Alumni Win the Global Change Award

23 March 2018

Congratulations to Cédric Vanhoeck and Vanessa Counaert, alumni of Domus Academy’s Master in Luxury Brand Management program, for winning the 2018 Global Change Award. An annual innovation challenge by H&M Foundation, the Global Change Award – GCA aims to “make fashion circular,” that is, sustainable.

In 2017, Cédric and Vanessa founded RESORTECS, a Belgian company created with the goal of engineering circular economy in fashion. RESORTECS is developing a dissolvable thread that makes repairing and recycling easy, reducing waste in fashion manufacturing. The alumni won the Global Change Award for this smart stitch innovation.

The project received a grant of € 150,000 and access to a one-year tailor-made innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

“GCA’s recognition of our potential breakthrough for recycling materials gives us wings to accelerate its development! Being part of the GCA community is a major opportunity to expand our network globally and prepare for maximum impact,” says Vanessa.

“Thanks to this award, we’ll get additional means to evolve our first working prototype to the next level. We are just a stitch away from conscious fashion,” Cedric says.

According to its website, the Global Change Award is “one of the world’s leading challenges for early-stage innovation, and the largest initiative of its kind in the fashion industry.” Judges are “looking for game changing ideas that can make the entire fashion industry circular and help protect our planet and living conditions. The Global Change Award catalyses early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry.”

Congratulations, Cedric and Vanessa!

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