The future is shaped here
Our aim is to become Europe’s leading Science Park for textile and fashion
The Textile Fashion Center brings business and academia together with everyone who is interested in helping develop tomorrow’s Swedish textile and fashion direction. It forms a creative lifestyle collective that through entrepreneurship and innovation moves perceived traditions outside their comfort zones, expands the industry’s visions and builds bridges between generations.
It attracts people from near and far, people who want to discover emerging trends and ideas and who want to stay and absorb all that is new. Here inspiration comes from art, design technology, technological achievements, culture and culinary delicacies in a vibrant environment that both embraces and has a lasting impact.
New ideas are born in a continuous process of innovation that leaves an indelible impression.
The noise from the textile industry’s machinery died down a long time ago in the old factory premises at Simonsland. The old buildings still remain – the dye-works, the weaving mill, the sewing factory and spinning mill – but what’s inside them is new, creating a solid foundation for the future of Borås.
The legacy from its textile industry is buried deep inside Borås’s soul and has truly shaped the city’s development. In an area that served as the home of textile production for almost a century, we now find a meeting-place for creative operations in the fields of fashion, textile and design: the Textile Fashion Center. A creative hub embracing science, culture, innovation and business, primarily in the sphere of textiles but also in related areas.
The Textile Fashion Center houses a number of independent operations joined together to create a textile cluster. It is a unified hub consisting of companies, research institutes, academia, and organisations that support innovation and business development. Three main partners form the core of the hub’s operation, and their interaction takes the form of a triple helix: the City of Borås, Borås University, and the Sjuhärad business association. The basic idea is that creative processes come into their own in the interaction between municipality and society, company and academia – a concept for success that is renowned the world over. In Borås we spice up this approach in a unique way with culture, with the Textile Museum serving as an important cornerstone that attracts visitors to the Textile Fashion Center.
This is a place quite unlike other clusters thanks to its unique environment and its unique concept. Here, free thinking is blended with in-depth knowhow and top-quality research so that entrepreneurship can grow with confidence and integrity. It offers potential for new business, companies, products and research results, as well as for higher education and broad-based cooperation between culture and academia owing to close physical proximity.
In 2006 the premises were acquired by privately owned real estate company Kanico. The plans for the property were fairly obvious: the focus would be on textiles. The Swedish School of Textiles was overcrowded in its premises in Algotshuset on the other side of the city’s downtown area. Kanico put forward a proposal focusing on purpose-built premises alongside the rest of the university faculty. The City of Borås agreed to add a variety of other disciplines in the fields of textile and fashion under the municipal umbrella, including the Textile Museum. Marketplace Borås, an economic association whose mission is to strengthen the Sjuhärad area’s position in the fields of fashion, textile and design, was founded and located in the Textile Fashion Center to serve as the link between City Hall and the business sector.
The idea behind the Textile Fashion Center
In 2011 a cooperative agreement was signed between Kanico, Borås University and the City of Borås. In March the same year ground was broken at the site and in August 2013 the first tenants moved in. May 2014 saw the inauguration of the Textile Fashion Center. The Textile Museum opened in its new premises, the Fashion Gallery threw open its doors to end-customers and the public was invited to experience the Textile Fashion Center. This signalled the start of a year packed with conferences, events, exhibitions, design competitions, exciting student projects, new companies and amazing innovations.
The section below shows a few photos from the 2014 inauguration.