In 2015, the National Fashion League Hungary Association set up an Eco Team with the aim to encourage the designers and professionals of the fashion industry in Hungary to work together for a more sustainable fashion industry.
Representatives of this Eco Team had already debuted at Budapest Fashion Week in 2015, due to the close collaboration with this prestigious Fashion Week. As the received feedback was very positive, in the same year the president of the National Fashion League Hungary Association made an important decision to create a new, unique, complex international sustainable fashion week (including international conference, workshops, exhibition, eco fashion show, accompanying and VIP events) and a global platform for sustainable fashion stakeholders from all over the world.
This consideration to establish the Global Sustainable Fashion Week, #GSFW was supported by Vittorio Giomo, an excellent expert and educator of sustainability, living in Italy and by Dr.Sass Brown, an outstanding professional, researcher, educator, curator, writer, and activist in ethical and sustainable fashion, with a good practice in this field in UK, USA, Dubai.
The “brandchild” Dr.Gabriella Mányi Walek, the president of #GSFW and the #GSFW Team is very proud of the fact that within 8 years the #GSFW has become the most powerful sustainable fashion week in Central Europe.
Now the leadership of #GSFW is establishing a new layer of team productivity and efficiency toward achieving goals. For this purpose, a more efficient structure has been created with #GSFW Ambassadors, enriching the current team with new professionals from the global sustainable textile and fashion industry. In order to motivate the new generation, Junior Ambassadors have been appointed too.
Therefore, at present the #GSFW structure is in this stage of development and we are pleased to welcome others who are in the process of joining, in addition to the team members below.
International Advisory and Executive Board of #GSFW
Dr. Gabriella Manyi Walek
Consultant for responsible fashion
Prof. Elsayed Elnashar
Asia, China, HK
Olga Johnston Antonova
Russia and Scotland
Aloke Kumar Singh
The Four Points of Eco-Sustainability
1. DESIGN: We encourage the growth of quality designed products that can reduce impact on ecosystems by lasting much longer, even for a lifetime.
2. RAW MATERIALS: We encourage people to use natural materials and fabrics with a high environmental and social value.
3. PROCESSING RAW MATERIALS & PRODUCTION: We encourage ourselves and all others to more more to not only use but to demand better processing procedures that reduce environmental harm.
4. RECYCLING: We encourage designers and industries to work progressively to incorporate quality, recycled materials into their work and products.
There is a growing consensus among these like-minded people who wish to promote the concept of harmony between fashion, sustainability, ethics and ecology. The GSFW seeks to bring together fashion designers and actors from associated fields of activities and professions together and in a single program that allows them to find strength in numbers. Together, these actors have come together to present their collective strength to the world.
In today’s society, it is indeed possible for luxury goods to co-exist with sustainability. In fact there is a growing demand for products and goods that respect the principles of modern production techniques that protect the environment. The GSFW is the place where designers will be able to show to the world that they are listening to their call for such quality products and attire, while promoting awareness around the technologies and actors who are making the world a safer place one garment at a time.
We all share the principles of environmental consciousness and sustainability, including Eco-Lifestyle. We prefer organic. We share the opinion of Vivienne Westwood as she stated, “Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity.”