innovation Manager in BESTSELLER.
Catalyst for collabs
BESTSELLER’s Fashion FWD Lab focuses on new low-impact circular materials, better production, new business models and smarter ways of manufacturing. Most of all, the lab acts as a catalyst for collaborations consisting of pilot projects, workshops, case studies and more in order to accelerate sustainable change.
Several projects are already in place, such as partnerships with biotech company Pond (biobased resins), Beyond Leather (animal-free leather based on fruitwaste) and Infinited Fiber (closed loop solution with new cotton-like fibre made from waste). Furthermore, BESTSELLER’s partnership with the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) which facilitates a direct-to-farm approach and transparency at farm-level originates from Fashion FWD Lab. Today, a new big collaboration with Finnish-based Spinnova (textile fibres produced from wood without harmful chemicals) is launched as well.
The holy grail of sustainable solutions
The partnerships are a mix of economic investments, as well as providing helpful feedback and expertise as a major fashion company. However, investing in innovation does not equal an instant profit.
“We’re looking for the holy grail of sustainable solutions. Nothing less. Fashion FWD Lab is our playground where we can experiment and enable innovators. It requires resources and long-term commitment to work with innovation. Also, we don’t engage in innovation projects merely for BESTSELLER – we’re trying to move the entire fashion industry forward,” says Camilla and finishes:
“This is a complicated, flaw-filled, fallible route. We will probably not always get it right in one stroke, but in the end, we are determined to succeed, and step by step we will co-create the future of fashion.”
In the coming months, Fashion FWD Lab will reveal several new collaborations, ready to change the fashion industry for good.