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Summer 2017 Seminar Series to feature expert speaker panels and industry hot topics including consumer purchasing patterns, Duty-Free trade, performance fibers, sustainability, A/W 2018 fabric trends, and more

Jun 20, 2017

Texworld USA Floor Sessions return with 3 days of discussions organized by StartUp FASHION and Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

New Industry Roundtables programming to debut with a focus on recycling and sustainability

Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA and the highly anticipated digital-printing focused trade event, Avanprint USA, are pleased to announce the educational series topics and speaker lineup for Summer 2017. Focusing on industry hot topics like duty-free trade, color and fabric trends, sustainability, and performance fibers and textiles, the Texworld USA Summer 2017 Seminar Series promises to be the most comprehensive educational offering to-date.  

"Tricia Carey and the entire Lenzing Fibers team have organized a series of topics and speaker panels that will appeal to all levels of the industry – everyone from startup designers to seasoned industry veterans will be able to take advantage of our educational opportunities this summer." said Jennifer Bacon, Show Director, Messe Frankfurt North America. "Additionally, our returning Texworld USA Floor Sessions will ensure that even those strapped for time will have the chance to pop into one or more of our more casual expert discussions right on the show floor."

Texworld USA July 2017 Seminar Series highlights include:

Fashion 101: How to Start a Fashion Line
Mercedes Gonzales – Founder, Global Purchasing Companies

This workshop is geared towards helping the new fashion designer, production person, and even retailer who wants to start their own private label line. Learn from this practical and insightful crash course on how business is really done.

Shifting Consumer Purchasing Patterns Spell Opportunity for the Nimble Retailer
Judith A. Russell - Global Marketing Strategist, Nilit America
Bob McGee - Formula4 Media, LLC & Sports Insight Extra

The apparel industry is undergoing the most dramatic transformation since the beginning of organized retail. Baby boomers are downsizing. Younger consumers are more knowledgeable and demanding than any demographic in history. Traditional retailers can't seem to stop the decline in brick and mortar traffic. And yet, amid all the turbulence rises opportunity!

Sustainability - Water Use, Conservation & Pollution
Tricia Carey – Director of Global Business Development – Denim, Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
Jeff Wilson - Director Business Value Strategy & Development, Textile Exchange
John Mowbray – Founder & Director, EcoTextile News / MCL News & Media
Tara St. James – Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Fresh from hosting Planet Textiles Summit in India where water availability, water conservation and wastewater pollution were at the top of the agenda, John Mowbray, Founder and Director of MCL News & Media, which publishes Ecotextile News, considers how our industry should change its approach to a key resource that sustains all life on Earth.

Where Are the Duty-Free Opportunities and What Can We Expect for Trade Under the Trump Administration?
Gail Strickler – President of Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC

Now that the Trump administration has formally removed the U.S. from the TPP agreement and threatened to remove us from or renegotiate NAFTA where are the remaining opportunities for duty-free sourcing and what can we expect? How does this effect global sourcing among small companies and enterprises as well as multinational brands? Understanding the scope of trade agreements and its effects on global commerce, e-commerce and intellectual property.

Performance & Preferred Fibers
Kate Black – Founder, Magnifeco
Tricia Carey – Director of Global Business Development, Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
David Sasso – Vice President of Sales, Samil Spinning Co. & BUHLER Yarns                                 
Joel Furey – Chief Commerical Officer, Noble Bio Materials

The apparel industry creates a significant environmental footprint in the clothing lifecycle. As consumers become aware of this reality, they are increasingly demanding products produced from sustainable resources with minimum environmental impact. Learn more about the impact of performance and preferred fiber materials to improve sustainability in the apparel industry.

As always, all Texworld USA Seminar Series sessions are complimentary for all registered Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA showgoers. Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Additionally, the Texworld USA Floor Sessions will return to the show floor in July 2017 after a successful debut during the winter 2017 season. These discussion series have been designed to provide attendees at all levels of the industry with the opportunity to discuss topics of interest with their peers in a more intimate setting. Three distinct series of discussions led by industry leaders will tackle topics such as performance fabrics and innovations, growing an independent fashion brand, and sustainability.

Texworld USA July 2017 Floor Session Series Include:

Textile Talks
Organized by Lenzing Innovation

Join Lenzing Innovation, Ecotextile News, MintModa and Le Souk on the show floor for a series of intimate Textile Talks aimed at tackling timely topics of trend forecasting, sustainability in textiles, and sourcing options through the Le Souk marketplace.

StartUp FASHION Independent Designer Discussions
Organized by StartUp FASHION

Hosted by StartUp FASHION founder, Nicole Giordano, the StartUp FASHION Independent Designer Discussions have been designed specifically for independent designers and startup brands looking for more insight into growing their young fashion brands through branding, PR and consumer research.

Performance Pitches
Organized by Texworld USA

Join a select group of Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA exhibitors for a series of 5 minute quick-pitches on the show floor. Find out more about their newest or most innovative products and manufacturing services for all high performance apparel and active wear applications.

Finally, a brand new series of Industry Roundtables will debut alongside the already robust educational offering for Summer 2017. On Monday, July 17th, a series of 3 roundtables organized by Textile Exchange will round out the sustainability focus, while an independent-designer focused roundtable session led by StartUP FASHION will take place on Tuesday, July 18th.

Seating and participation at each Industry Roundtable will be first-come-first-serve with a max capacity of 30 people per session, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure their seat.

New Industry Roundtables Topics:

Fiber and Materials: Post-Consumer Recycled Fibers:  Where Are We Today?  What's the Outlook for Tomorrow?
Organized by Textile Exchange

Hosted by Jeff Wilson - Director Business Value Strategy & Development, Textile Exchange
Isaac Nichelson – Recover Fabrics

For the foreseeable future, our industry will continue to take, make, use and dispose of products crafted from the 3 primary fiber categories that represent roughly 98% of global textile fabrication:  cotton, synthetics (mostly polyester) and man-made cellulosics. Hear from experts as to what they're doing today to reduce environmental and social impacts with post-consumer content in each of these categories.

TE Recycled Standards: Challenges and Opportunities in Traceability with Post-Consumer Recycled Textiles
Organized by Textile Exchange

Hosted by Ashley Gill – Standards Business Development Manager, Textile Exchange

This is a relatively new area of work for traceability in these fibers. Learn from Textile Exchange's Ashley Gill how the Textile Exchange's Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) can be utilized to help you manage credibility and verification of these materials as they move through production and out to the consumer market.

Post-Consumer Textile Collections: Where Are We With Municipal Collections and What's Needed From Here On Out?
Organized by Textile Exchange

Hosted by Jeff Wilson - Director Business Value Strategy & Development, Textile Exchange
Adam Winfield – Founder, Simple Recycling
Cara Smyth – Glasgow Caledonia University
Marisa Adler –

The increasingly recognized "elephant in the room" plaguing our industry is the woefully dismal 85% post-consumer textile material that ends up in landfills or incineration.  We simply have to do better... but how? Existing models of collections and processing, especially at the municipal/urban level, are not working, otherwise we'd have made more of an impact.  We need solutions that scale at the municipal level, where the material is available, to really impact transformation.  Hear from several professionals dedicated to better understanding what solutions we need to work towards and what we need to do to get there.

Conquering the Production Process as an Independent or Emerging Brand
Organized by StartUP FASHION

Hosted by Nicole Giordano – Founder, StartUP FASHION
Tara St. James - Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
Shannon Lohr – Founder, Factory45
Liz Long – Founder, Learn to Launch a Product

Join StartUp FASHION and industry experts for a discussion on the challenges of low minimum sourcing, small batch production, and how emerging and independent designers can overcome these issues to launch successful brands.  

Texworld USA Floor Sessions and Industry Roundtables are open to all registered Texworld USA, Avanprint USA, Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo attendees. Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more information about the Texworld USA Seminar Series or the new Texworld USA Floor Sessions, please visit and

About Texworld USA
Texworld USA is the premier sourcing event on the East Coast for apparel fabric buyers, research and product development specialists, designers, merchandisers and overseas sourcing professionals. This international business platform offers a wide product range covering the entire fabric spectrum. From casual cotton to function fabrics and sophisticated knits to intricate laces, season-to-season attendees discover textiles of innovative structures, material mixes and surprising color palettes. For more information, please visit

About Apparel Sourcing USA
As a long-term join venture partnership between Messe Frankfurt and CCPIT-Tex, Apparelsourcing USA offers apparel brands, retailers, wholesalers and independent design firms a dedicated sourcing marketplace for finding the best international apparel manufacturers. As the only event on the East Coast to focus on finished apparel, contract manucaturing and private label development, the show provides attendees direct access to suppliers specializing in ready-to-wear for men, women, children and accessories. For more information, please visit

About Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers, generating around €645* million in sales and employing 2,297* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 40 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 132* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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