On the occasion of Made in France Première Vision, Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, and Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate for Industry, have signed the second-generation contract of the Fashion and Luxury Strategic Committee, focused on the ecological commitment, the transmission of know-how and the competitiveness of companies.
The “Fashion and Luxury” committee is one of the first committees to carry this second generation contract, a testament to its dynamism and the good cohesion of its actors, from jewellery to leather, from confection to tableware.
France is the world’s leading player in fashion and luxury. This sector, which brings together nearly 600,000 jobs, brings French know-how internationally, where luxury accounts for 12% of all goods exports.
The Ministers welcome the commitment of all stakeholders – SMEs, Industrial Technical Centres (ITAs), Professional Committees for Economic Development (CPDE), and organisations representing the sector, that have enabled the success of the first strategic sector contract.
The new contract 2023-2027, resulting from a co-construction between the ministries of culture and industry, prioritizes the ecological transition of the sector while the sector generates 8% of France’s greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the national strategy for decarbonization and green re-industrialization, the State mobilizes the entire sector to promote eco-responsible fashion and made in France. Work in conjunction with the strategic committee of the waste sector will be undertaken to calculate the recyclability of products and to set up an accompanying pathway to decarbonization.
The ecological transition of the sector is accompanied by increased support for the relocation of production: the carbon footprint of the French textile sector could be halved by producing in France. The State has thus provided 25 million euros in aid under France Relance to support companies in this sector in an ecological transition. This is the case of the Tissages de Charlieu, labeled «Entreprise du patrimoine vivant» which relocated in France the 3D weaving and robotic manufacture of 100% recycled textiles thanks to state aid.
The industry contract is a powerful tool in favor of the emergence of new talents: let’s mention a few brands that have benefited from loans or guarantees in this context: Vanessa Bruno, Egonlab, Jacquemus, Sister, Lemaire, Y Project, Alexandre Vauthier, etc. This new commitment reaffirms the support for fashion creation, with two calls for projects, the ANDAM prize and the Fashion Forum, dedicated to young brands and young designers, as well as to the arts of this sector, an essential component of French creativity.
Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, said: France attracts talent from around the world thanks to a particularly dynamic industrial and creative ecosystem that promotes diversity and excellence. The ability of the fashion and luxury sector to federate, innovate and embrace the challenges of the future, but also the constant support of the State are the pillars of this success. The vitality of our cultural landscape also fully contributes to this (schools, museums, institutions, etc.) Today, the Ministry of Culture is developing a new policy in favour of arts and crafts to preserve, perpetuate and develop these skills that make up the soul of France. The second generation of the Fashion and Luxury contract will give new impetus to this alliance between the public and the private sector, in particular to bring a new ambition in favour of the ecological transition and youth. »
Roland LescureMinister for Industry, said: Since its first contract in 2019, the Fashion and Luxury sector has managed to mobilize its members on structuring projects, particularly during the Covid crisis. Today, it wants to have a new 2023-2027 contract focused on environmental commitment, the transfer of know-how and the competitiveness of companies. I particularly welcome the inclusion of a new focus on decarbonization and the emphasis on relocation. I am proud to sign this contract at the Made in France première vision show, which reminds us of the extent to which the sector is mobilized to work together and make «Made in France» a real strength. »
Guillaume de Seynes, Chairman of the Fashion and Luxury Strategy Committee, said:I am more convinced than ever of the necessity and power of collective action in the face of the many challenges we collectively face. These 12 measures are concrete and pragmatic levers to develop and support our sectors in a sustainable environment ».
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