July 22 – 24, 2019 Javits Center, NYC REGISTER NOW

Summer 2019 Education Program

All seminars, textile talks and explore the floor tours are complimentary and are on a first-come, first served basis. 

*Schedule and speakers subject to change without prior notice.

All Sessions by Date

Time Session   Location Session Type
10:30:AM Opening   Seminar Room Fashionsustain
10:45 AM Mini Keynote   Seminar Room Fashionsustain
11:00 AM Transparency and Traceability: Challenges Facing Major Brands?   Seminar Room Fashionsustain
11:00 AM The Hard Facts About the Soft Home Textiles Business in America     Home Textile Talks
12:30 PM Tour of Resource Row   Booth A59 Explore the Floor
1:30 PM Discussing Circular Solutions   Seminar Room Fashionsustain
3:30 PM Explore the Floor of Sustainable Exhibitors in Textiles, Apparel & Home   Seminar Room Explore the Floor
Time Session   Location Session Type
10:00 AM Reshaping of the Textile Supply Chain - Is it Sustainable     Home Textile Talks
10:00 AM “REENCHANTED" - Autumn/Winter 2020-21 Trend Inspiration Presentation for the upcoming Season   Seminar Room Seminar Series Organized by Lenzing Fibers
11:00 AM Fabric Trend Forum Tour   Fabric Forum Area Explore the Floor
11:30 AM From Launch to Growth:  How to Gain Traction and Surpass Goals in Your Fashion Business   Textile Talks Textile Talks
1:00 PM Doing Business in Africa: Trade and Sourcing   Seminar Room Seminar Series Organized by Lenzing Fibers
1:00 PM The New Sourcing Model: Are You Prepared to Adapt?     Home Textile Talks
4:00 PM How to Create Material Change   Seminar Room Seminar Series Organized by Lenzing Fibers
Time Session   Location Session Type
10:00 AM MintModa Trend Tales & Street Tribes F/W 20   Seminar Room Seminar Series Organized by Lenzing Fibers
11:15 AM Connecting Trends to Exhibitors   Seminar Room Explore the Floor
11:30 AM Upcycling:  Exploring Options in Today's Landscape and How Brands and Individuals Can Make a Difference   Textile Talks Textile Talks
1:00 PM GOT GOTS? - How the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) can validate your organic claims while meeting your CSR goals.     Home Textile Talks
2:30 PM US Trade Policy: Sourcing Strategies and Future Outlook for Fashion Brands and Retailers   Textile Talks Textile Talks

Fashionsustain | Seminar Room

Monday, July 22

Thimo Schwenzfeier | Show Director and Director Marketing-Communications | Messe Frankfurt

Neonyt Show Director welcomes attendees to Fashionsustain

Liz Hershfield | Head of Product Development Production, and Sustainability - Walmart eCommerce | Walmart

Moderator: Maggie Kervick | GCNYC Director of Strategy & Integrated Partnerships | Glasgow Caledonian University NYC

Juliette Barr | Director of Business Development and Marketing | Sourcemap Inc.
Karen Newman | United Nations Consultant
Leslie Ferrick | Senior Manager, Fabric R&D/Sourcing Dept | Athleta

Today’s linear model of “take, make and waste” is constrained by the planets capacity to create and replenish finite natural resources required to create our products. It is estimated that 73% of the materials used to produce clothing globally are landfilled or burned at the end of their life. Most apparel can take around 30 to 40 years to biodegrade in landfills, so having the transparency into a garments components is crucial to drive sustainability and develop the infrastructure for circular solutions. This panel will discuss technologies and solutions driving material provenance to provide holistic views of a garments lifecycle, and driving operational efficiencies and mitigating impacts.

Moderator: Karla Magruder | Founder | Fabrikology International

Tricia Carey | Director of Global Business Development - Denim | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
Scott Echols | Program Director | ZDHC Foundation

Michele Zollinger | Sustainability Consultant | Quantis International

The circular economy has made the news. Is it another step in the long journey to sustainability? Will it be the system that solves our environmental issues? Join the discussion on circularity, the efforts to reduce GHG emissions and processing textiles. Gain insights the positive steps we can all make to improve our environmental profile.

Lenzing Seminar Series | Seminar Room

Tuesday, July 23

Louis Gerin | Texworld /Apparel Sourcing Art Director | 2G2L

This unmissable & ultra-popular (vernacular) of the show inspirational presentation seminar will Introduce creative minds to the leading trend themes of the season; as well to the upcoming rising aesthetics. Decrypted by Texworld Trend Team: moods, color alliance, color palette, texture & specific aspects of the season will be decoding for the well-informed audience. Texworld Inspiration book is today one of the leading industry world reference for trend Forecasting. Texworld trend table incept the fashion world with their advanced decryptions of our world.

Moderator: Tricia Carey | Director of Global Business Development - Denim | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

Manon Clavel | Owner | Manon Clavel
Kristen Kern | Government Relations Representative | American Apparel & Footwear Association
Gail Strickler | President | Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC

The African continent is a rapidly developing apparel market with Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, and the AGOA beneficiary countries topping the list for sourcing executives. What’s the latest on this emerging region in light of trade tensions, tariffs, and sustainability considerations? Listen in as a panel of experts share their thoughts on the future of the area for apparel and the range of factors companies should consider when evaluating these countries.

Moderator: Arthur Freidman | Senior Editor | Sourcing Journal

Hanna Denes | Senior Standards Manager | Textile Exchange
Malvina Hoxha | Business Development Manager - Innerwear & Knits | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

Most of your product’s impact comes from the raw material stage. Robust sustainability goals must start with an understanding of where your impacts are highest and how to improve. There are fibers and materials that can help you deliver on your sustainability goals and industry-leading standards to help you verify the content of your products. Join Textile Exchange for this session to learn more about the impact of today’s most-used and loved fibers and how to get started on a better material strategy.

Wednesday, July 24

Sharon Graubard | Founder & Creative Director | MintModa

MintModa digs deep to uncover the drivers — emotional, aesthetic, cultural, historic — behind the trends. Each Trend Tale is also complete with actionable key items, must-have fabrics/prints and color palettes that will inspire relevant and desirable apparel and accessories for Fall-Winter 20 and beyond.

Sharon Graubard | Founder & Creative Director | MintModa

Join Sharon Graubard as she connects textile trends to Texworld exhibitors 

Textile Talks | Textile Talks

Tuesday, July 23

Nicole Giordano | Founder | StartUp FASHION

Join StartUp FASHION for a discussion about how to grow beyond launch by creating brand personality, building customer relationships, and overcoming obstacles to better market your business and reach your goals.

Wednesday, July 24

Moderator: Kate Daly | Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy | Closed Loop Partners

Patrick Duffy | Co-Founder | Global Fashion Exchange
Nicole Basset | Co-Founder | Renewal Workshop
Rachel Kibbe | Co-Founder | Helpsy
Rachel K. Lincoln | Director of Sustainability | PrAna

Hear different organizations involved in some aspect of upcycling discuss what options and opportunities are available to both brands & individuals to be better stewards of reducing our environmental impact.

Moderator: Robert Antoshak | Managing Director | Olah Inc.

Sheng Lu, Ph.D | Associate Professor | University Of Delaware
Julia Hughes | President | US Fashion Industry Association

The session will provide insights into U.S. fashion brands and retailers’ latest sourcing practices, including the critical emerging sourcing trends, primary factors affecting companies’ sourcing decisions, impacts of the U.S.-China tariff war, the outlook of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA), and other hot-button trade policy issues on sourcing.

Explore the Floor | Booth A59

Monday, July 22

Andrea Reyes | NYC Chair | NYC Fair Trade Coalition

Tour with NYC Fair Trade Coalition Chair Andrea Reyes as she introduces you to all the Resource Row partners with background information about each organization.

Eileen Small | Market Development, Fashion and Apparel Events | Messe Frankfurt / Texworld USA

Join our show experts who will take you on a tour of some of our sustainable exhibitors in all areas of the show.

Tuesday, July 23

Louis Gerin | Texworld / Apparel Sourcing Art Director | 2G2L

Join our Art Director from 2G2L as he reviews the fabric trends for 2020 from our exhibitor collection in our Fabric Trend Forum area.

Wednesday, July 24

Sharon Graubard | Founder & Creative Director | MintModa

Join Sharon Graubard as she connects textile trends to Texworld exhibitors 

Home Textile Talks | Home Textile Talks

Monday, July 22

Moderator: Warren Shoulberg | Contributing Editor:, The Robin Report, Home Textiles Today

Patti Carpenter | Principal + Creative Director Global Trend Ambassador | carpenter + company/Trendscope
Joe Derochowski | VP/Home Industry Advisor | NPD

What's the state of the home textile business today as global trading challenges, international politics, changing U.S. demographics and shopping patterns and the emergence of sustainability and eco issues change the dynamics of the business. Join Joe Derochowski of the renowned NPD market research and analytics firm and trend expert Patti Carpenter along with moderator Warren Shoulberg as they try to sort it all out in a lively, stimulating three-way conversation.

Tuesday, July 23

Jennifer Marks | Editor-in Chief | Home Textiles Today

Leading home textiles retailers Walmart, Target and IKEA have recently announced new goals for sustainable processes and products with an eye towards reshaping the textiles supply chain. Concurrently, ingredients manufacturers are innovating nature-based performance fibers and finishes to address the exploding sustainability trend. Is your business in the know of what's to come, and what maybe on the next horizon? Our expert panelists in sustainability, materials development and consumer lifestyle trends will share:  

  • Consumer hot button issues for home textiles
  • New materials in development to create greener products
  • How consumers are integrating sustainble products into healthy lifestyles

Jennifer Marks | Editor-in Chief | Home Textiles Today

As if the growing sustainability trend wasn't enough to manage, manufacturers and importers are also being impacted by tariff uncertainties, retail disruptions and digital innovations! It's no wonder the curent product journey from factory to consumer is being deconstructed and re-worked. With the current home textiles sourcing landscape poised for change, your business better be ready to adapt, FAST. Learn what you can do NOW from our panel of global supply chain experts who will discuss:   

  • How leading suppliers are addressing the changes
  • What types of production resources are available outside the big three home producers (China, India, Pakistan)
  • How a small-footprint on-shoring operation could be set up to improve speed to market

Wednesday, July 23

Moderator: Lori Wyman | GOTS Representative in North America | GOTS

Barry Cik | Founder & Technical Director | Naturepedic
Kerry Quirk-Moser | Senior Director of Supply Chain | Boll and Branch

Learn about U.S. regulations for organic textile labeling and how you can use the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to substantiate your organic claim and retain your customers’ trust. Meet representatives from two successful home textile products companies who use GOTS to verify transparency and traceability throughout their supply chain.

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