Vakko ESMOD Fashion Academy

Coats meets the future talents of fashion with Vakko ESMOD

  • 12 Aug 2021

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer, has sponsored a design competition for second year students on the Fashion Design and Creation Diploma Programme at Vakko ESMOD Fashion Academy.

It formed part of a long standing collaboration with Turkey’s leading fashion school which is based in Istanbul.

A total of 22 Vakko ESMOD Fashion Academy students used sustainable materials in their ‘casualwear’ themed design projects and presented them to the jury, which included experienced fashion industry tutors alongside Coats representatives. During the full day of judging, the designs of students were scored with a particular focus on fabric, pattern and sewing stages, giving the future fashion designers valuable experience of presenting their creations to the industry. The creators of the top three designs were presented with a sewing machine and professional drawing pens from Coats at the competition which took place in July.

Halil Demir, Regional Technical Services Manager, EMEA, Coats, who was one of the judges, said: ‘It is great to see the talent of the students and provide them with a platform to showcase their creativity to industry representatives – who may even be their future customers.’

Coats maintains close relationships with fashion schools through initiatives such as design competitions, sponsorships and innovation workshops in order to support the development of creative and successful talent which will shape the future of the sector.


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Notes to Editors

About Coats

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread company. At home in some 50 countries, Coats has a workforce of 17,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2020 were US$1.2bn.

The pioneering history and innovative culture of Coats ensure the company leads the way around the world. It provides complementary and value-added products, services and software solutions to the apparel and footwear industries. It applies innovative techniques to develop high technology Performance Materials threads, yarns, fabrics and composites in areas like personal protection, telecoms, energy, transportation, and household and recreation.

Headquartered in the UK, Coats is a FTSE 250 company, a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series, a participant in the UN Global Compact and a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It has also committed to developing a long-term target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the highest level of ambition on climate under the Science Based Target initiative.

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About Vakko ESMOD Fashion Academy

Established in 1841 in Paris, ESMOD is the world’s first fashion school. Making a difference around the world with its world-class education programs that encompass all professions in fashion, ESMOD presents certificate programs in styling, fashion management, branding, fashion buying, accessory design and style consultancy in addition to fashion design training in its collaborative training programs with Vakko in Istanbul.

Embracing fashion as a way of life and aiming to educate brand-conscious creatives who are up-to-date with design culture in Turkey, Vakko ESMOD Fashion Academy works closely with the industry to introduce its students to the business world from day one, aiming to prepare them for their careers in fashion as successful professionals who follow the developments in the industry closely, correctly evaluate client requirements and lead their brands on a path to success.