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Home Textiles Sourcing Expo and Texworld USA return to the Javits Center with expanded educational offering and new Industry Roundtables

Jun 20, 2017

July 2017 Seminar Series to feature an exciting speaker lineup and industry hot topics such as color trends for A/W 2018, sustainability, digital textile printing and sourcing in Central America

New Industry Rountables make debut with series of sustainability and independent designer focused sessions

With the Summer 2017 editions of Home Textiles Sourcing Expo and Texworld USA just around the corner, Messe Frankfurt and Lenzing Innovation are pleased to announce the seminar speaker line up for the July 2017 Seminar Series. Focusing on discussions around a wide range of industry hot-topics like sustainability, digital textile printing and color trends, the educational opportunities at Home Textiles Sourcing Expo will be more exciting than ever.

"Once again the team at Lenzing Fibers, Inc. has assembled a fantastic set of topics and industry experts for our seminar series", said Jennifer Bacon, Show Director. "This season we're not only tackling sourcing and trade topics, but also continuing and expanding the conversation around sustainability, digital printing innovation and color trends."

July 2017 Seminar Series highlights include:

Blending Colorful Memories and Dreams for A/W 2018/19
Laurie Pressman – Vice President, Pantone Color Institute

For autumn/winter 2018/19 our color palettes capture the many facets of time; the fast and furious, the slow and simple, the past and future. Crossing the now towards more futuristic expression, colors range from classic arrangements through to fully saturated, punchy narratives all the while leading to newer and more unique color expressions.

Post-Consumer Textile Recycling: What's the opportunity, what's being done, what more needs to be done, what are the challenges
Laurie Pressman – Vice President, Pantone Color Institute

For autumn/winter 2018/19 our color palettes capture the many facets of time; the fast and furious, the slow and simple, the past and future. Crossing the now towards more futuristic expression, colors range from classic arrangements through to fully saturated, punchy narratives all the while leading to newer and more unique color expressions.

Breathe Easier: Asthma and Allergy-Friendly Textiles
Dr. John McKeon – CEO, Allergy Standards

Asthma and allergies strike one-in-four Americans, that’s 60 million people who spend an estimated $10 billion a year on products marketed to this group! But claims made by companies today can’t be verified because there is little or no governing regulation. What can companies do to capture a piece of this growing market?

Appealing to the Millennial Shopper: What Home Textile Retailers Are Doing to Capture this Critical Demographic.
Moderator: Nina Nadash – Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
Jennifer Marks – Editor-in-Chief, Home & Textiles Today

Despite the fact that Millennials are coming of age in one of the most frenetic economic climates in the past century, research shows almost 3 out of 4 are willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings. Marketers of products and services committed to positive social and environmental impact need to ensure they are communicating their brand message in a way that builds confidence with this critical consumer demographic.

As always, all Seminar Series sessions are complimentary for all registered Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, Texworld USA, and Apparelsourcing USA and 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 trend forecasting, growing an independent 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.

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

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 – Recycle.com

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 Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, Texworld USA, Avanprint USA, Apparel Sourcing USA attendees.

For more information about the July 2017 Seminar Series, Floor Sessions or Industry Roundtables, please visit www.hometextilessourcingexpo.com and www.usa.messefrankfurt.com.

About Home Textiles Sourcing Expo
As a long-term join venture partnership between Messe Frankfurt and CCPIT-Tex, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo is one of the largest sourcing events in North America to solely focus on fabrics and finished soft goods for all home applications. Held annually alongside Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA, HTSE provides manufacturers, retailers, jobbers, converters, contract specifiers and designers a one-stop-sourcing venue to locate new fabrics and products for their latest collections. Together the three co-located shows create one of the largest fabric sourcing destinations for the North American marketplace.

For more information, please visit www.hometextilessourcingexpo.com.

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.

For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com

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