From left to right: Cem Altan, Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB); Hikmet Tanriverdi, IHKIB; Rahul Mehta, IAF; Seref Fayat, 
TGSD; Murat Aydin, TGSD

From left to right: Cem Altan, Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB); Hikmet Tanriverdi, IHKIB; Rahul Mehta, IAF; Seref Fayat, TGSD; Murat Aydin, TGSD

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) has announced first details of this year's World Fashion Convention, which will highlight the developments that are rejuvenating and strengthening the fashion industry.  

Taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 14-15 October, alongside the 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference, the 31st annual convention will look at investments in local skills, investments in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, in products, in supply chain management and in marketing.

The industry faces multiple challenges that combine to create downward pressure on the value perception of clothing by consumers. 

"IAF is creating bridges between continents,” said president Rahul Mehta.

With manufacturers, retailers, brands, solution providers and associations working together to improve the fashion industry, Mehta added: “That is why we are hosting this year’s convention in Istanbul, close to the bridge that is literally connecting the continents.”

Seref Fayat, president of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association (TGSD), added: “I think this global event will send a very strong positive message. We will bring brands and Turkish manufacturers together and take great steps to improve the potential for cooperation.