The CFE partnered with IFM Paris (the Institut Français de la Mode) to launch a pan-European project called WORTH.
Inspired by the designer Charles F. Worth (a pioneer in haute couture) and supported by the European Commission, the WORTH project brought together designers and businesses (including manufacturers, retailers and technology companies) in the fashion, textiles, jewellery, footwear, eyewear, furniture and leather industries, from different EU member states (and other CIP participating countries), to create innovative new products.
Project partners were supported in developing products, defining their market positioning, exhibiting products at trade fairs and exhibitions, and organising IP rights management. Coaching and strategic advice were also provided.
WORTH aimed to:
- create exciting opportunities for new product development
- support designers in adopting new techniques
- broker new partnerships between manufacturers, artisans and designers
- broaden production horizons through contemporary design and technologies.