For the Italian textile company’s chief executive officer Ercole Botto Poala sustainability is a matter of survival.
The Calais-based lace manufacturer was unable to pay its 170 employees’ salary for December 2018.
The ecological impact of apparel industry overproduction was a key talking point at the show.
The luxury giant said the push for regenerative sourcing is a potential game changer.
The trade show, held Sept. 25 to 27 at the Milano-Rho fairgrounds, highlighted the Italian tanneries’ abilities to adjust to markets’ demands.
The trade fair will join a cluster of shows headed by Texworld due to present Sept. 17 to 20.
Biodegradable fabrics and sustainable materials with performance properties taken from nature are also among directions shaping the industry’s future.
The biofabrication pioneer talked to WWD about the company’s experiments with lab-grown materials headed to the luxury market.