UFE operates around three complementary strands of work

As main supranational body, UFE will be a central actor in connecting and linking the different beneficiaries at an international level, igniting joint projects. One of the main roles of the network will therefore be that of facilitator and collaborator, bringing the different stakeholders in Europe together in order to meet, to explore each other`s activities and challenges, and to discuss common activities or themes.

Moreover, the better interconnected the members are, the more exchange there is and the more leverage power the complete network will have.

Capacity Building

Another role of the network is that of capacity-builder, contributing to the development and sustainability of the fashion business value chain in particular and the creative and culture sector in general. It will do this by acquiring and offering knowledge, expertise, skills and know-how.

We see ourselves as having an important role in informing and educating through research, training, awareness-raising, data collection and organising public forums. The acquired knowledge can serve innovation, communication and advocacy purposes, and in the long term can be utilized to work towards intersectoral and cross-disciplinary exchange.

Advocacy and Representation

As a European association, UFE gathers and is able to reach out to stakeholders all over the continent, without pursuing any commercial or business interests of its own. It is therefore the most logical structure to represent its members and take on an advocacy role towards the different target groups at a transnational level. As such, it can exert the leverage power a network of members has.

In general, the network will function as a promoter of the culture and creative sector and their contribution to society, besides promoting the fashion business value chain, its visibility, development and accessibility.

What UFE does
  • Ensure capacity building and knowledge exchange within the sector and beyond
  • Nurture creativity and creative expression
  • Promote the cultural sector and creative industries
  • Initiate and foster transversal collaboration and international mobility of professionals
  • Offer transnational networking opportunities
  • Create a meeting place and a reference point
  • Inform its members, the sector at large and other relevant stakeholders about transnational topical issues in the fashion industry
  • Develop research and training opportunities
  • Take on an intermediary role among its members
  • Facilitate members to voice their opinion, concerns and interests within the network and beyond
  • Allow for effective and transparent governance
  • Represent the sector at an international level and vis-à-vis the cultural sector, creative industries and other relevant disciplines and industries
  • Take on an advocacy role at a transnational level