Sourcing for a fashion brand can have so many options it feels like a nightmare to navigate. Each collection demands countless fabric appointments to sift through unending swatches to find the perfect match. Well if you can get yourself to New York City July 23rd - 25th, Texworld USA is a show you do not want to miss. With over 500 exhibitors from 12 different countries, you can come to discover upcoming fabric trends, new sustainability options, and get all your appointments done in one day (or three). But if you really want to get the most out of your time at the Javits Center, mark your calendar for some of the incredible seminars Texworld USA has organized to educate and equip you to run a stronger, better business. Here are the 10 must-see seminars for the Texworld USA July 2018 show.
How to Create a Sustainable Supply Chain
July 23rd at 11am in Hall E (Textile Talk Stage) - Learn how the Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator helps emerging designers build sustainable companies and explore new research that is connecting sustainability and technology.
Making Sustainability Easy
July 23rd at 2pm in Hall E (Textile Talk Stage) - Learn about sustainable apparel manufacturing with Marci Zaroff. Marci built a network of US based and international factories capable of producing garments and accessories for the eco-conscious designer. Marci will provide her insights and expertise in choosing the right manufacturing partners.
Global Sourcing - Successfully Navigating Sourcing in The Americas, Bangladesh, India, and Korea
July 23rd at 3pm in Hall 1E/Room 1E03 - What's your global sourcing strategy? Learn how you can optimize your sourcing efforts in 2018. This session will tackle the challenges and opportunities in various countries. How sourcing hubs are responding to sustainability, changing their infrastructure and addressing ethical and sustainability standards.
Sheets, Towels, Tariffs, and Trade: What it All Means for the Global Home Textiles Market in 2018 and Beyond
July 24th at 11:30am in Hall 1E/Room 1E04 - Changing international trade policies as well as a shifting in sourcing models for exporters and importers alike are disrupting the global home textiles market. This presentation will look at the impact on key sourcing countries like China, India, and Pakistan as well as in Europe and how American retailers and wholesalers may change their strategies, including the possibility of the return of domestic manufacturing in the US.
Managing the Sustainability Process Within an Apparel Brand
July 24th at 12pm in Hall E (Textile Talk Stage) - Sustainability Manager Katrina Boutis from Loomstate will discuss how a sustainability manager in an apparel brand manages the supply chain and specifically how she interfaces with partners in design, production, and other leaders in the company.
Riverblue Film Screening
July 24th at 1pm in Hall 1E/Room 1E03 - Can fashion save the planet? Through awareness, we evolve. Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, RIVERBLUE spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world's most polluting industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter, Jason Priestly, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.
Microplastics: The Hidden Problem with Microfibers
July 24th at 3pm in Hall 1E/Room 1E03 - The panel will examine the subject of microplastics, which has been linked to a number of plastic products. Recently, the subject of microfibers has come into the spotlight as research has shown discharge from washing synthetic fiber garments contributes to waste water pollution. Legislation is pending in at least two states that would require companies to warn consumers that synthetic fiber garments shed microfibers when washed. The Hohenstein Institute has a study underway that applies technology and testing methods to microplastics in industrial laundry effluents.
Textile Agroforestry: Fibers and Fabrics that Regenerate the Amazon Rainforest
July 24th at 3:30pm in Hall E (Textile Talk Stage) - Join Beto Bina, Co-Founder of FarFarm, as he discusses agroforestry and it's management system that mimics nature, designed to make species collaborate with each other. FarFarm is a startup that is developing textile agroforestry in the Brazilian Amazon, growing natural fibers as cotton, jute, rami, banana, and pineapple without the use of chemicals, while keeping a standing forest and a fair social development.
Explore the Floor: Ethical Apparel Sourcing
July 24th at 2pm in Hall 1B (Apparel Cafe) - Join Jessica Kelly, Founder of THR3EFOLD, for a guided tour of garment manufacturers who are committed to ethical sourcing.
How Apparel Can Advance the Sustainable Development Goals
July 25th at 11:30am in Hall1E/Room 1E04 - Sustainable development is a driver for economic growth for the apparel and textile industries. This panel will present key insights from a new report released by KPMG and Textile Exchange on industry engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals, including the supporting business case and growth opportunities along with case studies from apparel, retail, and textile brands. The benefits of how this framework has been used by brands as a common language to address supply chain risks will also be discussed.
Registration is free and easy so click below, mark your calendar, and don't forget your notebook. It's going to be a tidal wave of knowledge coming at you. See you there.