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TEXWORLD USA – TEXTILE SOURCING + SEMINARS

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Texworld, produced by Lenzing and Messe Frankfurt, Inc. in partnership, is a bi-annual trade show for textiles, fabrics, accessories and more,. It’s also one of the world’s largest sourcing events for clothing fabric buyers, designers, research & product development specialist, merchandisers and overseas sourcing professionals. Trade shows like this are great opportunities to meet directly with a broad range of manufacturers from around the world and make face-to-face business deals and partnerships as well as discovering new developments in textiles and trends.
Texworld is starting this year’s second USA edition on July 22 and for three days will also be hosting a series of seminars that emerging designers can gain plenty of worthwhile benefit from thanks to the wealth of insider knowledge from experienced professionals. Of particular interest is a seminar on “How to Market Your Fashion Business in Today’s Cluttered World” presented by Melissa Hall, Founder & Creative Strategist of The Emerging Designer, for advice on how to stand out of the crowded scene with tactics and best practices. How Not to Start A Fashion Brand from Mercedes Gonzales, Director of Global Purchasing Companies, who has been consultant to emerging designers for 10 years and can help you navigate the common pitfalls he’s seen many young businesses experience.
In the previous edition, held in January, Ms Gonzales gave a presentation on the ABC’s of the Fashion Industry (skip to 03:09)

The seminars are complimentary and you don’t need to make a reservation, you will, however need to register for your trade show pass,
Visit the show’s website HERE

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The event will be held in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center :
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
10001-1188

The schedule for the seminars is as follows :

TUESDAY, JULY 22
11:00 AM
THE WHAT, WHERE AND HOW OF GARMENT PRODUCTION
Are your materials really what you ordered? Do you know where your product has been? Do you know how your product was really made? Do they meet government regulations? Join the panel to learn how to insure your product is made responsibly and in compliance with industry regulations.
Anne Gillespie, Director of Integrity, Textile Exchange
Dr. Sam Moore, Managing Director of Hohenstein Institute America
. Sandra Marquadt, Global Organic Textile Standard Representative in North America
Avedis Seferian, President & CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
Moderator: Dina Dunn, Founder and General Manager of Blink

12:30 PM
TEXWORLD TREND FOR FALL/WINTER 2015/2016 PRESENTATION
Louis and Gregory will share their inspiration for this year’s Texworld USA Trend Forum “IMPULSE.”
Providing an overview of the Trend Forum and details regarding each of the four color pallets: Spontaneus Attraction, Brutal Poetizing, Innocent Appropriation and Anonymous Qunitessence.
Louis Gerin and Gregory Lamaud, Texworld Art Directors

2:00 PM
MADE IN AMERICAS
Today’s market demands supply chain flexibility. Working in the Western hemisphere and especially the U.S.A removes constraints found in longer supply chains. Join our seminar to learn about supply chains in the Americas and find out about the benefits and rewards.
Julie Reiser, President & CEO, Made in USA Certified
Sylvia Reyes, Apparel and Textiles Director – USA, Proexport Colombia
Lucia de Sander, Marketing & Promotion Coordinator, Guatemala Apparel & Textile Association
Matthew Burnett,Co-Founder Maker’s Row
Moderator: Arthur Friedman, Senior Editor, Textiles and Trade, WWD

4:00 PM
TOOLS FOR TRANSPARENCY IN THE GLOBAL FASHION SUPPLY CHAIN
In 2014, fashion and textile sourcing involves a complex global network with increasing demand from consumers and businesses for transparency and accountability at each step. Thankfully, innovative startups are providing tools for designers and production managers to use to ensure responsible sourcing is possible and more convenient than ever, for companies large and small. Join this panel of visionary founders as they explain their unique tools’ contribution to a transparent supply chain.
Benita Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, Source4Style
Leonardo Bonanni, PhD, CEO, Founder, Sourcemap Inc.
Eve Blossom, Founder, Lulan Artisians and WE’VE
Pranay Srinivasan, Founder/CEO, Sourceasy
Moderator: Bob Bland, CEO and Founder Manufacture NY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
9:30 AM
HOW TO MARKET YOUR FASHION BUSINESS IN TODAY’S CLUTTERED WORLD
Marketing your fashion business is vital to your brand’s success. Learn about online and offline ideas that emerging fashion designers can use that will help break through the clutter. The presentation will include include examples, tactics and best practices that brands can execute.
Melissa Hall, Founder & Creative Strategist, The Emerging Designer

11:00 AM
SOURCING OUTSIDE CHINA
The world outside of China is big and has a lot to offer from a sourcing perspective. Join industry experts for a truly international look at the apparel supply chain. Learn about hidden gems that could change the itinerary for your next sourcing trip.
Rick Helfenbein, President, Luen Thai USA
Jeff Kreindell, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pearl Global USA, Ltd.
JC Mazingue, Apparel Trade Advisor, Origin Africa
Edward Hertzman, Founder and Publisher of Sourcing Journal Online

12:30 PM
DESIGN OPTIONS PRESENTS “FALL 2014, COLOR AND DESIGN” 
Design Options presents, “Fall 2014, Color and Design Elements that sell at retail!” We will review the colors and trends that will keep you ahead of the curve for the season. Use your creativity and imagination to create winning, out of the box color combinations each time. A free presentation flash drive will be given away to a lucky attendee!
Fran Sude, VP, Design Options

2:00 PM
PREFERRED FIBERS, MAKING THE RIGHT FIBER CHOICES
The market is on its way to a more sustainable future. To get there, brands need to choose the right raw materials. Join our panel to learn which fibers are preferred for their proven environmental credentials. You will leave this seminar with a new understanding of which fibers can take us to a better future and what you need to do to get us there.
Tricia Carey, Senior Marketing Manager, Lenzing
Pete Szanto Business Development Manager, Dupont Sorona
Robert P. Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah, Inc.
Moderator: Karla Magruder, Founder, Fabrikology International

4:00 PM
TEXTILE AND THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 
A discussion the FTC Rules on textile labeling and advertising, which include disclosure requirements regarding fiber content and country-of-origin; as well as the recent amendments to the Textile Rules effective on May 5, which update and clarify certain provisions, allow certain hang-tags that do not disclose a product’s full fiber content, and revise the text of continuing guaranties. The speakers will also summarize the requirements of the FTC’s separate rules addressing care labeling, wool products, and fur products.
Robert Frisby, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
11:00 AM
COLOR PORTFOLIO – FALL/WINTER 2015 COLOR AND TREND OVERVIEW FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN 
Explore the many apparel moods for the Fall/Winter season. The seminar will focus on trends, fabric direction, silhouettes, print and color direction for Men, Women, and Children. This seminar will prepare you for the new Fall/Winter 2015 design season.
Carol Meek, President & Creative Director, Color Portfolio

12:30 PM
THE FUTURE IS NOW: NEW GAMES AND NEW RULES
Gaining market share, the drivers impacting tomorrow’s apparel industry, A discussion of industry topics including:
• Conscious consumerism: The growing demand for more transparency, social responsibility.
• Intersection of Fashion and Technology: E-commerce, brand launching, sustainable manufacturing and applying data analytics
• Fortune 500 & Start-ups: Innovators (start-ups) and mentors (Fortune 500)- a dialogue for growth.
Maxine Bédat, Co-Founder, Zady
Liz Bacelar, Founder CEO, Decoded Fashion
Julia Straus, Director of Partnerships, BaubleBar
Moderator: Manuela Fassbender, Founding Partner/Creative Director, MBF Trend Consulting, Inc.

2:00 PM
HOW NOT TO START A FASHION BRAND 
After almost 10 years of consulting emerging designers Mercedes Gonzalez has come up with the 5 top common mistakes that new designers make that will put them out of business before they even get started. Learn how to avoid these mistakes and how.
Mercedes Gonzales, Director, Global Purchasing Companies

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