CLICKNL|NextFashion & TOUS LES CHÉRIS
The CLICKNL innovation network is part of the top sector Creative Industries. A broadly supported innovation agenda, drawn up under the orchestration of the network, will be implemented in the coming years. This involves cooperation between research, industry and government. CLICKNL is a network organization, consisting of several sub-networks for Design, Built Environment, Media & ICT, Gaming, Cultural Heritage and Fashion.
CLICKNL|NextFashion is the innovation network for fashion & textiles.
The Dutch fashion and textiles sector, with a combined turnover of 20 billion euro’s is very diverse and ranges from large multinational companies to small, often artisanal, designer labels. Both extremes have their own challenges in the field of innovation but different development paths and potential. To be able to innovate at a fast pace on a sectoral scale, company alliances are not only needed within the same field, but also stretch to different top sectors such as High Tech Systems & Materials and Logistics. In this way, innovation potential is bundled. The urgency to create these type of coalitions is increasing because of a growing scarcity of raw materials, globalization of production chains in conjunction with regionalization of innovation hot spots, digitalization and a growing concern for health and safety.
ClickNL | Next Fashion targets four innovation topics:
1. The value of fashion.
2. Fashionable technology.
3. Sustainable design.
4. Strengthening the industry’s innovation system(s).
As one of four high-profile network projects Going Eco Going Dutch reflects these values.
Going Eco Going Dutch
The project Going Eco, Going Dutch, financed by RAAK/MKB, is an internationally unique pilot. Textile producers and fashion brands, in collaboration with ClickNL, Saxion and ArtEZ, will locally produce textile fibres and develop them into yarns, woven and knitted fabrics. After, the textiles will be developed into market-ready (fashion) products.
This project is unique due to the fact that, from the start, all partners are working together on the development of the textiles and every step in the process is examined carefully. The project revolves around three research questions:
Technical question: how can we, together with local manufactures and with the input of fashion companies, create appealing and high –quality textiles made from locally produced fibres (hemp, flax, wool and recycled fibbers). Which qualities can we manufacture? And what are the actual environmental figures?
Design question: for which disciplines (interior, baby clothes, haute couture, ready-to-wear) are the knits and fabrics most applicable?
AND: how can we design sustainable? Which Design4Recycling principles must we keep in mind in order to return the product back in the fashion chain after use? Which factors can contribute to making the design and realisation process as sustainable as possible?
Branding & Marketing question: How can we attractively communicate topics such as locality, recycling and sustainability for fashion brands? What will be the competiveness of these products in the industry?
It is also important to note that the three different colleges will collaborate in various projects and therefore utilizes each others strengths and expertise. Creating a good example of multidisciplinary collaboration.
Home to Going Eco Going Dutch is Centre of Expertise Future Makers (CoE – Future Makers).
CoE - Future Makers
ArtEZ, with support from Gelderland province, municipality Arnhem, the Innovation Alliance Foundation, worked on the feasibility and development of the Centre of Expertise Future Makers in Fashion, Design & Innovation. The Centre of Expertise focuses, from design expertise in collaboration with industry, on the development and application of new sustainable materials and creative processes. Since 2012 the ArtEZ Modelectoraat is head of the CLICKNL | Next Fashion group within the top sector Creative Industry and cooperates closely with other research institutions and companies in regards to research and innovation. With the advent of the CoE this network is preserved.