TCBL Days 2019

Connecting Patterns for Sustainability

28 May—29 May 2019 | Iasi, Romania

Day 1 - 28 May, 2019

Venue: International Hotel, 5A PALAT ST, Iasi, Romania



Registration and welcome coffee


Welcome Addresses

  • Caterina Ailiesei, CEO Association Reginnova NE
  • Daniela Toccafondi, Industry expert, Prato
  • Mihai Chirica, Mayor of Iasi City
  • Paul Butnariu, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Iasi
  • Mariana Ursache, Dean of the Faculty of Textile, Leather and Industrial Management, Technical University Gheorghe Asachi of Iasi


Moderator: Caterina Ailiesei
This is our more traditional conference style module, with leading keynote speakers addressing the main issues facing the T&C industry today.


Trends and prospects in the European T&C Industry

An overview of performance and trends in Textiles and Clothing, with opportunities in research and regional policy

Lutz Walter
Euratex / Regiotex


Innovation in the Clothing Value Chain

Technology trends for an agile and sustainable clothing production ecosystem

Antonela Curteza
Professor | TU Iasi


The Romanian Textile and Clothing Industry

From tradition to sustainability through research and innovation


Textiles and Clothing in the NE Regional Strategy

The role of the T&C Industry in the Smart Specialisation Strategy for the NE Region.




Coffee Break


An overview of progress and developments in the EU-funded TCBL project since #TCBL_2018 in Roma.


Last year in TCBL

Activities in the final year of the EU-funded TCBL project and presentation of the TCBL Foundation for future activities.

Jesse Marsh
Project Manager | Atelier Studio Associato


Concrete initiatives carried out in TCBL


Re-structuring production

Presenting: Richard Axe, TCoE

  • Luca Leonardi, ARCA / "Collaborative kits for sewing cafés"
  • Clea Polar, Coco & Rico / "Re-designing the workplace"  
  • Lisa Wurden, Sqetch / "Enabling short run production"
Luca Leonardi
Innovation Manager and Consultant | Seed Living Lab
Clea Polar
CEO | Clea Polar Pierard - Coco&Rico


Re-connecting value chains

Presenting: Thanos Contargyris, HCIA  

  • Michel Byvoet, Bivolino / "Collaborative on-demand designs"  
  • Emmanouela Kouroudi, Thrakkika / "Certifying sustainable cotton"  
  • Bill Macbeth, TCoE / "Re-inventing men’s fashion"
Bill Macbeth
Managing Director | Textile Centre of Excellence


Re-framing consumer perceptions

Presenting: Frédérique Thureau, IFM

  • Ioanna Kouloumpini, HCIA / "Trends for sustainable design"
  • Besnik Mehmeti, Prato / "Re-interpreting fabric designs"  
  • Anastasia Pistofidou, FabTextiles / "Fabricademy future design"


Round Table Discussion with the TCBL Advisory Board

Moderator: Jesse Marsh  

  • Rita Britton, Nomad Atelier
  • Alice Gras, Hall Couture
  • Gabriela Macoveiu, ADR NE
  • Daniela Toccafiondi, Industry expert
  • Guillaume Wallut, Centmillemilliards
  • Lutz Walter, Euratex
  • Fiori Zafiropoulou, Fashion Revolution Greece
Jesse Marsh
Project Manager | Atelier Studio Associato
Lutz Walter
Euratex / Regiotex
Fiori Zafeiroupolou
Founder | SOFFA | The Nest Social Cooperative
Alice Gras
Hall Couture


Closing remarks


Lunch at the International Hotel


Three visits, for 20 people each, will leave from the International Hotel at 14.30. Please indicate your preference upon registration in the morning.


  • The Palace of Culture (Ethnographic Museum of Moldova, Museum of Science and Technology, Clock Tower) – Old City Center
  • Integrated Confections Moldova (CIM) – Katty Fashion – Old City Center
  • University Palace from Copou (“Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University Library and Aula Magna “Carmen Silva”, Hall of Lost Steps) – REDU – Old City Center



ENTROPY/ A fashion event presented by students of the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Fashion design program, in collaboration with REDU Place Lab.

Venue: Teatru Fix, Strada Bucium nr 34, Iași