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World Circular Economy Forum – Aalto University side event 5.6.2019

Combating climate change by circular economy and systemic change: closing the material loops and creating new business possibilities

The 3rd World Circular Economy Forum will bring together around 2 000 key circular economy thinkers and doers from around the world. This year the forum will have a strong emphasis on the next era of the circular economy and scaling up the transition.

Aalto University is proud to host one of WCEF2019’s side events. In the seminar, experts and innovators reveal how closing the material loops can slow down the climate change and create new business possibilities. Topics vary from water systems, algae and nutrients to textiles, battery metals and systems perspective for reducing overconsumption. Professor Kirsi Niinimäki from Aalto University will present “Closing the material loop and transforming the fashion industry”.

When: 5.6.2019 10:00 – 12:00
Where: School of Business, Aalto University, Ekonominaukio 1, Espoo, Lecture hall Jenny ja Antti Wihurin säätiö

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F/T Futures is hosting a swapping event as part of the Fashion Revolution Week 2019! Feel free to join us!

When_11:00-14:00, Friday, April 26, 2019
Where_Aalto University, VÄRE building, V1 Gallery,
Otaniementie 14

How does it work?

1. Donate gently used items: clothes, shoes, or accessories.
2. Come and choose donated items to take home with you (up to the number you donated).
3. Enjoy taking part of the Fashion Revolution week!

For more information: manuel.ariasbarrantes(at)


sustainable_fashion_kannet_malliWelcome to begin the new year with Aalto Arts Books Talks!

Aalto ARTS Books will officially launch professor Kirsi Niinimäki’s book “Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy”. In the event
Niinimäki and doctoral student Essi Karell will be discussing the topic from various perspectives.

Time: February 5, 2019, 4-5pm.
Place: Aalto University Shop, Otaniementie 12, Espoo

See also the Facebook event.



Doctoral Dissertation: Namkyu Chun

Namkyu_Dissertation_CoverMFA Namkyu Chun will defend his doctoral dissertation
Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemaking
on Thursday 15 November 2018.

Opponent: PhD Pammi Sinha, University of Leeds
Custos: prof. Kirsi Niinimäki

Time: 15.11.2018, 12:00 – 14:00
Place: B-200 Nokia Hall at Aalto University School of Business Töölö campus, Runeberginkatu 14-16

More information:

Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemaking discusses the social role of fashion designers. It departed from the encounter with the mystification of what they actually do and the unclear contribution to society as a profession. While critically reflecting on design thinking approaches that have contributed to the expansion of design, this book also questions if design can be generalized without the careful understanding of cultural differences among subfields of design.

Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers invites a dialogue embracing the material and immaterial worlds of fashion through two studies in Helsinki, Finland. The metaphor of weaving is adopted to not just interlace the narratives of the studies but also to be used as a piece of fabric patchworking the gap between design and fashion. The two studies were constructed to both recover and rediscover fashion designers. The notion of recovery is presented in relation to the meaning of the fashion design pro­fession in the contemporary fashion system due to certain prejudices. Meanwhile, the notion of rediscovery is tied to the prac­tice of fashion designers, especially the ignored tradition of dressmaking and their shared culture. The results suggest both rethinking what they are capable of and exploring possibilities to expand their role. The studies woven together present an original contribution of fashion designers as engaged actors of society beyond image-making.


The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at Väre (Otanimementie 14), at least 10 days before the defence date.


Research Café on Materials

Multidisciplinary Meetings for Material Research Enthusiasts


What_Research Café on Materials
When_11.10. and 27.11., 13:00 – 16:00
Where_Mordor / Otakaari 5

F/T Futures warmly welcomes you to the Research Café-events, that invite researchers from the different schools of Aalto University to share their latest insights and learn new perspectives related to materials research in Aalto.

The events are organized by Aalto University Research and Innovation Services and Materials Platform, with F/T Futures actively participating in the planning. In the first event Kirsi Niinimäki and Pirjo Kääriäinen will briefly introduce some insights into circular economy and multidisciplinary material research.

The purpose of these events is twofold: to introduce new perspectives through scholarly discussions, and to create possibilities for multidisciplinary encounters and recognizing common research interests among the participants, that could for instance lead into new joint projects.

There will be two Research Café – events this autumn: the first one serves as an introduction and opens the discussion, that will be deepened in the latter event. The first event consists of two parts: first, researchers and research groups will introduce variety of perspectives into materials research, that will then initiate the participants into discussion.

Registration to the first event is open:

More information: and

Open Lecture: Anna-Mari Almila

F/T Futures welcomes you all for the open lecture.

Anna-Mari Almila: The multiple dimensions of ‘comfort’ in dress: rethinking bodies, garments and environments

WHEN_Monday, the 19th of March, 12:00-13:00
WHERE_Aalto ARTS Arabia campus, Room 6088

Dr Anna-Mari Almila is Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at London College of Fashion, UAL. She writes in the fields of cultural, global and historical sociology, and her topics include the historical/political construction of urban spaces; the materiality of dressed bodies and their environments; fashion globalization; history of fashion studies; and gendered wine mediation and consumption. She is the author of Veiling in Fashion: Space and the Hijab in Minority Communities (2018 in press, I.B. Tauris), and the editor of The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Practices (2017) and The Sage Handbook to Cultural Sociology (2016). Dr Almila is a visiting researcher in FTF Fashion/Textile Futures research group during March-May 2018 (Host Professor Niinimäki).

Fabric Presentation of Lebenskleidung and Lecture of Benjamin Itter

Sustainable fabric collection presentation Spring/Summer 2018 & lecture on sustainable textile supply chains with Benjamin Itter (Co-Founder Lebenskleidung)


Session I: 15.00 – 16.30
Session II: 17:00 – 18:30
Fabric collection presentation open from 11:00 – 20:00

Where_Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland.

For Whom_Interested fashion designers, students an all those concerned about a clean textile industry

Together with Aalto University – School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design, Lebenskleidung cordially invites you to join our event on 19th of March 2018 at Aalto University Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland. Lebenskleidung is a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified sustainable fabric and material agency and wholesaler from Berlin/Germany. Lebenskleidung in its structure is unique as it offers especially small to medium scale designers across Europe the opportunity to work with a wide range of sustainable certified materials. The uniqueness is that Lebenskleidung stocks the fabrics and designers can work with material already from only one meter onwards. The material range includes organic cotton, organic wool, organic linen, recycled polyester, vegetabile tanned leather and more. Lebenskleidung works with production partners in Germany, Portugal, Turkey, France. The raw material comes from various organic projects around the world, like Turkey, Uganda, Argentina, or Belgium. Lebenskleidung was founded in 2008 and now is working in the board of directors of the International Association for Natural Textiles (IVN).

Lebenskleidung is based in Berlin/Germany where over the past ten years a huge network of sustainable fashion brands has grown, accompanied by the two biggest fairs on sustainable fashion worldwide, the Ethical Fashion Show and the Green Showroom. Together with Slow Fashion Spain from Madrid, Sustainable Angle London/UK Lebenskleidung and many others, Lebenskleidung is fighting for a greener textile industry across Europe.


Benjamin Itter (38) is co-founder and managing director of Lebenskleidung. As an advocate for a cleaner textile industry he is a founding member and strategic advisor of the Consortium of Green Fashion India (CGF) and is giving lectures and presentations on the topic sustainable fashion across Europe and around the world.

The topics of the lecture will include:
– How can a textile supply chain be clean and what are the problems of todays fashion industry for people and the enviroment?
– How do organic cotton farmers in Uganda benefit from a certified supply chain?
 – What material alternatives do we have and how can we as designers & consumers act towards a cleaner textile industry?

More info


2nd Clothing Swap Event


F/T Futures is hosting the second clothing swap event for the upcoming spring season. It’s to encourage sustainable consumption practice. It’s a free event. Feel free to join us!

When_12:00-15:00, Monday, March 12, 2018
Where_Aalto University Arabia campus ground floor (near Kipsari’s entrance).

Don’t Shop, Swap!


F/T Futures research group organizes a public event to encourage the sustainable consumption practice in fashion.

Where_27/11/2017 (Mon), 16:00-19:00
When_Aalto University Arabia campus 8th floor

Contact_manuel.ariasbarrantes at

Lunch Talk: Fashion Designs and Copyright

Upcoming Lunch Talk by the visiting PhD candidate Heidi Härkönen (Master of Laws).

-What_”Fashion Designs and Copyright”
-When_01/11/2017 (Wed), 12:00-13:00
-Where_Aalto ARTS Arabia Campus Room 6088

In this lunch seminar, PhD candidate Heidi Härkönen will talk about her on-going PhD-research project on fashion law. The specific topic of the seminar concerns fashion designs and copyright. In her talk Heidi Härkönen will ask, what are the limitations of a fashion designer’s creativity caused by copyright, when the designer’s creativity is interacting with the creativity of other fashion designers? She will also address the question of what would be the ideal level of intellectual property protection for fashion designs?

About Heidi Härkönen
Heidi Härkönen is a PhD Candidate at University of Lapland and a visiting researcher at Aalto University. Her major is intellectual property law and in her PhD project she is concentrating on exclusive rights to fashion designs. Prior to her PhD studies, she has practiced law for three years. She also works as the president of the Finnish Fashion Law Association.