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Véronique Saunier established her reputation as a journalist soon after moving to Hong Kong in 1988. As a freelance writer, she has been covering the fashion, leather and fine fibre industries for various magazines including the industry’s leading trend setter WGSN. Her background as a former science and technology writer enables her to interpret in a highly readable manner the way new technologies affect various industries and our lives. She understands and is concerned about the impact the fashion industry has on the livelihood and traditions of animal breeders across the world. A dedicated environmentalist, she tirelessly promotes corporate responsibility and sustainable development as a means of preserving cultural diversity. At the same time she defends the rightful access of local populations to education, healthcare, technological advancements, prosperity and wealth creation. She has played an active part in developing and coordinating the programme of the Cashmere World Forum and of the Global Footwear Retail Conference. A tireless traveler with an extensive experience of living in China, Véronique commutes regularly between Asia and Europe.
British born, long time Hong Kong resident, charity volunteer, cashmere enthusiast and first time exhibitor at APLF’s Cashmere World, Surinder Francis tells us how and why she established and launched her own luxurious yet sustainable cashmere brand, called Franci.
Raw materials and finished products are no longer alone to require being certified with quality labels today. In Italy, the machines that process them have their own sustainable standards and quality labels too.
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has won the prestigious Red Dot Award for Product Design 2019 for its Garment-to-Garment (G2G) recycling system Mini Mill.
The Asia-based “Green is the New Black” collective organized their annual “Conscious Festival” at the Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong on April 13-14th.
Coinciding with the beginning of the cashmere harvest season in China, this year Cashmere World was held concurrently with APLF 2019 in Hong Kong from 13th to 15th of March. Similarly to other events held during APLF, sustainability was an essential component of the Cashmere World exhibition.
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