Interview with Sebastian Klinder

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Sebastian Klinder
Sebastian Klinder
Managing Director
Munich Fabric Start
Munich Fabric Start

What were the most important trends for colours, prints and fabrics for Autumn/Winter 17/18?

As in the past, there is not just one trend here but multi-layered tendencies and fashion tableaux. Innovative prints in 3D technology are meeting with great interest. Furthermore, the focus lies on integrated functional aspects for both wool and highly topical jerseys. Fabrics - and the clothing they are made into - must offer added value. Wear comfort, fashion and function form a whole here that ultimately decides on consumer acceptance. The range of colour trends for the 17/18 Autumn/Winter season is surprisingly large. Multi and bi-colours are exciting. Alongside black and khaki camel and white as well as a variety of red, blue and violet shades are highly rated.

What are the kinds of sustainable fabrics that Munich Fabric Start will focus on?

In addition to focusing on varied fashion trends our suppliers look to the presentation of future-oriented concepts. The focus here increasingly lies on the broad-based innovations of bio-recycling and on resource efficiency.

Trade fairs today are more than just presentation space. What is Munich Fabric Start's USP?

Munich Fabric Start has never been just an exhibition space. We have always seen ourselves as a communicator and service partner for our suppliers. At the forthcoming Munich Fabric Start, running from August 30 to September 1, 2016, this claim will once again ring out even more loudly and clearly. The new Keyhouse venue as a centre of innovation and creativity and Catalyzer as an additional denim section will provide two new halls on space totalling 2,500 square metres - as innovative, pioneering segments with great development potential. Keyhouse will therefore establish an interactive think tank for technical textile know-how, individual product placement, strategic company cooperations, resource utilisation and thus the dovetailing of cross-sector technologies. Presented at Catalyzer, the new Hall 6, will be Denim Heritage and Blueprints with a focus on sustainability and innovation. As a supplement to Bluezone this area decisively strengthens and sharpens the range for denim and sportswear - making further deepening of the product profile, current developments and creative input concepts possible. Against the backdrop of these complementary segments Munich Fabric Start's USP is further sharpened - clearly making it an interactive communication platform with the greatest innovative and pioneering potential for meeting major market challenges via emotional added value on the basis of the highest service levels.

What kind of sourcing challenges does the global industry face? What needs to be done to master these?

The textile and apparel industry currently faces great upheaval and revolutionary restructuring. This affects all processes starting from purchasing through to the most varied of sales channels. It will not be possible to master this task without actively integrating digitisation and the global networking it entails across all levels, right down to the consumer. For us it is therefore a logical and consistent move to implement this strategy of networking and dialogue in line with the digitisation facing the market and to create a market-relevant, professional and public forum to discuss this.
Published on: 03/08/2016

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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