The 54th Filo edition, the International Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres for orthogonal weaving and circular knitwear and for technical fabrics, opens today at Mico – Milan Convention Center (via Gattamelata 5). The fair will close tomorrow, on the 8th of October 2020. Filo is open from 9 am to 6 pm during the first day and from 9 am to 5 pm during the second one. At Filo there are very high-quality yarns intended for the top-of-the-range industry and products from companies whose watchwords are sustainability, research, and innovation.
Mr. Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, says: “It is with emotion that we open today the 54th edition of Filo. The past months have been difficult for our industry and for the whole textile sector, but we have maintained a continuous dialogue with the companies exhibiting at Filo, and this allows us to be the first fair of yarns’ industry which is physically carried out. Indeed, for the products exhibited at Filo, the physical fair is essential: its digital variation gives an added value, but it cannot replace the direct contact between exhibitors and clients. Of course, uncertainties on the markets are still there, However, in spite of the pandemic which continues to worry many close countries, we are satisfied with the number of exhibitors and the figures about visitors’ pre-registrations. Of course, there are some difficulties in relation to foreign buyers because of the ongoing limitations related to the arrivals from Asia and the USA and because of the high spread of the virus in France, Spain, UK, and Germany, which discourage people from travelling abroad from those countries. Together with ITA Agency – with which we continue to cooperate – we are then thinking about new solutions to involve foreign buyers.
The longstanding collaborations with Sistema Moda Italia and with Milano Unica, which paved the way for the return of the fairs in attendance and in a real teamwork today ideally passes the baton to us in the effort to strengthen the excellence of our textile supply chain. In this 54th edition of Filo, we add the institutional presence of Acimit, which shows the continuity between textile machinery manufacturers and yarn manufacturers.
The theme that inspires the 54th Filo edition is the ethical-social and environmental sustainability. A total of 68% of exhibiting companies have already joined FiloFlow, our sustainability’s project, to which a wide presence in the Trend Area is dedicated. However, sustainability is linked to another issue which is crucial for the future of the textile-apparel industry: training. We are honoured that Lucia Azzolina, the Minister for Education, has sent a video message for the opening of Filo. And we are also pleased that Elena Chiorino, the Councillor for Training, Education and Employment of Piedmont Region will visit the exhibition”. Mr. Monfermoso ends by saying: “Despite the current difficulties, we are confident that we have created the premises for a 54th Filo edition which meets, as usual, the needs and the expectations of exhibitors and visitors”.
For the 54th Filo edition, the product development proposals carried out by Gianni Bologna, manager for Filo’s creativity and style, are inspired to “Chromatic Reflections”. Gianni Bologna explains: “Being inspired by a basic and direct element like colour allows us to hint at the next behaviour of luxury’s consumption, a very important sector for Made in Italy industry: it will be oriented towards a more basic look, a ‘silent’ luxury, clearly based on the intrinsic quality of the product and its processing rather than on the show-off. This is a ‘new’ minimalism which calls for some ‘premises’: environmental knowledge, ethics, respect for the expertise on the job”.