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The Slow Fashion Innovation Program

The Slow Fashion Innovation Program: production guide and suppliers database

The Slow Fashion Innovation Program: production guide and suppliers database

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Learn step by step how to develop sustainable collections and find European eco-friendly fabrics suppliers and manufacturers.

Choose your plan:

1) Option 1: Platform without private mentoring or fabric samples research (1 year access)
Price: 100 Euros (plus 23% Portuguese VAT (no mentoring sessions, using only the resources already on the platform, no additional research. You will be in charge in getting in contact with suppliers and negotiate with them.

Additional mentoring sessions: 50 EUR/hour (we reserve the right to change this price at any time). Find more info and subscribe in our platform.


2) Option 2: Premium platform + 3 months follow-up with private mentoring + production, marketing and sales strategy + fabric samples research (you will receive a pack of fabric samples specific for your project) + manufacturer sourcing (we will contact the fabric, manufacturers, labels and accessories suppliers and negotiate prices and conditions for your project) 

Price: 500 Euros (plus 23% Portuguese VAT). (it can be divided in 5 payments of 120 Euros) 

Read the full description for the Program below!

Module 1: Free online workshops, meetups and suppliers interviews.

Free monthly workshops and interviews: 

Next dates: 

Funds, scholarships and internships: national and international opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

May 20, from 6:30pm to 9pm Online Portugal Time.

More info here.

How to promote and sell sustainable products: ethical and profitable strategies!

May 30th, Online Portugal Time.
Morning: from 9am to 11am
Afternoon: from 2pm to 4pm

More info here. 

Module 2: Resources for production and business plan

  • Introduction
  • Sustainable Production
  • Production planning templates

Module 3: Problem solution fit to achieve the Sustainable Developent Goals

  • Fashion and Sustainable Development Goals: what problems are your brand solving?
  • Task 1 - Problem Solution Fit
  • Task 2 - brainstorming

Module 4: Funding and grants for Entrepreneurial Development

  • Overview of scholarship programs for entrepreneurs
  • Identifying grants opportunities for education, training, and research
  • Tips for writing compelling grants applications

Module 5: Sustainable production I

  • Introduction
  • Organic Fabrics blog post
  • Paper prototyping and circular design
  • Sustainable fabrics overview

Module 7: Sustainable Production II

  • Introduction
  • Certifications
  • Product Datasheet

Module 8: Eco-friendly labels and tags suppliers

Labels and tags

Module 9: Manufacturers profiles

  • Slow Innovation Brands - Online business incubator presentation
  • CODE 01: PORTUGAL - Clothing/ underwear/ shoes/ home deco
  • CODE 02: PORTUGAL - Clothing and Private label
  • CODE 03: GREECE - GOTS certified production - full service
  • CODE 04: PORTUGAL - Swimwear

Module 10: Exclusive interviews with European Sustainable Fabric Suppliers

  • Interview with Nicolo from Subalpino (Italy)
  • Interview with Nuno Malheiro from Tintex (Portugal)
  • Exclusive interview with Dr. Matias Langer from Peace Silk

Module 11: Fabric Library - Recycled Lycra

  • Location: Italy - fabric manufacturer
  • Location Portugal: fabric manufacturer
  • Location Portugal: affiliated supplier

Module 12: Fabric Library - Organic cotton suppliers

  • Location: Portugal - Fabric Manufacturer
  • Location Portugal - Fabric manufacturer
  • Location: The Netherlands Woven/Knitted retailer
  • Location: The Netherlands Organic Fabrics - woven/knitted retailer
  • Location: France retailer
  • Location Portugal: affiliated supplier
  • Location: Italy woven - Fabric manufacturers

Module 13: Fabric Library: Hemp

  • Location: Portugal manufacturer Knitted
  • Location: Portugal manufacturer and retailer - affiliated supplier
  • Location: Italy - woven
  • Location: The Netherlands Retailer - woven (no MOQ)
  • Location: Portugal - only fabrics or table and bed linen production (final products)

Module 14: Fabric library: cashmir Wool & Silk

Location: Portugal export house

Module 15: Fabric Library: Eco-elastics and Eco-threads

  • Location - United Kingdom
  • Location - France

Module 16: Fabric Library - Cupro suppliers

  • Location: Portugal Knitted

Module 17: Fabric Library: Vegan Leather Suppliers

  • Banana Leather - Portugal
  • Banana Production Residues – Applications – Rosa Nascimento (slides)
  • Bark fleece from Uganda
  • Mushrooms material

Module 18: Fabric library - bamboo

Location: France

Module 19: 7Handicraft and costumization

  • Weaving
  • Traditional basketry and stacking in reeds
  • Embroidery
  • Crafts Associations
  • Handmade Tiles
  • Manual screenprinted

Module 20: Natural Dyeing suppliers

Natural Dyeing

Module 21: Sustainable underwear

  • Brands that inspire us
  • Sustainable fabrics and accessories for underwear
  • Sustainable Underwear survey

Module 22: Interviews with Sustainable Fashion Brands already in the market

  • Interview with Julija Sipicina-Buhgolca from That Red Sweater and Esh by Esh knitwear
  • Exclusive Interview with Garik Himebaugh from Your Eco Stylist

Module 23: Sustainable Packaging

  • Carbon offsetting programs
  • Sustainable packaging suppliers

Module 24: Marketing Strategy

  • Finances and budget
  • Ethical Marketing Strategy
  • B2C and B2B Strategy
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Create a sustainable fashion brand in Europe

Are you eager to explore the world of sustainable fashion in Europe and learn how to establish your own brand? Dive into the enriching training provided by Slow Innovation Brands, the groundbreaking incubation platform dedicated to sustainable fashion brands. This visionary initiative was founded by Dr. Tatiana Souza, a PhD holder in Sociology of Work from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
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Unveiling the Dark Side of Fashion

As per the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the fashion industry ranks second among the most environmentally damaging sectors globally.
To put things in perspective, producing a single pair of jeans requires a staggering 7,500 liters of water. Astonishingly, this quantity is equivalent to the average water consumption of an adult over seven years.
Let this fact sink in: the jeans hanging in your closet could sustain you with water for seven years!
UNCTAD also reports that the fashion industry consumes approximately 93 billion cubic meters of water each year. This vast amount of water could satisfy the needs of roughly five million people worldwide.
Additionally, with every laundry cycle, minuscule plastic microfibers infiltrate water sources and ultimately end up in our oceans. Consequently, around half a million tons of microfibers, equivalent to 3 million barrels of oil, are discharged into the ocean annually.
For more startling statistics on fashion's resource consumption, delve deeper into the United Nations news portal.

Paving the Way for Sustainable Fashion

To transform the fashion industry into a bastion of sustainability, it is crucial to invest in business models that prioritize sustainability right from the inception of production. Slow Innovation Brands advocates three pivotal pillars that sustainable fashion brands should anchor themselves upon.
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1. Environmental Sustainability

Creating an environmentally sustainable business model hinges on meticulous attention to the materials employed in the brand's clothing production. Designers have an array of textiles at their disposal, but it's imperative to scrutinize the composition of these materials for sustainability.
Furthermore, adopting a circular design approach, which minimizes energy consumption during production, is crucial. Designs should minimize waste, prolong product lifecycles, and facilitate material recycling at the end of a product's utility.
Efforts to reduce gas emissions and waste during packaging and product transportation are equally important in this quest for sustainability.

2. Economic Sustainability

For a brand to thrive, it must have a robust financial plan. Profit from product sales should adequately cover production costs, ensuring the brand's long-term viability. Sustainable brands should also champion transparency, sharing production data and profit margins with consumers.

3. Social Sustainability

The fashion industry's most significant impact is often borne by local communities in countries where garments are manufactured. Fast fashion brands often choose the cheapest production locations, which frequently translates to inadequate wages for workers.
Sustainable fashion brands should strive for local production whenever possible. This approach allows brands to monitor factory conditions and the welfare of their workers. Additionally, local production reduces unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions associated with long-distance transportation.

The Thriving Ecosystem of Sustainable Fashion in Europe

Europe boasts a burgeoning landscape of sustainable fashion projects, encompassing the efforts of companies, associations, and individuals alike. Slow Innovation Brands' entrepreneurial support programs aim to bridge the gap between these dedicated professionals and the needs of sustainable fashion designers.

What to Expect in this Program

This online program offers a comprehensive learning experience, including:
  • 1-year of free access to our online platform, featuring a database of sustainable material suppliers and manufacturers, covering topics such as entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, environmental certifications, finance, ecological materials, circular design, and fair trade manufacturing. Check all that is included in our platform here.

  • Access to physical samples of eco-friendly fabrics and knits from Portuguese, European, and global suppliers renowned for innovation and sustainability. (only in the premium subscription - option 2).

  • Guidance in developing business, marketing, sales, and production plans through dedicated support from the Slow Innovation Brands team.

  • 8 follow-up online mentoring sessions. (only in the premium subscription - option 2)

sustainable fashion course Europe

This edition of the program focuses on the European context, offering access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and connections with local suppliers of organic knitwear and manufacturing. Partnerships with associations dedicated to promoting sustainable fashion in Europe further enrich the program.


For more information, please contact Join us on the path to sustainable fashion in Europe!

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