July 21 – 23, 2020 Javits Center, NYC SAVE THE DATE

Winter 2019 Educational Series*

All seminars, textile talks and explore the floor tours are complimentary and come 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
11:00 AM "SOURCE " - Spring / Summer 2020 Trend Inspiration Presentation Room 1C04 Seminar
12:00 PM How To Make Massive Progress In Your Fashion Business This Year Hall 1C Textile Talks
1:00 PM Fashion 101: How to Start a Fashion Line Room 1C04 Seminar
2:00 PM Sustainable Practices in the Chinese Textile & Apparel Industry Hall 1C Textile Talks
3:00 PM Tour of Resource Row Booth D23 Explore the Floor
3:00 PM Taking Harmful Chemicals Out of the Sustainability Equation Room 1C04 Seminar
Time Session Location Session Type
11:00 AM MintModa's Trend Tales & Tribes Spring / Summer 2020 Room 1C04 Seminar
12:00 PM Beyond Textiles: The Social Impact of Sustainability Hall 1C Textile Talks
12:00 PM Walk the Floor with MintModa Room 1C04 Explore the Floor
1:00 PM Trade Wars, Tariffs and Strategic Sourcing; What You Need to Know to Understand the Risks and Minimize your Exposure Room 1C04 Seminar
2:00 PM The Sustainable Journey of Reformation Hall 1C Textile Talks
3:00 PM What’s Next in the World of Textiles for Recycled and Upcycled Materials? Room 1C04 Seminar
Time Session Location Session Type
11:00 AM Texworld USA Showcase Review Texworld Showcase Explore the Floor
11:00 AM Reducing Water Consumption in Textiles Room 1C04 Seminar
12:00 PM Innovation in Textile Dyeing & Finishing Hall 1C Textile Talks
1:00 PM Achieving Sustainability through Fibers and Materials with Textile Exchange Room 1C04 Seminar
2:00 PM Modern Textiles Hall 1C Textile Talks


Lenzing Seminar Series | Room 1C04

Monday, January 21

Louis Gerin | Art Director | Texworld

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 as the upcoming rising aesthetics. Decrypted by the Texworld Trend Team: moods, color alliance, color palette, texture & specific aspects of the season will be decoded for the well-informed audience. The Texworld Inspiration book is one of today's leading industry references for trend Forecasting. The Texworld trend table incepts the fashion world with their advanced decryptions of our world. 

Mercedes Gonzalez | Founder & Director | Global Purchasing Companies

You’ll want to attend this crash course on how business is really done. This seminar covers key points in finding your target market, managing risk, and costing. This practical and insightful discussion is geared toward anyone wanting to take their concept to the next level.

Elana Taylor |  Account Executive | Hohenstein - OEKO-TEX

2020 is one year away. What tools are textile companies using to sprint towards 2020 goals for zero discharge of hazardous chemicals? How can brands, retailers, and sources improve the sustainability of textiles and garments throughout their supply chain?

Tuesday, January 22

Sharon Graubard | Founder and Creative Director | Mintmoda

Sharon Graubard will present MintModa’s compelling style narratives, providing clear direction for items, fabrics, prints, accessories and footwear for all fashion markets. The comprehensive talk features MintModa color palettes referenced in Color Atlas by Archroma swatches. Each 'Trend Tale' is linked to consumer insights and influences from street fashion, art, film, technology and other cultural movements. MintModa is a dynamic new trend consultancy and online subscription service that provides direction for all design-related industries. 

Gail Strickler | President of Global Trade | Brookfield Associates, LLC

From Section 301 tariffs and the resulting retaliation, to trade agreement renegotiations; the US is involved in a myriad of complex and rapidly changing scenarios that can dramatically affect costs. With apparel tariffs as high as 32% and additional punitive tariffs possibly adding as much as 25% more, no apparel importer can afford to be uninformed or caught off guard. Come learn the latest strategies for anticipating and mitigating what’s happening on the trade front.

Moderator: Arthur Friedman | Senior Editor | Sourcing Journal

Yimin Deng | NYC Ambassador | Remake
Malvina Hoxha | Manager, Business Development - Apparel/Knits | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
Jessica Kelly | Founder & CEO | THR3EFOLD
Adam Baruchowitz | Founder | Wearable Collections  

The concept of using recycled or upcycled materials, from plastic water bottles and mushroom roots to fabric remnants and used jeans, is helping to reinvent the textile industry.  It’s well known that textiles are one of the worst contributors to landfills and various forms of pollution and usage of natural resources. The industry has come a long way in a short time and companies like the ones on this panel are doing their part to bring the sector into circular economy.


Moderator: David Sasso | Marketing & Sales | Buhler Quality Yarns + Samil Spinning Co.


Akitsugu Mori | Vortex Product Manager | Murata
Chuck Butts | Sales & Technical Advisor | Murata
Michael Tuschak | Marketing & Sales | Mayer & Cie
Thomas Kuettel | President & CEO | Rieter
Yehia Elmogahzy | Professor | Elmogahzy Learning

Technology is changing very fast; so is yarn and fabric technology. How will it impact fiber, fabric, costs, responsiveness, sourcing, and the consumer experience?  This is your chance to interact with the experts which many brands and retailers don’t have the opportunity to do.


Wednesday, January 23

Victor Almeida | Technical Customer Support | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
Jennifer Thompson | Global Marketing | Taylor Home & Fashions

The textile industry uses vast amounts of water for finishing and dyeing, often because technology hasn't advanced much since the 1800s. New innovations are on the horizon that helps the industry be a more responsible consumer.

Anne Gillespie | Director of Integrity and Standards | Textile Exchange

Textile and apparel companies have an enormous opportunity to contribute to a better world.  Join Textile Exchange to learn about how to develop and meet sustainability goals through your choices of fibers and materials, and hear from others about how they have used standards to bring value to their own companies.

Textile Talks | Hall 1C (back of  Hall C & Aisle I)

Monday, January 21

Nicole Giordano | Founder | StartUP Fashion

Join StartUp FASHION for a discussion about how to overcome four major roadblocks in fashion business growth. Covering mindset, business operations, goal setting, and finding community, this talk will teach you how to take action in your business and reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Ms Yan Yan | Director | China Textile Information Center and Office for Social Responsibility

Listen to a presentation from the director of the China Textile Information Center and Office for Social Responsibility to learn how China is working on developments for sustainable solutions in the textile industry.

Mercedes Gonzalez | Director | Global Purchasing Companies

Listen to a presentation from the director of the China Textile Information Center and Office for Social Responsibility to learn how China is working on developments for sustainable solutions in the textile industry.

Tuesday, January 22

Moderator: Patrick Duffy | Co-Founder | Global Fashion Exchange

Brooke Blashill | Co-Founder | Global Fashion Exchange
Claire Kells | Senior Manager | United Nations Global Compact
Liz Hershfield | Chief Supply Chain Officer | Bonobos
Jeannette Ferran Astorga | VP of Responsibility | ascena retail group inc.

The creation of one garment has the power to transform lives. As the fashion industry evolves and our access to information increases, customers are demanding to understand the impact of their purchases. This panel discussion features changemakers going beyond the environmental aspects of production to create significant social change through fashion.

Carrie Freiman | Director of Sustainability | Reformation
Kathleen Talbot | Vice President of Operations & Sustainability | Reformation

Reformation makes pieces from super sustainable materials, rescued dead stock, fabrics and repurposed vintage clothing. Get the inside scoop on the sustainable journey of womenswear brand, Reformation and how it can impact others in the industry.

Edward Hertzman | Founder & CEO | Sourcing Journal

Have a sit down with us as we catch up with Edward Hertzman about the latest Sourcing Journal Summit. He'll share some key insights and lessons from industry leaders making shifts in the industry to stay relevant and offer desirable products while moving at the speed of the consumer.

Wednesday, January 23

Moderator: John Mowbray | Editor in Chief | EcoTextile News

Carl Fortin | Marketing Executive - Brand Solutions | Archroma
Jennifer Higgins | Vice President of Business Development | ColorZen
Allen Thompson | Global Marketing | Taylor Home & Fashions

Learn how different textile dyers are working towards sustainability with dyestuff innovations including less water consumption.

Moderator: Lauren Fay | Executive Director | The New Fashion Initiative

Elizabeth Cline | Journalist, Public Speaker and Author |
Joshua Katcher | Founder | Brave Gentleman
Sim Gulati | Co-Founder | Dropel
Giulio Bonazzi | Chairman and CEO | Aquafil

Minimize your brand’s environmental impact by using fabrics/resources designed with innovative technology.

Explore the Floor

Monday, January 21

Andrea Reyes | Chair | NYC Trade Fair Coalition

Join Andrea Reyes of NYC Trade Fair Coalition as she introduces visitors to the Resource Row participants for Winter 2019. Each Resource Row partner will give attendees a snapshot of what their organization does and how they can support your business.

Tuesday, January 22

Sharon Graubard | Founder & Creative Director | MintModa

Discover Texworld USA suppliers that can help bring your SS20 design concepts to life. Led by Sharon Graubard, Founder and Creative Director of MintModa, a trend forecast service and consultancy. MintModa supports your brand's design process, bringing focus, ease and speed to seasonal development and production.

Wednesday, January 23

Louis Gérin | Texworld Art Director | Texworld
Grégory Lamaud | Texworld Art Director | Texworld

A deep description of this seasons colors, textures and aspects through the curated textile of the season. Join for an inspiration journey with Texworld Art Directors through the textile offerings at Texworld USA.

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