CLOTH consortium released a guideline of lessons learned and recommendations to Fashion clusters and SMEs

What are the main challenges of the fashion sector? How can European Union (EU) SMEs face them? These are the questions the CLOTH partnership answered thanks to its results achieved and lessons learned during the last two years of the project implementation.

What are the main challenges of the fashion sector

The CLOTH partnership reviewed its activities implemented during these last two years to draw up recommendations to EU Fashion clusters and SMEs. The consortium pointed out the main challenges of the sector (linked with sustainability and digitalisation) and listed tips for clusters and SMEs to face these challenges.

This document aims at addressing the current sector crisis due to the COVID-19 facilitating innovation, networking and new business opportunities from a cross-sectorial dimension.

Download the guideline of lessons learned & recommendations to Fashion clusters and SMEs


CLOTH project – CLuster Alliance fOr the Transition to green and digital fasHion – is a new alliance aiming to create a favorable ecosystem of relevant stakeholders, from a cross-sectoral perspective, promoting a greener, smarter and more competitive and innovative European Fashion industry.

The CLOTH project is an integrated cross-sectoral partnership with 5 partners from 5 European countries (Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark and France) working on different value chains: Fashion and Textile, circular economy, creative industry and Digital.

The CLOTH project is funded by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), under the powers delegated by the European Commission, COSME programme, call COS-CLUSTER-2020-3-03 / COS-CLUSTER-2020-3-03-1 (European Cluster Excellence Programme with ClusterXchange scheme connecting ecosystems and cities).

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You can find articles linked to this guideline on the partners’ websites and Linkedin pages:

To download our lessons learned and recommendations, you can use this link:  

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