BE SUSTAINABLE! Fashion Summit, the largest event dedicated to the development of sustainable fashion in Ukraine, took place online on February 7, 2021, during Ukrainian Fashion Week No Season 2021. BE SUSTAINABLE! Fashion Summit is a professional international event aimed at increasing the level of expertise of Ukrainian professionals working in the field of design and production of clothing.


This year, BE SUSTAINABLE! Fashion Summit was supported by the U.S. Government Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program – Education, Culture, and Youth 2020-2021.BE SUSTAINABLE! Fashion Summit is organized by Ukrainian Fashion Council within the official program of Ukrainian Fashion Week.

The topic of the third BE SUSTAINABLE! Fashion Summit was “Digital Innovations and Sustainability.”

Despite the pandemic and difficulties in organizing large-scale events, BE SUSTAINABLE! Fashion Summit expanded its formats and level of international expertise. The team launches two summit panels at once: Ukrainian and international.


The summit was opened by welcome words by Daria Marusyk, head of communications and sustainability at Ukrainian Fashion Week, project lead of BE SUSTAINABLE! and Olena Koltyk, director of the Department of Waste Management and Environmental Safety of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources. Among the invited speakers are:


  • Patrick Duffy, founder of Global Fashion Exchange and co-founder of The Swapchain and Circular Fashion Summit. The topic of Patrick’s speech was digital utopia, and how global digitalization is affecting the expansion of the conscious community.
  • Paula Vega Tagle, founding partner and global partnerships manager at Circular Fashion Summit, Alexia Planas Lee, founding partner and head of impact design and innovation hub at Circular Fashion Summit, were speaking about the digitized and connected circular fashion system.
  • Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution
  • Julia Weems, Fashion School Director at IED Barcelona Escola Superior de Dissen
  • Maria Ortynska, trademark & patent attorney, CEO of Patent Law Company IPStyle
  • Kateryna Byakova and Maxim Golub, founders of FINCH brand
  • Dmitry Kornilov, CEO of
  • Vadym Sydoruk, general manager of DHL Express Ukraine.


The summit will also include a panel discussion of tech-startups by Sector X.
The speakers will focus on the current topics of digital fashion transformation and implementation of digital solutions to create a responsible industry of the future.


Moderators were Anna Tyan, Head of Communications in Sector X, and Vyacheslav Mayakin, Head of Patrnerships in Sector X, together with participants Kateryna Halych, Head of Sales, 3DLook, and Halyna Orekhovska, co-founder and Head of Product in 4comfortshoes, discussed the terms adaptation of the fashion market to the new reality through technology.