#TCBL_2019 | Fashion Forward


#TCBL_2019 was the  yearly event to find out how the textiles and clothing sector is responding to major change. The venue for this year was Iași, Romania, one of Europe’s most important centres for garment production, theme for this year Fashion Forward: connecting patterns for sustainability.

TCBL Conference  aims to capture the young energy of the local industry and its ability to blend the key TCBL concepts – circular, transparent, human, digital – towards a new, emerging vision for sustainable fashion.

As in previous editions in Huddersfield, UK, Athens, Greece and Prato, Italy, the formats that make up # TCBL_2019 offer different ways to see, learn and interact. This year, locations were used and companies visited in the city and region, and the local industrial and creative community organized a rich program of exhibits and secondary events.

Above all, it was the key event marking the end of the four-year EU funded project and learned how to become part of the TCBL Foundation, the structure that will lead the TCBL community and its activities in the future.

Watch videos of all the presentations on your YouTube playlist!

TCBL Workshop for new Associates

Organized by Reginnova NE in partnership with FIT, the TCBL Workshop took place at the International Hotel.

The main objective was to integrate new associates into the TCBL community and to familiarize them with TCBL Business Services and the TCBL Open Platform. In the discussion panel, the new associates shared the needs and expectations from  TCBL.




C-Voucher Program for Acceleration for the Circular Economy


In Santiago de Compostella, 11 semi-finalist companies benefited from two days of coaching sessions and business mentoring from the designated design experts and development agencies from the 6 partner countries.

The winning companies including Katty Fashion have thus started the Acceleration Program for innovative solutions for the circular economy, which will last for 9 months and will include:

  • the assistance of a coaching expert and #designthinking to identify the optimal circular solutions
  • an innovation voucher of 60,000 euros to benefit from expertise from technology providers suited to the solution
  • business mentoring services from consortium partner organizations
    facilitating access to additional funds on the investment market, for the further
    development of the solution and for scalability

The vouchers scheme was addressed to small and medium-sized enterprises in the European Union in the processing, agro-food, textile, health and water industries and will be resumed in the autumn of this year to identify 6 other companies to implement circular economy solutions.

The North-West Regional Development Agency is a partner organization in the C-Voucher project, together with other development and innovation agencies, business accelerators, clusters and universities from 6 European states. The C-Voucher project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 R&D program, INNOSUP component: https://c-voucher.com

Workshop REDU – Waste and Resources

REDU  organized the second participatory workshop, Waste & Resources, addressed this time to different local actors involved in the textile manufacture and local fashion industry.


Were present around 20 representatives from Reginnova, Katty Fashion, Gemini CAD, Util Deco, Faculty of Visual Arts and Design,TUIASI, Faculty of Textile, Leather and Industrial Management, Alexandra Ungureanu fashion designer and students interested in environmental protection.


The main purpose was to engage everyone in a constructive discussion regarding the waste management and the use of resources without hurting the environment, and how can  all contribute to a positive change in the community trough production and education.


Workshop – ReDo it Yourself

REDU Place Lab organized on the 12th  and 13th of October 2018 a creative workshop where young people from the local community have learned how to valorise their old garments.  This event aimed to promote, under the TCBL project umbrella, a sustainable practice to reduce the negative impact of the textile & clothing consumption on the local environment.


Experienced designers of REDU coordinated local young creators to understand how they can prolong the life of their clothing, how to collect, repair and/or turn old garments into new useful things.  Around 20 people attended this workshop in those two event’s days.


Two main objectives were addressed to the participants:

  1. Awareness of sustainable consumption alternatives – an interactive analyse of the impact each of us have as a clothing consumer and how we can contribute together to a positive change at locally and regionally.
  2. Introductory course of clothing manufacturing – REDU team led the participants during the process of transforming the collected old garments into new useful things: bags, reusable bags, aprons etc.


#TCBL_2018: the yearly conference of the TCBL community

#TCBL_2018 was organised as a three-day event, 29-31 May, 2018, in different venues in the City of Prato. The venue for Day One was the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, the 1st  Italian institution which has been built from scratch to present, collect, document and promote the most advanced artistic research.

The 2nd and the 3rd days were held in the Textile Museum of Prato, the largest cultural centre in Italy dedicated to the promotion of historical and contemporary textile production and art.

#TCBL_2018 was organised according to a series of modules, as follows:


  • TCBL_Live: our TEDx-style session with seven stimulating 18-minute talks
  • TCBL_Local: visits to local companies and production sites
  • TCBL_Night: CreativeWear Fest, a multi-venue exhibit of textile art and design
  • TCBL_Talk: conference-style, with welcome addresses and plenary keynotes
  • TCBL_News: update on TCBL developments over the last year, with an emphasis on
  • testimonials from the Business Pilots
  • TCBL_Jam: rapid sequences of 5-minute presentations from TCBL Associates
  • TCBL_Next: the welcoming ceremony for new Associates and announcement of future editions of #TCBL
  • TCBL_Meet: a B2B meet-up session.



The future editions of #TCBL are:

  • #TCBL_2019: Iasi, Romania (hosted by Reginnova NE)
  • #TCBL_2020: Barcelona, Spain (hosted by Fab Textiles) the first edition of #TCBL following the conclusion of the EU-funded project.

Reginnova NE has adhered to the Tex4IM partnership

In <strong>December 2016</strong>, Reginnova NE has adhered to the Tex4IM partnership, who “aims at bringing together the main European textile-based clusters in countries/regions where the textile and clothing industry represents a significant share of the national/regional economy, to enhance innovation capacities, business models, knowledge and skill levels and other key competitive factors that will determine the future of European Textile-Clothing sector.” http://www.clustercollaboration.eu/partner-search/textile-clusters-industrial-modernisation-tex4im

TCBL – Textile and Clothing Business Labs

Since May 2017, Reginnova NE start working as partner in the EU project TCBL – Textile and Clothing Business Labs, www.tcbl.eu , a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement 646133, aiming to transform the European Textiles and Clothing industry with the main objective of bringing 5% of production capacity back to Europe by 2025.

TCBL aims to create a network of Business Labs that freely experiment the implications of potential innovations and their concrete impacts on business operations. Three types of laboratory focus on specific areas of the value chain:

  • Design Labs explore tools and methods for designing textiles and clothes, working with professionals, fashion students, or anyone, even working from home.
  • Making Labs experiment with production methods and machinery old and new, from re-discovering traditional tailoring to 3D printing and laser cutting.
  • Place Labs investigate the local and social dimensions of clothes making, with new modes of organisation of work such as on-demand or home DIY production, community lab spaces, and networks of artisan shops.


These laboratories interact with a substantial number of sector enterprises of various dimensions – “pilot businesses” – who compose innovation elements coming from different Business Labs to identify transition scenarios that can accompany their shift from current ways of working towards more innovative and competitive business models.


This process is supported by interactive knowledge and learning services together with an open repertoire of business services supporting specific moments of the new business models: training, logistics, etc..



As partner in TCBL, we engage in selecting further associates, both from Labs and enterprises of the NE Romania ad the replication of activities promoted by the project at regionaly.



This April, REDU, the social enterprise of our partner Mai Bine, has applied to become a TCBL Place Lab, meeting the principles and values of the TCBL community.

REDU aims at behavioral change and getting a sense of responsibility of fabrication processes and consumption of textile and clothing into the local community.



Also, we aim to attract at least 17 enterprises, both workshops and factories, mainly from the NE Region, for the Calls for Expressions of Interest in 2018 and 2019:

  • companies and individuals interested in revival the national hemp industry based on sustainable business models,
  • companies interested in Short Runs and Bespoke manufacturing as an alternative to the fast-fashion production.

TCBL_2017 – 20-21 June

We attended the yearly conference of TCBL, organised as a two-day event, 20-21 June, 2017 at the Gazi Technopolis in Athens, an ex-gas works transformed into a cultural innovation and meeting centre.



The neon logo icon at #TCBL_2017


#TCBL_2017 was articulated in nine different formats, to find out how the textiles and clothing sector is responding to major change.

Event Modules

talk2the conference-style module with keynote speaker presentations and round table discussions.
live2a TED© style series of provocative, live presentations about general trends and issues shaping our future, where world class thinkers presented the latest scientific discoveries and reflections about where we’re going.
jam2a series of interactive workshops exploring different dimensions of business model innovation. TCBL Labs and Enterprises exchanged perspectives on Design, Making and Place Labs. This year, TCBL_Jam also included a Hack session for those interested in the workings of the TCBL Open Platform. The JAM SESSION ONE included the presentations of the REDU Place Lab and, also, the Reginnova NE as a new partner joining the TCBL consortium.
next2the welcoming ceremony for the new community members: Associate Labs, Associate Enterprises, Associate Advisors and Associate Service Providers.
meet2an opportunity for out-of-town T&C Enterprises to meet up with businesses in the Athens area
news2gave an update on developments in the TCBL project. This year, it was focused on the six Business Cases and their benefits to participating TCBL Associates
work2allowed the interaction with local artisans in textiles and clothing. This year the focus was on silk, and is organised by the Athens Silk Museum.
look2an yearly update on fashion design from the TCBL community. No catwalks, but videos and exhibits showed what local creatives are producing.
local2visiting the production facilities in the surrounding area where fibres, textiles, and clothing are born and made.

The conference web pages at http://tcbl.eu/tcbl-2017 contain links to the Powerpoint presentations for each of the sessions, and also contain links to the videos of each presentation. The videos are also uploaded to the TCBL YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZcpRQi7vjIxuq50a-8KOxA


November 2017

The conference aimed to open the door and give glance on future developments which will set the innovation agenda for the years to come.
The event enjoyed the presence of eminent representatives of European organizations, national and international clusters, research institutes, universities and companies, renowned experts.
Event topics:

  • Smart clusters
  • Value chains
  • Business driven innovation
  • Export & business internationalization