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November 10, 2021updated 16 Feb 2022 8:02am

Cem Altan begins tenure as new IAF president

Han Bekke has handed over the International Apparel Federation (IAF) presidency to Cem Altan during this week's 36th World Fashion Convention in Antwerp, Belgium.

By Beth Wright

Cem Altan is the founder of Aycem Textiles and is a member of the board of directors of both the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) and of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (TCMA).

Altan has been a member of the IAF board since 2014. Additionally, he is head of Istanbul Fashion Week and Koza Young Designers.

Bekke handed over the IAF presidency to Altan on Sunday ( 7 November) during the IAF board of directors dinner at the 36th World Fashion Convention.

The event has been taking place in Antwerp this week, running back-to-back with Euratex’s ninth European Textile & Apparel Convention.

The IAF and Euratex conventions brought together, under Belgian ‘Covid Safe’ conditions, more than 200 apparel and textile industry professionals, particularly from a large number of EU countries, a large delegation from Turkey, a significant delegation from Bangladesh, and also delegates from the UK, Switzerland, the US, Morocco, and Pakistan. 

The IAF’s Convention’s theme ‘Transition of the Global Fashion System’ was well explained and explored by speakers from all over the world, representing large and medium-sized brands, manufacturers, experts, and academics, including H&M, Lever Style, TYK, Nova Group, and McKinsey.

Organisers say the convention made clear that the industry’s transition to a more digitised, sustainable and transparent industry hinges on collaboration in the supply chain and on a switch to more effective business models. When supply is brought closer to demand it frees capital locked in inventory to flow to investments needed to fuel the transition, they say. 

The 37th IAF World Fashion Convention will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, next year.

Click here to read Just Style’s recent interview with outgoing IAF president, Han Bekke.

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