WEAR 2017 – Changing the Fabric of the Fashion

Hosted by Fashion Takes Action, the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) is the only sustainable business conference in North America to focus on the apparel and textile industries.

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WEAR encourages and supports apparel and textile businesses in their shift towards a more innovative, sustainable and regenerative model because we know that the power to positively impact the environment and millions of people worldwide is in our hands.

Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 13 to November 14, from the cutting edge of textile innovation to the latest consumer research in sustainable purchasing, WEAR2017 brought the world of sustainable textiles and apparel alive. An international delegation of entrepreneurs, global and local brands, from the length and breadth of the supply chain, participated in 2 days of learning, connecting and sharing around the how of bringing sustainability to textiles, apparel and fashion.

North America’s only conference dedicated to exploring sustainability and business in the apparel and textile sectors, WEAR 2017 had a packed agenda. 2 days of speakers, workshops and networking tackled the question of how, giving brands a crash course in sustainability, through the lens of the business case. This was the 4th edition

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of this conference hosted by Fashion Takes Action. Some of the designers and brands involved included: Peggy Sue Collection, Chirag Tekchandaney, Co-Founder, Bombay Hemp Co., Daniel Schiff, Ashoka, Luigi Caccia, ItalDenim and more.

WEAR 2017 welcomed over 200 delegates from 12 countries, including the award-winning entrepreneurs from Ashoka Foundation and C&A’s Fabric of Change. Each day was split into themes that explored intersecting avenues of discussion: Textiles, Waste, Labour and Water. Within a theme participants engaged with keynote speakers, expert panels, exploratory Q&As and best-practices workshops.

Sustainable style is our kind of style and we are excited that this conference is changing the fabric of fashion.