Insights for decision-makers: Point 2022-23 with Yann Revoulin, President of the French Federation of Women's Ready-to-Wear

Insights for decision-makers: Point 2022-23 with Yann Revoulin, President of the French Federation of Women’s Ready-to-Wear

To kick off 2023, asked fashion and luxury industry leaders to share their feelings about the just-ended 2022, as well as their fears and hopes for 2023. Today, Yann Revualan’s look.

Co-founder of The Other store, which since 2008 has carried out e-commerce operations for several fashion brands (since renamed The OZ) and since 2021 of the training company Everywhere Anytime, Yann Rivoallan in 2022 was President of the French Federation of Women Ready-to-Wear. It retains since last year the flexibility of the sector and the adaptability of organizations but also innovations in the field of artificial intelligence.

Jan Revualan is the President of FFPAPF – DR What was the highlight of 2022 for you? And why?

Jan Revualan: I remember three: the war in Ukraine. Terror at the gates of Europe. We have forgotten that war can take place very soon; 2022, the hottest year. Climate change has become our daily life. The most exciting innovation for five years with artificial intelligence developed by ChatGPT. Another world has just been created.

FNW: In your organization what is the main reason for satisfaction?

year: The flexibility of brands and manufacturers is awesome. They adapt daily to all crises. Covid, digital transformation, environmental responsibility, record inflation, employment complexity. For 3 years, they have been massively bullied yet they are fighting back, reinventing themselves and innovating while respecting the planet and the people.

Within FFPAPF, I have seen how teams manage to integrate with fast new methods of organizing work in service of brands and I am happy! In this way, we will be able to intensify our support for the companies we represent.

FNW: What designer, runway, product, or campaign featured you this year?

year: It’s hard to name just one! What I often notice is that our brands are speeding up their environmental actions. At the top of the list, I’m thinking of Patagonia, whose founder bequeathed his company to an NGO committed to fighting global warming. But we must not forget two big victories: De Bonne Factory and Patine who have just been rated B Corp with excellent ratings!

I could also mention Ba & sh, a true role model in terms of personalities and commitment, mention Avnier’s explosion, the innovations associated with the French know-how of Royal Mer, the energy of the founders of Tomo Clothing, or Loom’s commitment.

FNW: Which sustainable or social initiative/innovation did you choose?

year: France is full of exemplary CSR initiatives! For 3 years, Paris Good Fashion has combined a very large ecosystem and has already implemented very strong actions to accelerate our sector towards more sustainable, more local and more transparent practices. In the region, I recently visited the FASK Academy, which was set up by our Director, Jocelyn Meyer. This free school allows young people from the PACA region to learn trades in the textile industry in two years.

FNW: Personally, what made you smile in 2022?

year: Everyone’s smiles, which can be seen because we no longer have to wear a mask. It’s great to be in a country that was able to get vaccinated and get out of the pandemic so quickly.

FNW: In 2023, what is the main challenge awaiting the sector for you?

year: To prove that sobriety can go hand in hand with profitability, and that we can now consume less and better. I am convinced that our entrepreneurs can reconcile economic success with a world where everyone can live in harmony with their environment. Brands such as Loom, which built a robust and efficient model on social and environmental foundations, or Resilience, which was born during the Covid crisis and created a network of 60 clothing workshops operating in the social and solidarity economy, are examples of this development.

FNW: For the union?

year: Accelerate our digitization to make our support more effective. I can’t tell you anything but something big will come out in this area in 2023!

FNW: What’s your fashion wish for this new year?

year: Accelerating awareness to create, manufacture and consume better fashion.

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