Hall #5

Be inspired & create future - the KEYHOUSE (hall 5) is the innovation hub and competence center for the textile industry presenting future-oriented and business-related concepts with a highly innovative approach in a concentrated manner. This interactive trade fair format forms a backdrop for smart textiles, future fabrics and technologies with a high degree of integration in textile products and high fashion. Pioneering showcases, sustainability, new technologies and value creation processes are put in a spotlight in the context of cross-sector macro trends, rounded off by expert workshops and seminars on trends, technology, finishing and research.




„The organisers have managed to create an inspiring setting at KEYHOUSE that links two mega trends. One driver is sportswear and the other technology. Both together sketch out the future path for the fashion and textile industry. The participative and interactive concept of this new unique hall gives these developments a further push.”
Pierre-Henry Servajean, Bolid'ster



Set against the backdrop of the KEYHOUSE, a fashion tech space is launched as walk-in wardrobe, to bring fashion technology to the next level – with real and perceptible ready-to-wear smart products. The Wardrobe of The Future closes the loop from first prototypes and showcases to final consumer products of brands that have successfully merged fashion with technology. In close partnership with FashNerd.com, you can experience perceptible fashion tech items as part of your future wardrobe. 




„Fashion has always been a hotbed for innovation, and this why ‘the wardrobe of the future’ has been something that I have wanted to do for a long while. I guess you could say that it has always been an ambition of mine to bring fashion technology to the masses, in the hopes of giving people a better understanding of how technology is being used as a tool by various fashion-forward labels and startups. We are working with Emel + Aris, Wearable X, Thesis Couture, Perflex, Lorna & Bel, Cute Circuit and iNDUO to name a few.“ 
Muchaneta Kapfunde, Co-Founder of FashNerd.com




„The Wardrobe of the Future will be about empowering the human experience not just through personalisation but also through technologies that surprise and delight. Unlike technology, there is no “one ring to rule them all” in fashion, it is the coordination and curation of tones, colours, textures, shapes and silhouettes that allows the wearer to play with their experience. Now for the first time, this will include technology that helps you feel.“ 
Billie Whitehouse, Founder of Wearable X

Next Tex

Discover the latest technological textile innovations at the Next Tex showcase by Sourcebook and MFS. The themes for this edition are: How Cloud Computing is streamlining the supply chain and product development process with Triple Tree Solutions and the DMIx Cloud for smarter, faster, more transparent results, while KC Textil and Lunative Lab upgrade your clothes with wearable tech components, how Recyc Leather proves that recycled leather is just as good– if not better – than the real thing, and the Printcubator: the digital textile printing service with a minimum order of two metres. The hand-picked selection of exhibitors will present their trailblazing products and concepts within the dedicated space.



Sourcebook – the online professional networking platform for the textile industry – presents in partnership with Munich Fabric Start, their fourth Next Tex innovations showcase in the Keyhouse. The three themes for this edition are: E-Textiles, BioTech and Advanced Manufacturing. The hand-picked selection of exhibitors – from established companies to startups and R&D projects – will each present their innovative products, concepts and prototypes at individual stands within the dedicated 250 sqm Next Tex zone. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a press lounge in collaboration with fashion technology digital news site FashNerd.com, guided tours, presentations and workshops.



What might the future of the textile sector look like? Where could new material innovations, dyeing methods, circular processes and a collaborative business approach take us? For four seasons now the forward-looking Sustainable Innovations Showcases have been presenting pioneering concepts with a highly innovative feel in a gallery-like setting. And again for this edition: the Showcases “Re:alive”, “Re:colour” and “Re:define” inspire and motivate material experts to think and act sustainably. Think about Ceramics that become textiles, pine bark being transformed into an alternative to leather, dyeing processes with bacteria or organic materials as by-products from food production that are given a second life.




„What I have observed is that more and more designers are taking a holistic approach rather than focusing on just one small area. They are starting to ask questions about the value chain and as a result develop ideas on how the system behind the products can be made smarter, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. I think we have entered an era where it is important and increasingly possible to link different disciplines – regardless of whether it is architecture, automotive, outdoor or healthcare sectors.“ 




„I called my project „The Meat Factory“ hinting at the massive food and especially meat industry that constructs and deconstructs living beings, recoloring meat and do selective breeding.“ 
Shahar Livne, The Meat Factory



Product innovations of the latest generation come care of the forum of the HighTex Award, MUNICH FARBIC START’s innovation prize, presenting a selection of currently the most innovative fabrics and additionals at Keyhouse. The HighTex Award Forum makes it possible in the Here and Now to experience a part of the future with innovations in the following categories: High-Tex, Technology, Smart Fibres, Sustainability, Resource Efficiency, Finishing, Special Finishes, Functionality, Health and Circular Processes. Other criteria involved here look at process feasibility and marketability.




„This proves how MUNICH FABRIC START supports and honours the great and often cost-intensive commitment of innovative and creative companies in cooperation with innovative brands to trigger new and future-oriented product impulses. “ 
Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director MUNICH FABRIC START