Milan Eco Textile Workshops

SAI and C.L.A.S.S Education, both organizations dedicated to sustainability in business and design, have partnered to offer the Eco-Smart Workshop series in Milan, Italy.

C.L.A.S.S. Education is the brainchild of long-time collaborators, Giusy Bettoni, Eco Pioneer, CEO Founder of C.L.A.S.S. and James Mendolia, creative-thinker and experienced educator. As an expert in her field, Giusy speaks at many global events addressing sustainable design practice. Additionally, James’ ongoing research in Italy and academic leadership offers invaluable insight into program development. Together they have an extensive network of expert collaborators and resources. C.L.A.S.S. Education is dedicated to sharing knowledge, introducing ideas and presenting eco-smart solutions. Based in Milan, C.L.A.S.S. Education workshops offer a wide-variety of learning activities, lectures, seminars, and textile mill visits. C.L.A.S.S. Education introduces participants to a new generation of textile technologies that can provide improvements to the supply chain. The design-centered approaches inspire participants to challenge the existing design development processes and generate change.

Participating in a workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in eco-smart materials and technologies, as well as engage in lectures regarding sustainability and design responsibility.

In Summer 2017, SAI and C.L.A.S.S. are offering the following workshops:

Design Responsibility: Eco-Smart Textile Workshop
Class Dates (5 days)  July 3 – 7, 2017
Fee with accommodation (July 2 – 8, 2017)
Includes 6 nights in shared double room in a 3 star hotel with breakfast, certificate of completion, instruction, entrance to Fondazione Prada, transportation to mills, unlimited public transportation pass for Milan for duration of program.
$2,530
Fee without accommodation
Includes certificate of completion, instruction, entrance to Fondazione Prada, transportation to mills, unlimited public transportation pass for Milan for duration of program.
$1,899
Fashion and the Environment
Class Dates (4 days) July 10 – 13, 2017
Fee with accommodation (July 9 – 14, 2017)
Includes 5 nights in shared double room in a 3 star hotel with breakfast, certificate of completion, instruction, entrance to Fondazione Prada, transportation to mills, unlimited public transportation pass for Milan for duration of program.
$2,422
Fee without accommodation
Includes certificate of completion, instruction, entrance to Fondazione Prada, transportation to mills, unlimited public transportation pass for Milan for duration of program.
$1,899

Fee does not include: U.S. credit, round-trip airfare, meals, and transportation to and from airport.

Register for a Workshop

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Aimed at those studying fashion design, merchandising, product development, production, textiles, brand management and marketing.

This student workshop specializes in design synergy, innovative textile research and strategic communication needed to add brand value. Centered in Milan at CLASS Headquarters, the wide variety of learning activities include onsite lectures to a spinner and weaver, and interactive workshops that enable C.L.A.S.S. Education to introduce participants to a new generation of textile technologies and innovations that can provide improvements to the supply chain.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in Eco-smart materials and technologies that provide significant reductions in CO2, water and energy. Participants engage in discussions regarding sustainability and their role as emerging fashion professionals in future fashion systems.

Class Day One: Supply Chain Assessment

This workshop examines the current apparel and textile supply chain from fiber production through finished garment. Participants gain a deeper understanding of different approaches used to improve the supply chain.

Class Day Two: Biella Mill/Spinner Visit

Participants will be taken by private motor coach to Biella an important textile- processing city.

Organic Wool Production – Participants will be given a guided tour of an organic wool mill to understand the steps in organic wool production. They learn first- hand how eco-leaders are improving the supply chain.

“Smart” Cotton Production

In this second mill visit participants discover a new player in eco-smart textiles within the cotton market that sets a new quality standard for smart. Participants learn about a new smarter production cycle.

Class Day Three: Key Issues Impacting Fashion

An excellent opportunity to learn about the current issues that make the lifecycle of textiles and clothing unsustainable. Participants are asked to assess their brand and determine which issues can be confronted by design.

Water Misappropriation, Chemicals, Energy, Asset Stripping, Waste and Transport

Class Day Four: Torino Mill/Spinner Visit

During this visit participants will explore a system of recycled polyester filament yarn coming 100% from postconsumer bottles sourced. This certified mechanical process for production of recycled yarn, rather than a chemical method for producing yarn that is 100% Italian made. This unique process cuts down on toxins previously generated from the conventional system.

Class Day Five: Communication Brand Strategy

Sustainability is no longer a new conversation but a new generation of eco- smart textiles is.

Researching the depth and breadth of eco-textiles and the amount of information or misinformation can become overwhelming and confusing. C.L.A.S.S. Education brings together participants and experts to facilitate an open discussion regarding the role of the fashion decision maker, communication and future fashion systems.

Aimed at those studying fashion design, merchandising, product development, production, textiles, brand management and marketing.

This workshop is an introduction to the fashion industry that highlights how it is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Centered in Milan at C.L.A.S.S. Headquarters, participants are introduced to fashion as a major player to the world’s economy and the negative impact it has taken on the environment. An overview of the fashion supply chain is introduced to enable participants to understand where we can start to activate change.

This is an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of sustainability and a new way of design thinking. The latest innovations in Eco-smart materials and technologies that provide significant reductions in CO2, water and energy are introduced. Participants engage in discussions regarding sustainability and their role as emerging fashion professionals in future fashion systems.

Class Day One: Supply Chain Assessment

This workshop examines the current apparel and textile supply chain from fiber production through finished garment. Participants are introduced to approaches used to improve the supply chain.

Class Day Two: Key Issues Impacting Fashion

An excellent opportunity to learn about the current issues that make the lifecycle of textiles and clothing unsustainable. Participants are asked to assess their brand and determine which issues can be confronted by design.

Water Misappropriation, Chemicals, Energy, Asset Stripping, Waste and Transport

Class Day Three: Biella Mill Visit

Participants will be taken by private motor coach to Biella an important textile-processing city.

Organic Wool Production – Participants will be given a guided tour of an organic wool mill to understand the steps in organic wool production. They learn first- hand how eco-leaders are improving the supply chain.

“Smart” Cotton Production

In this second mill visit participants discover a new player in eco-smart textiles within the cotton market that sets a new quality standard for smart. Participants learn about a new smarter production cycle.

Class Day Four: An Introduction to Communication

C.L.A.S.S. Education introduces participants to the communication tools needed to add brand value.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.