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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.
The first edition of the Sustainable Fashion Conference was held today, on March 14, 2019. The event is part of APLF’s aim at establishing itself as the Sustainable Sourcing Platform in the Asia Pacific Region.
As part of APLF’s extensive programme about sustainability, Assomac’s Technological Advisor, Roberto Vago talked about the contribution of technologies into sustainable leather treatment processes and about the various steps taken by machines manufacturers towards sustainable leather production and circular economy.
From making a Mars boot out of mycelium cells to using wood fibers to produce uppers, plant based-materials are a hot trend in both the fashion and footwear industries. The idea is not exactly new but it might be considered revolutionary now that concepts such as circular economy and sustainability are increasingly dictating market trends.
Recently moved to Singapore young award winner South African designer Adrian Fustenburg is the founder of a brand of leather bags and accessories that specializes in customization and personalization as opposed to mass production. Adrian will participate in the APLF for the first time, both as one of the panelists of the Sustainable Fashion Conference and as a judge to the Best of APLF Awards.
Brazilian company Nova Kaeru is devoted to creating bio-fabrics, with an organic approach to its production processes. Based in Rio de Janeiro, it has developed processes aiming at finding a true balance between nature and people.
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