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Bulgarian Fashion Association

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 27 September, 2019
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Североизточен (Severoiztochen)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Please Specify: 
Recognized Cluster from Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Be Global Fashion Network
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Silvia
Kabaivanova
Cluster Manager
+359898272161
silvia@bgfa.eu
Female
Dean
Manev
Internationalisation Responsible
+359896220346
dean.manev@bgfa.eu
Male
Milen
Dobrev
Internationalisation Responsible
+359889422199
mdobrev@rcci.bg
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Italian
Russian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Apparel
Textile Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
E-Publishing, Digital Content
Creative services
S3 EU priority areas: 
Creative, arts & entertainment activities
E-Commerce & SMEs online
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
53
Number of SME members: 
47
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Fashion.bg
SME
Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Research Organisation
Varna Free University – Department of Art
University
Business and Innovation Centre Innobridge
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Bulgarian Fashion Association is a network organization that connects companies from the clothing, textiles, business and IT sectors, cooperating for achieving digitization, sustainability, innovation and circular economy in the fashion industry.

Bulgarian Fashion Association’s mission is to support the fashion industry in Bulgaria and to integrate it in the European value chain through partnerships with other European organizations in the field of fashion and sustainability, innovations, R&D. We are creating cooperation with leading fashion and technology clusters in Europe in order to boost the competitiveness of SMEs in the European Fashion sector, to support Made in Europe Fashion Design and to help the European Industrial Renaissance.

BFA seeks to build strong competences and form strategic alliances in the following areas:

- Help the creation of innovative and sustainable products with the use of advanced textile materials;

- Advanced digitized manufacturing to enhance productivity and industry modernization;

- Circular economy and resource efficiency;

- Personalization in clothing production.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to technology services
Periodic Information dissemination
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

Bulgarian Fashion Association offers services for promotion of Bulgarian Fashion in Europe and in third countries.

Internationalization services provide companies with the opportunity to expand and grow in the global market.

BFA helps companies to find customers interested in their products and services around the world organizing business missions, participation and attendance to fairs, provision of market information and guidance, online promotion as well as technical and legal advice.

BFA fosters collaboration between research centers, universities and other partners in order to support the creation of new products and services and find new market opportunities.

We are working on promoting European fashion and the European fashion industry and to help in the process of digitalization, sustainability and competitiveness.

BFA develops training initiatives for new professionals.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Japan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Germany
Italy
Romania
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Bulgarian Fashion Association presented the products of 8 Bulgarian fashion producers at White Label World Expo in London, UK in November 2019.

BFA presented Bulgarian fashion producers at TexTailor Expo in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in November 2019.

BFA is invited and will present Bulgarian fashion producers at White Label World Expo in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2020.

BFA met the organizers of Modexpo, Bucharest, Romania and discussed the possible participation at the fair.

We are also partnering with White Label Expo Las Vegas, USA and BFA is presented on their web site.

Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Bulgarian Fashion Association is a fast growing cluster with a good network coverage and a strong focus on digitisation, sustainability and innovation. We are creating cooperation with leading fashion and technology clusters in Europe in order to boost the competitiveness of SMEs in the European Fashion sector, to support Made in Europe Fashion Design and to help the European Industrial Renaissance.