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Brescia – With a focus on technological excellence, responsible innovation and sustainable production, the hosiery, sportswear, lingerie, seamless and 3D footwear supply chain will be meeting online on 22nd July, to analyse the sector’s global development trends and opportunities.

The event marks the start of the countdown to FIMAST 2021, the Italian Exhibition Group’s much-awaited knitting and hosiery event which is scheduled to take place, with physical attendance, at the Brixia Forum in Brescia from 19th to 22nd October 2021.

FIMAST is therefore “setting off” on a new development route for the trade show which will focus on responsible and sustainable innovation along the supply chain it represents. The first steps in this direction include activating a top-level partnership with the ecohub C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy) and constant dialogue with the sector’s global players.

“Road to FIMAST” is the first in a series of training and business events that will take place during the months preceding the show on the digital platform, FIMAST CONNECT. It will offer Italian and international traders the chance to discuss the most challenging and decisive topics for the sector’s future by directly dialoguing with the main players from all the supply chain’s segments, from machinery to thread, from services and hosiery companies to brands.

The event will consist of two online talks, coordinated and moderated by C.L.A.S.S. The first, entitled “Smart-tech visions to meet responsible innovation values”, will be held in English and start at 11 am, with focus on responsible and sustainable innovation for hosiery, lingerie, sportswear and fashion supply chains.

The Lonati Group, Karl Mayer Group, Fulgar and Roica by Asahi Kasei are the companies involved, each putting their international experience into play to explore the supply chain’s different technological aspects, from cutting-edge textile machinery to new generation fibres.

The second talk, “Conversations about sustainability journeys”, scheduled for 4 pm, will highlight sustainability among the current and future challenges for companies operating in the fashion and accessory industry in order to meet the needs of an increasingly more global market and consumers who are increasingly aware and responsible. Two international brands of reference, both highly regarded companies in the sector, will share their views: Calzedonia Group and Wolford.

Further, as of 10 am on July 22nd, professional profiled visitors visiting the event and companies on the FIMAST CONNECT platform will have the chance to meet and do business including an opportunity to explore services, products and the latest ideas from companies in the sector.

The full program is as follows:

10.00 (GMT+1) FIMAST CONNECT Goes Live

Registered visitors can start browsing and research the exhibiting companies’ profile pages, schedule appointments, start chats or calls directly on the platform.

11.00 (GMT+1)

Smart-Tech Visions To Meet Responsible Innovation Values

Let’s explore two key areas of technology able to make the difference when it comes to create responsible innovation values sought after by contemporary consumers. We are talking about cutting edge machinery and new generation of fibres for the hosiery, lingerie, sportswear and fashion markets. The conversation will focus on leading and inspiring global players such as Karl Mayer Group, Lonati Group, Fulgar and Roica by Asahi Kasei.


  • Patrick Silva Szatkowski – Responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts of the SANTONI GROUP, Gruppo Lonati
  • Sophia Krinner – Product Manager for New Business at KARL MAYER
  • Alan Garosi – Head of Marketing , Fulgar
  • Michiko Fujita – from global Marketing section at ROICA ™ by Asahi Kasei

16.00 (GMT+1)

Conversations About Sustainability Journeys

Sustainability is one of the most used and abused word in today’s communication. We know that sustainability is key in finding solutions to the many issues linked to climate change, the depleting of resources and impacts on the environment, just to name a few. In this talk we would like to take the time to talk to two key international brands, reference points and inspiring realities for their market and consumers, in order for them to share their individual journey in the holistic, complex yet fascinating world of sustainability. Protagonists of this conversation: Wolford and Calzedonia group.


  • Federico Fraboni – Sustainability Manager, Calzedonia Group
  • Andreas Reohrich – Global Director R&D and Sustainability, Wolford

Both events are coordinated and moderated by Giusy Bettoni – CEO and Founder, C.L.A.S.S.

Both events to be held in English

For further details go to: www.fimast.eu

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