Defining the future for circularity

For Sympatex, circularity begins with cooperation as well as joint communication and continues through to material selection and design.

This impulse will be transferred to Functional Fabric Fair, in Oregon Convention Center, Portland, April 4 – 5, 2022. Sympatex will be available for its guests on booth 709.

Portland is the hub of international sportswear. In 2021, the Functional Fabric Fair was the first trade show since the Covid-19 pandemic and a clear sign that such an in-person get-together is indispensable for initiating and accelerating change.

Accordingly, Functional Fabric Fair 2022 is once again attracting the global market, an opportunity no one wants to miss.

“Finally, we are able to discuss with each other again,” said Alexa Dehmel, Owner Active Sports Design & Consulting. “The effect of Functional Fabric Fair Portland in 2021 will be potentiated this year. The exhibitor group has increased and the message to the market, incorporating a clear roadmap regarding the reduction in CO2 emissions, is also a clear statement. There will be a mixture of exhibitors, which is sensational and will give a lot of new impulses in an open and direct dialogue.”

“What is so special about the Functional Fabric Fair by Performance Days is that we managed to bring our established concept of the Performance Days in Munich to the heart of the American outdoor industry in Portland. Special for both fairs is the high demand for sustainable quality according to our minimum requirements, curated materials, selected exhibitors and the timing perfectly adapted to the industry”, said Marco Weichert, CEO & Founder Performance Days.

Expert-led talks will enrich the trade fair. On April 5, 12am PDT, the Sympathy-Lab panel talk will take place, hosted by Kim Scholze, chief sustainable community manager and head of storytelling Sympatex. The topic is called “Not enough focus, too much marketing” and is discussed with Alexa Dehmel, Owner Active Sports Design & Consulting, Charles Ross, Performance Sportswear Design Lecturer, Royal College of Art and Dr Rüdiger Fox, CEO Sympatex. This panel aims to address the big questions that the Outdoor and Sports industries needs to tackle: over consumption, over production and environmental impact. It is supposed to be an open discussion between thought leaders to focus conversations on areas where this industry can both inspire and initiate change.

The discussion will be recorded and streamed on the corresponding YouTube channel.

“The foundation of the Sympathy Lab is the result of my search for a platform that stands for collaboration. Taking Sympathy Lab to Functional Fabric Fair in Portland is the next fantastic step to ensure that all information that initiates real change finds its place to get published – on a global level. Thus, the right people, with the right expertise, find their way together to eventually inspire people,” said Kim Scholze.

Functional Fabric Fair Portland powered by Performance Days is dedicated to outdoor and active apparel.

The Spring Portland edition will feature innovative textiles for the Spring 2023/2024 season alongside expert-led talks focusing on the sustainable future of the textile industry.

The fair is open – free of charge – to verified designers, product, purchasing or material managers looking to source fabrics and accessories for outdoor, sportive performance and lifestyle apparel. Don’t miss this chance to reconnect with the apparel community.

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